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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 25 and 26, 2015

Here are the top 5 Tokyo Area Family weekend activities for July 25 – 26, 2015. This weekend is a huge summer festival weekend with the Sumidagawa Fireworks, the Shinjuku Eisa Festival and the Kagurazaka Matsuri.  Purchase some yukata and geta at your neighbourhood store and venture out with the family.  If you are looking for something cooler, try visiting the HandMade in Japan Fes or enjoy one of the many wading and splash pools around Tokyo.  Experience the best of Japanese summers. Learn, Laugh and Live!

Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 25 and 26, 2015

1. Sumidagawa Fireworks (隅田川花火大会) – This year will be the 38th Sumidagawa Fireworks. If you only have the time and energy during the steamy summer to see one firework display, I recommend the Sumidagawa Fireworks. They are the oldest having started in 1732 and explosive in size and color. To get great seats book a dinner ride on a yakatabune (Japanese house-boat) for the evening or get a spot on the banks of the Sumida River around noon and take a long afternoon nap.Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities

Event Date: July 25th, Saturday; start 19:05-20:30; approximately 20,000 fireworks
Website: http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html (Japanese language only)
Access: Asakusa station on the Tobu-Isezaki , Ginza or Asakusa lines, or Kuramae station on the Toei Oedo Line.


2. Shinjuku Eisa Festival (新宿エイサーまつり) – Eisa dance is a traditional dance of Okinawa, which was originally conducted for the worship of ancestral spirits during the Obon period. However post WWII Eisa dancing has changed to focus more on youth and cultural competition in Okinawa where young groups of Eisa performers show great creatively in their music and dance. At the Shinjuku Festival, you can see close to 25 dance groups perform. Great way to experience Okinawa culture.

Event Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2015新宿エイサーまつり
Time: 12:00 – 20:00
Website: http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/ (In Japanese)
Phone: 03-3462-1577
Location Map: http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/pdf/0722_eisa_map.pdf


Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities agurazaka Matsuri 神楽坂まつり3. Kagurazaka Matsuri (神楽坂まつり) – This is a festival that you will definitely want to wear a yukata. If you wear a yukata the first two nights (Wednesday or Thursday), you can pick-up a lantern at Bishamonten (Zenkokuji) temple and join a group to tour the area. On Friday and Saturday, the festival becomes a bit busier and exciting as dancing begins and restaurants join in with great food and beverages discounted for visitors in yukata.
Event Date: Wednesday, July 22 – Saturday, July 25th
Time: July 22 & 23 17:30 – 22:00; July 24 & 25 17:00 – 21:00
Website: http://www.kagurazaka-6.com
Access:  festival held in the Kagurazaka 1-6 neighbourhoods accessible via the Ushigome Kagurazaka station on the Oedo Line or Iidabashi Station on the Chuo-sobu, Tozai, Namboku or Oedo Lines. 


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4. HandMade in Japan Fes 2015 (ハンドメイドインジャパンフェス) – If you are crafty, or just love to admire crafts you should attend HandMade in Japan Fes this weekend. Also a great way to avoid the heat. Over 4,000 creators will present their works of art, music and food for view and purchase. Great place to source materials, learn new techniques and gain inspiration. There are over 30 workshops you can participate in to learn a new craft.  I love attending, and always walk away with enough project to keep me busy all year.

Event Dates: July 25 (Saturday) – July 26 (Sunday), 2015;
Cost: One-day pass: 1,000 yen (in advance online) or 1,200  yen (door purchase)
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line; 3 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome
Website: https://hmj-fes.jp/
Note: Parking available at Tokyo Big Sight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.



Rinshi-no-Mori-Stream-294x3005. Enjoy a Wading & Splash Pool in Tokyo – A great way to cool off and enjoy the outdoors is to visit one of the wading and splash pools in a public park. Kids and adults will enjoy the cooler and misty air around the water areas. Run, splash and laugh. Here is a list of some of the best wading pools in Tokyo.





Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 25 and 26, 2015

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