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.

TeamLab Borderless

2023
Azabudai

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Digital Art Museum Tokyo - teamLab Borderless - Flower Forest
The original TeamLab Borderless. | Photo by Olivier Romo

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 Ikebukuro

March 16, 2023
Ikebukuro

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 Tower

April 14, 2023
Shinjuku

Kabuki Hall | Photo by Tokyu Kabukicho Tower via PR Times

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 Circus

April 18, 2023
Ikebukuro

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 Potter

Summer 2023
Nerima

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.

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Yebisu Brewery Tokyo

Late 2023
Ebisu

Yebisu Garden consists of roughly a dozen buildings and skyscrapers, it features a large array of restaurants and shops including a Mitsukoshi department store, the Westin Tokyo hotel, offices, residential space and a photography museum.
Yebisu Garden Place, home to the soon-to-be-renewed Yebisu Brewery Tokyo. | Photo by iStock.com/Ryosei Watanabe

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.

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