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Things to Do in Tokyo in August 2023: Your Guide to Events, Summer Festivals, and Must-See Attractions

Things to Do in Tokyo in August 2023: Your Guide to Events, Summer Festivals, and Must-See Attractions

Date published: 1 August 2023

As the scorching days of summer reach their peak in August, Japan comes alive with unique events that embrace the season's essence. Centered around the Obon holiday, which usually falls around August 13th to 16th, there are captivating fireworks displays, refreshing summer festivals, and more.

Here, we present a diverse array of events in the Tokyo area, including open-air beer gardens, outdoor music festivals, and traditional festivities designed to help you beat the heat.

Each event allows you to experience the true essence of a Japanese summer. So, if you're planning a trip to Tokyo in August, be sure to explore these offerings for an unforgettable summer experience!

Meiji Jingu Gaien Forest Beer Garden (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

Meiji Jingu Gaien Forest Beer Garden (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

The "Forest Beer Garden" is one of Tokyo's premier beer garden events held annually at Meiji Jingu Gaien. With a selection of seven beers, including KIRIN Ichiban Shibori and Heartland, it offers a delightful variety for beer enthusiasts. Thanks to the prefabricated refrigerated storage system, the draft beer remains perfectly chilled even during the sweltering summer days. For those seeking alternative beverages, there are options like Kirin Whisky "Riku," lemon sour, white wine, red wine, and even apple and mandarin juices, all available for unlimited consumption.

The dining experience is centered around a barbecue-style setup, where guests can order the "Assorted Meat Platter" featuring seasoned lamb slices, beef kalbi, pork belly, and long sausages, as well as the "Assorted Vegetable Platter" with cabbage, carrots, and shishito peppers to grill on the tabletop teppan (iron griddle). The menu also boasts classic Japanese izakaya staples like fried potatoes, yakisoba (stir-fried noodles), edamame, and grilled onigiri (rice balls), all part of the all-you-can-eat selection.

The venue provides around 1,000 seats, including 600 seats under tents, ensuring a worry-free experience even on rainy days. Nestled in an unexpectedly lush setting amidst the urban landscape, guests can revel in the abundance of greenery while savoring delightful food and drinks, making the most of their summer nights.

Event Overview
  • Venue: "Nikoniko Park" within Meiji Jingu Gaien
  • Access: Approximately 5 minutes on foot from JR Chuo-Sobu Line Shinanomachi Station or Toei Oedo Line Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station, approximately 10 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Aoyama-Itchome Station
  • Schedule: April 18, 2023 - September 24, 2023 (subject to change)
  • Hours: Weekdays 4:30PM - 10PM (Last Order at 9PM), Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays Noon - 10PM (Last Order at 9PM)
    Summer Time (July 22, 2023 - August 31, 2023): Weekdays 2PM - 10:30PM (Last Order at 9:30PM), Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays Noon - 10:30PM (Last Order at 9:30PM)
  • Admission Fee: Adults: 5,500 yen; Junior High School Students to Age 19: 4,700 yen; Elementary School Students: 2,500 yen; Children Ages 4 to Elementary School Age: 1,500 yen; Children Ages 3 and Under: Free (All prices include tax)
  • Closed: Open daily during the event period
  • Phone Number: 03-5411-3715 (11AM - 8PM)

Tokyo Tower Highball Garden (Minato Ward, Tokyo)

Tokyo Tower Highball Garden (Minato Ward, Tokyo)

The Tokyo Tower hosts a beer garden event where visitors can indulge in a selection of highball cocktails and delicious gourmet dishes that complement them, all offered by Suntory, a Japanese company renowned for producing and selling Western spirits, beer, and refreshing beverages.

The event takes place in two locations: the "Foot Town Rooftop," which houses restaurants, cafes, and a food court, and the "1F Front Entrance," each offering distinct features. At the "Foot Town Rooftop," guests can enjoy all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink Genghis Khan (Mongolian barbecue) and a variety of drinks, including Kaku Highball, Jim Beam Highball, and draft beer.

At the "1F Front Entrance," Suntory provides the premium "CHO-TEN Highball" that meets their stringent quality standards. Exclusive highball options like the "Tokyo Tower Highball," inspired by the Tower's illumination and featuring a blood orange-flavored Jim Beam Highball, are also available here. The menu includes popular izakaya-style dishes such as the "CHO-TEN Combo" with fried chicken and crispy potatoes, and the nostalgic "Sauce Yakisoba" with a sweet and savory sauce.

The venue is adorned with lanterns, creating a lively atmosphere perfect for a beer garden. Enjoy the picturesque view of Tokyo Tower's illuminated beauty while savoring whiskey and delectable dishes, creating an unforgettable experience.

