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9 Events to Enjoy in Tokyo – July 2013

 

The first two weeks of July are normally the final two weeks of the rainy season in Tokyo. And the last two weeks of July are normally the beginning of the heat and humidity of typical summertime in Japan. Schools usually take a 5-6 week summer break beginning around July 20 until early September. Also, summer festivals begin in earnest in July. It’s a great time to get about and enjoy this beautiful city. Here’s a preview of 9 selected upcoming events in July.

 

July 3 to July 6

20th Tokyo International Book Fair

What:                    Large book fair featuring books of all kinds from lifestyle to children’s and science books.

Where:                 Tokyo Big Sight, International Exhibition Center, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063

When:                  10:00-18:00

Admission:          1200

 

July 3 to September 16

Andreas Gursky Photgraphy Exhibition

What:                    One of Germany’s leading contemporary photographers exhibits his work in his first solo exhibition in Japan. He will select 65 photographs to display from his various collections.

Where:                 The National Art Center, 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

When:                  Open Wednesday to Monday 10:00-18:00 (Friday closed at 20:00)

Admission:          Varies depending on age from 600 to 1500

 

July 5, 6 and 7

Narita Gion Festival

What:                    Annual festival featuring floats and many activities over a 3 day period. This festival has been taking place for over 300 years and crowds of over 400,000 people are expected.

Where:                 Narita City’s Omotesando Road and Narita-san temple in Narita city, Chiba prefecture.

When:                  Activities begin at 13:00 everyday and lasts until late night.                          

Admission:          FREE

 

July 5, 6 and 7

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

What:                    Ballet performance of this classic children’s tale performed by the Royal Ballet Company of England.

Where:                 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, 5-45 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716

When:                  Show times vary depending on the day.

Admission:          Ticket prices range from 7000 to 22,000 depending on seat selection.

 

July 13

Paris-Sai

What:                  French outdoor festival featuring music, film, food and family activities.

Where:                 The French Institute, 15 Ichigayafunagawara Town, Shinjuku-ku 162-8415

When:                  16:00-23:30

Admission:          FREE

 

July 13 to July 14

Swan Lake

What:                    Presentation of Swan Lake by The Royal Ballet.

Where:                 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, 5-45 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716

When:                  13:00

Admission:          7000 to 22,000 depending on seat selection

 

July 20 to July 21

Handmade in Japan Fes

What:                    Large art and craft exhibition featuring hobbyist products and accessories.

Where:                 Tokyo Big Sight, International Exhibition Center, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063

When:                  11:00-19:00

Admission:          500 to 700

 

July 27 to July 28

Warrior Dash Adventure Run

What:                   This is a 5 km adventure and obstacle run that is designed to be fun for everyone and completed at your own pace. Participants must reserve and pay in advance.

Where:                 Tokyo Doitsu Mura, 419 Eikichi, Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture 299-0204

When:                  Race is sequenced in heats that begin at 08:00 and continues until dark.

Admission:          1000 for spectators and 8000 for participants.

 

July 28

The 3rd World Shoto Federation Karate-do Championship Competition

What:                    Karate-do competition hosted by the Japan Karate Shoto Federation and the All Japan Wheelchair Karate Federation.

Where:                 Yoyogi National Gymnasium, 2-1-2 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

When:                  Opening ceremony begins at 12:00

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