Tokyo in August : Best Things to Do 2021
What to Do in Tokyo in August
Travelling to Tokyo in August?? It’s the summer holiday season in Japan and there are numbers of summer events held in the city! From traditional Japanese festivals and spectacular fireworks to Otaku and Anime events, there are various special events that can be enjoyed only in 2021 summer!
Check out the list of the best things to do in Tokyo in August 2021!
Note: Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in August 2021 may change their operation hours/be closed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check official websites for the latest updates before visiting.
1. Summer Festivals (Natsu Matsuri)
Summer festivals (Natsu Matsuri) is a top attraction in Japan during summer. Various festivals are held almost every week in Tokyo during summer including traditional Japanese summer festivals to unique dance festivals.
See the link below to check the hottest summer festivals held in Tokyo this summer!
Besides summer festivals, fireworks are the top attraction in Japan during summer. Fireworks festivals are held almost every weekend from mid July to end of August along with numbers of stalls selling traditional summer food and drinks.
Check out the list of the best fireworks festivals in Tokyo in summer!
3. 2021 Summer Olympics
Last year, Tokyo Summer Olympics was postponed to this year due to the influence of coronavirus, and it’s rescheduled in this year. 2021 Summer Olympics will be held from 23 July to 8 August, followed by Paralympic games from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
Beaches are definitely the best attraction in Japan during summer. The most beautiful beaches might be located in the southern part of Japan, but there are several vibrant beaches near Tokyo where you can have a lot of summer fun! During summer, the popular beaches are lined by beach huts and bars, offering food, drinks and rental facilities.
Click the link below to check out the best beaches accessible from Tokyo!
5. Beer Garden/BBQ
Numbers of rooftop bars and restaurants open temporarily in Tokyo during summer. From the classic beer garden to trendy BBQ parties, various kinds of open-air eateries are available through summer. It’s a great spot to hangout at night with ice cold beer and smokey BBQ dishes.
See the attached links below for the best beer gardens and BBQ spots in Tokyo this summer!
6. Detective Conan Cafe
The 24th movie of the popular Japanese anime/manga series “Case Closed”, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet will be released on 16th April 2021 after being delayed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the new movie release, the limited-time Detective Conan Cafe will open at 7 locations in 4 cities in Japan including three locations in Tokyo: Omotesando, Shinjuku and Oshiage. The cafe offers the exclusive food and drink menu, original merchandise and special gifts for visitors.
7. Seafood Boost at THE STEAKHOUSE
The tasty, satisfying and picture-perfect afternoon tea box is served at the fine American style steak restaurant, THE STEAKHOUSE, situated on the 3rd floor of ANA InterContinental Tokyo. During spring and summer, their afternoon tea box is served with seafood theme, consisting a variety of bite-sized seafood savories and coloufrul desserts in a special crafted box. Free-flow tea, coffee and original non-alcohol cocktails are also included. Boost your day with the delicious and photo-worthy afternoon tea in the heart of Tokyo! Please make a reservation in advance by the day before at the latest. (Reservation)
8. WHO IS BANKSY?
The world’s famous pseudonymous street artist, BANKY’s exhibition “WHO IS BANKSY? (バンクシーって誰？展 )” will be held at Terrada Warehouse G1 Building in Tokyo from 21 August to 5 December 2021. Banksy’s own gems of stencil art works that were given to private collectors will be lined up, and you can enjoy the history of a mysterious writer through the exhibition.
9. DC Exhibition
The exhibition of DC comics “THE ART OF DC –THE DAWN OF SUPER HEROES” will be held in Japan for the first time. The exhibition displays over 400 items such as valuable comics, movie costumes and props. Visitors can explore the history and how DC comics and the characters have been fascinating the world. It will first take place at Tokyo City View Sky Gallery, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo then tour several cities across Japan including Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
10. Animation Jujutsu Kaisen Exhibition
Jujutsu Kaisen is the most trending anime/manga series in Japan this year, and its own temporary exhibition will be held through 2021 summer in Shibuya, Tokyo. ANIMATION JUJUTSU KAISEN EXHIBITION offers valuable art works related to the anime series of Jujutsu Kaisen including production materials such as original drawing and storyboards, art works inspired by scenes of the animation and dynamic image projected on a large screen. The exhibition is divided into 2 terms and the first one will be held from 2 July to 1 August 2021, followed by the second half from 6 August to 5 September 2021
11. Jujutsu Kaisen Cafe
To commemorate the special exhibition Animation Jujutsu Kaisen Exhibition , Jujutsu Kaisen Cafe will open at 5 venues/3 cities (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) in Japan for a limited time. The cafe features colourful and photo-worthy dishes and drinks inspired by Jujutsu Kaisen characters as well as limited merchandise exclusively sold at the cafe store. There will be 2 locations available in Tokyo: Harajuku (15 July to 12 September) and Ikebukuro (15 July to 15 August).
12. Harry Potter Cafe
One of the most beloved movie series of all time, Harry Potter celebrates the 20th anniversary of its movie franchise and opens the limited-time Harry Potter Cafe in Tokyo and Nagoya this summer. The themed cafe inspired by the Wizarding World including the movie series of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts will offer special menu as well as the original merchandise.
13. POKEMON COLORS
To celebrate the 25th anniversary to the Pokemon franchise, a special exhibition will be touring around Japan from mid July. The interactive exhibition “POKEMON COLORS” first takes place in Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo from mid July to mid August, offering visitors an unique and colourful experience through 4 kinds of activities and one installation with Pokemon characters.
14. KAWS TOKYO FIRST
A Brooklyn based artist and designer, KAWS will have his first large-scale exhibition in Japan. “KAWS TOKYO FIRST” will be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo from 16 July to 11 October 2021. The exhibition will be featuring about 70 paintings, statues and products that show his unique art production process. There will be also works from KAWS’s private collection, which are created by artists who have influenced him.
Venue: Mori Arts Center Gallery
Date: 16 July to 11 October 2021
Hours: 12:00~20:00 (~17:00 on Tuesday) *last admission at 19:30
Official Website: http://www.kaws-tokyo-first.jp/
15. MINION SUMMER CAFE
Cheeky and adorable Minions will be taking Japan by storm with a limited-time theme cafe, opening at 3 cities (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) in 2021 summer! MINION SUMMER CAFE will take places at 3 branches of the department store, PARCO and feature cute and photo-worthy Minion themed dishes, desserts and drinks as well as limited-edition merchandise.
16. Disney Rapunzel in the Tower Cafe
Disney’s masterpiece animation movie, Tangled will have its own character cafe opening at 3 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) in 2021 summer-autumn. Disney Rapunzel in the Tower Cafe features the theme of “Inside the Tower” where the princess Rapunzel spend years and is filled with her personality. The cafe offers colourful and picture-perfect dishes, desserts and drinks as well as the limited-edition merchandise sold at the cafe store.
17. BT21 Cafe
BT21 is a group of animated characters created in a collaboration between a messaging app LINE and popular K-pop boy group BTS. The popup BT21 Cafe is coming back to Japan in 2021 summer, taking place at 6 locations in 5 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya and Okinawa). The cafe offers gourmet and photo-worthy food and drinks inspired by the baby version of BT21 characters which resemble BTS members. The original merchandise and special gifts for pre-booking will be also available.
18.Winnie the Pooh HUNNY’S Tea house
A new Winnie the Pooh theme cafe will open in Tokyo and Osaka to celebrate the 95th anniversary. Winnie the Pooh HUNNEY’S Tea house features the theme of Britain, a hometown of Winnie the Pooh with the classic drawing design. The cafe’s special menu includes the classic British dishes such as muffin, scone and Sunday roast as well as a selection of tea. The limited-edition merchandise collection is also available at the cafe store.
19. Ultraman Cafe
The legendary Japanese “Tokusatsu” superhero series Ultraman is celebrating its 55th anniversary and will open its themed cafe “Ultraman Cafe ~ GO BEYOND 55th Anniversary” for a limited time during summer 2021 at Tokyo Solamachi. The cafe menu includes special dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by popular Ultra heroes and Ultra Kaiju monsters. The limited merchandise will be also available at the cafe shop.
20. WANO AKARI × HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival
An indoor illumination event, WANO AKARI × HYAKUDAN KAIDAN is held at one of Tokyo’s most prestigious hotels, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo during summer annually. The event features various traditional and regional Japanese art works and crafts collaborating with light effects.
Access: 3 mins walk from JR Meguro Station
Date: 3 July to 26 September 2021
Hours: 11:30〜18:00 (open until 20:00 on Saturdays, 22, 23 July, 8 to 13 August and 19 September)
Fee: 1,200 yen
21. Dessert Buffets
The all-you-can-eat dessert buffets with seasonal ingredients have been a huge food trend in Tokyo in the past years. A variety of dessert buffets are held at Tokyo’s high-end hotels, and each hotel offers creative and amazing quality desserts with their original themes.
22. Night Pool
Night Pool is the latest trend in Tokyo during summer. Several luxurious hotels open their rooftop swimming pool as the venue of summer pool parties for visitors. Each hotel offers their original unique themes as well as the pool parties/events with live music and colourful cocktails. It’s the great way to cool down with water while being in the middle of the concrete jungle and the cool view of skyscraper!
23. Rental Yukata
If you are travelling in Japan during summer, you should definitely take an opportunity to try on traditional Japanese dress for summer, Yukata. Yukata is like a summer version of Kimono, and it’s much lighter and easier to put on. Yukata is available with hundreds of thousands of patterns, and also with wide price range depending on materials and designs. Yukata can be rented for a day at many rental Kimono stores in Tokyo during summer, and it’s a popular outfit for attending summer festivals or fireworks events.
For the information about renting Yukata/Kimono in Tokyo, please check out the link below!
24. Summer Comiket <Postponed>
Comiket (Comic Market) is Japan’s largest comic-related event, which is held twice a year in summer and winter. Summer Comiket, The COMIC MARKET 99 is postponed to winter due to the influence of coronavirus and the new date will be announced in near future. The event is held at Tokyo Big Sight, featuring thousands of comics published by professional and amateur artists, and also a large numbers of cosplayers gather at this event.
25. Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disney Resort (Disneyland and DisneySea) hosts an annual summer event with special themed parades/shows as well as limited time merchandise collection. Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer at Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Pirates Summer at Tokyo DisneySea will be available till 1 September!
For special events and the schedule at Tokyo Disney Resort, please check the link below!
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