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February 27 – 28, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities for Families

Here are our top 5 February 27 – 28, 2016 Tokyo weekend activities for families. This Sunday is the Tokyo Marathon so go out and cheer on the over 35,000 runners. Also, if you are driving check out the running course so not to get stuck in traffic. Enjoy! Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 February 27 – 28, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM #1 Cirque du Soleil TOTEM (Odaiba) – Opened on February 3rd and will run in Tokyo until April 10, 2016. This is a great show for kids of all ages. The young ones will love the colors, music and motion, and the older ones will actually think about the show theme of “evolution”.  TOTEM, an evolution-themed performance, has been staged in 30 cities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States since 2010. It shows many aspects of humankind’s journey physically, intellectually and spiritually. The evolution theme also sees Cirque du Soleil adopt new technologies such as projection mapping and movable stages. Tickets are selling quickly so book as soon as possible.  After Tokyo, the show will travel to Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sendai.

Cirque du Soleil TOTEM Details
Address: Odaiba Big Top, R-area, 1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Tokyo Feb 3 – April 10, 2016
Cost: Depends on seating and dates but SS seats (can see full stage) are adults (12,500- 13,500), students jr. high and above (11,500 – 12,500) and child (8,500 – 9,500).
Website in English: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/events/totem/en/
Access: From Shimbashi station, take Yurikamome Line bound for Toyosu and get off at Daiba station. From Shinjuku or Shibuya station, take Rinkai Line bound for Shin-Kiba and get off at Tokyo Teleport Station.  The venue is 5 to 10-minute walk from each station.


2.  Tokyo Marathon (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.  You can view a high-speed course video here to help you pick a spot.

Sunday, February 28, 2016Tokyo Marathon 2016, Tokyo Weekend Activities
 9:05 a.m.– Wheelchair Marathon and 10km Start
 9:10 a.m.– Marathon and 10 km Start
10:50 a.m.– 10km Finish 16:10 p.m.– Marathon Finish

If you are a runner, 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 the check-in point for all runners to register and collect their bibs. The Expo is at the Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall  3-11-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063


3. 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.  This year’s exhibit features 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 this weekend.Meguro Gajoen Hinamatsuri, Tokyo Weekend Activities

Address:Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Open hours: January 22nd – March 6th, 2016; 10:00 – 18:00 (no admission after 5.30pm)
Cost: Adults ¥1,500 (adv ¥1,200), junior high school – college students ¥800, children elementary and under
Access: 10 min walk from Meguro Station; Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines
Website: www.megurogajoen.co.jp/event/hinamaturi/

4. Sunday the 28th Day Trip To Kawagoe for Antique Shopping and History –  Kawagoe Antique Fair is held every Japan Shrine Sale, Tokyo Weekend Activitiesmonth on the 28th. This fair is a very large event with over 100 sellers. There is everything from antique furniture to pottery and kimonos. A wonderful fair and definitely worth the 60-80 min trip.  After finding some great treasures we will enjoy having lunch and sightseeing in the beautiful historic town, and the dig for sweet potatoes on the way home. The town of Kawagoe has a great main street with Edo houses and warehouses (now most holding cute stores), the Kawagoe Festival Museum and candy lane. Kawagoe is a great day trip from Tokyo and lucky us the monthly anqitue fair (always on the 28th) is Saturday. Hope to see you there. For more details on Kawagoe read this post.    The Antique market is located  about 10-15 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. You can also take other trains to Kawagoe station, which is a 20 min walk. There is parking, but it tends to fill by early in the morning (arrive before 8 a.m. or wait 30-40 mins in line).

Kawagoe Antique Fair Details
Date: Sunday, February 28th, 2016
Times: 5:00  to 16:00
What is for sale: 100 sellers
 Parking: yes, but fills early, after which you must wait 30-40 mins to park
Access: 17 min walk from Hon-kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line/ 20 minutes from Kawagoe-shi Station on Tobu Tojo Line
Address: 9-2 Kubo-cho, Kawagoe City, Saitama
Phone: 049-222-0173 Japanese language only


5. 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_sub001
children safe and to avoid tragedy.  nagasibina_sub001Families 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)

There`s still time to go Strawberry Picking till the end of March OR visit a couple of our Top Ten Recommended Baby and Kids Playground Parks in Tokyo. Have a great weekend!


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