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Tokyo Family Weekend: August 20 & 21, 2016

Here are our recommended Tokyo Family Weekend: August 20 & 21, 2016 activities and events.  This weekend attend one of the last summer firework festivals – Chofu, Tamagawa or Jingu Mae.  If you are looking for other summer activity inspirations, check out our 2016 Tokyo Summer Guide. Wishing you a great weekend.  – Sandra and Lauren

Tokyo Family Weekend: August 20 & 21, 2016

Jingu Gaien Hanabi, Tokyo Family Weekend: August 20 & 21, 20161. Jingu Gaien Hanabi (神宮外苑花火大会) – The Jingu Gaien Fireworks is unique since you need to pay to enter the fireworks area. You can see from tall buildings surrounding the four spots that the events take place but if you want to see up close and personal you need to buy a ticket; starting price 2,500 yen to upwards of 40,000 yen. Ticket details here in Japanese. The show takes place in four areas around Jingu; Jingu Kyujo Ballpark, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Chichibu-no-miya Rugby Field and the Softball Park. The good thing about having a ticket is that you will have a spot and not have to deal with the brutal crowds at other firework events this summer.

Jingu Gaien Hanabi Details
Event Date and Times: Saturday, August 20 (19:30~20:30)
Cost: 2,500 – 40,000 JPY per person
Website: http://www.jinguhanabi.com/ ; ticket on sale now http://t.pia.jp/hanabi/jingu/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 5-10 min walks from numerous stations; Sendagaya Station or Shinanomachi Station on JR Sobu Line; Omotesando Station, Gaienmae Station, Aoyama 1-chome Station on various subway lines

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Tokyo Junk Show, Antiques and collectibles2. Junk Show (Chiyoda-ku) – Over 100 global vendors set up their stalls at the Japan Science Museum near the Imperial Palace. The merchandise is probably the most diverse I have seen in Japan from toys to home goods. If you are a toy collector, this is a good place to shop.  Cost is 1,000 JPY for adult entry (sr. high and above). For other antique markets this weekend check here.
Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 20-21, 2016
Time: Sat 11:00 – 17;00 and Sun 10:00
What is for sale: 100 global vendors, heavily oriented to toys and collectibles
Parking: no
Access: 7 min walk from three stations – Takebashi Station on the Tozai Line, Kudanshita Station on the Tozai Line or Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon Line & Toei Shinjuku Line
Address: Japan Science Museum, 1 & 3 halls http://www.jsf.or.jp/eng/map/ . 2-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0091
Website: http://www.toyshow.co.jp/

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Shimokitazawa festival

3. Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori – Great food, music and Awa Dori Dance. I believe this is one of the best neighborhood festivals in Japan. Do not take your stroller or pets since it is a very busy festival in narrow streets. Enjoy Shimokitazawa which is a artsy and young neighbourhood.
Event Dates: Friday August 19 2016 – Saturday August 20, 2016; 18:30 – 20:30
Address: Held in the small streets around the station. Shimokitazawa area , Shimokitazawa
Website: http://www.shimokita1ban.com/en/awaodori



Tamagawa Fireworks Festival4. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival (たまがわ花火大会) –  The fireworks are launched from the Futako-Tamagawa River Playground. The show is actually a battle between Tokyo on one side of the river and Kanagawa on the other side, both sides setting off fireworks the same evening. There is plenty of seating on the grass so bring a blanket and your picnic dinner and enjoy. You can sit either side of the river, but locals say the best view if from the Kanagawa side. Recommended to get your spot by early afternoon. Futako-Tamagawa has lot os shopping so you can come for a 1/2-day visit, buy your food and drink and enjoy. Check out the great playground, 100 Spoons Restaurant and the DIY store, which are some of my favourites.

Tamagawa Fireworks Festival  Details
Event Date and Times: Saturday, August 20 (19:00~20:00)
Address: 5 min walk from Futako-Tamagawa Station
Cost: 2,500 – 40,000 JPY per person
Website:  http://www.tamagawa-hanabi.com/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 5 min walk from the Futako-Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu-Denentoshi Line or the Tokyu Oimachi Line


Caribbean Central and South Festival 2016, Tokyo Family Weekend: August 20 & 21, 20165. Caribbean Central and South Festival 2016 (Yoyogi) –  Ride your bike over to Yoyogi this weekend to celebrate the end of the Olympics with some Caribbean and Central festivities. Great music, food and fun!

Caribbean Central and South Festival 2016 Details
Event Date and Times: Saturday and Sunday, August 20/21 (10:00~19:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Area, 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free to attend, food and drink pay as you go
Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1297860993574373/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station not the JR Yamanote

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Chofu fireworks6.  Chofu-Shi Fireworks Festival (調布市花火) – The last major fireworks events of the summer, but packed full of sound and color. If you are returning to Tokyo late in August, this is a great firework display. Pack a picnic dinner and eat on the banks of the Tamagawa.

Event Date: August 21st, Sunday; start 18:30 – 17:30
Website: http://hanabi.csa.gr.jp/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 10 min walk Chofu Station or the Keio-Tamagawa Station on the Keio Line

**********Bonus Event

Summer Festival at Nishiarai Daishi Temple – Bon Odori Dance, Drum Performance and Awa Dance
Saturday – Sunday August 20-21, 2016; 18:00 – 21:00, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo

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