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Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities – Weekend of December 5-6, 2015

Take some time out from your busy end of year schedule and review Best Living Japan’s five recommended Tokyo area family events and activities for this weekend of December 5-6, 2015.  If you are like Sandra and me, your lives are super busy with holiday preparations and school holiday’s approaching. There are some great activities and events this weekend so take a breather and enjoy.

For those traveling overseas this holiday season you might find our information on Parking at Narita, Traveling with Kids, or Dog hoteling options interesting. If you are staying in Japan, you can review our fun five recommendations for the end of year activities. Also, you can always access our kids “Things and Places to Go” lists by ages  – Baby & Toddlers, Kindy & Elementary, Tweens & Teens. Learn, laugh & live!

Happo-en, Tokyo Area Family Events and ActivitiesTokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 5-6, 2015


  1. Autumn Foliage Illumination at Happo-en (Shirokanedai, Minato-ku) –  Happo-en is a lovely place to Tokyo Family Activitieshave lunch or dinner any season. However, the fall foliage illuminated is extra special this time of year. I visited this week in the misty rain, and it added to the mystical feeling. Walk the pebble path with leaves illuminated above you and Koi swimming silently in the pond. Kids elementary and above will enjoy the environment. Note: they must be very quite for the walk through the park. The park is open until 23:00 on December 11th.

Happo-en DetailsHappo-en Illumination
Date and Time: Now until Friday, December 11th, every night until 23:00
Address: 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Admission: free
Website: http://www.happo-en.com/english/index.html (English and Japanese)
Access: One minute walk from Exit 2 Shirokanedai Station on the Mita or Namboku Lines.
Note: kids must be very quite


2. Gajoen Japanese Craft Exhibit (Shimomeguro, Meguro) – If you have not been to Gajoen in Meguro, you should just to see the beautiful historic rooms. However, there is an bonus over the next few weeks which is to view exhibits from Japanese fabric, leather to painting. Take in the beauty of the rooms and also the handcrafted goods. Be inspired to create! Recommended for artistic elementary and above children.  While in Gajoen enjoy a meal at one the restaurants.

Meguro Gajoen DetailsTokyo Area Family Events and Activities

Date and Time: Now until Sunday, December 27th, every day 10:00 -18:00
Address:1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Admission: adults 1,200, kids elementary and younger free
Website: http://www.happo-en.com/english/index.html (English and Japanese)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/megurogajoen?_rdr=p
Access: 5 min walk from Meguro station on the Yamanote or Namboku line


Tokyo Ice Skating3. Go Ice Skating – This weekend there will be two rinks open to help you get your skating legs back into the swing.  Our favorite six Tokyo area rinks will all be open by January 7th, click here to see all.  In Akasaka, Minato-ku, you can enjoy skating late into the evening at Akasaka Circus Rink. It opened on November 28, 2015, and will remain open until February 14th, 2016. A very nice rink that is open late for night skating. Enjoy a nice dinner at the Scas complex and then skate the night away. In Yokohama, you can enjoy the Ice Rink at Yokohama Akarenga. The rink is a wonderful outside space nestled in the Akarenga (red brick) buildings of Yokohama. Enjoy outside skating amongst the holiday illuminations, art exhibit, and music. Enjoy some shopping, have a nice dinner and skate the night away!


4. IREX International Robot Exhibition 2015 (Ariake, Tokyo) – This year’s Robot Expo is titled “A Future with Tokyo Family events and activitiesRobots”. If you or your kids like robots this is your chance to see over 300 exhibitors showing robots that are industrial to futuristic service robots.  Was very interesting to see how the robots are built to do everyday work from helping visually impaired people to cleaning a room.  Definitely one of the geekiest but coolest places to be this Saturday.

IREX International Robot Exhibition Details
Dates: Open to the public from Wednesday, December 2nd – Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Times: 10:00 – 20:00
Address:Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo [http://www.bigsight.jp/english/] Website:http://biz.nikkan.co.jp/eve/irex/english/index.php
Toilets: public toilets available
Child friendly: kid friendly and stroller friendly

Oedo Onsen5. Warm-up at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Koto-ku) – To warm up this cold time of year a trip the Oedo Onsen in Odaiba is perfect. The whole family can enjoy bathing in the multiple onsens, taking a break to play games, eat Japanese food, and then bath again. A great 3-4 hour activity that all will enjoy! To read about our experience and find more details click here.

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Details

Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5500-1126
Hours: open 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m (next day), 7 days a week; ast entry: 7 a.m.
Cost: Adult(over age 12)¥2,480(Sat. & Sun. ¥2,680・Special Day ¥2,880) Children(age 4 〜 12)¥1,000; No fee for a child under age 4 ※Fee includes: Bath fee, Yukata robe fee, Towel fee and Facility usage fee. Evening Discount Admission ¥1,980( Sat. & Sun. ¥2,180・ Special Day ¥2,380)(No child discount available, Entry after 18:00) ※Late Night Premium ¥2,000 (after 2:00 a.m.)
Access: 2 min walk from the Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line, or 7 min free shuttle from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line. Shuttle buses are also available from Tokyo station and Shinagawa station (see website for details). 200 car parking is also available for about 1,000 yen for four hours
Website: www.oom.jp
Notes: Very baby friendly and wheel chair accessible.


Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 5-6, 2015


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One comment

  1. So happy to have come across your blog, thanks Lauren. We’ve quite a bit to do in Saitama this weekend too, but Tokyo always has great events. What a great round up. Sharing this around. 🙂

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