  • Venue: Tokyo Tower Foot Town Rooftop
  • Schedule: April 13, 2023 - October 9, 2023
  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM (Last Order at 9:00 PM)
  • Phone Number: 050-3627-4803 (Phone reception hours: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
  • Admission Fee: 5,500 yen for a 120-minute all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink session (including tax)
  • Venue: Tokyo Tower 1F Front Entrance
  • Schedule: April 20, 2023 - October 1, 2023
  • Hours: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Last Order at 9:30 PM)
  • Phone Number: 080-9271-5533 (Phone reception hours: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)



Located on the 14th, 45th, 46th floors, and the rooftop of Shibuya Scramble Square, a large complex directly connected to Shibuya Station, is the observation facility called "SHIBUYA SKY." Within this remarkable space lies a limited-time rooftop bar called "THE ROOF SHIBUYA SKY."

The allure of this rooftop bar lies in its exceptional location, offering panoramic views of Tokyo's iconic skyscrapers, including Tokyo Skytree®, from Shibuya's highest point.

The drink selection is equally enticing. Exclusively available at THE ROOF SHIBUYA SKY are two craft beers crafted in collaboration with Y.Y.G. Brewery, an urban brewery located in Shibuya's vibrant Yoyogi area. Particularly fascinating is the "MAGIC HOUR -Pale Ale-," a beer that captures the ever-changing hues of the sky during the magical hour. With its refreshing citrus-like bitterness and a touch of purple infused by butterfly pea flower, it transforms into a unique drink resembling a deep crimson sunset when lemon juice is added.

Seating options include comfortable sofas and standing tables. It's important to note that a ticket is required for sofa seating. Two ticket options are available: "THE ROOF SEAT & 2 DRINKS SET" (4,900 yen per person) includes two drinks (excluding champagne) and one snack, and "THE ROOF SEAT & CHAMPAGNE SET" (5,900 yen per person) features a mini bottle of champagne and one snack (both options include the SHIBUYA SKY admission ticket and service charge).

For those who prefer ordering from the à la carte menu, standing tables are available. Indulge in a delightful evening at this open-air rooftop bar, offering a liberating ambiance and breathtaking vistas of Shibuya.

Event Details
  • Venue: SKY STAGE, Rooftop Observation Space at Shibuya Scramble Square
  • Period: April 28 - November 30, 2023
  • Hours: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Last order at 9:30 PM), 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (August only)

Hello Kitty in Sweet Gallery (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

Hello Kitty in Sweet Gallery (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

Delight in a charming collaboration between Hilton Tokyo and Hello Kitty at the Marble Lounge on the 1st floor, where they proudly present the "Hello Kitty in Sweets Gallery" buffet. Curated by Osamu Harita, the Executive Pastry Chef of Hilton Tokyo, this extraordinary menu showcases an array of sweets and pastas inspired by the beloved Hello Kitty.

Prepare for an overload of cuteness as you indulge in delightful treats like the Hello Kitty-shaped cake, the "Hello Kitty in Colorful Boat" cupcake adorned with marshmallows and Hello Kitty face-shaped chocolates, and the "Bouquet for You" jelly made with flower syrup and fruit. With a total of 25 adorable sweet creations, there's something to satisfy every palate. To accompany the sweets, savor a selection of eight premium teas from the esteemed German brand Ronnefeldt.

For those craving more than just sweets, the menu also features nine delectable meal options, including enticing dishes like "Roast Pork with Apple Sauce" and "Lemon Zucchini Pasta." The restaurant itself is adorned with vibrant Hello Kitty artwork, enveloping you in the enchanting world of this beloved character. To secure your spot, make reservations through the official website and prepare for a whimsical culinary experience like no other.

Event Details
  • Venue: Hilton Tokyo 1F Marble Lounge
  • Period: May 12 - August 31, 2023
  • Hours: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Price: 5,500 yen (5,900 yen on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, including tax and service charge)
  • Closed: Open daily during the event
  • Phone: 03-3344-5111
  • Hilton Tokyo Hotel
    • Address Shinjuku-ku, Nishishinjuku 6-6-2, Tokyo-to, 160-0023
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    • Nearest Station Tochomae Station (Toei Oedo Line)
      5 minutes on foot

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Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi's Summer Buffet Party (Hachioji, Tokyo)

Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi's Summer Buffet Party (Hachioji, Tokyo)

Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji, is conveniently located in Hachioji, just 40 minutes from Shinjuku via the JR Chuo Line commuter rapid train. And this summer, they proudly present the "Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Kuromi's Summer Buffet Party".

Visitors can indulge in a variety of limited-time only sweets, including black currant mousse and chocolate ganache cookie sandwiches, inspired by Kuromi's thematic purple hue. Other treats include apple tarts accented with Hello Kitty ribbons, and a My Melody almond gateau, only available at dinner time.

