Here are our recommended Top 5 March 19 -21, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities. Congrats to people celebrating Japanese school graduation this long weekend and next week! There are some great festivals this long weekend to enjoy with the family, let’s hope the great weather will hold out! Maybe the Luck of the Irish will be with us. Lauren and Sandra
Top 5 March 19 – 21, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities
1. International School of the Sacred Heart Family Festival (Hiroo, Shibuya-ku) — Saturday, March 19th, 2016 from 10:00 – 16:00 (rain or shine!) – A great festival which is open to the public. This festival has it all – raffle, international food and drink, activities and music and entertainment. Easy to access from Hiroo station. 4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku (Exit 3 Hiroo station on Hibiya line)
2. Dinosaur Expo at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno (国立科学博物館) – The newly renovated (completed July 2015) National Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to slow down, have fun and learn! I was very impressed with the renovations in the permanent exhibit area that include the animal, dinosaur and science and technology areas. Here is a short video that will give you a taste of what you can experience. There is also a great special exhibit running through June 12, 2016, titled Dinosaur Expo, which includes a skeletal reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a reconstruction of the Spinosaurus, the largest known carnivorous dinosaur to have walked the Earth. Note: Buying a ticket to the special Dinosaur Expo gives you access to the permanent exhibit. Plan to spend 2-3 hours in the museum.
National Museum of Nature and Science Details
Address: 7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Days and Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays); 9:00 – 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Admission: Permanent exhibits – adults 620 yen, high-school students and below free;
Special exhibits vary but usually cost 1,600 yen for adults and 600 yen for children
Access: 5 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit), 10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
3. The 24th Tokyo St. Patrick`s Day Parade, Omotesando – This is Japan’s biggest St. Patrick`s Day Parade. Not to be missed on Sunday, March 20th from 13:00 -15:00 in Omotesando. Every year you can watch and participate in the parade in Omotesando. The Tokyo parade is organized by the Irish Network Japan (INJ). Don on your green, get out and celebrate. Website: http://www.inj.or.jp/en/event/24th-tokyo-st-patricks-day-parade
4 . I Love Ireland Festival, Yoyogi – Before or after the Tokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, check out the I Love Ireland Festival in Yoyogi Park. This one-day event is free and a real kid pleaser. I personally believe one of the best Tokyo Family Activities this Spring. Last year over 35,000 people attended and this year is expected to be even bigger. Check out the festival’s promo video from the 2015 festival for a good taste of the very green day! This year will be the 3rd annual I Love Ireland Festival and an awesome day of fun, food and festivities.
I Love Ireland Festival Details
Event Date: Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Event time: 10:00 – 18:00
Event address: Yoyogi Park Event Area, 2-1 Yoyogi kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5.Hachijoji Masala Festival 2016, Hachioji – One of the biggest Indian Festivals will be held both Sunday and Monday this long weekend in Hachioji. If you love Indian food, music and dance, this festival will not disappoint. Here is a video which captures the excitement and energy very well.
Hachioji Masala Festival 2016 Details
Event Date: Sunday, March 20 & Monday, March 21, 2016
Time both days: 10:00 – 17:00
Website: Japanese only http://masalafes.tumblr.com/
Top 5 March 19 -21, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities
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