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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 22 and 23, 2015

Here are the top 6 Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 22 and 23, 2015. Japan. I usually highlight five activities but this weekend has six I just have to mention.  Obon holiday has passed and for many of us summer vacation is a distant memory. Some schools are already back in session and all others starting in the next few weeks. However, it is not too late to catch some last fireworks at Tamagawa and Chofu this weekend. Also Azabu-Juban and Roppongi neighborhoods both are in full Matsuri mode this weekend. If you want something a bit more active and adventurous, try the Firefly Bike Ride! Enjoy the last nights of summer!

Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 22 and 23, 2015


Azabu Juban poster


1. Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival 2015 (Azabu Juban)  – This is one of my favorite annual festivals. The main Azabu shopping street and side streets are closed down to traffic and filled with festival goers enjoying local restaurant specialties. Ajiro Park (aka the slide park) is filled with games for the kids and musical live entertainment each night. Dress the family in Yukata and enjoy. This festival is so crowded that I highly advise not to bring strollers or pets. If you want to avoid the crazy time of 18:00 – 21:30 go when it opens from 15:00 – 17:00.

Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival
Address: main shopping street and side streets
Dates and times: Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd; 15:00 – 21:30 both days
Website: www.azabujuban.or.jp
Access: Azabu Juban station on the Namboku or Oedo Lines


2. Roppongi Hills Bonodori (Roppongi Hills) – This festival is known for its great Bonodori dancing on Saturday and Sunday from 17:00 – 20:00. Feast on the great food from the local Roppongi bonodorirestaurants and enjoy the beautiful dance performances. If you have a lot of energy, you could start at the Azabu-Juban Festival and walk to Roppongi to see the dancing.

Roppongi Hills Bonodori 
Address: Roppongi Hills complex
Dates and times: Friday, August 21st –  Sunday, August 23rd; Friday 17:00 – 21:00 (no bonodori on Friday night), 15:00 – 21:00, dance 17:00 – 20:00
Website: http://www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com/events/2015/08/arn_bon/
Access: 15 min walk from Azabu Juban station on the Namboku or Oedo Lines, of 5 min walk from Roppongi station on the Hibiya or Oedo Lines


firefly bikeride3. Firefly Ride (Aoyama to Odaiba)  – I have never participated in this event, but it looks like great fun if you are biking family. Just decorate you bikes and bodies with lights and join a large group of people who bike from Aoyama to Odaiba. The goal of the event is to promote biking and gain more support to make Tokyo a biking friendly city.  Here is a message from the organizer – “The Firefly Ride is the predominant illuminated cycling event of the year. It’s a family friendly ride at which participants can enjoy decorating their bicycles with lights and sound and in the evening ride the summer night streets of Tokyo. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes and riders.  A grand spectacle of color light and sound featuring bicycles of every type imaginable the firefly ride aims to promote the fun, friendly and social side of cycling.” Sign-up here. Anyone can join, and you don’t need to bike the entire way, just join as far as you can.

Address: Biking starts from the United Nations University in Aoyama (exact address 5-53-70 Shibuya Tokyo)
Event date and time: Saturday, August 23rd, starts at 17:30
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456373111334423/
Website: http://cycling-embassy.jp/firefly/en/index.html
Route map:


4. Sancha Latin Festival (三茶ラテンフェスティバル) (Sangenjaya) – An annual event that is super popular with all age groups. Enjoy all day performances of Samba as well as the highlight Samba Parade. Great music, dancing, food, and drink. slider01

Sancha Latin Festival  Details
Address:  Main shopping area near Sangenjaya station
Event dates and times: Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd; 11:00 – 19:00 both days
Website: http://sancha.or.jp/
Access: 2 min walk from Sangenjaya on the Tolyo Den-en-toshi Line and the Tokyu Setagaya Line


5. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival (たまがわ花火大会) (Futako-tamagawa)– This year will be the 37th Setagaya-Ku Tamagawa Fireworks Festival. The over 6,000 fireworks are lit off from the Futako-Tamagawa River Playground. The show is a battle between Tokyo on one side of the river and Kanagawa on the other side, both sides setting off fireworks the same evening. There is plenty of seating on the grass so bring a blanket and your picnic dinner and enjoy. You can sit either side of the river, but locals say the best view if from the Kanagawa side.  Recommended to get your spot by early afternoon. Futako-Tamagawa has a lot of shopping so you can come for a 1/2-day visit, buy your food and drink and enjoy.

Tamagawa Fireworks Festival (たまがわ花火大会) Details
Event dates and time: August 22nd, Saturday; start 19:00-20:00
Website: http://www.tamagawa-hanabi.com/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 5 min walk from the Futako-Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu-Denentoshi Line or the Tokyu Oimachi Line


6. Chofu-Shi Fireworks Festival (調布市花火) (Chofu) – One of the last fireworks events of the summer to enjoy over 9,000 fireworks. If you are returning to Tokyo late in August, this is a great firework display. Pack a picnic dinner and eat on the banks of the Tamagawa.
 Chofu-Shi Fireworks Festival (調布市花火)

Chofu-Shi Fireworks Festival (調布市花火) Details
Event dates and time: August 22nd, Saturday; start 18:30 – 17:30
Website: http://hanabi.csa.gr.jp/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 10 min walk Chofu Station or the Keio-Tamagawa Station on the Keio Line


Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – August 22 and 23, 2015

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