But there’s more than just sweets! Guests can enjoy a tempting selection of side dishes, too, including Hello Kitty cream-filled fruit sandwiches, inari sushi roast beef, aqua pazza, and special curry.

Hachioji is just 5 minutes by train from Mt. Takao, so we recommend stopping by on the way to or from a hike!

Event Details
  • Venue: Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji (2F), Restaurant Le Clair
  • Period: June 1 - August 31, 2023
  • Hours:
    Lunch: Weekdays: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (105 minutes).
    Weekends/Holidays: Part One: 11:30 AM -1:15 PM; Part Two: 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM.

    Dinner: Friday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (105 minutes). Weekends/Holidays: Part One: 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM; Part Two: 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • Prices:
    Lunch / Weekdays: Adults: 4,000 yen; Children (elementary age): 2,500 yen; Toddlers (4-5 years): 1,200 yen. Weekends/Holidays / Adults: 4,500 yen; Children (elementary age): 2,500 yen; Toddlers (4-5 years): 1,200 yen.

    Dinner / Weekdays: Adults: 6,000 yen; Children (elementary age): 3,500 yen; Toddlers (4-5 years): 1,200 yen. Weekends/Holidays / Adults: 6,500 yen; Children (elementary age): 3,500 yen; Toddlers (4-5 years): 1,200 yen.
  • Drinks included with lunch & dinner (coffee, tea, soft drinks). All prices include service fees and tax.
  • Closed: Open daily
  • Phone: 042-656-6721

America & Tokyo BEER&BBQ BLOCK PARTY!!! COOKOUT!!! (Sumida Ward, Tokyo)

America & Tokyo BEER&BBQ BLOCK PARTY!!! COOKOUT!!! (Sumida Ward, Tokyo)

From June 16 to September 10, one of the largest BBQ beer gardens in Tokyo will be held at Sky Arena on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town. The attraction of this event is its location. The Sky Arena is located in a place where you can look up at the Tokyo Skytree® up close, and only during this period can you enjoy a BEER & BBQ party while gazing at the powerful midsummer Skytree. You can enjoy meat-filled BBQ sets, beer, and cute-looking American stick churros.

The venue will also feature a free playground corner for children, making it a great place for families.

Event Details
  • Venue: Sky Arena, Tokyo Skytree Town 4F
  • Period: June 16 to September 10, 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM (last order at 9:00 PM, varies depending on the menu)
    (*The playground equipment is open from 11:00 AM to sunset (weekdays from June 16 to July 21, from 1:00 PM to sunset)).
  • *Date, time, and content are subject to change without notice due to weather and other circumstances.
  • *Two-part event on July 29, 2023. The second part is by reservation only. See website for details.

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo: "Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2023" (Meguro Ward, Tokyo)

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo: "Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2023" (Meguro Ward, Tokyo)

This event takes place at the 'Hyakudan Kaidan,' a Tokyo-designated tangible cultural property, located within Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. Themed around the 'Hyakki Yagyo,' a night parade where eerie beings like demons and yokai wander through the late-night streets, the event showcases a theatrical experience that transports visitors from the mundane world to the otherworldly realms as they progress through the rooms.

The highlight of the event is an array of meticulously crafted art installations. From dynamic spatial art using recycled PET bottles to depict crystals, to a unique piece featuring an azure higanbana flower made with the technique of stretching film over wireframes like soap bubbles, the artworks titled 'Akari' (lights) utilize various materials and expressive methods. There are also exhibits featuring stage decorations that replicate chilling 'yokai,' 'fairies,' and 'demons.'

The luxurious and resplendent venue is accompanied by an 'Original Composition' specifically created for this event, along with the addition of fragrance for a multisensory experience. Immerse yourself fully in this enigmatic world, engaging all your senses.

Event Overview
  • Venue: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, Tokyo-Designated Tangible Cultural Property 'Hyakudan Kaidan'
  • Schedule: July 1, 2023 - September 24, 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Last entry at 5:30 PM)
  • Admission Fee: On-site ticket - 1,500 yen, Students - 800 yen, Free admission for preschoolers, Students require a valid student ID for entry.
  • Closed: Open daily during the event period
  • Phone Number: 03-5434-3140 (Event Planning: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
  • Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
    • Address Meguro Shimomeguro 1-8-1 , Tokyo-to, 153-0064
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    • Nearest Station Meguro Station (JR Yamanote Line / Tokyo Metro Namboku Line / Toei Mita Line / Tokyu Meguro Line)
      5 minutes on foot

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Tokyo Disney Resort® 40th Anniversary "Dream Go Round" (Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture)

©Disney (Image photo)
©Disney (Image photo)

This year, Tokyo Disney Resort® is proud to commemorate its 40th anniversary with the special event, Tokyo Disney Resort 40th Anniversary Dream-Go-Round. As part of the festivities, park will be adorned with special 40th-anniversary decorations, and limited-edition merch, while visitors can delight in limited-edition merchandise and special menus.

