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Japan’s Hottest Summer Anime Events

Finally planning that dream Japan vacation? 

Since the Japanese government lifted its three-year-long coronavirus border restrictions, as of April, 29 2023, tourists are able to travel to the country without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. 

The wait is now over and Japan enthusiasts can take part in the many exciting events and festivals; not to mention shopping in anime megastores. This summer is no exception! Cities all over the country are hosting anime super events that are not to be overlooked.

If you have free time in your schedule, check out these popular anime events during your Japan adventures.

Ikimashou (let’s go!)


If you’re an indie manga fan, this is the must-see event while in Tokyo this summer. Comic Market, commonly referred to as “Comiket”, is a semiannual doujinshi convention where independent mangaka set up shop to sell their works. This event is unlike many conventions, where the actual market is “not-for-profit”; the event is run by a volunteer committee.  

Starting as a small grassroots con on December, 21, 1975 with just 700 attendees, Comiket grew to be the largest fan convention in the world. 

You finally have the opportunity to meet your favorite creators and buy that manga volume that you can’t find in big-box manga shops. The event is also a hotspot for cosplayers; this year cosplayers may take photos across the entire venue.

For just ¥1000, about $7.20 at the time of writing this, you’ll have a jam-packed manga-hunting day ahead of you.

When: August 12-13, 2023

Where: Tokyo Big Sight: 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan

Price: Starting ¥1000 – ticket release date TBD

Pikachu Parade

Yes, you read that right. Not only can you find Pikachu-themed, well, everything in Japan, but you can also witness the splendor of more than 2,000 Pikachus dancing through the streets of Yokohama. Pikachu Tairyou (parade) is an all-day, family-friendly event taking place within the Minato Mirai district. 

If that wasn’t enough to visit Japan’s 2nd largest city, the newly announced Pokémon Center Worlds Store 2023 will open at the “Pokémon World Championships 2023” August 11th – 13th at Pacifico Yokohama. Just make sure to visit the official website for announcements to learn more about the lottery ticket process.  

When: Early-to-mid August 2023, date TBD

Where: Minato Mirai District, Yokohama

Price: The parade is free!

Magical Mirai Hatsune Miku Concert

The 11th Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai concert is just around the corner. Visitors have two weekends and cities to choose from this year. Whether you’re staying in Tokyo or spending a few days in Osaka, Hatsune Miku fans won’t want to miss this electrifying live performance and exhibition. 

Concert-goers will experience a 3DCG Miku concert, unlike any other, including our Vocaloid pop princess’ new, edgy look. Plus sing along to her unreleased theme song by Ayase of YOASOBI.

When/ Where:


August 11th (Fri.) – 13th (Sun.),2023



September 1st (Fri.) – 3rd (Sun.),2023

Makuhari Messe

Price: Starting at ¥8700

End your Japan trip on a high note by attending one of the many summer events. Which one do you want to go to? 

Brianna Fox-Priest

Brianna Fox-Priest is a freelance journalist based in Tokyo. Covering video games and Japanese pop culture, her work can be seen in Otaku USA, Anime USA, Jotaku Network, and Sprudge.