As always, there’s no lack of events this weekend in Tokyo, but we got the scoop on where to have fun on the cheap. Whether you’re heading out with kids or just with your buddies, there’s a perfect event match for you.

Photo by  C.A.Miles
Photo by
C.A.Miles

If you’re looking for a family-friendly place to take the kids this weekend, your first stop should be the Ekoda Night Bazaar Saturday evening.  Along the street linking Ekoda Station and Shin-Sakuradai Station, you can check out the local shops’ outdoor stalls, pick up some tasty festival food and have your kids entertained by street performers. Plus there’s a vegetable market, a portrait artist corner and a chance to win various prizes.

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Also taking place Saturday evening is Black Film Night. On this second of seven movies nights, you’ll get to watch the independent film The Blood of Jesus, written and directed by Spencer Williams. The showing is free and starts at 5:30 pm at Coins Bar in Shibuya, but be sure to get there in advance to grab drinks and a seat.

For anyone who loves both beer and competition, check out the Japan Brewers’ Cup in Yokohama this Friday through Sunday. Entry is only 500 yen to this industry competition that showcases 180 varieties of beer. Happy drinking!



Another not-to-miss event is the NHK Museum of Broadcasting’s last display. You’ll have now until February 15th to visit “the birthplace of Japanese broadcasting”. Fans of antiquated technology will be able to observe original equipment from when it opened in 1925.

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