In addition, the Tokyo Disneyland® daytime parade will make a much-awaited return after a five-year hiatus, adding to the celebration. Over at Tokyo DisneySea®, guests can enjoy the waterfront meet and greet event, ‘Let's Celebrate with Colors’, featuring all your favorite Disney friends aboard a boat! So come join the Disney crowd as they celebrate a wonderful year of connection and togetherness!

Event Details
  • Venue: Tokyo Disney Resort®
  • Period: April 15, 2023 - March 31, 2024
  • Hours: Varies by season (see official website)
  • Price: Varies by season (see official website)
  • Closed: Open year-round
  • Phone: 0570-00-8632 (Navidial)

Tokyo Disney Resort® Summer Get Soaked Program (Urayasu, Chiba)

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©Disney (Image is for illustration purposes only)

Tokyo Disney Resort® is also set to offer a range of exciting ‘Get Soaked’ Programs during the two-month period from July 4 to September 6, to help guests beat the summer heat.

Tokyo Disneyland® invites visitors to experience the fun-filled 'Splash Mountain Get Soaked MAX' event, taking place at the ever-popular Splash Mountain attraction. This installment includes the summer-limited addition of a water-splashing mechanism for a thrilling combination of refreshment and excitement!

During the parade, held three times daily, guests will have the chance to experience the exciting 'Baymax Mission: Cool Down'. Baymax, the care robot from the Disney movie, will appear on a parade float, actively monitoring spectators' "energy levels". When he detects an area of significantly low energy, the float will come to a stop as guests are pleasantly surprised with a refreshing spritz!

Both parks also offer a “Cool-Down Time”, in which Cast Members appear with barrels of water on their backs, walking around and spraying a cool mist on visitors upon request for relief from the summer heat. Shaved ice, soft-serve ice cream, and other refreshing summer treats will also be available.

This summer, Tokyo DisneySea® will also host a variety of entertainment programs, providing the opportunity to meet all seven beloved characters from Duffy & Friends for the first time.

So take a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort®, and enjoy summer to the fullest!

Event Details
  • Venue: Tokyo Disney Resort®
  • Period: July 4 - September 6, 2023
  • Hours: Varies by season (see official website)
  • Admission: Varies by season (see official website)
  • Closed: Open year-round
  • Phone: 0570-00-8632 (Navidial)

Tokyo DisneySea® New Show 'Duffy & Friends' Wonderful Friendship' at Cape Cod Cook-Off (Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture)

Tokyo DisneySea® New Show 'Duffy & Friends' Wonderful Friendship' at Cape Cod Cook-Off (Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture)

At the Tokyo DisneySea® restaurant, "Cape Cod Cook-Off," a brand-new stage show called "Duffy & Friends' Wonderful Friendship" has been presented since July 4, 2023 (Tuesday). The show revolves around Duffy and his friends coming together, utilizing their unique personalities to overcome any challenges that arise and create a heartwarming party that deepens their friendship.

Among Duffy & Friends, this show marks the debut appearance of the curious Cookie Ann, the music-loving turtle, Olu Mel, and Lena Bell, three of Duffy's pals, on the Tokyo DisneySea stage.

While enjoying the show, guests can relish the cuisine offered, which includes the "Cape Cod Cook-Off First Prize Set" (※contents may vary depending on the season) and a dessert with sponge cake, cream, and strawberry mousse topped with Duffy's face drawn in chocolate. For children, a set menu with a hamburger, fries, chicken nuggets, and more is also available. Delight in the heartwarming tale of friendship while savoring a delicious meal.

Event Overview
  • Venue: Tokyo DisneySea, "Cape Cod Cook-Off"
  • Number of Performances: 4 times per day (*Please note that the number of performances may be subject to change.)
  • Duration: Approx. 75 minutes per show (Approx. 20 minutes of performance time)
  • Ticket Prices: S Seat: 3,600 yen, A Seat: 3,100 yen, B Seat: 2,600 yen. Children (Ages 4 to 11): S Seat: 3,100 yen, A Seat: 2,600 yen, B Seat: 2,100 yen.
  • Reservation Method: Reservations required for all seats
  • Phone Number: 0570-00-8632 (Reservation Dial)

Tokyo Bay Noryosen Summer Night Cruise (Tokyo Bay)

Tokyo Bay Noryosen Summer Night Cruise (Tokyo Bay)

The Tokyo Bay Noryosen is a delightful summer cruise that combines breathtaking nighttime views and exquisite cuisine aboard the Sarubia Maru, a gigantic, 6,000-ton passenger ship.

