What to do in Tokyo this week? (September 3rd – September 9th)

Here are the most exciting events for this week!

2018-09-10   Festivals & Events, Tokyo,

Shinjuku Park Cinema Festival (Fri, September 7th)

Photo taken during last year’s edition of the festival (source: http://www.cinema-life.net/p170610_ssyj/)

In order to make Shinjuku Central Park a place of culture and exchanges, the Shinjuku Convention and Visitors Bureau is organizing free outdoor movie screenings. You can watch a good movie and enjoy the food stalls all around the park. Screenings start at 19:00.

The film screened that day will be the 2011 comedy ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘, and will be in English with Japanese subtitles. Screenings of other movies are also planned for the first week of October so don’ hesitate to check the official website.

Place: Shinjuku Central Park

Website (automated translation): Shinjuku Park Cinema Festival

Access: Direct from Exit A5 of Tochomae Station (Toei Oedo Line), 10mn on foot from Shinjuku Station (JR Lines, Odakyu Line, Keio Line).

The fifteenth Sakura Shinmachi Nebuta Festival (Sat, September 8th)

A nebuta float

Nebuta are huge illuminated floats representing brave warriors. Originally, these floats can be seen at the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori, in the north of Japan. This is a wonderful opportunity to see these floats if you cannot make it to Aomori prefecture. From 15:00 many dances and shows will take place around the train station. Then from 19:00 to 20:30, you can admire a procession of all the beautiful floats.

Place: Sakura Shinmachi (Sakura Shinmachi Ekimae Doori, Sazae-san Doori)

Website (Japanese only): Sakura Shinmachi

Access: Just in front of Sakura Shinmachi Station

Philippine Festival 2018 (Sat, September 8th, Sun, September 9th)

Enjoya glimpse at Filipino culture (Source: the festival’s official Facebook page)

Taking place in Hibiya park, the Philippine festival will provide you with the best of Filipino culture in various forms: food, traditional culture and modern artists invited for the occasion.

Place: Hibiya Park

Website: Philippine Festival Facebook Page

Access: 5mn on foot from Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, Mita Line)

Kichijoji Autumn Festival (Sat, September 8th, Sun, September 9th)

10 different groups will take part to the procession.

If you missed the Shimokitazawa festival last week, here is another traditional festival in another hip place of Tokyo. On both days there will be processions of mikoshi carrying the kami of Musashino Hachimangu shrine. As usual you can enjoy plenty of street foods during the event.

Place: The shopping streets around Kichijoji Station

Website (Japanese only): Kichijoji Aki Matsuri

Access: Kichijoji Station (JR Chuo and Chuo-sobu lines, Keio Inokashira 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.