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Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 12 & 13, 2015

After days and days of rain, we are hopeful that this weekend will be dry and sunny. Looks good for tomorrow, but Sunday looks a bit iffy right now. If you want the sun to shine, make a Teru Teru Bozu craft with your kids. Two fun events this weekend will be the Akasaka Hikawa Festival and the One Asia Festival. If the weather holds out, I am also recommending you try a river cruise up the Sumida. If rain falls, then head over to the Edo Museum in Ryogoku with your older kids or hit the Toy Museum in Yotsuya for younger ones.  Laugh, Learn and Live!  – Lauren & Sandra

***Give back and consider attending one of the great Charity Events in Tokyo this Fall.

Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 12 & 13, 2015

1. Akasaka Hikawa Festival (氷川神社, Akasaka, Tokyo)

The Akasaka Hikawa Shrine’s annual festival is this Sunday. This shrine and surrounding grounds are beautiful and very central in the middle of Akasaka. On Friday and Saturday, there is a procession around parts of Akasaka, but the img-sub01-h27big procession and festival is on Sunday.  Hikawa Shrine is a Shinto shrine best known of the 59 branch shrines of the Hikawa Jinja, which was designated as the chief Shinto shrine fr2015or the former Musashi province. The shrine structures were constructed in 1730 so you can have fun but also see some serious history.

Akasaka Hikawa Festival Details
• Address: 6-10-12, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo107-0052
• Parking: public paid parking on the street, but do not adivse driving
• Access: 5 min walk from Akasaka Mitsuke or Tameike Sanno stations
• Website: http://www.akasakahikawa.or.jp/oshirase/#reitaisai (in Japanese language only)


2. The One Asia 2015 Festival  (Yoyogi, Tokyo) –  The One Asia 2015 is a charity event to raise funds and support for the Tohoku region. The One Asia Festival will have over 60 booths selling various Asian foods, beverage and products. Ride your bike over to Yoyogi Park, eat be merry and support an event that is giving back.http---311prayforjapan.net-index

The One Asia Festival Details
Date: Sat – Sun, September 12th & 13th, 2015
Time: Sat 10:00 – 18:00; Sun 10:00 – 18:00
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.yoyogipark.info/2015/one-asia-2015/  and  (Japanese only)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.


3.  Take A Boat Ride On The Sumida River (Hamatsucho <-> Asakusa) – A fun, warm weather, half-day Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 20 & 21, 2015activity is to take a Tokyo river cruise from Hamatsucho Hinode Pier to Asakusa. After arriving in Asakusa tour the shrines and have a nice lunch. The boat cruise is 40 mins, and you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or beer from the onboard cafe. The trip one way is only 780 yen per adult, and kids are half price. Between 10:00 -17:00 there are usually 1-2 boats per hour, the exact timetable can be found here.  Enjoy the river ride!

Address: 2-7-104 Kaigan, Minato, Tokyo (日の出桟橋 水上バス乗り場, 海岸、港区)
Website: http://www.suijobus.co.jp/price/index.html#a1


Edo-Tokyo Museum Best Living Japan4. Edo-Tokyo Museum (Ryogoku) – The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) in Ryogoku is one of our family’s top picks when visitors come to town. Opened in 1993 the permanent exhibitions include; the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, the Nakamuraza theatre, and scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Shōwa periods. The entry to the permanent exhibit starts on the 6th floor and goes down to the 5th floor (this can be a bit tricky to navigate). When you enter from the 6th floor, you immediately cross the beautifully constructed model Nihonbashi Bridge and progress through history to modern day Tokyo. The museum is split into two zones – Edo Zone and Tokyo Zone. After you enter the Edo Zone by walking over the Nihonbashi bridge, you will view exhibits that explain the lifestyle, economics, politics and culture of Edo. The Tokyo Zone starts at the conversion from the Edo Era to the Tokyo Era. The exhibits show the European and American influences that started in the Meiji Era, the Industrial Revolution, Great Kanto earthquake and the effect of WWII and the following reconstruction period. Below are images of the Edo and Tokyo zones from the Edo-Tokyo Museum website. A great museum to spend 1-2 hours viewing, and a good addition to visiting nearby Asakusa Shrine.

Edo-Tokyo Museum Details
Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Tel: 3-3626-9974
Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday – Sunday 9:30 – 17:30 *If a public holiday, the following day is closed instead. Year End and New Year Holiday. Closed Dec 29-Jan 3 for New Years
Cost: Adult: 600yen, People aged 65 or over:300yen, University Students:480yen; Students(Junior high school & High school: 300yen; Under Junior high school:Free
Access: Location: great, 5-minute walk from Ryogoku station, lots of car parking
Website: https://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/


5. Tokyo Toy Museum www.BestLivingJapan.comTokyo Toy Museum (Yotsuya) –  Tokyo Toy Museum (TTM) is called a museum, but in reality it is a hands-on, play all you want center for babies and up. The toys are all analog toys mostly made from wood, and original Japanese toys. There are age appropriate rooms throughout the facility to keep you and your kids busy for a few hours.   I was so impressed how the organizers retro-fitted an old elementary school into a hands on museum and play center out of an old elementary school. Going forward The Tokyo Toy Museum will be one of our top rainy or cold day play spots. Read more details here from my visit with Baby.Tokyo Toy Museum

Tokyo Toy Museum Details 

Address: Yotsuya Hiroba, 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5367-9601 (Japanese only)
Hours: 10:00 – 16:00 (last admission at 15:30) Closed on Thursday (also closed over the New Yearʼ s holidays and special holidays in February and September)
Tickets: Adults 700 yen (junior high school and above), children 500 yen (age 3 through elementary school), child + adult pair ticket 1,000 yen, 2 years and younger are free. Group discount : Groups of 15 or more can get a 100 yen discount per person on admission and are welcome by appointment
Access: 7 min walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line, 8 min walk from Akebonobashi Station on the Shinjuku Subway Line
Website: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/ (Japanese only)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/t.toymuseum
English info: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/pdf/ttm_pamphlet_e.pdf



Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 12 & 13, 2015

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