During the cruise period, the ship sets sail from Takeshiba Pier at 7:15 PM daily, taking passengers on a journey around Tokyo Bay before returning to the pier at 9:00 PM. Aboard the ship, experienced navigators provide insightful commentary on Tokyo Bay's captivating night views, while passengers sample an array of foods featuring Tokyo Island ingredients. Musical events may also be available, for an even more enjoyable cruise!

Boarding fees are 1,500 yen for adults, and 500 yen for children. Men and women donning yukata may also receive a 500 yen discount!

During the summer evening cruise period, don't miss out on the Tokyo Bay Noryosen Official Yukata Shop, conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Takeshiba Pier! The shop offers yukata rental plans that include dressing services, allowing visitors to effortlessly participate on the way home from work or school with no need to bring a yukata of their own.

There’s also a Restaurant Plan available (7,000 yen for adults), which includes a meal, a boarding ticket with a seat aboard the boat, food, and an all-you-can-drink option (additional fees may apply).

Event Details
  • Venue: Tokyo Bay
  • Period: July 7-September 18, 2023
  • Hours: 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM (Departs from Takeshiba Passenger Boat Terminal, goes around of Tokyo Bay, returns to Takeshiba Passenger Boat Terminal)
  • Admission:
    -Adults: 1,500 yen / Children (elementary age): 500 yen
    *Fare includes boarding fee and tax. Food & drink available on board (additional charges apply).
  • Yukata discount available (Adults only; excluding Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays; Discounts cannot be combined; Not valid for jinbei and samue).
  • Closed: Open daily

Travel Back in Time: Cool Evenings with a Great View (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Travel Back in Time: Cool Evenings with a Great View (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

This summer evening event will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in commemoration of its 70th anniversary. The hotel’s Japanese garden will be decorated with vivid parasols, reminiscent of the Edo Period (1603-1868), and over 400 bamboo lights. As an extra touch, bamboo ornaments called ‘takemari’ will also bring the garden’s pond to life with the image of fireflies gracefully dancing through the air.

On the first floor of Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Lounge Komyo, guests can enjoy some delicious shaved ice while overlooking the Japanese garden (3,800 yen, tax included, service charge not included). These ices, served in gorgeous Kyo-yaki bowls, are made with first-grade Fukujuen tea, dating back to the Edo Period, and Tamba Kuromame. As you eat your way through this delightful dish, you’ll appreciate the varying flavors of the wasanbon (fine-grained Japanese sugar) and green tea ice creams, and the azuki beans. There’s also a delicious green tea syrup you can drizzle in yourself!

Overnight stay plans also allow visitors to rent hand-held bamboo lanterns (one per person), so you can unwind in style as you escape the midsummer heat.

Event Details
  • Venue: Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, Japanese Garden
  • Dates: July 21 - August 31, 2023
  • Hours: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM *Varies by season
  • Admission: Free
  • Closed: Open daily during event
  • Phone: 03-3447-1111 (Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa Reservations Dept.)

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo: Tokyo Unkai Beer Terrace - Night Picnic (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo)

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo: Tokyo Unkai Beer Terrace - Night Picnic (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo)

At the picturesque Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, surrounded by lush gardens, an extraordinary event unfolds. Themed as a "Night Picnic," this delightful open-air experience allows guests to savor perfectly paired dishes with beer.

A unique feature not found elsewhere is the enchanting view of the Tokyo Unkai (Sea of Clouds) which offers a refreshing feeling even on summer nights. This magical sight is created using an elaborate mist effect executed with approximately 2,000 nozzles, generating fine water particles measuring about 10 to 20 microns, which form the illusion of mist. The breathtaking scenery resembles an authentic "sea of clouds."

On the terrace, you can enjoy a "Self-Sandwich," where fillings are sandwiched between slices of bread, along with beer-friendly options like beef steak and french fries, all served picnic-style in baskets.

In addition to refreshing draft beer, the event features an array of alcoholic beverages suitable for the Night Picnic, such as Panache, a light cocktail made by mixing beer with lemonade.

Moreover, from August 11th to 15th, there will be a family-friendly beer hall held in the banquet hall, where parents and kids alike can have fun. Special menus like kids' self-sandwiches and the signature beef curry & rice cater to children's tastes. Also, there will be bubbly drinks reminiscent of beer, allowing kids to enjoy the beer hall experience alongside parents!

