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What's On in Tokyo in February

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 23 March 2017
In February, the arrival of the plum blossoms means Tokyo‘s short winter is already coming to an end, and urbanites here have plenty to celebrate. From international art exhibitions to gaming conventions, Valentine’s Day celebrations and Hinamatsuri preparations, here’s what’s going on in Tokyo this month.


Yokohama Chinatown | © Aimaimyi/WikiCommons / Mamemaki at Kanda Shrine | © OiMax/Flickr / Tokyo construction | © Unknown/WikiCommons

Yokohama Chinatown | © Aimaimyi/WikiCommons / Mamemaki at Kanda Shrine | © OiMax/Flickr / Tokyo construction | © Unknown/WikiCommons

FESTIVAL | Yokohama Chinatown Spring Festival

Saturday, January 28th – Saturday, February 11th

Yokohama’s Chinatown will be celebrating their annual Spring Festival in anticipation of the Lunar New Year. Watch live performances, enjoy traditional Chinese food and music on almost every day of the festival. Or catch just the main event, the parade from 4 PM until midnight on February 4th in Yamashita-cho Park.

📍279 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan


CULTURE | Bean-Throwing Festival

Thursday, February 3rd

The Mamemaki, or Bean-Throwing Festival, is held across Japan on the day before the first day of spring, according to the lunar calendar. Throwing roasted soybeans is a way to welcome in the new season. Catch the ceremony at Zojoji around noon. Entry is free.

📍4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan


ART | Shu Ikeda’s Reverse/Rebirth

Friday, January 6th – Saturday, February 4th

This is the last week to catch Shu Ikeda’s exhibition, a mixture of photography and painting that creates his own unique brand of art. Reverse/Rebirth takes the concept of rebuilding Tokyo and turns it into something surreal. It will be at the Maki Fine Arts Museum from noon to 7 PM daily. Admission is free.

📍1-4 Kaitaicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Womb nightclub | © dat'/Flickr / Valentine chocolate | © ilaria/Flickr / PlayStation 3 controller | © włodi/Flickr

Womb nightclub | © dat’/Flickr / Valentine chocolate | © ilaria/Flickr / PlayStation 3 controller | © włodi/Flickr

NIGHTLIFE | Valentine’s at Womb

Saturday, February 11th

Womb nightclub has prepared a special Valentine’s Day line-up the weekend before the holiday. DJ Aki’s drum and bass beats are the perfect thing to go with a Saturday night. Doors open at 11 PM and close at 4:30 AM.

Tickets: ¥3,500 at the door

📍2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan


FESTIVAL | World Valentine Festival

Friday, February 13th – Saturday, February 14th

Yoyogi Park’s Valentine’s Day Festival will feature food, music, market stalls, and more. This year’s festival will focus on Valentine’s celebrations and traditions around the globe. Check it out from 10 AM to 7 PM daily at the Yoyogi Park Events Square.

📍2-2-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan


GAMING | Tokaigi Game Party

Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th

Tokaigi Game Party is a huge gaming convention held in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe. There’ll be tournaments, workshops, goods for sale, and more – all with a focus on gaming. Cosplay optional.

📍2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba-ken, Japan


Tokyo Photography Museum | © Rubber Soul/Photozou / Strawberries | © sigusr0/Flickr / Projection mapping | © GoToVan/Flickr

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum | © Rubber Soul/Photozou / Strawberries | © sigusr0/Flickr / Projection mapping | © GoToVan/Flickr

FILM | Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions

Friday, February 10th – Sunday, February 26th 

The Yebisu International Festival (Yebizo) celebrates film and video art along with music, dance, and other artistic mediums. For two weeks, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will feature exclusive pieces, curated according to this year’s theme, “Multiple Future.” Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily, 8 PM on Thursdays and Fridays (closed Mondays). Free entry.

📍1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan


FOOD | Yokohama Strawberry Festival

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 12th

The annual Yokohama Strawberry Festival will be hosted by the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. Enjoy fresh strawberry samplings and browse the wide selection of berry-themed goods – from jams and chocolate to pastries and apparel. Open from 11 AM to 6 PM daily, and entry is free.

📍1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan


ART | Flowers by Naked

Thursday, February 2nd – Monday, March 20th

Multimedia artist group Naked is bringing their talent to Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall. Flowers will include the projection-mapping Naked is known for, in addition to more “real-world” elements like flowers and scents attendees can interact with.

Tickets: ¥1,400/¥900 Adults/Children

📍2-2-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin | © kanegen/Flickr / Hinamatsuri doll | © Christoph Rupprecht/Flickr / Tokyo Marathon | © mrhayata/Flickr

Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin | © kanegen/Flickr / Hinamatsuri doll | © Christoph Rupprecht/Flickr / Tokyo Marathon | © mrhayata/Flickr

FESTIVAL | Bunkyo Ume Matsuri

Wednesday, February 8th – Wednesday, March 8th

Before the sakura take over the city, the underrated plum (ume) blossoms have their day. With over 300 plum trees on the premises, there’s no better place to take in the scenery than Yushima Tenjin. The shrine will be hosting traditional musical performances, and it’s a good opportunity to dust off that kimono for a tea ceremony for a small additional fee. Visit from 8 AM to 7:30 PM daily. Entry is free.

📍3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan


CULTURE | Doll-Floating Ceremony

Sunday, February 26th

This Doll-Floating Ceremony is part of the Hinamatsuri, also known as the Girls’ Festival or Doll Festival. Instead of arranging the dolls on a red carpet, thought, folk in Asakusa gather to float them down the Sumida River on boats to carry bad luck and evil spirits away. Catch the start at 11:30 AM in Sumida Park.


SPORT | Tokyo Marathon

Sunday, February 26th

Even if you didn’t manage to get a place in the race during registration last fall, the Tokyo Marathon happens to be a popular spectator sport. And with tens of thousands of participants, there’s always something happening along the route. The first wave starts at 9:05 AM at the Tokyo Government Metropolitan Buildings in Shinjuku.

📍2-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan