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The Best Events and Things To Do in Tokyo This Week

Tokyo Weekender's guide to the best events, activities and things to do in the city

As lively as ever, Japan’s capital this week hosts an array of live events, pop-up shops, exhibitions and more. Leap into spring with sakura-themed menus and afternoon teas, or peruse the array of different live music performances on offer. Check out the best things to do in Tokyo this week, from March 25 to March 29.

Live Shows and Community Events

The Gay Agenda: LGBTQ+ Comedy Night at Tokyo Comedy Bar

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Tokyo Comedy Bar presents its monthly open mic & comedy showcase for the best LGBTQ+ comedians in the community.

Whether it’s your first time at the Tokyo Comedy Bar or if you’re a regular, grab a drink, sit back, and get ready to laugh.

Date & Time Apr 17, 2024・21:00-22:30・Doors open at 20:30
Price ¥2,000
Location Tokyo Comedy Bar
More Info Students discount with valid Student ID

Art, Kitsch and Exoticism at Shibuya’s Eurospace Cinema

This March, there will be a special screening period at Shibuya’s Eurospace cinema, entitled “Art,  Kitsch and Exoticism.”

Over the course of the two weeks, the 12 film screenings will feature films shot in Tokyo by directors from all over the world, from a variety of genres and for a variety of ages. These include Video Notebooks of the City and Mode, which follows the work of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, as well as Like Someone in Love by masterful Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.

There will also be talks with the actors and discussion available to join throughout the screening period.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 29, 2024・10:00-21:00・Times vary according to screening
Price Price varies according to screening
Location Shibuya Eurospace Cinema

Kamimachi March

Join performer Hanagatsu for a life-affirming performance around the streets of Kamimachi, Setagaya.

Co-organized with Kamimachi Kobo and NPO Art’s Embrace, the march aims to connect those with disabilities to the locals. Performer Hanagatsu will lead the march through Kamimachi, with participants invited to sing, dance and make merry as they go.

Date & Time Mar 27, 2024・13:00-・Start time: 13:00-, and 14:00-
Price Free
Location Kamimachi Kobo HQ

Odaiba Dinosaur Expo 2024

Dinosaur-loving children and adults all over Japan are getting ready to flock to this year’s Dinosaur Expo taking place in Odaiba. It opens in March and lasts until after Golden Week. The specialty dinosaur store, Dinosaur Base, offers exciting dinosaur-related products, inspired by the 3D-printed models of the exhibition.

Date & Time UNTIL May 6, 2024・10:00-18:00・Last entry 17:30
Price Advanced tickets from ¥2,000
Location Fuji Television Network
More Info Discounts available for students

Ghostbusters Cafe Opens in Ginza for a Limited Time

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures, and the 40th anniversary of the Ghostbusters series, the latest movie, Ghostbusters: Frozen Summer comes to screens at the end of March.

The “Frozen Cafe” is open in Ginza for a limited time, where you can enjoy original drinks related to the movie, such as a Frozen Ginza Latte, in a space carefully curated to give the impression that you are walking on ice.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・08:00-19:00・Open 11:00-19:00 on weekends and holidays
Price Price varies according to stock
Location Sony Park Mini

More Tokyo Music Live: Neo Soul, Funk, Jazz

In the heart of Shimokitazawa, the hub of Tokyo’s live music, More Than Music are hosting a regular “More Tokyo Music” event. Immerse yourself in a vibrant world of music every Wednesday from 7pm to 11pm. With carefully curated live performances, each week offers a unique sonic journey that spans genres and captivates all tastes.

This week’s lineup includes Chun and Whack.

Date & Time Mar 27, 2024・19:00-23:00
Price Admission ¥3,500 | Free for MTM Members (sign up for MTM membership)
Location Shimokitazawa BREATH

MTM Pick-up: Tokyo Vibes Vol 2 – Music & Art

Tokyo Vibes is an event where art, music, and connections come together. The community brings together passionate individuals from across the globe to share, inspire, and revel in live music and creativity.