Event Overview: Tokyo Unkai Beer Terrace - Adult Night Picnic
  • Venue: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, Banquet Building, Banquet Terrace
  • Schedule: July 5, 2023 - September 18, 2023 (*Specific days during the period)
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Price: Adults 9,000 yen (including consumption tax and service charge, 15%)
  • *WEB reservations only, Advanced card payment, Reservation for 2 or more guests
Event Overview: Family Beer Hall - Summer Vacation Family Picnic
  • Venue: August 11 - 12, "Miyabi" Banquet Building 4th Floor, August 13 - 15, Hotel Building 1st Floor Ballroom
  • Schedule: August 11, 2023 (Friday, National Holiday) - August 15, 2023 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Price: Adults 9,000 yen, Elementary school students 5,000 yen, Toddlers (Ages 3 and above) 5,000 yen (including consumption tax and service charge, 15%)
  • *WEB reservations only, Advanced card payment, Reservation for 2 or more guests
  • Phone Number: 03-3943-5489 (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
  • Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
    • Address Bunkyo-ku, Sekiguchi 2-10-8, Tokyo-to, 112-8680
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    • Nearest Station Edogawabashi Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
      13 minutes on foot

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ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2023 - Explore, Connect, Edo's Wisdom (Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2023 - Explore, Connect, Edo's Wisdom (Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

Around 170 shops in the Nihonbashi area will be selling refreshing limited edition menu items that evoke a sense of Japanese tradition, such as "Goldfish Jelly" resembling a refreshing goldfish bowl, "Chilled Oden" with flavorful broth-infused jelly perfect for summer, and "Goldfish-shaped Kombu Craft" made from Hokkaido's Rishiri Kombu.

From August 10th (Thursday) to August 13th (Sunday), there will be the inaugural "Nihonbashi Kakigori Festival 2023" featuring a variety of shaved ice from local eateries in a food stall format. Guests can enjoy unique flavors like "Seasonal Shirokuma-kun" shaped like a polar bear and "Chestnut Mont Blanc Kakigori."

Additionally, there will be several wind chime spots, including the "Wind Chime Path in Fukutoku Forest," where approximately 200 Edo-style wind chimes will adorn both sides of the pathway leading from Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Forest. Other spots like "COREDO Muromachi Terrace Keyaki Plaza" and "Tokyo Midtown Yaesu 5F Terrace" will also feature wind chimes.

In the vicinity of Fukutoku Shrine's "Nakadori," there will be a water-splashing event using recycled water during sunny weather. The water-splashing not only cools the temperature and brings a sense of "coolness" but also serves as a gesture of hospitality to welcome guests.

Furthermore, there will be various special events where visitors can enjoy the Japanese summer, such as discounted yukata dressing and rental services at eight locations in the Nihonbashi area. An official English website is also available.

With a combination of shaved ice, wind chimes, water-splashing, and yukata, this event incorporates many must-try elements of Japanese summer.

Event Overview
  • Venue: Nihonbashi, Yaesu, Kyobashi Area
  • Dates: July 7, 2023 - September 3, 2023
  • Event Hours: Vary depending on the event
  • Admission Fee: Varies depending on the event
  • Closed on: Open throughout the event period
  • Contact: Nihonbashi Information Center 03-3242-0010 (Weekdays 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, subject to change)

Sanrio Puroland: Puroland Camp (Tokyo Tama City)

Sanrio Puroland: Puroland Camp (Tokyo Tama City)

"Camp" is the theme of the event held at Sanrio Puroland. At the "Puroland Campsite" set up in the 1st-floor Entertainment Hall, visitors can peek into the characters' tents, relax in hammocks while gazing at the night sky, and take photos with their favorite character plushies at the photo spots, immersing themselves in the camping atmosphere.

Additionally, there will be an event show called "Chilling! Hot! Camp Fire" where visitors can dance the "Puroland Folk" with popular characters such as Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, My Melody, and Kuromi to lively music. Moreover, there are various interactive games like the "Puroland Camp Adventure," a roaming game where participants take on missions together, creating a lively and fun experience for everyone.

Furthermore, the "Museum Restaurant" offers buffet-style dining with specially curated menus for the event. Guests can enjoy dishes like the spicy yet creamy "Butter Chicken Curry," seafood delights such as "Ahijo Pasta," "Pepper Rice," "Apple Cheesecake," and "Fruit Punch," which are creatively crafted based on classic camping fare.

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Event Overview
  • Venue: Sanrio Puroland
  • Dates: July 7, 2023 - September 5, 2023
  • Hours: Varies depending on the day
  • Phone: 042-339-1111
  • Admission Fees: Varies depending on the day
  • Closed on: No closing days during the event

Creating Summer Memories at Sunshine Aquarium (Toshima, Tokyo)

Creating Summer Memories at Sunshine Aquarium (Toshima, Tokyo)

Sunshine Aquarium will be hosting various events with the theme of "Creating Summer Memories" from July 22nd to August 25.

One of the highlights is the "Special Summer Guide Tour." On weekdays, there will be guided tours focusing on specific creatures, where visitors can experience unique encounters while listening to explanations from the animal care staff. For instance, on Tuesdays, there will be a tour featuring "Seals," allowing participants to observe them up close right in front of the tank, while on Fridays, the tour will be centered around "Reptiles," providing opportunities to touch lizards and more.

