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What's On in Tokyo in June 2017

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 12 June 2017
While the hydrangeas and irises are coming into bloom, fill up your calendar with these events and activities planned in Tokyo this month.

Thursday, June 1 – Sunday, June 4

EVENT | Evening Lit by Fireflies

Thursday, June 3 – Sunday, June 18

The Evening Lit by Fireflies (Hotaru no Yube) is a special event put on by the Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato, a recreation facility and campsite where visitors can interact with nature. Thousands of fireflies will be roaming the grounds and signaling the arrival of summer. The nightly event is held from 6 PM to 9 PM daily and entry is free.

2030 Kamiongatamachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan

NATURE | Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival

Monday, June 1 – Sunday, June 18

The Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival (Ajisai Matsuri) is on at the Hakusan Shrine until June 18. Thousands of flowers will be in bloom at the shrine and surrounding area with special festivities planned on the weekends.

5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Monday, June 5 – Sunday, June 11

FILM | Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017

Sunday, June 11 – Sunday, June 25

The international Short Shorts Film Festival will feature hundreds of short films and the annual Grand Prix competition. The winner will be entered into the Academy Award nominations for the relevant short film category. Screenings are free. The full program details are available online. Various venues, including Laforet Harajuku.

Laforet Harajuku 1-11-6 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

FOOD | Vietnam Festival 2017

Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11

Celebrate the food, culture, and entertainment of Vietnam with the annual Vietnam Festival in Yoyogi Park. There will be food stalls, vendors, live entertainment, and more. Begins at 10 AM each day and runs until 8 PM.

2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

CULTURE | Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival

Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11

The Tsukiji Lion Dance Festival will be happening at the Namiyoke Inari Shrine. There will be sato kagura (a type of Shinto dance-drama) on Saturday and the much anticipated lion dance on Sunday. Festivities begin in the early morning and end at 10 PM.

6-20-37 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

MUSIC | The Camp Book 2017

Saturday, June 10 – Sunday, June 11

The Camp Book annual music festival is taking place in with performances, film screenings, and creative workshops. Shuttles will be running from JR Karuizawa Station to the venue. Karuizawa is two hours from Tokyo proper by train. Purchase tickets online in advance.

Karuizawa Station, Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, Japan

Monday, June 12 – Sunday, June 18

ART | Masaya Nakahara Exhibition

Wednesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 25

Artist Masaya Nakahara is setting up an exhibition at Ebisu’s Waitingroom. Nakahara’s works use a mix of different medias, from photography to traditional art. The gallery will be open from noon to 7 PM daily (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Entry is free.

2-8-11 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

FESTIVAL | Fussa Firefly Festival

Saturday, June 17

The Fussa Firefly Festival kicks off the summer matsuri season in mid-June. There will be vendors selling snacks and live performances in Hotaru Park, and in the evening the fireflies will be released to twinkle in the evening light at the Tamagawa River Ome Bridge area.

Hotaru Park 3-10-17 Minami-denen, Fussa-shi, Tokyo, Japan

MUSIC | Dragonforce

Friday, June 16

Metalheads will be congregating in Shibuya for Dragonforce on Friday, June 16. The power metal band will be at Duo Music Exchange as part of their Reaching Into Infinity world tour.

2−14−8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 30

CULTURE | Africa Hibiya Festival

Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25

The Africa Hibiya Festival will take place in Hibiya Park on the last weekend of June. There will be a bazaar, food court, live performances, entertainment, a djembe drumming workshop, and a parade. Entrance is free.

1 Hibiya-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

DRINK | Taiwan Festival Tokyo Beer Garden

Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25

Ueno Park’s events plaza will transform into a Taiwan-themed beer garden for the Taiwan Festival. Expect Taiwanese beers, seasonal fruits from the tropical island, and even a lychee seed throwing contest. Entry is free.

8-5-6 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan

MUSIC | Zipang 2017

Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25

Zipang 2017 music festival is taking place right by the beach in Chiba’s Shirahama Flower Park. Listen to house, techno, electro, and other dance-friendly and experimental tunes, take part in one of the artistic workshops, and browse the morning market. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

1454 Shirahamacho-Nemoto, Minamiboso-shi, Chiba, Japan