Tokyo in September : Best Things to Do 2021

What to Do in Tokyo in September

September in Tokyo is one of the best time of the year to travel as you can enjoy the taste of 2 different seasons: summer and autumn! After the boiling hot summer, the temperature is dropping down slowly towards autumn so you can travel around more comfortably with cool breeze. There are still numbers of special summer events continuing through September such as summer dessert buffets and fireworks festival as well as upcoming autumn events such as Halloween and seasonal flowers.

Let’s check out the hottest travel information and the best things to do in Tokyo in September 2021!

Note: Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in September 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. SUPERSONIC

The biggest music festival in Japan along with Fuji Rock Festival, Summer Sonic is held in Tokyo and Osaka for 3 days every August. However, due to Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, Summer Sonic won’t be held this summer. Instead, the special music event, SUPERSONIC will be held by the same organizer. The lineup of the event will be announced soon.

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2. SUMO Tokyo Basho

Another exciting sports event will be available in Tokyo in September. The ground tournaments of Sumo are held 6 times a year at 4 different cities in Japan including three times in Tokyo: January, May and September. The tournament will be held from 12 to 26 September 2021 at Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium.

Click the link below to get exclusive tickets to see the dynamic Sumo battles live!

3. Dessert Buffets

All-you-can-eat dessert buffet is a great attraction for foodies in Tokyo. Various kinds of dessert buffets are available through the year in Tokyo with different themes and ingredients such as strawberry and Matcha, which are usually hosted by high-end hotels such as ANA InterContinental Tokyo  and Hilton Tokyo. This summer, various photo-worthy and delicious dessert buffets using colourful and refreshing fruits have fascinated us and some of them are still available through September.

See the below link to check Tokyo’s hottest summer dessert buffets!

Best Dessert Buffet in Tokyo in 2019 Summer

Brand-new autumn/Halloween themed dessert buffets will be starting at numbers of venues from September, too! You can enjoy the taste of autumn through various desserts with newly harvested ingredients!

See the below link to check Tokyo’s upcoming autumn dessert buffets!

Best Autumn Dessert Buffets in Tokyo 2019

4. Disney Halloween (TBA)

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea hosts several seasonal events through the year such as Christmas and Easter. Disney Halloween is one of the most anticipated events at both parks which starts in early September. Visitors can experience the spooky and festive Halloween celebration with adorable Disney characters with special themed shows, decorations, limited food and merchandise collection.

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Disney Halloween 2019 at Tokyo Disney Resort

5. Chofu City Fireworks Festival (TBA)

In case you have missed fireworks festivals in Tokyo this summer, you can catch up with this late-date fireworks event in September.  Chofu Autumn Fireworks (映画のまち調布“秋”花火) is held in early  September in Chofu City, the western suburbs of Tokyo, and featuring over 10,000 spectacular fireworks.

Map: http://bit.ly/2L4F5fz
Date: TBA
Hours: TBA
(the event may be cancelled subject to weather conditions)
Website: https://hanabi.csa.gr.jp/about/chofuhanabi (Japanese)

6. Cosmos Festival at Showa Memorial Park

The largest park in Tokyo, Showa Memorial Park (国営昭和記念公園) displays various kinds of colourful seasnal flowers and plants through the year including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. From mid September to late October, it’s the best season for cosmos and the Cosmos Festival is held at the park during the season, featuring about 30 kinds of cosmos flowers blooming colourfully. See the link below for more information about Showa Memorial Park!

Showa Memorial Park : Best Flower Park in Tokyo

7. Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival

Higanbana or Manjushage (Red Spider Lily) is one of the most beloved iconic autumn flowers in Japan. The Kinchakuda Manjushage Festival is held annually from mid to late September, offering the spectacular scenery of the Instagram-worthy fiery red flower fields. The venue of the event, Kinchakuda is located in Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture, which can be accessed within 1 hour from Tokyo.

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8. Kichijoji Autumn Festival

Kichijoji Autumn Festival (吉祥寺秋まつり) is a traditional Japanese style festival held in Tokyo’s one of cool and chic neighbourhoods, Kichijoji. Around 10 majestic Mikochi (portable shrines) are carried through the streets of Kichijoji, and there will be special events and numbers of food stalls with a great festive atmosphere for 2 days.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Momzyb
Date: TBA (mid September)
Website: http://www.kichijouji.jp/event/akimaturi/ (Japanese)

9. 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.

Venue: Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building
Map: http://bit.ly/2HBrbOf
Date: 21 August to 5 December 2021
Official Website: https://ilovebanksy.com/

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10. 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/

11. Tokyo Game Show 2021

The most anticipated video game event, Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is held in Tokyo every September. The event features the newest video games and the latest technology experiences from numbers of global game-related companies, and offers visitors chances to actually try them out. The first two days of this 4-day event will be for press and business, and the last two days will be open for public. (Date: 30 September to 3 October 2021).

NOTE: Tokyo Game Show 2021 will be held online due to prevention of further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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12. Detective Conan Cafe

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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.

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13. Sanrio Exhibition

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary, the special exhibition of Sanrio will be held in Tokyo from September 2021 to January 2022. The exhibition features valuable original drawings, materials and products of Sanrio characters, and past editions of Sanrio’s monthly magazine, Ichigo Shimbun (Strawberry News). Visitors can learn about adorable Sanrio characters and explore the roots of the company including behind the scene stories and how the popular characters were created over the past 60 years.

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14. Manpaku 2021

One of the biggest food festivals in Japan, Manpaku is held annually in May, however, due to the influence of COVID-19, the event will be held in Septemner-October in 2021. The 19-day food event features a large number of food vendors, serving a variety of regional and festival dishes.

Date:16 September to 4 October 2021

Venue: Showa Memorial Park

15. Tokyo Wagyu Show (TBA)

Japan’s biggest outdoor Wagyu Beef event is held annually in Tokyo in autumn. Tokyo Wagyu Show  features around 25 food vendors from around Japan, offering delicious Wagyu Beef and regional dishes at affordable price!

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16. Ultra Japan (TBA)

The biggest EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival in Japan, Ultra Japan is held annually in Tokyo in September, featuring a number of world’s greatest DJs and artists performing live music. The acts for Ultra Japan 2019 (14 and 15  September) were AFROJACK, DJ SNAKE, GALANTIS, pendulum and Steve Aoki, and more names will be announced in near future! Don’t miss a chance to join the greatest EDM party in the heart of Tokyo!

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