Tokyo is well into the swing of the holiday season, and there’s a feeling of festivity in the air. We’ve put together another great collection of events to check out, whether you’re looking to pick up a special gift for someone on your list, want to take in the illuminations that have popped up all over town, or feel like exploring Tokyo’s artistic side. Click on the header of each event for more details.

vincent van gogh the sower painting

Vincent van Gogh, The Sower, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Van Gogh & Japan

This exhibit explores Japan’s influence on Van Gogh as well as the gravitational pull that the tormented artist had on generations of Japanese art enthusiasts.

Ishiuchi Miyako: Grain and Image

Ishiuchi Miyako is currently one of the most highly acclaimed photographers in the world. This exhibition focuses on “grain,” one of Ishiuchi’s keywords, and consists of about 200 items from 13 series, from her early years to never-before-shown works.

Heiwajima Antiques Fair

The oldest antiques fair in Japan sees over 280 sellers from across the country bring their treasures to the capital. Heiwajima Antiques Fair is held only a handful of times a year and attracts lines of collectors, connoisseurs and the simply curious.


Max Ionata with Special Guest Yuki Arimasa

Italy’s top saxophonist Max Ionata comes to Tokyo for a special music event at Keystone Club Tokyo in Roppongi.

Tokyo’s Winter Illuminations

As the temperatures fall, there’s nothing more pleasant than bundling up and strolling through an illuminated winter wonderland. Here’s our roundup of the best places to see the bright lights.

Swan & Lion Christmas Lunch at BrewDog Bar

On Sunday December 10, enjoy a five-course Christmas course lunch with British cuisine specialist Swan & Lion.

The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017

A selection of some of Japan’s most popular artists have been commissioned to create Doraemon related works, based on their personal memories, to bring people together in a celebration of the much loved earless robotic cat.

Tabisuru Shintora Market: Autumn Edition

At the autumn edition of this regular market held next door to Toranomon Hills, explore the local delicacies and crafts of Komono and Suzuka in Mie, Hioki in Kagoshima, and Awashimaura, Yahiko, and Izumozaki in Niigata.

Ritz-Carlton Holiday Afternoon Tea

Indulge in a delicious and festive afternoon treat at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s stunning 45th floor Lobby Lounge.

Christmas Market at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Now in its sparkling eighth anniversary, the Christmas Market at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse has all the essentials you need for a perfect festive date or family outing: shopping, ice skating, hot wine and plenty of delicious German food.

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