What to do in Tokyo this week? May 28 – June 3

There are loads of festivals and dances this week… but maybe you would prefer to go admire the hydrangeas?

2018-06-04   Festivals & Events, Tokyo,

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 station: JR Tachikawa Station

Toshimaen Hydrangea Festival May 26 (Saturday) – June 25 (Monday)

Enjoy the hydrangea at Toshima-en (Source: Toshimaen official website)

Place: Toshimaen (Nerima-ku)

Toshimaen, an amusement park in Nerima-ku, is one of the best places to see hydrangeas in Tokyo. The park also offers many rides and a pool.

If you bear any tattoos, please note that the park will not allow tattooed visitors.

Entrance to the park costs 1000 yen.

Official website (Japanese Only)

Closest station: Toshimaen Station (Toei Oedo Line, Seibu-Toshima Line)

Shibuya Renaissance (June 3)

Shibuya Renaissance official poster

Place: Shibuya Bunkamura Doori

Different sorts of Japanese traditional dances as well as music performance (including Japanese drums) will take place on Bunkamura Doori (the street between Shibuya 109 and Tokyo department store).

It starts at 13:10.

Official website (Japanese Only)

Closest station: Shibuya Station

Suga Shrine Grand Festival June 1 (Friday) – June 3 (Sunday)

Awa-Odori at Suga Shrine

Place: Suga Shrine and the Yotsuya area

A Japanese traditional festival in Suga Shrine near Yotsuya. This is the shrine that inspired the final scenes in the popular animation movie ‘Your name’. Every day there will be Awa-Odori dances, Japanese traditional drums shows and mikoshi (portable shrines) will be carried through the surrounding streets.


Closest station: Yotsuya Sanchome Station (Marunouchi Line)

Susanoo Shrine Tennosai (Festival) June 1 (Friday) – June 3 (Sunday)

Susanoo Festival

Place: Susanoo Shrine and Minami-Senju area

The festival was originally made in order to drive off plagues that happened because of the hot summer weather.

As it is often the case in such festivals, the mains events will be on Saturday and Sunday, when the main mikoshi (portable shrine) of Susanoo Shrine will be carried through the streets.

Of course there will be many food stalls around the shrine too.

Official website (Japanese Only)

Route map

Closest station: Minami-Senju station (JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Hibiya 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.