Looking for something to do this weekend in Tokyo? Check out Guidable’s top pick of events and things to do this weekend.
Note: due to COVID-19, events are limited, and cancellations are frequent. Please check with the official homepage of the event before leaving home. Also, don’t forget to practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly.
Guidable’s Pick of Things to Do This Weekend in Tokyo
Kingdom Exhibition The Road of Shin – The Ueno Royal Museum
12 June ~ 25 July 2021
Fans of the hugely popular Kingdom manga, won’t want to miss this exhibition which reconstructs the story of the main character “Shin” under the full supervision of the author, Yasuhisa Hara. Experience how this manga, serialised in “Weekly Shonen Jump” took Japan by storm. This exhibition introduces the story of “Kingdom” from the first episode “The Boy of No Name” to the 438th episode “The Time of Heroic Flight” with more than 400 original handwritten drawings. 20 illustrations were even drawn especially for this exhibition!
For fans in Fukuoka, you can now buy tickets for the Fukuoka exhibition too!
Location: The Ueno Royal Museum
Price: 2,500 JPY for adults
Midtown Art Palette – Roppongi
16 July – 17 September 2021
Experience all kinds of art at Tokyo Midtown this summer. From casual to full-fledged art, Midtown offers a variety of art to delight and impress. There is a “Digital Art Garden of Light and Fog” in the Midtown Garden, where you can enjoy the art outside on a cool summer’s evening. Or relax in the “Midpark Art Lounge,” an outdoor lounge surrounded by colourful art lanterns. The Tokyo Midtown Hall will hold a special exhibition to commemorate the 260th anniversary of Hokusai’s birth, and art will be displayed throughout the location including in restaurants and cafes.
Location: Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi
Milky Way Illuminations – Tokyo Tower
21 June ~ 25 July 2021
There are only a few days left to experience this year’s Tokyo Tower’s summer Milky Way Illuminations. This year the illuminations will light up the Main Deck to the tune of BTS’s original Japanese song “Film out”. Watch out for the occasional shooting star that intersects the Milky Way in the centre of the illuminations. You can also see the stars reflected on the glass for a beautiful illusion, making it look as though the stars appear in the Tokyo skyline. Make sure to arrive at 00, 15, 30 or 45 minutes past the hour to see the light show.
Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck 1st Floor
Price: Entrance fee to the main deck at 1,200 JPY for adults
Studio Chizu 10th Cross Park in Yomiuri Land
17 July ~ 5 September 2021
Did you watch Summer Wars on TV last Friday? This popular film is produced by Studio Chizu, an animation film production company that plans, produces and directs Mamoru Hosoda’s works.
This event commemorates Studio Chizu’s 10th anniversary and the release of Hosoda’s latest work, “The Dragon and the Princess with the Freckles”. All of Studio Chizu’s works including: “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, “Summer Wars”, “Wolf Children”, “Bakemonoko”, and “Mirai no Mirai” will be featured in attractions and art displays at the exhibition located at “Yomiuri Land” amusement park.
Location: Yomiuri Land, Inagi, Tokyo
Price: 3,500~ JPY for adults
Man Ray and the Women Exhibition – Bunkamura, Shibuya
13 July ~ 6 September 2021
The exhibition introduces the works of Man Ray and focuses on the fascinating women around him. A photographer, painter, filmmaker, writer and designer, Man Ray was one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century. He depicts women expressing different emotions and themes in his work. These women he chose as models were generally those close to him. This exhibition focuses on the women he was friends with at the time, introducing four different periods of his life. The exhibition features more than 250 works, including about 150 photographs as well as jewellery, dresses and paintings worn by women of the time.
Location: Bunkamura, Shibuya
Price: 1,700 JPY (1,500 JPY pre-booked ticket)
Watch the Olympic Games **Online**
23 July ~ 08 August 2021
And finally, from Friday this week, you can watch the Olympic Games online or via NHK. The opening ceremony is due to start from 19:50 on Friday 23rd July and there are games broadcasted daily. You can find the schedule here.
Your Picks of Things to Do This Weekend in Tokyo
If you plan to go to any of these events, we would love to hear your thoughts. What are your favourite things to do at the weekend? Let us know!