July is beginning with a sunny weekend so head outside to hit our recommended Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for July 2 & 3, 2016. To make sure the rain stays away try making a Teru Teru Bozu! Also, get ready to celebrate Tanabata on Thursday, July 7th by learning about the celebration at one of the great festivals this weekend. Since the weather looks like it will be clear, visit a great Tokyo kids park or one of the many July Antique Sales happening this weekend. Have a great Tokyo Family Weekend!
Tokyo Family Weekend: July 2 & 3, 2016
1. Zojoji Tanabata Festival (Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – From today, July 1st – July 7th (Tanabata Day in Japan) you can enjoy the Tanabata Festival at Zojoji Temple in Shiba, Minato-ku. Tanabata is the night when two lovers separated by the Milky Way meet. Until the 7th you can enjoy various festival foods, and writing your wishes on colourful paper to hand in the bamboo. On the 7th, grab a friend or bring you family and appreciate the hundreds of candles displayed on the walkway and steps of the Temple. The Shiba area is a great area to play and relax, check out Shiba Park Playground, Le Pain Quotidien or Tokyo Tower.
Zojoji Tanabata Festival Details
Address: Zojoji Temple, Shiba-Koen
Date: Friday, July 1, 2016 – Thursday, July 7, 2016 (Candles are lit up on July 7)
Time: 09:00 – 20:00
Access: Metro to Shiba-Koen Station (Mita Line) A4 exit or Daimon Station (Asakusa Line, Oedo Line) A6 exit
2. Tokyo Daijingu Tanabata Kigansai (Fujimi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo) – Enjoy the festival from July 1 to 7 to celebrate Tanabata. Make a wish on a tanzaku slip for 300 yen and hang it a nearby Bamboo. The bamboo with beautiful coloured slips of paper will be illuminated on Tanabata night, July 7th. A beauiftul sight.
Address: Tokyo Daijingu, 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo (東京都千代田区富士見2-4-1)
Date: Friday, July 1 – Thursday, July 7, 2016 (illumination on July 7)
Time: 14:30 – 22:00
Website: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/saiten/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 3 min walk from JR Iidabashi Station; 5 min walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line / Namboku Line / Yurakucho Line / Toei Oedo Line Iidabashi Station
3. Milky Way Firefly Festival 2016 (Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – I attended this festival last year, and it was the perfect size and level of excitement for toddlers and elementary kids. You can enjoy all the regular summer festival foods and games plus the big event of firefly viewing from 19:00 – 21:00 Saturday night rain or shine! The fireflies are transported to Shirogane from Amanogawa so city folks can experience. The viewing takes place in a large tent which is pitch black inside – line-up, hold your child’s hand and enjoy the show. Was just right for our 3 and 11-year-old. Great family activity.
Shirogane Milky Way firefly Festival 2016 Details
Event date and times: Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd & 3rd, 2016; 12:00 – 20:00
Location: Shirogane Plaza, Shirogane, Minato-ku (Shirogane Takanawa station on the Mita or Namboku lines)
4. Special Exhibition “The NINJA” (Odaiba, Tokyo)
Unravel the mystery of “the True Ninja” through historical records, science and experience! – Ninja are loved all over the world in a myriad forms, including films, anime and many more. Who exactly were the Ninja is still shrouded in mystery but, thanks to academic research carried out by Mie University and others, the truth is now being uncovered. The Ninja were people with comprehensive abilities in terms of “mind, skills and body” and ninjutsu was an accumulation of practical knowledge concerning nature and society. This exhibition offers you the opportunity to train yourself in throwing shuriken, improving your jumping power, and introduces skills like memory enhancing techniques, sending secret messages, and special breathing techniques necessary for successful completion of a mission. By studying old ninjutsu manuscripts, and with the help of modern science, we can get close to the “True Ninja” and find hints that may help us to survive in the coming future.
Date and Time: 2 July – 10 October, 2016; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed 7/5、7/12、9/6、9/13、9/20、9/27、10/4)
Address: Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Adults: 1,600 yen, 18 years old and under: 1,000 yen junior high to 18 years old. 3 – elementary 500 yen *Free admission for 0-2.
Event Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/events/ninjaten/
Access: Tokyo Waterfront New Transit YURIKAMOME: 5 minute walk from “Fune-no Kagakukan station” /4 minute walk from “Telecom Center station”
5. Fuurin Matsuri 2016, Nishiarai (Adachi-ku Tokyo) – A fuurin means wind chime in Japanese. Summer is a time when Japanese families place glass, metal and ceramic fuurins in their gardens to hear the beautiful ting-a-lings of summer breezes. At the Adachi Nishiarai Daishi temple fuurin craft people from across Japan set up booths to sell their creations. There are thousands of fuurin on display and the sound is amazing if the breeze is blowing. Highly recommend the beautify of sight and sound.
Fuurin Matsuri 2016
Event: Saturday, July 3 – Sunday, July 31, 2016; 10:00 – 16:00, Sundays until 17:00
Address: Nishiarai Daishi, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line
Tokyo Family Weekend: July 2 & 3, 2016
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