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February 25 & 26, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

This weekend the weather is forecasted to be warm with clear skies, so venture out to enjoy some of our recommended February 25 & 26, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Hope to see you out and about this weekend. * Note this Sunday is the Tokyo Marathon so many roads will be closed, check here. The Best Living Japan Moms

February 25 & 26, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

1. Friday Nights at the Museums, Ueno – If you get too busy each weekend and never get to the museum’s or just need a nice date night, try Friday Night at the Museums in Ueno. This is a special spring program for the nights of Feb 24th, Mar 10th, 17th & 31st, 2017.  The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo National Museum, and National Museum of Nature and Science will all stay open until 20:00. Not only can you view the regular exhibitions but there will also be special concerts, talk shows and some gourmet events. All details can be checked here (Japanese language only).   If you want to combine your night at the museum with a lovely dinner, I highly recommend making reservations at Innsyoutei in Ueno Park.

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Tokyo Marathon 2.  Tokyo Marathon 2017 (Tokyo) – Cheer on the 36,500 runners participating in the Tokyo Marathon (42.195 km) this Sunday. The marathon starts at the Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building from 9:00 and ends in Odaiba. Three of the most popular spots are Zojoji Temple in Shiba Koen, Hibiya Park, which is the 10K mark, and Asakusa.  Tokyo Marathon

Sunday, February 26, 2017

09:05 a.m. – Wheelchair Marathon and 10km Start
09:10 a.m. – Marathon and 10 km Start
10:50 a.m. – 10km Finish
16:10 p.m. – Marathon Finish

You may also enjoy attending the Tokyo Marathon Expo which runs through Saturday featuring many vendors selling and showcasing their running products. The Expo is at the Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall  3-11-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063. Free admission and open to the public.

Website: http://www.marathon.tokyo/en/

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3. Edo Nagashibina Floating Dolls Ceremony (Asakusa) – For over 1,000 years the people of Edo have been conducting this ceremony of Nagashibina (poured dolls) at Asakusa’s Azumabashi Bridge. The annual ceremony takes place as a tradition to keep nagasibina_sub001children safe and to avoid tragedy. Families enter a lottery months in advance to be one of the chose 1,000 people to release human-shaped dolls into the river to dispel their misfortune. The ceremony also attracts thousands of onlookers.  You will also see dove-shaped balloons that have been released by kimono-clad women floating above the dolls. A fun activity with the kids.

Address: Azumabashi Bridge Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park, 1-2 Hanakawado, Taito-ku (near Asakusa)
Date of Event: Sunday, February 26th, 2016: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: free to observe
Website: http://taitonavi.jp/index.html

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International Cultural Exchange Festival4. International Cultural Exchange Festival, Bunkyo-Ku – Enjoy Japanese shodo, martial arts, tea ceremony and ikebana, as well as,  Irish dancing, Turkish art of marbling and other international events. Fun, hands on experiences for 100 yen or free. Admission to the event is free.  Combine your visit to the festival to a plum blossom viewing trip to Koishikawa Korakuen Park, or a fun trip the Tokyo Dome Amusement Park, Asobono Play Center or Roller Skating at the Dome. Lots of fun in the Korakuen area!

International Cultural Exchange Festival, Bunkyo-Ku Details
Event Date and Time: Saturday, February 25th, 2017; 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Bunkyo-ku Civic Center, 1-16-21 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Korakuen Station on the Namboku and Marunouchi lines, or Kasuga Station on the Mita or Oedo Lines
English/Japanese PDF with schedule and events: http://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/var/rev0/0126/6138/BunkyoInternationalFestival2017.pdf

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Rainbow Bridge Bike Crossing5. Walk or Bike the Rainbow Bridge, Minato-ku  – Fun activity on a warm spring day is to walk or bike across the Rainbow bridge and then enjoy the day in Odaiba. You can also put your bikes on the Waterbus to come back to the Hamatsucho area. The viewTokyo Rainbow Bridge Bike, Best Living Japan is wonderful, and there is so much to do in Odaiba – Miraikan, Legoland, Sony ExploraScience. Here are our recommended attractions and places to eat in Odaiba and Toyosu. 


Bonus Events

Until March 12th – Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit  (Meguro) – Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls is absolutely beautiful. Not only will the dolls impress you, but the rooms they are displayed in are very ornate.  My daughter and I visited the other day and had an beautiful time viewing dolls in a historical building. This year’s exhibit Meguro Gajoen Hinamatsuri, Tokyo Weekend Activitiesfeatures hinadolls from will highlight antique hinadolls from Tohoku district (northeast of Japan), including Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima.  Learn about Girls’ Day and the art of Hinamatsuri Dolls.

Address:Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Open hours: January 20th – March 12th, 2017; 10:00 – 17:00 (no admission after 16:30pm)
Cost: Adults 1,500 JPY (advance 1,200 JPY), junior high school – college students 800 JPY, children elementary and under FREE
Access: 10 min walk from Meguro Station; Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines
Website: www.megurogajoen.co.jp/event/hinamaturi/

Top Tokyo Parks to See Plum Blossoms this Weekend🌸🌸🌸🌸

🌸Koishikawa Korakuen Plum Blossom Festival (Bunkyo-ku) – From February 11 to March 5 you can visit the park to see over 90 plum blossom trees in 30 varieties blossoming. This weekend there will be performances of traditional music and Edo street arts on Saturday (10:30 & 11:00) and Sunday (noon & 13:30).

Koishikawa 2017 plum blossom dates: late February 11th – March 5th, 2017
Admission: 300 yen adults, free for children
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Access: 8-minute walk from Iidabashi or Korakuen Station
Website: http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/koishikawa/

🌸Setagaya Ume Plum Festival (Setagaya) – A huge display of plum blossoms on 650 plum trees (270 red plum and 280 white plum). You can enjoy various activities this weekend including Japanese harp performances (Koto), tea ceremonies and rice pounding. Fun for the entire family!

Setagaya Ume Plum Festival Details
Event Date: February 11 – March 5th, 2017
Address: Hanegi Park, 4-38-52 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu Line, or 7 min walk from Higashimatsubara Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, Bus stop is Daita Yonchome on the Tokyu bus line.
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