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January 16-17th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

Here are our top 5 recommended January 16-17th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities. The weather will be cold but clear so head out to discover and buy some Japanese arts and crafts, eat regional Japanese food and strawberries and then work of the delicacies ice skating. Should be a fun weekend. Laugh, Learn & Live! Sandra and Lauren

January 16-17th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

  1. Setagaya borichiSetagaya Boroichi– Flea Market (Setagaya, Tokyo) – Over 700 stalls selling everything and the kitchen sink. A fun event to attend with a family, grab some lunch from one of the many stalls and hunt for antiques, Japanese crafts and flowers for your inside garden.  Get off at Setagaya station and walk Boroichi Dori to Kamimachi Station. Plan for 2-3 hours to see the entire street. Very crowded so not recommend for strollers. This event only happens twice a year December and January.
    • Date: Friday and Saturday, January 15-16th, 2016
    • Time: 9am-9pm
    • Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
    • Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)

Japan traditional Art show

January 24 - 25th 2015 Tokyo Area Weekend Events and Activities BestLivingJapan.com2. Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair @ Shinjuku Takashimaya I attended this Fair last year and enjoyed the diversity of crafts. A great opportunity to see, discuss, and touch many crafts for free. There are 40 crafts designated as traditional crafts of Tokyo from brush making to lacquerware, and all are represented at this fair.  This fair is organised by a branch of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the goal is to increase awareness and support of local traditional crafts. Most of the crafts are for sale and can be explained in detail by the artisans in attendance. There are some helpers at the fair who IMG_8047can speak English if needed.  The show is being held on the 11th floor of the Takashimaya IMG_8044Shinjuku department store; the fair is free of charge and open to the public.  If you love Japanese crafts and want to see many in one space, this is a good option.  However, each booth is small, so the amount of product is limited.  Also, on the 11th floor of the department store is the Yuzawaya art and craft store, and next store is Tokyo Hands so you can add that to your trip to Shinjuku.


Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair  Event Details
Address: Takashimaya (Shinjuku) Department Store 11th floor, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open days and hours: Wed, January 13 (Wed) – January 19, Tuesday; 10:00 – 18:00. (open until 20:30 on 1/15 & 1/16)
Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Shinjuku Station
Website: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/shinjuku/store_information/
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible; Many of the items are at displayed at little hands level and can be easily damaged. Be careful if taking children.

3. Strawberry Picking – Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa-kens Strawberry Picking - Day Trips from Tokyo BestLivingJapan
If the weather clears as the forecast is projecting, this will be a crisp weekend to pick strawberries since January and February are the peak months for strawberry picking in Japan. Please click here to see six recommended strawberry gardens. Many of these gardens run through May, but best strawberries are January through February, cost of picking decreases at most gardens as the picking become less ideal. Strawberry Gardens

4. Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event starts furusatothis Friday and runs through January 17th. Experience Japanese food from all around the country than the Furusato Matsuri is a good gourmet solution.  Prefectures from around Japan participate in the Furusato Matsuri serving their food, drink and local festivals to the hungry and curious public. The highlights are donburi from around Japan, a sweets street, and local meats, seafood and sake. There will also be showings of the famous Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and the Issaki Hoto Matsuri.  Fun indoor weekend this cold January, but not good if you are on a diet.  Afternoon tickets (¥1,100, entry after 4pm) have been added f or this year, inviting you to swing by casually after work. Tickets for 1/8-1/11 and 1/16-17 are 1,600 JPY, tickets for weekdays 1/12-15 are 1,300 JPY).  You can also buy an evening ticket for 1,00 JPY good for after 16:00 each day.  Tickets can be purchased online at a discount; one person 1,400 yen and group of four 5,200 yen.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details
Date of event: Friday, January 8 2016 – Sunday, January 17 2016
Time: open everyday from 10:00, closes between 18:00 – 21:00 depending on the day (check event website for details)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines1; 8 min walk from Korakuen Station exit 2 on the Marunouchi and Namboku lines); and 8 min walk from the Suidobashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu and Mita lines
Website in Japanese: https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/

5. Go Ice Skating (Various locations around Tokyo metro areas) – Looking for some fun and cool family entertainment in Tokyo, try ice skating.  Do you have wonderful memories of ice skating at the local pond or rink? Tokyo ice skatingWell, share those memories with your significant other, or kids at one of the Tokyo ice skating rinks. You can easily access one of the year-round rinks or one of the seasonal rinks that are now opening around the Tokyo area. Bundle up and hit the ice! Some great iceskating rinks for 2016.



January 16-17th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities


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