In the event’s second iteration, there will be two live performances, four DJs, six exhibiting artists and several pop-ups.

Date & Time Mar 31, 2024・13:00-21:00
Price Door ¥2,000 | Online ¥1,500 | MTM Members ¥0 (sign up for MTM membership)
Location B by the Brooklyn Brewery

Roles For Initiative: Comedy RPG at Tokyo Comedy Bar

Roles For Initiative is a unique fantasy-themed comedy show that is a mix of RPG (think Dungeons & Dragons) and comedy and improvisation. Some of Tokyo’s best stand-ups and improvisers will navigate a world and situations that the audience helps build, all led by comedian Jon Sabay.

Note that half the ticket and drink specials sales will be donated to TELL (Tokyo Lifeline).

Date & Time Mar 31, 2024・19:30-
Price ¥2,000
Location Tokyo Comedy Bar (TCB)

Art Exhibitions

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Bleach / Black, Blank & Bleed: Tite Kubo Exhibition at Azabudai Hills

A total of 10 new Bleach artworks created in 2024 are exhibited at at the Shueisha Manga-Art Heritage gallery in Azabudai Hills from March 8 to May 6.

The prints in the Bleach exhibition are divided into two categories: the “Real Color Collection” and “The Press,” a monochrome series. In the color collection there are images of Ichigo and friends dressed in kimono, Ichigo and members of the Gotei 13 squads, as well as the Arrancar villains. For the Gotei 13 image, they are dressed in Japanese delinquent-like outfits, while one image of the Arrancars shows them in corresponding white outfits. The monochrome prints show special art from the manga.

This is rare opportunity to see high-quality Bleach artwork selected by the manga artist himself, as well as purchase one of the very limited hand-signed prints.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 29, 2024・16:00-19:30
Price Adults: Level 1 Seating ¥4,500 Level 2 Seating ¥3,800 Students: Level 1 Seating ¥3,200 Level 2 Seating ¥2,700

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If You Chase The Morning Calm: Photography Exhibition

“Kimi ga asanagi o ounara” (If You Chase the Morning Calm) is the second instalment of the two-part photography exhibition by photographers Lewis Harrison and Natsuki Itoh.

Asanagi (morning calm) was chosen for the title of this show as the works seek to evoke a temporary stillness, inviting viewers to chase their own “morning calm” through gentleness and warmth. Enjoy this visual meeting of minds from the British and Japanese photographers.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・12:00-23:00・Monday to Saturday: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00 | Sundays: 12:00 - 17:00 | Closed on Wednesdays.
Price 1 Drink Order

Spring Festival at the National Museum of Modern Art

Spring is in bloom at the National Museum of Modern Art, where the MOMAT collection has some of the finest cherry blossom paintings on show. Find your gaze drifting into the stream of Kawai Gyokudo’s “Parting Spring” (a National Important Cultural Property, pictured above) while Kikuchi Hobun’s “Fine Rain on Mt. Yoshino” transports you to the famous Nara mountainside.

English tours of the exhibition will be running on select dates, as part of the MOMAT “Let’s Talk Art!” program. Visit the links below for more information.

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 7, 2024・10:00-17:00・Open until 20:00 Fridays and Saturdays
Price ¥500 (included in MOMAT Collection Ticket)
Location National Museum of Modern Art

Popup DJ Workshop and Events with Samo, Kotsu, Frankie $

AlphaTheta Corporation, the company responsible for Pioneer DJ products, is set to launch the AlphaTheta Lab® popup store at Harajuku’s Mil Gallery, running for 9 days from March 23 to March 31.

The popup aims to create an inclusive community for music lovers, and provide experiences for beginner DJs to professional DJs at the forefront of the music scene. It will also provide opportunities to touch, try and purchase a range of AlphaTheta’s DJ equipment firsthand, as well in-depth workshops, followed by free DJ events in the evenings. Special workshops tailored for parents and children (ages 6-12) will also take place on March 30.

