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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 4 and 5, 2015

Looks like it will be another rainy weekend in Tokyo again. Let’s all hope for some sunshine. However, rain or shine here are the Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities recommendations for July 4 and 5, 2015.  Try making Teru Teru Bozu with your family to bring on the sun! Tanabata is this Tuesday, July 7th so many festivals to enjoy. We also have some great indoor play, see and learn locations. If you love the rain pull on your boots and head to a park to splash and enjoy the outdoors in the empty parks. Here are some of my favorites in the rain; Arisigawa Park, Setagaya Park and Saigoyama Park. If it does clear try attending one of the July Antique Markets. Enjoy the rain because in a few weeks we will be wishing it would rain!

Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 4 and 5, 2015

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1. Shitamachi Tanabata Festival, Asakusa (下町七夕まつり) – This festival is running from today until July 8th in the Kappabashi area of Asakusa. I love shopping in Kappabashi so a double bonus festival and shopping in one trip. The festival is on the main Kappabashi Hon-dori which is called “Kitchen Town” and is where chefs and food lovers shop for all their kitchen and cooking tools. The best time to visit the Shitamachi Tanabata Festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 4th and 5th. Over the weekend, the local businesses have special stalls with sales and food, and live music and parades take place.  

Shitamachi Tanabata Festival Details
Event dates:  July 3-8; best days to attend are Sat and Sun, July 4-5, 2015
Hours: Parade & stalls July 4th  10:00 – 20:00, July 5th 10:00 – 19:00
Location:  Kappabashi Hon-dori
Access: 10 min walk from Asakusa station
Website:  shitamachi-tanabata.com

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2. Milky Way Firefly Festival 2015, Shirogane – Great intimate local festival in Shirogane, Minato-ku.  You can enjoy all the regular summer festival foods and games plus the big event of firefly watching from 19:00 – 21:00 Saturday night rain or shine! The fireflies are transported to Shirogane from Amanogawa so city folks can experience. Great family activity.

Milky Way firefly Festival 2015 Details
Event date and times: Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5th; 12:00 – 20:00
Location:  Shirogane Plaza, Shirogane, Minato-ku  (Shirogane Takanawa station on the Mita or Namboku lines)
Website: http://www.shirokaneplaza.com/event.html

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Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 3. Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan, Meguro – If you have never visited Meguro’s Gajoen, this event is a good reason to go. From July 3rd – August 9th, you can see a light exhibit that shows some of Japan’s most famous summer festivals and imagery. My favourite parts of the exhibit are the masks from Aomori-ken,  and the 500 wind bells and the adorable goldfish paper lanterns.  A great place to visit in the rain. There are also some wonderful restaurants in the same building.
Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan Details
Event dates:  Jul 3-Aug 9;  10:00 – 18:00 (Fri, Sat until 7pm)
Address: Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5434-3140
Cost:  adults 1,200 yen, 600 yen students
Access: 10 min walk from Meguro Station (Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines); there is also a free shuttle bus from Megurp station to Gajoen and back
Website: https://www.megurogajoen.co.jp/event/wanoakari/

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Aoyama craft beer UN University4. Aoyama Craft Beer Market @ The UN University Farmers Market, Omotesando/Aoyama – I love the weekend farmers market at the UN University in Aoyama for the in-season and organic produce. In July the craft beer assortment is another great reason to attend. You can enjoy some locally brewed beers while enjoy food from the great selection of food trucks. Just don’t forget to bring home you veggies!

Aoyama Craft Beer Market @ The UN University Farmers Market Details
Event dates: July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2015; 10:00 – 17:00
Address: United Nations University Bldg, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Access:  Omotesando Station (Chiyoda, Ginza, Hanzomon lines), exit B2
Webstite:  farmersmarkets.jp/craft-beer-market/

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Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri
Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri

5. Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa-ken – This is one of the largest Tanabata festivals in the Kanto area. It is well know for the huge size of the tanbata decorations, lively parade and illuminations. I have never had the chance to attend, but my friends speak highly of the event.

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri Details

Dates and hours: Friday, July 3  – Sunday, July 5, 2015; Runs from around noon to 21:00 on Saturday and until 20:00 on Sunday
Address: Whole city around JR Hiratsuka Station north exit mall (Beniyacho, Hiratsuka-shi, akasityou play a key role.)
Access: 2 min walk from JR Hiratsuka Station north exit
It is approximately 60 minutes by … JR Tokaido Main Line from Tokyo Station.
It is approximately 65 minutes by … JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Station

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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities – July 4 and 5, 2015

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