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Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events for Feb 21 and 22, 2015

Tokyo Area Activities and Events for this weekend – February 21 & 22, 2015.  Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend!  I recommend heading down to Yokohama to enjoy; #1. Yokohama Chinatown Festivities, #2. make your own noodles at the Cup Noodles Museum, and #3. study at the Japan Overseas Migration Museum.  If you want to stay in Tokyo make sure you see the Dohachi exhibit at the Suntory Museum before it closes on March 1st (Roppongi), try out the trampolines at Trampoland (Itabashi) or play at the Toy Museum (Yotsuya).

Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events for Feb 21 and 22, 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Yokohama www.bestlivingjapan.com#1 Yokohama Chinatown –  Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Yokohama Chinatown is one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan along with those in Kobe and Nagasaki. Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30 minute train ride from Shibuya. To celebrate the Spring Festival, Yokohama Chinatown will hold a variety of  spring festival events. You also must enjoy a great lunch or dinner at one of the more than 500 restaurants, and have fun shopping.  Here is a good article on where to eat from the Japan Times on Yokohama Chinatown Restaurants.  Note to parents – It does get very crowded, so I advise images-10against bringing your stroller. This weekend you can enjoy the Spring Festival Traditional Performance of the lion dance, dragon dance, dance performance, songs, harp performance, acrobatics, and other traditional Chinese cultures.

Dates: Feb. 21(Sat.), 22(Sun.), 28(Sat.), Mar. 1(Sun.), 2015
Venue: Yamashita-cho Park (in Chinatown)

Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events for Feb 21 and 22, 2015#2. Cup Noodles Musuem – My two teenage sons and I visited the Cup Noodles Museum the other day and absolutely enjoyed it. Not only do you learn the history of the world famous Cup Noodles, but you can make your own personalised cup and enjoy lunch as well. Really a great spot for all ages.

Cup Noodles Museum Details
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Phone: 045-345-0918
Open Times: 10:00 -18:00 (last admission is 17:00); closed Tuesday
Cost: 500 yen for adults (kids high-school and under free), 300 yen per person to make a CupNoodles
Access: 8 min walk from Minatomirai Stations on the Minatomirai Line; parking also available
Website: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/
Note: Stroller and wheelchair friendly

DSC_1813 #3. Japanese Overseas Migration Museum –  This museum is a hidden gem. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the 1860’s. This museum is beautifully laid out and has excellent English explanations. You will learn in detail about who left and why and where they went and why. There are also volunteers who are very attentive and will try to explain in detail in English and Japanese.  This museum is on the same block as the Cup Noodles Museum.

DSC_1814Japanese Overseas Migration Museum Details
Address: 2-3-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Phone: 045-663-3257
Open Times: 10:00 -18:00 (last admission is 17:30); closed Monday
Cost: free
Access: 10 min walk from Minatomirai Stations on the Minatomirai Line; public parking available
Website: http://www.jomm.jp
Note: Stroller and wheelchair friendly

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Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events for Feb 21 and 22, 2015

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