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Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities

Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 10 – 12, 2015

Looking forward to the three day weekend to enjoy Tokyo area family friendly events and activities – October 10 – 12, 2015.   Due to Monday being Sports and Health Day, a Japanese National Holiday, we have five festival recommendations and a few full one-day outings.  If you want to relax this weekend, take a leisurely trip to a Top 10 Tokyo Playground.  For the antique lovers, starting tomorrow (Friday) is the three day Shinjuku Antique Show, details can be found at the October Tokyo area antique and flea market schedule. If you are looking for an adult bicycle, try your luck at the once a month Minato-ku bike lottery being held this Sunday.  Laugh, Learn and Live!  – Lauren & Sandra

Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 10 – 12, 2015

1. Minato-ku Citizens’ Festival 2015 (Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) Minato-ku Citizens festival 2015– This two-day festival in Shiba is an annual event that is especially fun to attend if you have young children or did not get enough festival food in the summer. The festival is spread out across the Shiba Park, Zojo-ji Temple, the Tokyo Prince Hotel ground, the Minato library park area near Onarimon Station, and the park in front of the Minato-ku City Hall. Your kids can enjoy a mini steam engine ride, enjoy a bouncy house and
popular festival games in the Shiba Park area. In Zojo-ji, you can visit various government sponsored booths, enjoy Japanese music performances and exhibits of art. In the Tokyo Prince Hotel area, there is a World Promenade of food and alcohol, and near the library and town hall booths selling crafts and goods. There is also a parade on Sunday from noon to 13:30 that runs under the Daimon to Onarimon Station. A fun community event to attend for a few hours!

Minato-ku Citizens’ Festival 2015
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 10th (11:00 -17:00) – Sunday, October 11th (10:00 – 16:00)
Address: 4-8-4, Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo (between Shibakoen and Onarimon Stations on the Toei Mita Line)
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 1 min walk from either Shibakoen or Onarimon Stations on the Toei Mita Line
Event Website:  http://www.kissport.or.jp/maturi/2015/index.html (in Japanese)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly.

 

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image from Sarugakucho festival org

2. Daikanyama 2015 Sarugaku Festival (Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – Enjoy your Sunday or Monday Sports Day at this lively local festival. This festival is very international sporting food booths with wine and cheese, and western desserts; workshops on table manners and how to make butter; as well as, fun crafts for the kids.  If that does not make you smile the medieval dressed musical band or dancing monkey may.

Daikanyama 2015 Sarugaku Festival 

Event Time and Dates: Sunday, October 11th (10:00 -18:00) – Monday, October 12th (10:00 – 18:00)
Address: Daikanyama Hillside Terrance complex, 29-18 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku , Tokyosarugakumatsuri_top_06
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 3 min walk from Daikanyama Station on the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
Event Website:  http://sarugakumatsuri.com
Stoller and wheelchair friendly.

 

3. Yumenoshima Barefoot Festival – Giant Pumpkins and Halloween (Yumenoshima, Koto-ku, Tokyo) – Great park to visit anytime of the year, but pre-Halloween you can see the giant pumpkins and enjoy the BareYumenoshima pumpkinsfoot Festival that is an eco clean-up festival combined with Halloween games and face painting! There is also a free dress-up area and Halloween photo backdrop where Baby spent quite a bit of time transforming from Cinderella to Snow White to a fairy.  Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome is a botanical garden featuring 1,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants. At only 250 yen per adult (kids under 12 yrs old are free!) take a tour of their greenhouse which includes fruit bearing trees such as durian, coconut, mango, pineapples, guava, etc.; see and walk under a mini waterfall, search for the spot where you can hear your echo. My 3 and 11-year-olds had a great time wondering the greenhouses. Yumenoshima, which is a large green park built on a garbage landfill, is quite beautiful now, and you could spend hours wandering the grounds. Bring an obento or enjoy lunch at the small cafe at the Botanical Gardens.

Yumenoshima kids photoYumenoshima Barefoot Festival Details
Event date and time: Sunday, October 11th – Monday, October 12th; 10:30-16:30
Fees: Entry free during the festival, usually 250 yen for adults
Address: 2-1-2 Yumenoshima, Koto-ku
Tel: 03-3522-0281
Website: http://www.yumenoshima.jp/index.html
Access: 10 min walk from Shin-Kiba Station, which is 10 minutes from Tokyo Station on the Keiyo Line and also accessible on the Yurakucho Line.

