Go big or go home this weekend as some of Tokyo’s most anticipated extravaganzas will be blowing up – literally. From the city’s most famous fireworks festival at Sumidagawa to the world’s top music acts taking the stage at Fuji Rock, this just might be the most exciting weekend of the year. Unless it rains, in which case you better head to the Honey Festa.
More than 200 Japanese and international artists takes over the Naeba Ski Resort, deep in the forests of Niigata for three days of music. This year’s headliners include The Cure, The Chemical Brothers, Thom Yorke, Sia, Death Cab for Cutie and James Blake. Check out our interviews with Australian acts Courtney Barnett and Sunnyside.
Sumidagawa was one of the first places to host fireworks spectacles back in the day and is still the largest of its kind in Tokyo.
This ultra-cool special exhibition at The Japanese Sword Museum appreciates the time-honored techniques of crafting a Japanese katana.
Considered one of the smaller fireworks in the city, the Tachikawa Showa Kinen Park Fireworks still attracts over 300,000 visitors every year.
Harajuku’s landmark department store boasts 12 floors of stores and concessions catering to fashionistas all across Japan’s subculture and street fashion landscape. The biannual Grand Bazaar features discounts of up to 90%.
This relaxed, intimate festival is held in a quiet residential neighborhood of Hachioji in western Tokyo, offering plenty of unobstructed views of the spectacle in the sky.
Whether you are a budding beekeeper or you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, this is the perfect event for honey lovers of all ages.