The AlphaTheta Lab® popup space will transform into a vibrant dance floor with DJ performances curated on March 23 and 29, starting at 6 p.m. The lineup features local artists such as Kotsu from Japan-based house music collective CYK, Samo from Fullhouse, and N² from Kyun Desu.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・11:00-21:00・March 23 & 29: guest DJ event from 18:00 | March 30: until 17:00, March 31: until 15:00
Price Free

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Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum

Each spring the Tokyo National Museum selects cherry blossom themed objects from their collections and sprinkles them throughout the Japan Gallery (Honkan). This year, visitors can see everything from sakura-themed lacquerware to woodblock prints of cherry blossom viewing at Sensoji Temple. The Museum gardens also have 10 kinds of cherry blossom trees and are open to the public.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・08:00-19:00・Open 11:00-19:00 on weekends and holidays
Price Price varies according to stock
Location Sony Park Mini

MUCA Icons of Urban Art Exhibition

One of the largest museums of urban art in Europe, the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA), is bringing its collection to Japan for the first time this spring.

With over 60 valuable works, including a sculptural piece by Banksy, pieces by French street artist Invader, American artist Shepard Fairey and many more, the exhibition includes career-defining works by internationally renown artists.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 2, 2024・10:00-19:00・10:00-20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, holidays and days before holidays
Price Tickets from ¥2,400
Location Mori Arts Center Gallery
More Info Discounts available for students

“Universal / Remote” Exhibition

The National Art Center, Tokyo is hosting an exhibition titled “Universal / Remote.” This exhibition seeks to examine the various phenomena through contemporary art, such as the way we live and work within it and the state of society in the years following the pandemic.

Eight solo artists and one artistic collective have come together to explore traditional themes in contemporary art, such as global capitalism, and the digitalization of society. Featuring art from all over the world, from Asia to Scandinavia – including some works never-before seen in Japan. Viewers are invited to decipher post-pandemic society and the state of the individual.

Date & Time UNTIL Jun 3, 2024・10:00-18:00・Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Price Tickets from ¥1,500. Discounts available for students.
Location The National Art Center
More Info Closed on Tuesdays

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A to Z: An Exhibition of The Former Residence of Prince Asaka

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Teien Art Museum, the former residence of Prince Asaka. As a large Art Deco-style building completed in 1933, the Museum oozes a glitzy modernist glamor rarely seen in Tokyo. Fans of art and interior design will enjoy this exhibition of the Prince’s home with a new focus on its materials, architectural techniques and historical anecdotes.

Date & Time UNTIL May 12, 2024・10:00-18:00・Closed every Monday and on April 30 and May 7 | March 22,23,29,30 opening until 20:00 (Last admission at 19:30)
Price General Admission ¥1,400 (discounts available)
Location Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
More Info Online reservation is recommended for the exhibition

Joyful Confusions: Mogu Takahashi Exhibition

Artist Mogu Takahashi’s paintings are happy and vibrant. She describes the process of drawing as “like writing a letter to someone dear” and playing with her inner child, and this is evidenced through her charming use of color and animal characters.

With her previous work including the children’s counting book Poodles Eating Noodles and a series of paintings with long-nosed dog heads that look like shoes, this exhibition at Muji sister brand Idee is sure to uplift.

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 22, 2024・11:30-19:00
Price Free
Location Idee Jiyugaoka
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Traveling Peanuts Exhibition

Held at the newly refurbished Snoopy Museum Tokyo, the “Traveling Peanuts” exhibition is showcasing original drawings by Charles M. Schulz that depict Snoopy and the Peanuts gang during their travels. There are more than 40 original comic strips borrowed from the Schulz Museum. “Traveling Peanuts” began on February 1, when the Snoopy Museum Tokyo reopened after being closed for three weeks. 

