Here’s 5 ideas for things to do in Tokyo this May!
If you like bread, then the Aoyama Bread Festival is for you! You will be able to find 80 bakeries, cafés and shops from all over Japan, and experience specialty breads. The event is hosted at the United Nations University Farmers’ Market, just few meters from UN University; for 2019 it takes place on May 11-12. Take a look around while exploring Harajuku or Shibuya and enjoy everything from traditional western breads, to the newest creations of these Japanese artists. The concept of this festival is to let people not only discover the work of and interact with bread artisans, but also reflect on the message that making and sharing bread means for each person. To reach the festival, get off the metro at Omotesando Station and let the smell guide you! For more info please visit the official website.
The UNU Farmers’ Market will also host the One Love, Wine Love event at the end of the month, so be sure to check this one too.
It’s May and it’s Tokyo, so in this list of things to do there’s obviously Sanja Matsuri. The festival is held at Asakusa Shrine, this year from May 17 to 19, celebrating the three men who founded Sensoji Temple. It’s an extremely lively festival and one that can make you see another side of the Japanese culture. Although you’d be able to see processions and performances everyday, the main event takes place on Sunday, when people carry the three mikoshi (each weighing roughly 1 ton) through the streets of Asakusa. Be careful if you visit, as Sanja Matsuri typically draws between one and two million people every year.
Artsy-craftsy in the night
Looking for something to do at night? Then try the annual event Roppongi Art Night. It’s an occasion to discover another side of the city and pull an all-nighter if you’re in love with contemporary art in all its forms. The theme for this year is Night Journey, Daydream. You can explore the museums in Roppongi or check the 50 installations and performances around the district; for the exact locations, stay updated with the official website.
Firefighting by the sea
Tokyo Minato Matsuri commemorates the opening of Tokyo Port to international trade on May 20, 1941. It’s a quieter and family-oriented festival with activities associated with the port. Rare ships will be on display, and the whole family will enjoy live performances, while strolling around in the flea market. The highlight is the firefighters pageant organized by the Tokyo Fire Department; the firefighters will display their abilities and fireboats will be jetting colored water from their cannons. The festival takes place on May 18-19 at the Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal, reachable from Kachidoki Station on the Oedo line or from Shijō-mae Station on the Yurikamome. Check the website here.
ANA InterContinental Tokyo is offering a dedicated matcha tea themed menu for its Matcha Collection 2019 event. So, if you love matcha and can’t resist posting on Instagram, then you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity. The menu is offered at 7 different bars and restaurants inside the hotel until mid July. You can choose the Matcha Afternoon Tea Set, the patisserie and baked foods, or just grab a crab burger at the steakhouse. Or, you can head to the buffet that offers both savory and sweet items (including matcha pizza) and snack in the bamboo forest with little cute pandas. Check the official website for reservation.
Check also 5 things to do in Japan in spring.