It’s going to be an exciting year. With both long awaited reopenings and promising new attractions, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2023. And if you’re anything like us, you just can’t wait.
So, let’s get into the details. Here’s the lowdown on new Tokyo attractions opening this year.
Great news for the instagrammers out there — TeamLab Borderless is reopening. Sadly, there’s no set date yet. When it does reopen, it will be as part of the shiny new Azabudai Hills project. We don’t know much about what the move means for Borderless just yet, but we’re sure it’s going to be just as visually spectacular as the original. It was the world’s first Digital Art Museum afterall.
Animate IkebukuroMarch 16, 2023
Anime fans won’t want to miss this one. Animate Ikebukuro will reopen after some very exciting rennovations. When it reopens, the nine-floor building will be the world’s largest anime store, complete with an in-house theater, event space, and special exhibition floor. Plus, the reopening coincides with the store’s 40th anniverary, so there’s sure to be some fun events lined up. Don’t forget to visit Animate’s event page — so that you can time your visit with an autograph session, special exhibition, or new release.
Kabukichō TowerApril 14, 2023
This fancy new skyscaper is set to make its mark in the nightlife district of Kabukichō in Shinjuku. At 48 floors, plus five floors below ground, this dining and entertainment complex will open in stages. First up will be floors one to five, which are mostly full of restaurants, on April 14. The festival-themed “Shinjuku Kabuki Hall — Kabuki Yokochō” (新宿カブキhall～歌舞伎横丁) looks to be a clear stand out among the options revealed so far. Kabukichō Tower will also be home to a new live music venue, Zepp Shinjuku (which replaces the Zepp Tokyo in Odaiba that closed last year).
Ikebukuro Sky CircusApril 18, 2023
For stunning views, you can’t get much higher than Ikebukuro Sky Circus (also known as Sunshine 60 Observatory). After six months of rennovations, it’s reopening with a lovely new greenspace called Tenpō Park. Overall, the area is intended to be family friendly, making it a great option for travelers with young children.
Studio Tour Tokyo — The Making of Harry PotterSummer 2023
Diehard Harry Potter fans will want to know about the new Harry Potter attraction opening in Tokyo this year. Officially called “Studio Tour Tokyo — The Making of Harry Potter,” this isn’t a theme park, so don’t expect rides. Instead, it will be a walking tour showcasing sets, props, and costumes. It’s being built on the location of the old Toshimaen themepark. Read more on what we know about the Harry Potter Studio Tour so far.
Yebisu Brewery TokyoLate 2023
If you like beer, you’ll like this one. The Yebisu Museum of Beer in Yebisu Garden Place is undergoing some exciting rennovations. It’s scheduled to reopen in late 2023 under a new name, “Yebisu Brewery Tokyo,” and will have an on-site brewery alongside the museum. So you’ll be able to learn about the popular beer, and then drink it fresh from the tap — all in one location.
Like we said, it’s going to be an exciting year to be in Tokyo. Planning your trip already? Check out our ultimate guide to planning a trip to Japan.