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April 1 & 2, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are some fun April 1 & 2, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Although temperatures are still a bit low cherry blossoms are starting to bloom all over the city. We focused on some of the many outdoor festivals this weekend which are great add-ons when out having fun under the cherry blossoms. Happy Hanami!

Spring 2017 Tokyo International School Festivals1. British International School of Tokyo  (Shibuya, Shibuya-ku) — Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 11:00 – 15:00  – Japan`s only British International School “The British School in Tokyo,” It is a festival of annual spring. The festival will have international food stalls, live entertainment, games, photo booth, kid`s raffle, Raffle and Cake Stall.
Address: 1-21-18, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Phone: +81 3 5467 4321
Website: http://www.bst.ac.jp/our-community/upcoming-events/
Access: An easy walk from Shibuya or Harajuku stations.

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2. Harukaze Asia 2017, Yoyogi Park –  
This festival is two full days of music performances, a parade of dancing and singing peace and spring loving folks and good food. There are also some craft workshops and activities for children. Really just a fun alternative festival for families to enjoy in Yoyogi Park. Enjoy the blossoms and celebrate spring with thousands of others!
Harukaze Asia 2017 Details
Event Date and Time: Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 1, 2017; April 1st 12:00 – 20:00; April 2nd 10:00 – 20:00
Cost: Free
Adress: Yoyogi Park Bandstand, 2, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052
Website: http://harukaze.asia/2017/ (in Japanese only)
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3. Kanamara Festival (Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa) – A quick 25 minute train ride from Shinagawa Station (with one change) and you can experience on of the most unusually and interesting festivals in Japan. Kanamara Matsuri is translated as the “Festival of the Steel Phallus”, aka the penis festival. The Shrine the festival is held at is well known to pray for prosperity, easy childbirth, solid Kanamara Festival, Tokyo Family Eventsmarriages, and fertility. During the one day festival, you will see huge phallus statues carried around. Also, various carvings of these objects in vegetable and candy forms are available to purchase for immediate consumption or to take home. The Shrine donates a large amount of proceeds to various HIV and AIDs programs. Note: not advisable for small children or strollers. Here is a good write-up about the 2014 Kanamara Matsuri in the HuffingtonPost.

Kanamara Festival Details
Address: Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine, 2-13-16 Daishiekimae, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Date and time: Sunday, April 2nd; 9:00 – 17:00
Access: Kawasaki-Daishi Station (Keikyu Daishi line) 22 mins from Shinagawa station with one change
Website in Japanese: http://kawasakidaishi-kanko.com/news/index.html#kamanara
Cost: Free

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April 1 & 2, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities4. Hanamatsuri Ochigosan Parade, Azabu Juban – (花まつり お稚児さんパレード) This is a great parade for kids to participate in or watch. The parade is on Sunday, April 2nd from 15:00 and starts in Roppongi Hills and ends at the Azabu Patio.  The parade is to celebrate Buddha’s birthday which is April 8th. 150 children get to participate in the parade in full ceremony kimonos. Registration started on March 2nd, so it is probably too late for this year, but still great to watch. If you want to participate, you can call Tel 03-3451-5812 (10 am – 5 pm) in Japanese to see if there is still space.  The participation fee is ¥7,000yen / child (includes costume rental fee, makeup, and a small souvenir). Note: The parade will be cancelled if it rains.

Hanamatsuri Ochigosan Parade Details
Event Date and Time: Sunday, April 2nd from 15:00
Address: Starts at Roppongi Hills, heads down the Azabu Juban shopping street and ends in the Azabu Juban Patio
Website in Japanese: http://www.azabujuban.or.jp/feature/12306/

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April 1 & 2, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities5. Ark Hills Sakura Festival 2017 –  This weekend is a great time to visit the Ark Hills cherry blossom row which has over 150 cherry blossom trees. The trees are lit up from 17:00 – 22:00 from now until mid-April. This weekend you can view the blossoms and enjoy the Ark Hills Festival from Friday – Sunday.  The festival offers a variety of food stalls from the local restaurants, some very fun workshops on Japanese crafts and a free concert at Suntory Hall. I highly recommend you make a visit to Ark Hills part of your blossom viewing itinerary this weekend.

Ark Hills Sakura Festival 2017 DetailsApril 1 & 2, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities
Events Dates and Times: Friday, March 31 (11:00-20:00); Saturday, April 1 (10:00-19:00); Sunday, April 2; 10:00 – 19:00
Cost: Free
Address: Suntory Hall, 1-31-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: Roppongi-Ichome station (Exit 3) on the Namboku Line

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  1. Great article, I love that Ark Hills Sakura festival one actually last year Im here.

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