The museum now includes a new Snoopy Wonder Room, featuring various Snoopy goods, and a new light and video presentation in the popular Snoopy Room area, which is known for its approximately 8-meter-long giant statue of  Schulz’s most famous character.  The museum’s shop, Brown’s Store, meanwhile, has added various items that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Adjacent to the museum is the Peanuts Cafe, which now includes terrace seating and a new grand menu. 

Date & Time UNTIL Sep 1, 2024・10:00-18:00・Open until 20:00 between February 1 and 4, 19:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Closed on February 20.
Price Advance Ticket ¥1,800 | On the Day ¥2,000
Location Snoopy Museum Tokyo
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A Harmonious Cycle of Interconnected Nows: Exhibition by Olafur Eliasson

Azabudai Hills Gallery opened its doors last November with the inaugural exhibition featuring Olafur Eliasson. The Icelandic-Danish artist is known for his social engagement with the climate crisis and invites viewers to challenge their perception of the world around them. Eliasson explores line, movement, light and color, founded on ideas of geometry, physics and the workings of the natural world.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・10:00-20:00
Price ¥1,800
Location Azabudai Hills

Fragments of the Future: Laboratory of Science and Design Exhibition

Design dreams of possible futures in this exhibition directed by engineer Shunji Yamanaka. Based around the theme of a more beautiful, surprising and engaging world, visitors can see prototypes, robots, and materials made by Yamanaka and others collaboratively. Showing what can emerge from combining design and scientific thinking, it asks, what could the materials of the future look like?

Date & Time UNTIL Aug 12, 2024・11:00-19:00・Closed on Tuesdays
Price ¥1,400

Seasonal Events

Tokyo Midtown “Midtown Blossom” 2024

Creating a soothing space in the city, Tokyo Midtown invites visitors to luxuriate in the gorgeous spring flowers and wild herbs coloring this year’s “Midtown Blossom.”

There is a Blossom Sensory Garden available to visit, with spring-inspired flowers and greenery, a Spring Walkway of around 100 cherry trees and a Spring Stroll Cafe.

The Blossom Cafe is also available to visit. It’s a relaxing open space to take in the natural beauty of the garden.

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 14, 2024・12:00-18:00・Last entry 17:30
Price Free
Location Tokyo Midtown Garden
More Info Please be advised weather may affect opening hours

Flower Garden at Yokohama Red Warehouse 2024

Designed to provide new and immersive experience, this spring the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse will be hosting a Flower Garden, to allow visitors a means to embrace the arrival of spring.

With a moonlight theme at night, and a fantastic view overlooking Yokohama Port during the day, this vast flower garden will boast over 20,000 flowers, and also includes dining and shopping options for visitors.

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 21, 2024・11:00-18:00
Price Free
Location Yokohama Flower Garden

Tokyo German Village Winter Illuminations

Tokyo German Village’s illumination event is a union of light and music. Walk under a river of lights, spot the different characters sculpted in the fields and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. This year’s theme is “Gulliver’s Travels.”

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 7, 2024・17:00-20:00
Price Adults: ¥1000 | Kids: ¥500
Location Tokyo German Village

Sagamiko Illumillion 2023-2024

The famous Sagami Lake illuminations return for the 15th time this year. To celebrate the anniversary, in addition to its regular display which uses 6 million LED lights, Sagamiko Illumillion features a Doraemon-themed area for fans of the franchise.

Date & Time UNTIL May 12, 2024・16:00-21:00・Apr 8 - May 12 | Weekends and holidays only
Price Adult pass ¥2,000+ | Child pass ¥1,300+
Location Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest
More Info 12/24-1/3 Illumination ends at 21:30

Afternoon Tea and Seasonal Menus

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Sakura Party Menu at Bills

Australian brunch restaurant, Bills (stylized as bills), is hosting its own hanami party throughout March, with a couple of cherry blossom-themed drinks joining the menu.