Additionally, the seal training, which is usually conducted irregularly, will have a special edition during the summer. In the "Splash Zone," visitors can enjoy a refreshing experience with water guns and fountains. For those who don't want to get wet, wearing a rain poncho is recommended.

Event Details: Special Summer Guide Tour
  • Venue: Sunshine City Sunshine Aquarium Special Exhibition Area
  • Date: July 22 to August 25, 2023
  • Date/Time: Weekdays during the event period from 11:00 AM, except August 14 to August 18
  • Participants: Limited to 20 people per session
  • Admission: 1,500 yen (Separate admission fee to the aquarium required)
  • Application: Register at the Annual Passport Issuance Counter on the event day during opening hours.
Event Details: Seal Splash!
  • Venue: Sunshine City Sunshine Aquarium Special Exhibition Area
  • Date: July 22 to August 25, 2023
  • Date/Time: Weekdays during the event period, held several times a day (except August 14-18). Saturday and Sunday during the event period, from 8:00 AM to 8:50 AM (except August 12-13)
  • Participants: Limited to 100 people per day
  • Admission: Adults (high school students and above) 3,300 yen, Children (elementary and middle school students) 1,900 yen, Toddlers (4 years and above) 1,400 yen (500 yen for those with an aquarium annual passport)

Tokyo Skytree Town Summer Event Furinko Michi (Sumida Ward, Tokyo)

Tokyo Skytree Town Summer Event Furinko Michi (Sumida Ward, Tokyo)

Tokyo Skytree Town® will be hosting various events during the summer vacation period, offering enjoyment for both children and adults.

The first event is the "Fuurinko Michi" held on the 4th floor Sky Arena of Tokyo Skytree Town®. Numerous wind chimes are hung, creating a cool and refreshing atmosphere. Listen to the gentle sound of wind chimes as you look up at Tokyo Skytree® and immerse yourself in the essence of Japanese summer.

At Soramachi Hiroba and Soramachi Shotengai, the Tokyo Soramachi Summer Festival will take place, featuring food stalls and food trucks, providing the nostalgic ambiance of a traditional downtown summer festival (from July 29 to August 3, 2023).

Additionally, on Floor 350 of Tokyo Skytree Tembo Deck, the official character of Tokyo Skytree, Sorakara-chan, will make a limited-time appearance in a yukata with a sunflower pattern during the "Sorakara-chan's Limited-time Greeting" event (from July 14 to August 31, 2023 at 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM).

Event Details
  • Venue: Tokyo Skytree Town 4th Floor Sky Arena, Number 9 Side
  • Date: July 14 to September 3, 2023
  • Admission: Free
  • Closed Days: Open daily during the event.

ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2023 (Chiba Prefecture, Chiba City)

Photo: PIXTA (For illustrative purposes only)
Photo: PIXTA (For illustrative purposes only)

This is Japan's largest outdoor rock festival organized by the music media company "Rocking On Group." One of its distinctive features is that all the performing artists are Japanese, unlike other outdoor festivals.

The lineup covers a wide range of genres, from well-known popular artists like Yuzu, Elephant Kashimashi, Momoiro Clover Z, YOASOBI, Cocco, Fujifabric, THE BACK HORN, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and 10-FEET, to indie bands and DJs. Many of these artists are familiar to Japanese people through television and radio, making it an inclusive event for those who want to get a comprehensive grasp of Japan's music industry, including festival newcomers.

In addition to Japanese foods like okonomiyaki, gyoza, and ramen, there will be 79 food and beverage stalls offering various international cuisines such as pizza, hamburgers, kebabs, and more.

Other attractions include the "Massage Booth" where you can receive professional massages and stretches from sports trainers, a traditional Japanese fair corner, and facilities like the Rock Ice Sales Point and Snow Spots to help combat heatstroke.

As of July 2023, tickets are sold out. The ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2023 organizing committee will conduct a lottery to automatically match ticket sellers and prospective buyers.

Event Details
  • Venue: Chiba City Soga Sports Park
  • Event Hours: Opens at 9:00, starts at 11:50, ends at 8:40 PM (subject to change each day) *Rain or shine (will be canceled in severe weather conditions)
  • Tickets: As of July 2023, tickets are sold out
  • Chiba City Soga Sports Park
    • Address 1-20 Kawasakicho, Chuo Ward, Chiba, 260-0835

Koto Fireworks Festival 2023 (Koto Ward, Tokyo)

Photo: PIXTA
Photo: PIXTA

The Koto Fireworks Festival is held beside the Arakawa River. Due to the pandemic, it had been canceled in recent years, but this year marks its return after a four-year hiatus. One of the distinctive features of the Koto Fireworks Festival is the proximity of the launching site to the main venue, Arakawa Sunamachi Riverside Park, allowing spectators to witness dynamic fireworks up close.

