Are you ready for the long weekend? There are some great Tokyo events happening this weekend and some seasonal activities I think will be good home fun. Here are my recommendations for 4 Great Tokyo events and activities this weekend: 1. view The World of Tim Burton (Roppongi) 2. discover The Edo-Fukagawa Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) , 3. hike Mt. Takao, and 4. discover foliage and make an Autumn wreath. Also remember this is a great weekend for Autumn foliage viewing in Tokyo so decide where you want to go with BestLivingJapan’s 8 Best Autumn Foliage Locations. Stay healthy and happy! Best Living Japan
4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities – November 22-24, 2014
1.The World of Tim Burton (Roppongi) – The World of Tim Burton Exhibit has been on tour around the world since 2009. Now it is Tokyo’s turn. The exhibit will be in Osaka from February.
Tim Burton is a genius artist and film maker who has been bringing creative masterpieces to our screens for over 25 years. Some of my favourite Tim Burton projects include Edward Scissor Hands, The Night Before Christmas and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The Tim Burton exhibit includes over 200 of his props, sketches, and scale models from his works. This is a must see for adults and kids! While at the Mori Museum also visit the Lee Mingwei exhibit which ends in early January.
address: MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY, 52 Fl Roppongi Hills Mori Bldg., 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
open: November 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015; everyday 11:00-22:00; Sundays and national holidays 11:00-23:00
cost: adults 1,800 yen; high-school/college students 1,300 yen; four years old child – junior high-school/ 800 yen;
2. The Edo-Fukagawa Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – A very hands on, gem of a museum in Tokyo to visit for 1-2 hours. The museum is a basically a large hall with about 12 Edo period houses reconstructed in a village environment. The hall is very compact, and the lighting switches from night to day so you feel you actually are in a small village. There is a very calm feeling to the museum. You can freely walk into and around the houses; each which shows a different view of the “life”. There is a shop keepers store and home, a fisherman’s home, etc. There are also some great videos to help explains the Edo period of life. Although most of the information is in Japanese there are a handful of senior volunteers walking the exhibit who are very friendly, helpful, and have some basic English ability to explain the village. I really think this museum is a little gem and one not to be missed. The museum is a short walk from the station but is a bit hidden so take the address and map below. While in the neighbourhood visit the Kiyosumi Gardens to see some great foliage and wildlife – number 6 on this list.
Address: 1-3-28 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Open: Daily 9.30 – 17.00 (last admission: 16.30), Monday closed, when Monday is a national holiday closed Tuesday
Cost: adult 400 JPY, child 50 JPY
Access: 3 min walk from Kiyosumi Shirakawa St. on the Oed0 Line
2. Mt. Takao (Hachioji, Tokyo) – Beautiful time of the year to visit Mt. Takao which is about a one hour train ride from Shinjuku station on the Keio Line. Mt. Takao has been a location of worship for more than 1,000 years. The main temple Yakuoin is located near the summit and is a popular place for visitors to pray for Shinto-Buddist mountain gods (Tengu). There are two statues of these Tengu gods at the temple; one with a very long nose and one with a crow beak. There are a number of trails you can hike from the base to summit (599 meter high), or you can take the cable car or chair lift up half way. The foliage is magnificent, the views beautiful, and the shrines amusing and thought-provoking at the same time. Make sure you plan for 3-4 hours minimum to go up and down Mt. Takao. If you have a free day between mid-October to late November I highly recommend this day trip. For more details on, and photos from Mt. Takao and the Ukai Restaurant nearby read my post on Autumn Day at Mt. Takao.
Mt Takao Information
Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Takaosanguchi station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku
Open and cable car: everyday 8:00 to around 17:45 (longer hours on weekends and holidays)
Departures every 15 minutes
Cost of cable car: 480 yen (one way), 930 yen (round trip)
4. Discover foliage and make an Autumn wreath – This weekend will be another great weekend for long Autumn walks. Here is the Best Living Japan 8 best spots for autumn foliage in Tokyo. While you are out and about find some beautiful leaves and make your own autumn wreath to decorate your home for the holidays. A wonderful activity. Here are some great ideas on projects for kids and adults. All you need is a cut-out cardboard ring and some glue! My family will definitely be making a few this weekend.
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See you later! 4 Great Tokyo Weekend Events and Activities – November 22-24, 2014