Guests can sip on a sakura-themed mocktail or gin cocktail made using Bills own cherry blossom syrup, while admiring the cherry blossoms from inside the restaurant. It’s perfect for a rainy day.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・08:30-23:00・Opening times vary according to each restaurant
Price Drinks ¥900-¥1,300 apiece
Location Bills Ginza

Matisse Exhibition Afternoon Tea at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

In collaboration with the new Henri Matisse exhibition opening at The National Art Center, Tokyo, The French Kitchen at Grand Hyatt Tokyo has prepared an afternoon tea buffet inspired by the French visual artist’s exceptional deployment of color.

Bringing together around 150 of Matisse’s works, the “Henri Matisse – Forms in Freedom” exhibition has a particular focus on his cut-outs.

With a nod to springtime, the afternoon tea highlights sakura and strawberry flavors and colors, including a sakura and white chocolate mousse and a sakura and strawberry shortcake.

Date & Time UNTIL Apr 15, 2024・15:00-17:00・Last entry at 15:30
Price ¥5,940 on weekdays, ¥7,590 on weekends and holidays
Location French Kitchen

Strawberry Afternoon Tea at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon

To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Tokyo Edition, Toranomon offers a Strawberry Edition Afternoon Tea at the Lobby Bar.

Featuring delicately crafted strawberry treats and light savory bites, feast on traditional favorites with a special strawberry twist. From sweet and sour strawberry rhubarb tart and elegant rose strawberry cake to yogurt strawberry canelé, this is the perfect place to enjoy the freshest and juiciest strawberries Japan has to offer.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・12:00-17:00
Price ¥8,500 with fine tea selection
Location The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon
More Info ¥13,000 with glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

Aphrodite by Venus de Milo Afternoon Tea

A unique afternoon tea series inspired by the ancient Greek sculpture “Venus de Milo” can be enjoyed for a limited time at the bar and lounge, Whisk, located on the 16th floor of the luxury hotel MESM. The delightful course, titled “Afternoon Exhibition,” features a wide range of sweets and savory dishes inspired by ancient Greece, where the Venus de Milo, which is believed to depict Aphrodite, was discovered.

It’s a playful course that makes it feel like you are inside a museum. On top of that, the small dishes, including baklava, moussaka, halva, cheesecake and some Greek-style fritters known as tiganites, all taste amazing. The highlight of the program, though, is the Greek yogurt peach mousse that looks identical to the Venus de Milo. Guests can complete the artwork with some apricot and raspberry sauce, which are served separately.

Date & Time UNTIL May 2, 2024・14:00-
Price Starting from ¥6,500 (inclusive of consumption tax and 15% service charge)
Location Mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection

Grand Hyatt Tokyo: Grand Gourmet Trip to Toyama and Ishikawa

This February, Grand Hyatt Tokyo presents its Grand Gourmet Trip to Toyama and Ishikawa: a selection of seasonal menus developed with the aim of reviving rural areas of Japan and supporting local food providers.

The chefs at Keyakizaka are preparing luxurious regional dishes on a teppan grill, with each dish created from local ingredients selected by Chef de Cuisine Yoshinobu Honda. The menu includes delicious winter yellowtail, Tateyama beef and fragrant garlic rice made from organic rice cultivated at Imai Farm on the Noto Peninsula.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・11:30-21:30・Closed on Mondays
Price Price varies according to menu
Location Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Strawberry Sweets Selection at the Fiorentina Pastry Boutique

At Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Fiorentina Pastry Boutique, strawberries reign supreme. The team of award-winning pastry chef have developed a range of mouthwatering strawberry desserts, including a new strawberry shortcake assortment, an exquisite strawberry tiramisu and a strawberry piccolo gateaux.

Date & Time UNTIL Mar 31, 2024・09:00-21:30・Cakes available from 10:00
Price Price varies according to stock
Location Grand Hyatt Tokyo

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