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Keyaki Beer Festival

A massive five-day beer festival just north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture. There are over 400 different brews to choose from.

Otori Shrine Annual Festival

A small 300-year-old festival with Edo-era roots. See portable shrines paraded through the streets around Otori Shrine (the one near Meguro Station, not to be confused with the same-named shrine in Tokyo’s Taito ward).

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Philippine Festival 2018

A cultural festival in Hibiya Park celebrating the food, art, and entertainment of the Philippines.

Geisai – Tokyo University of the Arts Festival

See the creative talent of Tokyo’s up-and-coming artists. Students from the Tokyo University of the Arts will display their works this weekend at the Ueno campus.

Kichijoji Autumn Festival 2018

Celebrate fall with Kichijoji locals this weekend. In typical Japanese celebratory fashion, a lively mikoshi (portable shrine) parade will take place throughout the neighborhood streets. There will also be plenty of street food for hungry spectators.

Afro American Caribbean Festa 2018

Head to Yoyogi Park to enjoy this festival showcasing Afro-American and Caribbean culture and cuisine—expect live music, dance and fashion shows and a slew of food stalls.

Meguro Sanma Matsuri

Get a free serving of grilled sanma (Pacific saury) at this annual event near Meguro Station. Around 7,000 fish will be given away to mark the beginning of the season. The whole affair runs from 10am to 2pm, but we recommend getting there as early as possible to beat the queue!

TELL Tokyo Tower Climb

The TELL Tokyo Tower Climb 2018 is an event created to coincide with World Suicide Prevention. The event helps raise awareness toward suicide prevention and funds for TELL’s Lifeline, a critical crisis intervention resource for Japan’s international and English-speaking community. While registration to climb is now closed, you can still support this worthy cause by donating to the fundraiser.

For more top Tokyo events happening this month, see our September recommendations.

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