2019 Best Events in Tokyo

Must-Visit Upcoming Events in Tokyo 2019!

Must-Visit Events and Festivals in Tokyo

Numbers of exciting, fun and unique events are held in Tokyo through the year including traditional festivals, cherry blossoms, food events, special exhibitions and more. If you are planning your trip to Tokyo, make sure to check the event schedule in advance and don’t miss the special events available only for limited time of the year!

In this article, I have listed the most anticipated upcoming festivals and events which will be held in Tokyo 2019! From seasonal events to Rugby World Cup 2019, check out what we shouldn’t miss in 2019 in Japan! (NOTE: Information will be added/updated from time to time)

▼Check out the latest event schedule in Tokyo for 2020! ▼

-Food Events

From September to November

-Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

Date: 8 August 2019 to 13 January 2020

STAR WARS exhibition in Tokyo ‘STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition’

-Sailor Moon Cafe 2019

Shibuya Store 3 October to 17 November 2019
Solamachi Store 25 October 2019 to 13 January 2020
Omotesando Store 17 January to 1 March 2020

-Tokyo Metro: The Underground Mysteries

Date: 15 October 2019 to 16 February 2020

-Winter/Christmas Dessert Buffets

Date:  November to December

-Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa NAKED STAR AQUARIUM

Date: 2 November to 25 December

Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa: Special Events and Discount Tickets

-STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 -Precious for you-

Date: 7 November to 25 December

-Christmas Markets

Date: November to December

-Roppongi Hills Christmas 2019-2020

Date: early November to 25 December 2019

Roppongi Hills Winter Illumination 2019

-Tokyo Tower Illumination

Date: 1 November 2019 to 11 February 2020

-Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination 2019

Date: 2 November 2019 to 13 January 2020

-Marunouchi Illumination 2019–2020

Date: 7 November 2019 to 16 February 2020

Marunouchi Illumination 2019–2020

-Meguro River Minna no Illumination

Date: 8 November 2019 to 5 February 2020

-Shinjuku Winter Illumination

Date: 12 November 2019 to 16 February 2020

-Midtown Christmas 2019

Date: 14 November to 25 December 2019

-Caretta Shiodome Winter Illumination 2019–2020

Date: 14 November 2019 to 14 February 2020

Caretta Shiodome Winter Illumination 2019–2020

– Illumination Island Odaiba 2019

Date: 15 November to 25 December 2019

-FROZEN 2 Cafe

15 November 2019 to 13 January 2020 (Harajuku)
29 November 2019 to 26 January 2020 (Tamagawa)

-Ghibli Museum Exhibition: Sketch, Flash, Spark! -From the Ghibli Forest Sketchbook

Date: 16 November 2019 to May 2021

-Superflat Doraemon Exhibition

Date: 19 November 2019 to 25 January 2020


Date: 29 November to 31 December 2019

-2019-2020 Countdown Events

Date: 31 December 2019 to 1 January 2020

-Events at Yoyogi Park

All year around

【Past Events】

Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2018

Date: 9 November 2018 to 6 January 2019

Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee Cafe

Date: 9 November 2018 to 7 January 2019

Museum of Bad Art Exhibition in Tokyo

Date: 22 November 2018 to 14 January 2019

Sumo Grand Tournament (January)

Date: 13 to 27 January 2019

Harry Potter Cafe Opens in Japan: WIZARDING WORLD Cafe

Date: 9 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

Shinjuku Winter Illumination 2018–2019

Date: 14 November to 14 February 2019

Caretta Shiodome Illumination 2018

Date: 15 November to 14 February 2019

Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illumination 2018

Date: 3 November to 28 February 2019

-Kingdom Hearts Event “Tower of Radiance and Shadow” Starts at Tokyo Skytree

Date: 8 January to 3 March

-Anime Japan 2019

Date: 25–26 March

-Kanamara Festival

Date: 7 April

-7 Best Strawberry Buffets in Tokyo 2019

Date: From January to April

-ANA InterContinental Tokyo: Strawberry Sensations Season of Love

Date: 15 January to 26 April

-Cherry Blossoms

Date: from late March to early April

-Golden Week

Date: 27 April to 6 May

-Bunkyo Azalea Festival

Date: 6 April to 6 May

-Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival 2019

Date: 14 April to 6 May

-Nogizaka46 Artworks Exhibition “NOGIZAKA46 ART WORKS -Almost Everything-”

Date: 11 January to 12 May

-Sanja Matsuri 2019: Tokyo’s Biggest Festival

Date: 17, 18, 19 May

-Sumo Grand Tournament (May)

Date: 12 to 26 May


Date: 27 April to 7 July 2019

Matcha Dessert Buffets

Date: April to July

-ANA InterContinental Tokyo Matcha Collection 2019

Date: 27 April to 19 July

-Hydrangea Festivals

From June to July

-Fireworks Festivals

From July to August

Summer Festivals

From July to August

-Pikachu Outbreak 2019

Date: 6 to 12 August


Date: 16, 17, 18 August

-WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival 2019

Date: 6 July to 1 September

-Attack on Titan Exhibition FINAL

Date: 8 July to 8 September

-Tokyo Night Pool: Best Hotel Pools in Tokyo 2019 Summer

Date: From June to September

-Best Dessert Buffet in Tokyo in 2019 Summer

Date: From June to September

-Tokyo Wagyu Show 2019

Date: 11 to 16 September

-Tokyo Game Show 2019

Date: 12 to 15 September

-Ultra Japan 2019

Date: 14 and 15 September

-ART AQUARIUM Eco Edo Nihonbashi 2019

Date: 5 July to 23 September

-Sumo Grand Tournament (September)

Date: 8 to 22 September

ANA InterContinental Tokyo “Fruit Palette: Taste of Summer”

Date: 20 July to 30 September

Kawaii Monster Cafe Hello Kitty Special Collaboration

Date: 12 July to 30 September

-Hokkaido Food Festival 2019

Date: 3 to 6 October

-Beer Gardens

From April to October

-Rugby World Cup 2019

From 20 September to 2 November

-Halloween Events

From September to October

-Tokyo Ramen Show 2019

Date: 24 October to 4 November

-Tokyo Motor Show 2019

Date: 24 October to 4 November

-Weathering with You Cafe

Date: 8 October to 17 November

-Autumn Dessert Buffets

Date: September to November

-Autumn Leaves

Date: mid November to early December

-Rikugien Garden Autumn Leaves Light-Up

Date: 20 November to 12 December 2019

-Mejiro Garden Autumn Garden Light-Up

Date: 23 November to 1 December 2019

-Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival 2019

Date: 15 November to 1 December

**Please note that the schedule and information are subject to changed due to the event organizers and so.

If you are planning to travel Tokyo in 2019, don’t miss these special events and have wonderful experience! For more info about greatest things to do in Tokyo, please take a look at these articles, too!

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