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May 20 & 21, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are the recommended May 20 & 21, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. The weather is supposed to be beautiful so venture out and explore! Learn about Japanese culture at one of the three exciting festivals; the Okinawa Festival in Yoyogi, Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa or the Shibuya Ohara Festival in Shibuya. If you want to avoid the crowd visit the local Tuna Fair in Hiroo or Sanpo in the Park at Setagaya Park. Great parks and playgrounds to relax at and enjoy the beautiful weekend. Don`t forget to protect your kids with sunscreen, sun hats, UV cut clothes and sunglasses to prevent skin damage. Laugh, Learn and Live!

Today’s weather is great. Consider a family lunch or early dinner at Commune 2nd in Aoyama. Wonderful outside eating area with over 15 food trucks. Doggies also welcome.

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May 20 & 21, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities1) Hiroo Tuna Fair 
(Hiroo) –  If you love tuna, or just want to have a fun 1-2 hours experiencing a great local fair visit the Hiroo Tuna Fair on Sunday. The entire shopping street is closed to car traffic from 13:00 – 16:00. You can eat, drink, and even ride a mini steam train with your kids! You can even watch the dismantling of a large tuna from 12:30~.  This is a great local event. Good eats and fun!

Event Date & Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017  13:00 – 16:00
Access: Hiroo Station Exit 1 & 2
Cost: Free. Pay as you eat
Website: http://www.hiroo.info/

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May 20 & 21, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities2) Sanpo in the Park 2017 (Setagaya Park) – Take your family and pet to the annual Sanpo in the Park charity walk organized by Animal Walk Tokyo! Sanpo in the Park has helped local charities raise over 2.5M yen – that’s equivalent to more than 60,000 bowls of food!  This year’s walk is to support Heart Tokushima. Activities will include craft activities from the American School in Japan (ASIJ), hand drawn portraits of both human and four-legged attendees by Buttcher San, delicious vegan bento boxes by Olu Olu Café (1,000JPY per box. Order by Friday, May 19th) and the walk around the park itself. 

Sanpo in the Park Details:
Event Date & Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017  11:00 – 14:00
Address: Setagaya Park By the fountains – look out for the AWT volunteers in bright blue t-shirts!
Cost: 1,500JPY per adult/1,000JPY per child (100% of these entry fees will go directly to Heart Tokushima)
Access: Setagaya Park is 15-20 minutes by foot from Ikejiri-Ohashi or Sangen-Jaya Stations on the Hanzomon/Denentoshi Line. Or, you can take one of the many buses from Shibuya Station and other locations which stop right outside the gate! From Shibuya Station, you can take the number 31, 32 or 34 bus straight to the park entrance (220 yen).
Website: http://www.animalwalktokyo.org/1980-2/
Ask questions, sign up, or get up-to-date info on our Sanpo in the Park Facebook Event Page

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3) Okinawa Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Do you feel summer in the air? Get in the tropical spirit by attending the Okinawa Festival at Yoyogi Park this weekend. If you love great music, delicious food and want to learn more about Okinawa this is a good event for the family.  Definitely on my list for some late afternoon relaxation this weekend.

Okinawa Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21, 2017025  11:00 – 19:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: Free entrance, pay as you eat and drink
Access: 5 minute walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.okifes.com/ (Japanese langauge only)

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4) Shibuya Ohara Festival (Shibuya Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku) – Every year in Autumn, there is a two-day Shibuya De Ohara Festival BestLivingJapanfestival in Kagoshima city which is celebrated. Since not all of us will have a chance to go to Kagoshima, the festival is brought to Shibuya each May. This one day festival on Sunday takes over the Shibuya area from the station up Dogenzaka. The highlight is the parade that begins at 12:50. A wonderful parade with dancing and music. Great Japan photo opportunity!  The festival runs from 11:00 so get there early and enjoy some Kyushu delicacies sold at food stations. Great Sunday event if you are looking for something really Japanese!

Shibuya Ohara Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21, 2017;  11:00 -18:00; parade starts at 12:50 on Sunday, May 21st
Address: Shibuya Dogenzaka and Bunkamura areas
Cost: free
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya station around Dogenzaka area
Website: www.shibuyadeohara.jp (Japanese language only)

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Sanja matsuri, Best Living Japan5) Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri Details (Asakusa, Tokyo)  – Don’t miss one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals of the year which over one million people attend over the three-day period (Friday – Sunday). Each day has parades, dancing, music, and food. However, the biggest day is Sunday when three huge mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through the neighborhoods as men fight for a chance to pull their weight.  The Sanja Matsuri (festival) takes place at the Asakusa Shrine right next to Sensoji Temple. The festival reportedly started over 700 years ago to celebrate the three deities of the local.

Sanja matsuri, Best Living Japan

Event Date and Times: Friday, May 19th – Sunday, May 21st, 2017 (Fri 13:00 – 17:00, Sat 10:00 – 17:00 and Sun 7:00 – 18:00)
Address: Asakusa Jinja Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa、Taito-ku、Tokyo
Admission: Free
Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu Isesaki lines
Website: http://www.asakusajinja.jp/english/

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 6. Antique Hunting: There are two great fairs to visit in Tokyo and Kanagawa this weekend; the Yamato Antique Fair (Yamato, Kanagawa), O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho), Takahata Fudo Antique Fair (Hino, Tokyo) and Ryukoji Temple Antique Fair (Tatsunokuchi near Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture). Details can be found on our May 2017 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. Happy Hunting!

 

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