The festival features five programs, including the lively "Bloom to the Fullest! New Koto Fireworks!" and the whimsical "Smile-filled Summer Vacation". Around 6,000 fireworks will illuminate the sky, with the starmines fired successively from boats floating on the Arakawa River offering a particularly spectacular sight. Attendance is limited to 10,000 people with advance reservation required through the official website.

Additionally, on the day of the fireworks festival, there will be private cruises available for those specifically coming to enjoy the fireworks display. Avoiding the crowds, guests can savor the fireworks from a premium spot on the boat. Prior reservation is necessary, and the cruise includes a boxed lunch while allowing participants to bring their own drinks.

Event Overview
  • Venue: Arakawa Sunamachi Riverside Park (between Kasai Bridge and Kiyosuna Ohashi Bridge)
  • *Limited to 10,000 people, advance reservation required for the area between Kasai Bridge and Kiyosuna Ohashi Bridge.
  • Access: Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Minamisunamachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to Arakawa Sunamachi Mizube Park.
  • Date: August 11, 2023
  • Time: 7PM - 8PM, Ceremony at 7PM, Fireworks Launch at 7:10 PM
  • Price: 5,000 yen per person for reserved seating
  • Closed: No scheduled closures during the event
  • Phone number: 03-6427-0040
  • Arakawa Sunamachi Riverside Park
    • Address 3 Chome-27-3 Higashisuna, Koto City, Tokyo 136-0074

ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe: SUMMER SONIC 2023 (Chiba, Chiba Prefecture)

ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe: SUMMER SONIC 2023 (Chiba, Chiba Prefecture)

SUMMER SONIC 2023 is a large-scale music festival that invites both domestic and international big-name artists and simultaneously takes place in two locations: Chiba and Osaka. Unlike traditional outdoor festivals held in the suburbs, "SUMMER SONIC 2023" is branded as a "city-type festival," allowing attendees to participate on a day trip from the city center due to its proximity.

Past artists who have performed at the festival include the sold-out American rock band "Fall Out Boy" and "THE KID LAROI" from Australia, whose collaboration with Justin Bieber on the song "Stay" became the most-streamed foreign song in Japan in 2021. Other notable performers include Hoshino Gen and Jacob Collier, whose last year's concert in Japan was sold out, making "so sad so happy" a highly anticipated act.

Event Overview
  • Venue: ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Mihama-ku, Mihama 1
  • Access: 7-minute walk from Keiyo Line Kaihin-Makuhari Station
  • Dates: August 19 - 20, 2023
  • Opening Time: Gates open at 9:00 am / Performances start at 11:00 am
  • Ticket Availability: As of July 2023, tickets are sold out.

The 57th Azabujuban Noryo Festival (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

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Photo: PIXTA

The Azabujuban Noryo Festival is famous for its historical traditional shops and popular eateries that set up food stalls, offering a delightful food journey for visitors. After pausing due to the pandemic, the festival is back this year after four years.

As in previous years, the event will feature the "Our Country's Pride" section, where specialty products and food from various regions of Japan are sold. There will also be entertainment programs such as a traditional comedy show and festival music (ohayashi) to add to the festive atmosphere. It's a charming and homemade summer festival organized by the local shopping street.

Event Details
  • Venue: Azabujuban Shopping Street
  • Date: August 26 - 27, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Closed on: No closing days during the event
  • Azabujuban Shopping Street
    • Address 麻布十番商店街

The 64th Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori (Suginami Ward, Tokyo)

The 64th Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori (Suginami Ward, Tokyo)

The 64th Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori takes place in the Koenji Station North-South Shopping Street and Koenji South Street (Suginami Ward, Tokyo). After being canceled due to the impact of COVID-19, this year's outdoor dance performances will resume after a four-year hiatus.

Awa Odori is a Bon dance festival held annually during the Obon period in Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture. The Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori started in 1957, initiated by local young people to liven up the shopping district.

Over the years, approximately 10,000 dancers have performed, attracting around one million spectators over the course of the two-day event. To the lively sounds of flutes and drums, people of all ages dance through the streets, and on August 26 and 27, the town of Koenji will be filled with excitement.

During the day, the first part begins at 11:30 AM, followed by the second part at 2:00 PM. Additionally, there will be elaborately staged performances at the "Session Suginami Hall" (Tickets for one show cost 2,000 yen).

Event Overview
  • Venue: JR Koenji Station, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Shinkoenji Station, surrounding shopping streets, and Koenji South Street (total of 8 performance stages)
  • Dates: August 26 - 27
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (canceled in case of severe weather, held in light rain)
  • Closed: No scheduled closures during the event

In August, Tokyo offers a variety of vibrant events, such as music festivals, traditional festivals, and dazzling fireworks displays. Enjoy these powerful experiences while sightseeing, and consider evening fireworks shows to beat the heat.

(Note that the information is current as of July 2023; check official websites for updates.)

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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