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April 15 & 16, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended April 15 & 16, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Spring temperatures have finally arrived. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather. Laugh, Learn and Live! ~Best Living Japan Moms

Tokyo Easter Event1. Family Fun Easter Event (Saturday, April 15th, 2017) – There are a few spaces left to celebrate spring with the Easter bunny! The day before Easter your kids can enjoy a photo opportunity with the Easter bunny, make Easter crafts and enjoy some sweets at the Easter Family Fun Event. The event will also benefit Shine On! Kids which is a Japan-based cancer charity for children. Parents can make reservations for a one hour spot between 10:00 and 4:00. The event will be held at the Tengenji Embassy restaurant near Hiroo Station. The participation fee for participating Kids, of all ages, is 2,500 JPY, and parents are 1,000 JPY.

Easter Family Fun Event Details
Event Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time of Event: 10:00 – 16:00
Participation Fee: 2,500 JPY for kids, 1,000 JPY parents
Reservations: Walk ins  accepted, or  please reserve here
Event Location: Tengenji Embassy restaurant, 4 -2-42 Minami Azabu, Minato, Tokyo

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Azalea Festival Nezu Shrine2. Visit Nezu Shrine (根津神社) and enjoy the beautiful Azalea flowers

Nezu is a wonderful shrine with over 3,000 azalea bushes. The annual Azalea Festival runs from April 8th through Golden Week, May 5th. The Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival is very crowded during Golden Week. Best to visit the week before GW for FULL bloom and before the crowds.

Established in 1705, is a Shinto shrine located in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan. The shrine established over 1,900 years ago was transferred to Nezu to commemorate the fifth shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa’s choosing of his successor. This shrine is designated as an Important Cultural Property. Dating from 1706, Nezu Shrine is an excellent example of large-scale Edo-era shrine architecture. The vibrant vermilion and gold lacquered ‘gongen-zukuri’ style buildings are a pleasure to view and make great photos.


Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival 
Dates: Saturday, April 8th – Friday, May 5th, 2017
Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3822-0753
Hours: Daily 9:00-17.30 (closed Mondays)
Cost: 200 donation. Children kindergarten age and younger are free.
Website:  http://www.nedujinja.or.jp/tutuji/t.html (Japanese language only)
Access: Nezu Station or Sendagi Station (Chiyoda line), Todaimae Station (Namboku line)

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The Montessori School of Tokyo Jumble and Bake Sale3. The Montessori School of Tokyo Jumble and Bake Sale (Saturday, April 15th) – Fun international school event open to the public this Saturday. Come enjoy crafts, yummy home baked goods and a great selection of gently loved clothes and books. Great place to find some awesome deals for the kids!

Montessori School of Tokyo Jumble and Bake Sale
Date and Time of event: Saturday, April 15th 10:00 – 12:00
Address: 3-5-13 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Admission; free

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4. Tokyo Mothers Group Easter/Hanami (Sunday, April 16th, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden) – The whole family is welcome to come along to the annual Tokyo Mothers Group Spring Picnic!! There will be  gathering chocolate eggs, and a Spring picture contest!  The event will be from 11:00 – 15:00;  the egg gathering will begin at 13:00.

  •  Please bring a bag or basket for gathering the eggs in.  For the picture contest, children can create their Spring picture at home and bring it along. There’ll be some prizes! You can find the group by the big tree on the lawn immediately to the right as you enter the park from the main Shinjuku gate entrance!!

Kerry Raftis will be coming along, as she does for all our seasonal events, to offer free mini photo sessions to our TMG families. Spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis on the day. Marek Ospaly is also offering our picnic-goers 2 special spots for a 25 minute mini session (first come basis) for ¥9,000 inclusive for 15 digital data. If you’d like to book a photo session with Marek, please email him directly: marekkidsphoto@gmail.com

As we do every year, we’ll be collecting donations from all families attending to help cover costs and also to give to charity 🙂  Coordinators: Stephanie Kawai and Anna Kawa
Rsvp: Please email your RSVP to rsvp@tokyomothersgroup.com  (So we can prepare enough chocolate eggs).

