Tokyo events for Monday, June 3 to Sunday, June 9, 2019
This week in Tokyo brings the rowdy Torigoe Festival, a Vietnam culture fest, art exhibitions, flower shows and more.
Iliza Shlesinger Stand-up Show
Iliza Shlesinger—currently one of the hottest acts on the US comedy circuit—is making her way to Tokyo. Enjoy the comedy stylings of an “Elder Millenial” as she explores the ups and downs of Gen Y life.
National Museum of Western Art – Free Admission Day
Check out the extensive permanent collection at the Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park for free. Works include paintings from the late Medieval period through to the 20th century and modern French sculpture.
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019
A festival celebrating all things film, SSFF & Asia will be screening 200 short films from around the world at various venues across the city.
If you can only visit one day of this highly anticipated festival, go on the Sunday—the day where a 4-ton omikoshi (portable shrine) gets paraded around Torigoe Shrine for good luck. Be ready for large crowds and a long day, the events goes from 6:30am to 9pm.
Vietnam Festival 2019
Back again is this summertime favorite. Head to the Yoyogi Park Event Square for traditional Vietnamese music and folk art performances as well as a tasty food market.
Bunkyo Ajisai Festival
Although June is the rainy season, it still has plenty to offer on the nature front. One such option is the stunning display of 10,000 hydrangea plants at Hakusan Shrine.
Sound of Waves
Sound of Waves is a group exhibition featuring both Japanese and European photographers, painters, illustrators and animators. The driving force behind this event is to foster connections in a world of social media and technological isolation.
Japan Media Arts Festival
The festival showcases various aspects of popular media art in Japan, including entertainment, manga and animation. See creative works from over 70 countries.
Katsushika Iris Festival
In northwest Tokyo, see 14,000 iris flowers at Mizumoto Park and 6,000 more at Hirikiri Shobuen Garden. There will be music performances and other entertainment to accompany your floral stroll—the perfect event for a sunny weekend.
Firefly nights (throughout June)
There are various festivals around the Tokyo that mark the start of summer by hosting firefly viewing nights. Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacular phenomenon! See our guide for more details.
There are certain times in the year that can make your visit to Tokyo less than idea.