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Tokyo Area Activities and Events: January 31 – February 2, 2015

January 1 - February 2 Tokyo Area Activities and EventsTokyo Area Activities and Events: January 31 – February 2, 2015. Snowing and cold in Tokyo, don’t worry there are plenty of fun activities and events to keep you warm and happy. The top recommendations for this weekend are 1. The Hakuho Cup (kids sumo tournament), 2. Annual 83rd Shimokita Tengu Festival, 3. Meguro Gajoen Hina Matsuri Doll Exhibit and 4. Aneby Play Center.  Also, a great weekend to go ice skating or go shopping at one of the many antique markets this weekend.

Tokyo Area Activities and Events: January 31 – February 2, 2015

#1.Hakuho Cup (国際親善交流少年相撲大会)- Ever wonder what sumo wrestlers look like as little guys? Attend the 5th annual Hakuho Cup this Sunday, February 1st and see for yourself. Close to 800 young sumo wresters ages 5 to junior high will gather for the annual Hakuho Cup. Wrestlers come not only from Japan but the US, South Korea, Bulgaria, Australia, China and Mongolia. This event is free to the public! I will definitely be taking some of my kids to this great event. Great way to experience sumo at the base.
Address: Ryogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, TokyoTokyo Area Activities and Events: January 1 - February 2, 2015
Dates and Open hours: February 1st, 2015; 8am-8pm
Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Ryogoku station exits A3 and A4 on the Oedo line, or west exit on the Sobu line
Website: hakuho-cup.com


Tokyo Area Activities and Events: January 1 - February 2, 2015#2. Annual 83rd Shimokita Tengu Festival (しもきた天狗まつり) – This festival is a great place to experience bean throwing and the tengu. The festival is held in honor of Tengu, the Japanese god of mischief. Tengu likes to play tricks on the arrogant and those who intentionally use knowledge or authority to gain fame or position. Bean thrown during festival are called “mamemaki”, and parade-goers jump around trying to catch the beans. Makes for great people watching. The beans are part of Japan’s Setsubun holiday on February 3.  Although the Festival is three days, Saturday afternoon is the best time to attend to see the huge bright red tengu head being carried through the streets, and children parading around in goblin makes.  The festivities and parade are held through the streets nearby Shimokitazawa Station’s north exit in Tokyo  Here is a quick YouTube video of the event.  While you are there check out the great shopping and coffee shops of Shimokitazawa.

Address: 2-36-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Open hours: January 30th (20:00~), January 31st (14:00~), February 1st (11:00~)
Cost: Free
Access: Shimokitazawa Station on the Odakyu and Keio Inokashira lines
Website: www.shimokita1ban.com/tengu
3. Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit – Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls (雛祭り) is absolutely beautiful. Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) is celebrated a home across Japan which has a daughter on March 3rd. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. Not only will the dolls impress you, but the rooms they are displayed in are very ornate.  This year’s exhibit features hina dolls from prefectures around the Seto Inland Sea; Hyogo, Okayama and Hiroshima. These prefectures have a long history of the art of making hina dolls. Learn about Girls’ Day and the art of Hinamatsuri Dolls this weekend.
Address: Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Open hours: January 23rd -March 8th, 2015; 10am-6pm (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/

094. The Aneby Trimpark (アネビートリムパーク) – Great indoor play centre for babies to 12-year-olds! The facility opened in July 2014, so it is very clean and orderly. The name TrimPark came for the concept of “trimming” a sail; keeping balance and control.  The facility offers trampolines, extensive climbing gyms, a peddle go-cart area, play food area and many other activities for kids. I think it is ideal for 2-6-year-olds.  Baby and I went for two hours, and it was just enough for her to enjoy being a sushi cook, climbing some challenging gyms, having mom push her on the go-cart and make an arts-and-craft project. The facility is located on the first floor of the Venus Fort in Odaiba, that has plenty of parking and is right near the train station.  I visited on a weekday, and the place was empty, although they said it gets crowded on the weekend. Baby was very upset when we had to leave. Nice change of pace and new Tokyo Area Activity.

Aneby Trimpark Details
Address: Venus Fort 1F, Aomi 1-3-15 Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064
Phone: 03-5500-2300
Times: Open 10:00am – Close 20:00pm(Last admission 18:00)
Cost: child – 1,000 yen for 1st hour +250 yen for extension; parent: 1,500 yen
Access: Parking available in building. 5 mins walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line from Osaki. Follow signed to Venus Fort
Website: http://anebytrimpark.com/en/ (in English)
Toilets: Provided on site for babies and kids under 6 years, kids above 6 and adults must use public toilet in Venus port.
Child-friendly: Yes, strollers and wheelchairs ok, also lockers provided in the facilities for bags.

Aneby Trimpark Kids PlayCenter Odaiba Tokyo
Baby area
Aneby Trimpark Kids PlayCenter Odaiba Tokyo
Toddler area
Aneby Trimpark Kids PlayCenter Odaiba Tokyo
Aneby Trimpark Kids PlayCenter Odaiba Tokyo
Baby Cooking
Layout of facility













Tokyo Area Activities and Events: January 31 – February 2, 2015


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