What to do in Tokyo this week? May 21 – May 27

Food, beer, yoga and traditional festivals… there are plenty of events to chose from this week ! Where will you go?

2018-05-23   Culture, Festivals & Events, Seasonal, Shinto, Tokyo,

Free yoga classes during Midtown Open the Park festival May 22 (Tuesday) and May 23 (Wednesday)

Source: Official Website

Place: Tokyo Midtown Park

Why not have a free yoga session in a Japanese park? During the Midtown Open the Park festival, free Yoga classes will be dispensed on the 22nd and the 23d. The first session is 6.30pm to 7.30pm and the second session 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Official Website in English

Closest access: Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or Toei Oedo Line)

Manpaku 2018 May 17 (Thursday) – June 4 (Monday)

Tuna cutting demonstration (Source: official website)

Place: Showa Kinen Park

Manpaku is an enormous food festival where you can eat many delicacies from all over Japan, such as shaved ice, salmon eggs rice bowl or ramen. There will also be many artists performing: musicians, jugglers and magicians.

Official Website (Japanese Only)

Closest access: JR Tachikawa Station

Hi Beer Garden 2018 May 18 (Friday) – May 27 (Sunday)

Taste many kinds of beer ! (Source: Hi Beer Official Facebook page)

Place: Hibiya Park

The biggest beer garden in Japan, where you can drink Japanese beers but also beers and other alcohol from all over the world. Musicians will be performing too.

Official Website (Japanese Only)

Closest access: Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, Mita Line)

Laos Festival May 26 (Saturday) – May 27 (Sunday)

Enjoy the traditional Laos dances (Source: Laos Festival official website)

Place:Yoyogi Park

The biggest event where you can meet Laos culture. There you can taste Laos food and the famous Beer Lao, but also enjoy traditional music and dances.

Official Website

Closest access: Yoyogi-Koen Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

Tokyo Port Festival May 26 (Saturday)- May 27 (Sunday)

The shows make it a great festival for families (Source: Tokyo Port Festival official website)

Place:Around Harumi Passenger Terminal

A must-go for boat lovers! During the festival, you can see many rare boats, and have lunch or dinner cruises. We recommend seeing the firefighters showing their waterborne skills during the firefighting show on Sunday from 10:30am (there will be helicopters too).

Official Website (Japanese Only)

Closest access:  Take a free shuttle bus from Tamachi, Takeshiba or Toyosu Stations.

Yushima Tenjin Grand Festival(Tenjin Festival) May 26 (Saturday) – May 27 (Sunday)

The Yushima Tenjin portable shrines parading the streets (Source: https://ikimashodotorg.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/img_8689.jpg?w=800)

Place: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine

Yushima Tenmangu is Tokyo’s most famous shrine for scholars, and students come to pray here for their exams. The main festival only happens every 4 years and it’s this year! It means that on Sunday, the main mikoshi (portable shrines) will be carried around the streets.

Saturday: from 9 am to 16:30 pm (the district mikoshi)

Sunday: from 8 am to 6 pm, (the shrine mikoshi)

You can check the route for each day on the maps from the official website below.

Of course, a lot of food stalls will be installed on the shrine grounds too!

Official Website (Japanese Only)

Closest access : Yushima Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

Hanazono Shrine Grand Festival May 25 (Friday) – May 28 (Monday)

A lively festival in the streets of Shinjuku (source:http://rekishi-roman.jp/miya-2010/page-18.html)

Place: Shinjuku Hanazono Shrine

Along with Asakusa Sanja Festival, Hanazono Grand festival is the other big Tokyo festival you don’t want to miss! From Friday evening to Sunday night, more than a hundred food stalls will be installed on the shrine grounds.

On Saturday, from 11am, the mikoshi (portable shrines) will be carried around the streets. On Sunday, from 10am the mikoshi will be carried around the main axes of Shinjuku such as Meiji Doori, Yasukuni Doori and Shinjuku Doori for more than 10 hours.

Official Website (Japanese Only)

Closest access : Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Shinjuku Line, Marunouchi Line)

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I’m French but I’ve been living in Tokyo for many years during which I had a lot of meaningful and thrilling experiences. I’m curious and I love learning new things. My hobbies are kick boxing, scuba diving, Japanese traditional painting, etc… As a writer, I’d like to share information about less touristic, more authentic places. I will also write about all the fun and cultural activities unique to Japan.