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Tokyo Family Weekend: August 27 & 28, 2016 Activities and Events

Here are our recommended Tokyo Family Weekend: August 27 & 28, 2016 activities and events. This weekend marks the end of Summer for many of us as kids head back to school!  In Tokyo it a MAJOR festival weekend with events in Roppongi, Omotesando, Azabu Juban and Asakusa.  If you want something quieter try a trip to Kawagoe (8/28 monthly antique market) or Enoshima (beach, caves, and aquarium).   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 27 & 28, 2016

  1. Roppongi Hills Festival, August 27 & 28, 2016Roppongi Hills Bon Odori – Starting tonight at 17:00 Roppongi Hills will transfer into a festival and bon door mecca. Your kids can enjoy some hands on workshops from 17:45 tonight followed by a opera performance at 19:00.  Saturday is the big bon dori from 17:00 and more festivities all day. Sunday the party continues with the Balloon parade from 15:00 to 16:00 which includes Doraemon and Dorami characters. Definitely pick up yukatas for the family, or at least the kids. Roppongi Hills English website. 

    [Friday, August 26] – Summer Evening Festival Start

    17:00 to 21:00 food, drink, music and games
    17:45 – kids workshop
    from 19:00 to 20:00 opera performance

[Saturday, August 27]

15:00 to 21:00 fair stand food, drink, music and games
17:45 – kids workshop
16:00 …, 18:30  Michinoku traditional arts
from 17:00 to 20:00 Bon festival dance

[Sunday, August 28]
15:00 to 21:00 fair stand food, drink, music and games
16:00 …, 18:30  Michinoku traditional arts
from 17:00 to 20:00 Bon festival dance

Azabu Juban Matsuri 2016, August 27 & 28, 20162. Azabu-Juban Festival 2016 (Azabu Juban, Minato-ku)  – This is one of my favorite annual festivals. The main Azabu shopping street and side streets are closed down to traffic and filled with festival goers enjoying local restaurant specialties. Ajiro Park (aka the slide park) is filled with games for the kids and musical live entertainment each night. Dress the family in Yukata and enjoy. This festival is so crowded that I highly advise not to bring strollers or pets. If you want to avoid the crazy time of 18:00 – 21:30 go when it opens from 15:00 – 17:00. While in Juban see if you can find the sculptures from famous international artists. 
Address: main shopping street and side streets
Dates and times: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th; 15:00 – 21:30 both days
Website: www.azabujuban.or.jp
Access: Azabu Juban station on the Namboku or Oedo Lines

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August 27 & 28, 2016, Kawagoe Antique market3. Kawagoe Antique Fair (Kawagoe, Saitama) – The Fair is held every month on the 28th. This fair is a very large event with over 100 sellers. There is everything from antique furniture to pottery and kimonos. A wonderful fair and definitely worth the 60-80 min trip. I recommend that you make a day of it and visit the old town of Kawagoe. The town of Kawagoe has a great main street with Edo houses and warehouses (now most holding cute stores), the Kawagoe Festival Museum and candy lane. The Antique market is located  about 10-15 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. You can also take other trains to Kawagoe station, which is a 20 min walk. There is parking, but it tends to fill by early in the morning (arrive before 8 a.m. or wait 30-40 mins in line).
Date: Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Times: 5:00  to 16:00
What is for sale: 100 sellers
Parking: yes, but fills early, after which you must wait 30-40 mins to park
Access: 17 min walk from Hon-kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line/ 20 minutes from Kawagoe-shi Station on Tobu Tojo Line
Address: 9-2 Kubo-cho, Kawagoe City
Phone: 049-222-0173 Japanese language only


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4. Asakusa Samba Matsuri (浅草サンバ) (Asakusa) –  If you love Samba, this is the place to be Saturday, August 27th! Brazil and Japan are deeply intertwined since millions of Japanese migrated to Brazil in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. If you ever want to learn more about Japan migration history check out the Japan Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama. The Asakusa Samba Matsuri is celebrating the 35th year and is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan. Over one half a million people come to see 16 teams compete for the grand award. The parade of samba dancers, floats and drummers travel down Kaminarimon Dori in front of the huge Asakusa shrine gate (Kaminarimon Gate).  I find the best place to access and view is closer to Tawaramachi Station on the Ginza Line (always thinking about kids Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities - August 27 & 28, 2016with easy in and easy out).
Address:  Kaminarimon Dori in Asakusa
Event dates and times:
 Saturday, August 27th; 13:00 – 18:00
Website: http://www.asakusa-samba.org/ (Japanese language only)
Access: Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, Toei Asakusa Line or Ginza Line, or Tawaramachi on the Ginza Line.

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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities - August 27 & 28, 20165. Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2016 (Harajuku/Omotesando) – The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri festival is a two day festival in the center of fashion forward Harajuku and Omotesando. Over 5,000 dancers from 100 teams come to Japan to dance. While in the area check out the weekend Farmers Market at the UN.

Address: Matsuri takes place around Harajuku and Omotesando, Shibuya-ku
Event dates and time: Saturday, August 27th 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday, August 28th 10:00 -17:30
Website: http://www.super-yosakoi.tokyo/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 1 min walk from Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line or Chiyoda Line; 2 min walk from the Meiji-jingumae Harajuku Station on the Fukutoshin Line


Enoshima cavesThis Saturday will be great weather for a day trip to Enoshima. Leave Tokyo early to searchspend the morning at the beach, then visit the Enoshima Caves to cool off and then end the day at the great Enoshima Aquarium. A summer end of summer celebration trip.


Tokyo summer exhibits

If you want to stay in Tokyo and are all “festivaled out” visit one of the summer kids friendly art, science and technology exhibits which will be ending in September and early October. Our recommendations are here. Summer 2016 Tokyo Exhibits

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