Here are our recommended Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for July 9 & 10, 2016. Tanabata was yesterday in Japan (Thursday, July 7th) but the celebrations will continue all weekend. The ocean is also heating up so popular this weekend is the annual Enoshima Festival. If you cannot get down to the beach try the Yoyogi Park Ocean People’s festival. If you are not into festivals check out one of our featured Zoos, Aquariums or Art and History Museums; or one of the many July Antique Sales happening this weekend. Have a great Tokyo Family Weekend!
Tokyo Family Weekend: July 9 & 10, 2016
1. OCEAN PEOPLES ’16 YOYOGI SAVE BEACH (Yoyogi) – OCEAN PEOPLES is a Festival for all who love the ocean. Every weekend from April – November Yoyogi Park is the host to various country and culture based festivals. This weekend is a different type of culture – Ocean Culture. You can enjoy food from the ocean, music inspired by the ocean and learn about ecological challenges in the oceans. Come and connect with others who love the ocean and want to keep it clean and healthy.
Event Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10, 2016; 11:00 – 20:00
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
2. SHITAMACHI TANABATA MATSURI (Taito-ku) – This festival is a fun event which runs between the Asakusa shrines and Kappabashi Dori (Kitchen town) so you can spend a fun full day in the area. The streets are lined with colorful streamers, vendors, performers and parades. Keep an eye out for the Kappa which dances the streets during the festival.
Event Dates and Times: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Monday, July 11, 2016; 9:00 – 21:00
Address: Kappabashi-Dori, Asakusa
Access: Asakusa Station (Ginza Line, Asakusa Line), JR (Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express)
Website: http://shitamachi-tanabata.com/ (Japanese link)
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3. SHONAN HIRATSUKA TANABATA MATSURI (Hiratsuka City, Kanazawa-Ken) – This is one of the
largest Tanabata festivals in the Kanto area. It is well know for the huge size of the Tanbata decorations, lively parade and illuminations. I have never had the chance to attend, but my friends speak highly of the event.
Event Dates and Times: Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10, 2016; Runs from around noon to 21:00 on Saturday and until 20:00 on Sunday
Address: Whole city around JR Hiratsuka Station north exit mall (Beniyacho, Hiratsuka-shi)
Access: 2 min walk from JR Hiratsuka Station north exit
It is approximately 60 minutes by … JR Tokaido Main Line from Tokyo Station. It is approximately 65 minutes by … JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Statio
Official website: http://www.tanabata-hiratsuka.com/
4. ASAKUSA HOZUKI-ICHI (Asakusa, Taito-ku) – Senso-Ji is of the oldest temples and a great place to celebrate July 10th. It is believed that if you make a prayer on July 10th at this temple that it is worth 46,000 other prayer days. Needless to say, this temple is very busy on July 10th. You will also find over 250 vendors selling ground cherry pod plants (Hozuki-Ichi) and wind chimes; both symbols of summer in Japan.
Event Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday July 9 & 10, 2016, 2016; 8:00 – 20:00
Address: Senso-ji Temple, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Access: 8 min walk from Asakusa Station Metro (Ginza Line, Asakusa Line), JR (Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express)
Website: http://www.senso-ji.jp/about/index (Japanese language only)
5. ENOSHIMA TENNO-SAI (Kanagawa-ken 江ノ島天王祭 – 神輿海上渡御) – This is a fun festival to watch as men from different shrines carry a mikoshi (portable shrine) around town and then into the ocean waves of Endoshima Beach. After being carried in the sea, the mikoshi is safely returned to Yasaka Shrine. While in Enoshima, I recommend that you visit the Enoshima Aquarium and the Island Caves for a great day of sun and sea.
Event: Sunday, July 10th, 2016 from 11:00
Address: Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Koyurugi-jinja Shrine and a few other shrines in the area, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Access: 15 mins walk from Katase-Enoshima Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line, or 20 min walk from Enoshima Station on the Enoshima Dentetsu (Enoden) Line.
Website: http://www.kanagawa-kankou.or.jp/event/ev_detail.php?eid=ek11244 (Japanese language only)
Tokyo Family Weekend: July 9 & 10, 2016
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