Our top 5 Tokyo event picks for having fun on a shoestring this weekend:
Forest Beer Garden (starting May 19): The opening of this annual beer garden officially marks the beginning of summer in our book. Located in Meiji Shrine’s Outer Garden, you can enjoy a cold one, some grilled grub and nature-y vibes smack dab in the heart of the city. We recommend making a reservation as this hot spot fills up pretty quickly.
Hibiya Oktoberfest (May 20-29): The Odaiba Oktoberfest took place earlier in May and Hibiya Park wants to keep the good times rolling. Beer, sausages and music await you—just head for the park’s fountain for all the action.
Journey to the End of the Night (May 21): Want to run through the streets of Tokyo “Heroes and Villains’ style? Journey to the end of the night is like the most awesome game of tag you’ve ever played: contestants must dash around the city and complete challenges at six checkpoints while evading pursuit. The game is free to join, you just need to pre-register before the event.
The Okinawa Festival (May 21-22): No time and no money to visit Okinawa? No problem! Just head to Yoyogi Park this weekend for the annual festival which showcases the prefecture’s food, culture, music and crafts. Expect lots of performances including Eisa—Okinawa’s unique style of traditional dancing
Oedo Antique Market (May 22): Never a one-event kinda venue, Yoyogi Park is also hosting its monthly antique market where you can pick up art, decor, household wares and more.
Our video guide to the tuna auctions at the shiny new Toyosu Fish Market
Recommended hotels located nearby
Hamamatsucho, from ¥16,530
Ginza, from ¥11,911
Akasaka, from ¥7,500
Ginza, Tsukiji, from US$85.00