 

yokasoi4.  Tokyo Yosakoi (Ikebukuro, Tokyo) –  Yosakoi is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan in 1954, as a modern rendition of Awa Odori, a traditional summer dance. Yosakoi-style dancing has spread throughout much of Japan. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern music. This Saturday and Sunday you can see a huge competition of over 100 dance teams challenging to be crowded the best Yosakoi dance troupe. It is a huge festival with bright colors, loud music, and incredible energy. Any age person will have a great time!

Tokyo Yosakoi Details
Event date and time: Saturday, October 10th  – Sunday, October 11th; 13:00 – 20:00
Where: Ikebukuro station area
Website: http://www.yosakoitokyo.gr.jp (in Japanese only)
Access: 1 min walk from Ikebukuro Station on the JR Yamanote, Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tobu Tojo Lines.

 

Tsukiji Aki Fest 20155. Tsukiji Aki Fest 2015 (Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) – Any time of the year is a good time to visit, shop and eat at Tsukiji. However, this Saturday and Sunday is extra special with the annual Tsukiji Aki Fest. The festival takes place in the outer market around the Shijobashi crossing.  Many stores and restaurants will have booths selling their special food and also offering some cooking workshops.  Next years Aki Fest will be out in the new market area in Toyosu, so enjoy this weekend in Tsukiji.

Tsukiji Aki Fest 2015 Details

Event date and time: Sunday, October 11th – Monday, October 12th; 10:30-16:30
Fees: Free entry, food fee based
Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/know/info/2015/10/akifes151010.html
English PDF map of Tsukiji
Access: 3 min walk from Tsukijishijo Station on the Oedo line

 

6. Tama Zoo (Hino, Tokyo) – If you love animals and walking in the outdoors, you will love the Tama Zoo. Tama Zoo is huge at 129 acres (52H) which is about four times Ueno Zoo size. If you were to see everything, you would have walked over 8K in one day. We walked for three

Tama Zoo Tokyo BestLivingJapan.com
Elephants

hours and only saw 2/3s of the Zoo. If you do not feel like walking as much, there is a Silver bus that you can take all the way to the Koalas, which is the farthest point, and walk back. The goal of Tama Zoo is to display the animals in as natural habitats as possible. The Tama Zoo has three main areas the Asiatic, African and Australian, as well as an impressive Insectarium. Another cool part of the Tama Zoo is the group of very passionate senior volunteers who explain the animals and have side exhibits like animal hair to touch and panels that show you what the animals eat. For the full one day visit post view here.

Tama Zoo Details

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Posing at the exit

Address:  7-1-1, Hodokubo,  Hino-shi,  Tokyo 191-0042
Tel: 042-591-1611
Hours: Opening times: Closed Wed (Thurs if Wed is a notational holiday), open 9:30-17:00 pm, Closed Dec 29-Jan 1
Cost: Adults  (16-64) 600 yen, 65+ 300 yen, Students (13-15) 200 yen, kids under 13 free
Website: https://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/tama/main.html

 

7. River Rafting and Grape Picking www.bestlivingjapan.comNagatoro River Rafting (Nagatoro Cho, Chichibu, Saitama-ken) –   If you are looking for a fun one day get away to enjoy the crisp air and beautiful mountain and river scenery, do visit Nagatoro River and surrounding area of Chichibu in Saitama. Nagatoro means long slow river. You can choose 30 min or 60 min ride.  Beautiful early autumn colors, cliffs and some waterfalls along the way. The cost was 2,700 yen per adult. The two boatmen were quite the characters; one talking the entire way narrating the ride, and other silent with a mysterious grin.  You can raft in the a.m. and pick grapes in the afternoon. For the entire post about a full-day adventure read here.

River Rafting and Grape Picking www.bestlivingjapan.com
The Group

Nagatoro River Rafting Information
Name of company: Nagatoro Line Kudari
Address: 489-2 Nagatoro Cho, Chichibu, Saitama-ken 369-1305
Tel: 0494 -66-0950

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For other fun things to do this weekend check these links. 

Tokyo Day Trips – http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/category/travel/tokyo-day-trips/

Tokyo Area Indoor Play Locations – http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/category/play/indoor/

Tokyo Area History Museums – http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/category/see/history-museums/

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Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 10 – 12, 2015

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