It is forecasted to be a beautiful October weekend, so get out and enjoy these great Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 3 – 4, 2015. Our five recommendations for this weekend include two great food fairs, a grand tea ceremony in the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Museum, a walk and picnic in the Shirogane nature park, and catching the last chance to attend the Evolution exhibit at the National Museum of Nature and Science. You also can check out one of the antique and flea markets this weekend at the October Tokyo area antique and flea market schedule. Laugh, Learn and Live! – Lauren & Sandra
Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 3 – 4, 2015
27th Hokkaido Fair Details
Event Time and Dates: Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4th, 2015; 10:00 -18:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.
2. Nishimachi International School Food Fair (Moto-Azabu, Tokyo) –
Looking for some Autumn fun for all ages, great international food, drinks and games? As a parent of two Nishimachi alumni, I highly recommend you visit the Nishimachi International School Food Fair on Sat, October 3rd, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Fair is open to the public for free. You can enjoy various beers, food from over 15 countries (inlcuding: French, Indian, Korean and German), and great homemade desserts. You will not go home hungry. While trying the wide variety of food participate in kids festival games (located on the main building’s roof playground), arts & crafts, have your picture taken in a Kimono or listen to live music. Kids and adults of all ages will have a great time, and all the funds go to support the students.
Nishimachi International School Food Fair Details
Date and Time: October 3rd (Sat) 10:00 – 15:00, 2015
Address: Nishimachi International School, 2-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
3. The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum (Koganei, Tokyo) – Wonderful outdoor museum to see homes and businesses from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s preserved in a beautiful park. This weekend between the hours of 9:30 – 16:30 the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony will also be held on the Museum grounds. At the Ceremony you can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy so Japanese tea.
In 1993, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established the seven-hector Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum. The goal of the museum is to relocate, reconstruct, preserve and exhibit historical buildings of great cultural value.
The museum is very hands-on where you will enjoy touring inside and learning the histories of each house and business. The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum has excellent English documentation in the buildings, as well as, the brochure booklet. If you would like to go into each building, plan for 3-4 hours. Although we loved every building, the top three highlights for our family were the farmhouse of the Yoshino family built in late Edo period (later 1800’s), the house of Korekiyo Takahashi who was assassinated in the Feb 26, 1936 coup, and the public bathhouse “Kodakara-yu” built in 1929. Not only is the museum great for adults, but kids will love learning the history and exploring the houses. If you are a budding photographer, there are also many great photo opportunities.
The Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum is located inside the Koganei Park that is also known for its lovely plum and cherry blossoms. There is also plenty of car parking available. It takes about an hour to get to the museum from downtown Tokyo so make it a day trip and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with a picnic.
Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum Details
Address: 3-7-1 Sakuracho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-0005 (in Koganei Park)
Open Hours: April – September 9:30 -17:30; October – march 9:30 – 16:30
Cost: Adults 400 yen, college 300 yen, Hugh school 200 yen, junior high school and below free
Access: 5 min bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line (take the Seibu bus from platform #2 or #3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk 5 mins).
– 5 min bus ride from Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line (take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk five mins).
4. The Institute of Nature Studies (Shiorgane, Tokyo) – If you do not have time to get outside of Tokyo, but want to escape for an hour or two than the park run by The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane is a convenient and tranquil solution. Even though the park is located right next to a highway that cuts through Minato-ku, you will not know it. The sounds of birds and the breeze through the trees covers the city sounds. When you arrive at the park purchase your tickets at the handy ticket machine, pin your entry ribbon to your top and enter the wild. To walk with a small child around the park takes about 1-2 hours. Take a snack or obento lunch and enjoy the view near the ponds. Remember only to leave footprints, and only take memories and photos. Also return the entry ribbon since the are very eco and reuse. Also note; the park is closed on Monday unless a national holiday. There is no parking for cars, but a nice area for bicycles.
The Institute of Nature Studies Park Details
Address: 5-21-5, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Open everyday except Mondays. September 1 to April 30: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (visitors are admitted until 4:00 pm); May 1 to August 31: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (visitors are admitted until 4:00 pm)
Cost: adults 310 yen, high school students and below free
Toilets: available in main building at entry (it is about a 45-60 min walk for small children through park)
Strollers and wheelchairs: Good for main entry area but hard on inclines and around the lake/marsh boardwalk.
5. National Museum of Nature and Science (国立科学博物館) – The newly renovated (completed July 2015) Nature and Science museum is a great place to cool 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozRclcr-fg4. There is also a great special exhibit running through October 4th, 2015 called Leaps of Evolution, Tracing the Path of Vertebrate Evolution. http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/exhibitions/ueno/special/2015/evolution/
National Museum of Nature and Science
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
Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 3 – 4, 2015
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