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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 18 and 19, 2015

Here are the top 5 Tokyo Area Family weekend activities for July 18 -19, 2015. The summer festival are starting and await you! Kick-off the summer at the Adachi Fireworks Festival, dance and eat your day away at the Brazil Festival, or visit one of the best Tokyo neighbourhood festivals at Shimokita.  If you are looking for a cooler indoor activity, try the new exhibits at the Miraikan or the 21-21 Design Sight. It will be hot, hot, hot so drink plenty of water and remember sun protection. Learn, Laugh and Live!

Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 18 and 19, 2015

1. The Adachi Fireworks (足立の花火) – This year will be the 37th Adachi Fireworks although the The Adachi Fireworksfirst event was held in 1924. It is usually well attended since it is the first major fireworks festival of the summer. The fireworks are shot up from two locations along the Arakawa River. According to locals, the best place to view is on the Nishi-Arai side.

Event: July 18th, Saturday, 19:30 -20:30; approximately 12,000 fireworks
Website: http://adachikanko.net/en/ (Japanese)
Access:  15 min. from Kitasenju Station, JR Line and Tokyo Metro Lines


Brazilian Festival 20152 Brazilian Festival 2015, Yoyogi Park – If you want a high energy, hot and sexy weekend then head to Yoyogi to enjoy one of the biggest festivals of the year. You will be treated to amazing Brazilian stage performances from leading Brazilian pop stars and musicians. Enjoy you churrasco BBQ and acai smoothies!

Brazilian Festival Details
Date: Sat – Sun, July 18 & 19, 2015
Time:11:00 – 20:00
Address:Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.festivalbrasil.jp/(Japanese and Portuguese language only)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.


Miraikan; Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation3. Miraikan Exhibit “Pokémon Lab: You do it! You discover!”, Koto-ku –  The Miraikan has just opened their new summer special exhibit that presents entertaining experiences to learn about scientific methods and processes such as observation and classification, with Pokémon as the subjects. This exhibition will take place at the “Pokémon Lab” where visitors will act as research assistants and take on a variety of missions. These missions are separated into different difficulty levels, so visitors all ages can enjoy them. The exhibition will also explain the history and long-lasting appeal of Pokémon, along with the development of communications technology in game consoles.

Miraikan; Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Details 
Exhibit: July 8 (Wed) – October 12 (Mon)
Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (near Odaiba)
Tel: 03-3570-9188
Hours:  Wednesday – Monday 10:00 – 17:00, Closed on Tuesday’s
Cost: Permanent exhibit is adult 620 yen, under 18 years 210 yen; Special exhibit and permanent visit ticket adult 1,800 yen, 3-18  years 1,200 yen, 2 and under free
Access:  5 min walk from the Fune-no Kagakukan station on the Yurikamome Line; 15 min walk from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/
Notes: The facility is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Park is located under the museum. There is a cafe in the museum.


Shimokita Night Market 4. Shimokita Night Market (下北夜市), Shimokitazawa – This is one of the best Tokyo neighbourhood summer festivals. All the events and activities take place on the east side of the station from Friday night until late on Sunday. Wear a Yukata and you may even be given free food and drink. Shimokita this weekend will be a frenzy of music, art, games and food and drink! Great way to kick off the summer festival season. You can also visit some of the great coffee shops and stores in the area.

Shimokita Night Market DetailsShimokita Night Market
Event: Friday, July 17th – Sunday, July 19th, 2015: 15:00 -21:00
Address: Shimokitazawa Station area, Kitazawa 2-23-9
Website: http://shimokitazawa-east.com



5. 21-21 Design Sight ‘Motion Science’ Exhibit, Roppongi/Midtown –  The Motion Science exhibit is designed for all ages and is very interactive. The show is explained on the website as such: the Motion Science exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to touch and observe the power of expressions that “movements” bring about.  The exhibits are great, kids from 3 up IMG_9960_2will enjoy for 60-90 mins. See how air pressure makes garbage bags breath with life and balances balls. Learn how noisy ping pong balls can be in a  tower made of cardboard boxes. So many hands-on exhibits to learn the impact of motion.
21-21 Design Sight Details
Address:9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3475-2121
Open days and hours: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 10:00 – 19:00 (LO 18:30)
Cost: Adults 1,100 yen, university student 800 yen, high and junior high school student 500 yen, ages 12 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and  Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line


Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 18 and 19, 2015

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