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Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 6 – 7, 2015

Tokyo Family Weekend Activities BestLivingJapanHere are the top five recommended Tokyo family weekend activities for June 6 – 7, 2015. This weekend we have a very diverse selection from taking a walk to support animal charities, enjoying a traditional shrine festival, flower viewing, learning to painting wall, and eating all day. Pick your families pleasure. Hope to see you at some of the events! Happy June

Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 6 – 7, 2015

Sanpo in the Park BestLivingJapan1. Sanpo in the Park 2015 (Yoyogi Park) – Take your family and pet to the 5th annual Sanpo in the Park charity walk organised by Animal Walk Tokyo!   Over the past five years, Sanpo in the Park has helped local charities raise over 1.8M yen.  That’s equivalent to more than 56,000 bowls of food!  This year’s walk is to support ALMA and Dog Shelter.  100% of your 1, 500 yen entry fee will be split between the two groups. Join this exciting event with music, adoptable pups, food & fun.  RSVP here or on the Facebook event page.  If you can’t join, but want to donate, please email us at animalwalktokyo@gmail.com. Registration begins at 9:30.  Please read and sign the waiver form and bring it to the event.
Animal Walk Tokyo Details
Event Date: Sunday, June 7th
Time: 10:00 – 13:00
Address: Meeting spot is the main Yoyogi Park fountains in Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost of event: 1,500 yen donation per person, or 3,000 yen per family
Access:5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Cost: free entrance
Website: Sanpo in the Park 2015

Torigoe Festival BestLivingJapan2. Torigoe Shrine Festival (Torigoe, Taito-ku) – Torigoe Shrine Festival (鳥越まつり) is one of the most exciting and popular Shrine Festivals in Tokyo due to the age of the Shrine (founded of 1,350 years ago) and for having the heaviest Mikoshi (shrine that is carried in parade) in Tokyo. The Mitsukoshi parade begins in the early a.m. and travels all over the area of Torigoe, then returns to the Shrine where it is decorated with lanterns for the evening. I think late afternoon to evening is the most magical time. It is a great experience to follow the procession through the streets hearing the cheers and cry of the parade. You can also enjoy traditional foods sold along the walk. You are guaranteed to gain some great memories and photos from the event.
Torigoe Shrine Festival Details
Event Date: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th
Time: 10:00 – 20:00
Address: Torigoe Shrine, 2-4-1 Torigoe, Taito-ku (鳥越神社, 〒111-0054鳥越2丁目4-1)
Cost of event: Free
Access: 10 min walk from Kuramae Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
Website: https://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/torikoematsuri.html (In Japanese only)

 

DIY Factory BestLivingJapan3. Learn to Paint a Wall at the DIY Factory (Futako-Tamagawa) –  If you love DIY and you want to get your hands dirty, then you have to visit the creative shop called DIY Factory in Futako-Tamagawa. They offer workshops that are super fun for a weekday event, or with Mom or Dad on the weekend. This Saturday and Sunday they have one hour sessions for elementary and up on how to paint a wall, or board for artwork. You needworkshop0019-img001 to reserve your spot in the 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 or 17:00 class so reserve online. You can read details and reserve at the workshop schedule in Japanese here. Even thought the workshops are in Japanese they are very hands-on so if your Japanese is not great you will be fine (my opinion).   I also recommend while you are in Futako-Tamagawa to have lunch at 100 Spoons which is a few store fronts down from the DIY Factory!
DIY Factory Details
Address: Futako-Tamagawa S.C. Terrace Market, 1-14-1, Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
Phone: 03-6432-7025
Business hours: 10:00 – 21:00
Access:5 min walk from Futako-Tamagawa station on the Den-en-toshi Line (connects directly to Hanzomon Line)
Website: http://www.diyfactory.jp/futako/

 

Tokyo Family Weekend Activities BestLivingJapan4. View the beautiful hydrangea at the Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2015 (Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku) – Officially rainy season has begun, which means the blooming of hydrangeas (Ajisai in Japanese). The most magnificent display of Ajisai in Tokyo is at Hakusan Shrine. The Shrine has over 3,000 Ajisae plants which when in full bloom are a sea of blue. Hakusan Shrine is also one of the most important shrines in Tokyo having been built in the 8th century to pray for a remedy for smallpox. The path leading up to the shrine is very charming with many small food booths and stone lanterns.  The shrine is now a designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Even if your kids are not big fans of flower viewing, they will be impressed by the sheer number!

Bunkyo-ku Ajisai Festival 2015 Details
Event dates: Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 14, 2015
Address: Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3812-7111
Access: 3 minute walk from Hakusan Shring on the Toei Mita Subway Line
Website: NA

logo_hs5. Taste of Tokyo 2015 (Odaiba/Ariake, Koto-ku) – Taste of Tokyo is a great event to experience the finest food, beverages and related culinary products and services that Tokyo has to offer. I have attended the Taste of San Francisco and NYC and have enjoyed tremendously. This is a great event as a date or with kids who love food! The vendors have been chosen for their fine reputation and uniqueness. You will be able to sample various eateries, drinks assembled by some of the finest chefs in Tokyo. Unlike most food festivals, where you visit one or two booths, the ticketing system and portions are constructed for multiple tastings, allowing for a more thorough enjoyment experience of the festival.  The stage area will feature informative cooking and culinary shows by respected chefs and other food experts. Eat, drink and enjoy!

Taste of Tokyo 2015 Details
Event: Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 7th
Time: June 5th 16:00 – 21:00; June 6th and 7th  11:00 – 21:00. am-9pm
Address:Symbol Promenade Park Central Plaza, 1-2 Daiba and 2-3 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free entry, starter pack (20-pack of food tickets) ¥4,500, additional tickets ¥100
Website: www.tasteoftokyo.jp/en/index.html
Access: 8-10 min walk from Odaiba Kaihin-Koen Station or Ariake Station on the Yurikamome; or 10 min walk from the Tokyo Teleport Station or Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai line

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Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 6 – 7, 2015

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