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Tokyo Family Weekend: July 30 & 31, 2016

Here are our recommended Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for July 30 & 31, 2016.  Can you believe it is already the last weekend of July? Looks like hot temps with high humidity, but no rain this weekend so enjoy some great fireworks at the Sumida River Fireworks, and fun games and festival food at the many outside events. If you are looking for summer activity inspirations, check out our 2016 Tokyo Summer Guide. Wishing you a great weekend.  – Sandra and Lauren

Tokyo Family Weekend: July 30 & 31, 2016

Sumida Fireworks 1. Sumidagawa Fireworks (隅田川花火大会) – This year will be the 39th Sumidagawa Fireworks. If you only have the time and energy during the steamy summer to see one firework display, I recommend the Sumidagawa Fireworks. They are the oldest having started in 1732 and explosive in size and color. To get great seats book a dinner ride on a yakatabune (Japanese house-boat) for the evening or get a spot on the banks of the Sumida River around noon and take a long afternoon nap. Approximately 20,000 fireworks
Sumidagawa Fireworks (隅田川花火大会)

Event Date: July 30th, Saturday
Time: 09:05 – 20:30
Address: Along Sumida River near Asakusa. Here is a Japanese map.
Website: http://sumidagawa-hanabi.com/index_eg.html (English language only)
Access: Asakusa station on the Tobu-Isezaki , Ginza or Asakusa lines, or Kuramae station on the Toei Oedo Line.

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2. Hachioji Fireworks (八王子花火大会) -On the smaller side of firework shows, but fun for younger kids and the Hachioji Fireworkscrowds not as crazy as other fireworks festivals. You can enjoy a variety of explosions and eat fun Japanese festival food. The show takes place at Hachioji Shimin Kyujo Baseball Park, Fujimori Park. Approximately 3,500 fireworks

Hachioji Fireworks (八王子花火大会)
Event Date: July 30th, Saturday
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Address: Hachioji Shimin Kyujo Baseball Park, Fujimori Park, Hachioji
Website: http://www.city.hachioji.tokyo.jp/kanko/event/027132.html (Japanese language only)
Access: 15 min walk from Nishi-Hachioji Station on the JR Chuo Line, or the Yamada Station on the Keiou-Takao Line

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Kagurazaka Matsuri 20163. Kagurazaka Matsuri 2016 (Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku) – If you have not wondered around the streets of Kagurazaka, you should this weekend to see some old history and charm as well as enjoy a great local festival. The Kagurazaka Festival is also raising funds to support families impacted by the  Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto earthquake victims. Feel old Japan with great festival games for the kids and high energy dancing. Be careful you will portably be pulled into the swing of the bon dori.
Kagurazaka Matsuri 2016
Event Dates and Times: Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30, 2016; 28(Thu) 17:30 – 22:00 / July 29 (Fri), 30 (Sat) 19:00 – 21:00
Address: Kagurazaka street and its peripheral, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Cost: Free, food and drink extra
Access: 1 min walk for JR  Iidabashi Station  (Nishi guchi) on the Tozai Line,  1 min walk from Iidabashi Station  b3 exit on the Yurakucho and Namboku lines, 1 min walk from Ushigome Kagurazaka Station  on the Oedo Line 
Website: http://www.kagurazaka.in/matsuri/index.html
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Taiwan Festival4. Taiwan Festa 2016 台湾フェスタ (Yoyogi Park) – This weekend you can enjoy ten of thousands of other folks at the Taiwan Festival in Yoyogi. Sure to be dancing and music by Japanese and Taiwanese talents. I have never attended but have heard that the food at this event is amazing.
Taiwan Festa 2016 
Event Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2016; 11:00  – 21:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Area, 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free, food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station not the JR Yamanote
Website: http://twfes.com/

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ASEAN Kids Day5. ASEAN Kids Day (Shinbashi) – Here is a fun one-day event for the kids. The event is organized so that children can learn about the culture and history of Southeast Asia. All of the Southeast Asian countries are represented and will teach kids about their local sports, music, art and more. Great to keep those little minds growing during summer vacation.  Adults may learn something as well.
ASEAN Kids Day
Event Dates and Times: Sunday, July 31, 2016; 12:00  – 16:00
Address: ASEAN-Japan Hall, Shin Onarimon Bldg. 1F., 6-17-19, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004
Cost: Free to attend, but some crafts and activities has small fees
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station not the JR Yamanote
Website: http://www.asean.or.jp/ja/tourism-info/20160529/

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Bonus  – If you have not attended yet!

Fuurin Matsuri  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
Cost: Free
Website:http://www.nishiaraidaishi.or.jp/http://www.nishiaraidaishi.or.jp/
Access: 8 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line

 

Smaller events which are perfect for a quick family outing! 

Hibiya Park Morning Glory Exhibition – Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; July 28 – August 3; daily 8:00-12:00; enjoy the early morning blooming of the summer morning glories and pick-up your favourite

Bon-odori Dance at Zojoji Temple  – 4-7-35 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Friday, Jul 29 & Saturday, July 30, 18:00 – 21:30

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