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Kamakura Buddha5. Day trip to Kamakura to experience Yabusame (Horseback archery) Sunday, April 16th (Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Temple) – At 13:00 you can view Yabusame which is the art of mounted archery. Yabusame has existed in Japan since the 12th century, and supposedly originated in Kamakura. Grab yourself a spot along the course and watch the arrows fly. These mounted archers are quite amazing both for speed, agility and accuracy. The rider who hits three targets is awarded high honors at a beautiful ceremony at the end. Here is a good itinerary for a one day visit to Kamakura. 

April 15 & 16, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and ActivitiesDetails: Archery will take place at 13:00 on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Temple is located at 2-1-31 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture 248-8588

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6. Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace is an enjoyable and economical way to spend your Sunday. You do not need to own a bike, nor be an expert biker.

The Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute (JBPI), a non-profit organisation established 1964, funds and runs the Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace program for the public. The 3K course, open exclusively on Sundays from 10:00-15:00 runs from the north side of Hibiya Park to north of the palace. There are about 150 free bikes available to borrow; selection ranges from mama-chari to tandem bikes and kids’ rollers. There’s also a training corner for bike newbies, and kids can even take classes in how to ride. The Palace Cycling Course is beautifully surrounded by a castle moats and pine trees. Please note, borrowed bicycles are allowed to be used only within the Palace Cycling Course. Also closed on rainy days.

Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
Just register at the tent
Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
Guys in green Jackets will help you out

Address: Imperial Palace Outer Garden, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo ※Bike rental at info counter next to the Imperial Palace Police Box near Exit 2 of Nijubashi Station on the Chiyoda Line Subway (look for men in green jackets)
Hours: Sundays 10:00 – 15:00
Access: Nijubashimae Station (Chiyoda line), exit 2
Website: http://www.jbpi.or.jp/english.php


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April 8 & 9, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities7. Marvel: Age of Heroes Exhibition – The first Marvel Exhibition in Japan opened at the Roppongi Hills Tokyo City view on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. They are showcasing over 200 pieces of work chronicling Marvel`s past to present; costumes, props, documents and more. An amazing exhibit for Marvel Fans with amazing views of Tokyo.
Event Date and Time: Until Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cost: Adults: 1,800 JPY; High school/college students: 1,200 JPY; Children under 4 to middle school students: 600 JPY; Seniors (65 & up): 1,500 JPY
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木6-10-1) Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View 52F
Access: From the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Roppongi Station, Exit 1C: 0 minutes (concourse is directly connected); From the Toei Subway, Oedo Line, Roppongi Station, Exit 3: 4-minute walk; From the Toei Subway, Oedo Line, Azabu Juban Station, Exit 7: 5-minute walk; From the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Juban Station, Exit 4: 8-minute walk; From the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka, Exit 5: 10-minute walk
Website: http://www.tokyocityview.com/marvel-exhibition/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marvel_ex

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April 8 & 9, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities8. Tokyo Midtown 10th Anniversary event: This is the last weekend to visit Tokyo Midtown`s 6m high 23m wide Mt. Fuji on their Grass Square. Visit from 18:00 to view projection mapping technology reflected on the mountain. Enjoy a drink in their outdoor Martini blossom lounge and gaze at their beautiful Cherry Blossoms and Spring installations. While you`re there visit Midtown`s many art museums, spacious green park and lush Japanese garden, medical center and more.

Tokyo Midtown Details:
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo (東京都港区赤坂9-7-1)
Phone: 03-5413-7015
Hours: Shops 11:00-21:00; Restaurants 11:00-24:00.
Access: Roppongi Station (Oedo line), exit 8; (Hibiya line), exit 8 via underground passageway near exit 4a; Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), exit 3
Website: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/


April 15 & 16, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

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