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Tokyo Family Weekend: June 18 & 19, 2016

Here are our recommendations for the Top 5 Activities for a Tokyo Family Weekend June 18 & 19, 2016. It looks like it will be a beautiful weekend for fun, and Father’s Day.   If you are still looking for a gift for the Dad in your life check out our recommendations from Living Motif here.  If you are planning to go out for brunch try to get a reservation, since it will be crowded this Sunday. This weekend the summer festivals continue in full force. Have fun, but remember to watch out for mosquitos.

Lauren and Sandra

Tokyo Family Weekend: June 18 & 19, 2016

1. Philippine Festval 2016 (Hibiya Park) – This is supposedly the biggest Philippine Festival in Japan with over 50 booths selling food & drink and promoting tourism. According to a Philippine friend, this is the place to be this 2016 Philippine Festival, Tokyo Weekend, Tokyo Family Weekendweekend! The highlight of the event is the cultural dance contest where teams of 15-25 dancers compete. Enjoy this sunny weekend with great food and friends.

Philippine Festival 2016 Details
Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, June 18 – 19th, 2016; 9:00 – 17:00
Address: 1 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access:2 min walk from Hibiya Station on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Chiyoda Lines
Website: https://www.facebook.com/philippinefestival2016/

The Songkran Festival, Tokyo Family Weekend2. The Songkran Festival (Yoyogi Park) – This fun Thai festival “Songkran”  is held to celebrate the lunar New Year of Thailand. Miss Thailand will attend to introduce Thailand and the culture. Grab some great Thai food and drink and take a seat near the stage to enjoy hours of Thai traditional dance and music.

The Songkran Festival Details

Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, June 18 – 19th, 2016; 10:00 – 19:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Keyakinamioi , 2 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access:5 min walk from Harujuku Station on the Yamanote Line
Website: http://www.yoyogipark.info/2016/songkran-festival/

Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2016, Tokyo Family Weekend3. Last chance this weekend to view the beautiful hydrangea at the Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2016 (Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku) – Officially rainy season has begun, which means the blooming of hydrangeas (Ajisai in Japanese). The most magnificent display of Ajisai in Tokyo is at Hakusan Shrine. We attended last year and had a wonderful time viewing the flowers, listening to the live entertainment and painting a bag (kids craft). The Shrine has over 3,000 Ajisai plants which when in full bloom are a sea of blue. Hakusan Shrine is also one of the most important shrines in Tokyo having Bunko ku ajisai festivalbeen built in the 8th century to pray for a remedy for smallpox. The path leading up to the shrine is very charming with many small food booths and stone lanterns. The shrine is now a designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Even if your kids are not big fans of flower viewing, they will be impressed by the sheer number!Bunkyo-ku Ajisai Festival 2016 Details
Event dates: Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Address: Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (東京都文京区白山5-31-26)
Phone: 03-3812-7111
Access: A 3-minute walk from Hakusan Shrine on the Toei Mita Subway Line; A 5-minute walk from Honkomagome station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line
Website: http://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/ajisai.html

Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 20 & 21, 20154. Candle Light at Zojoji Temple 2015 (Shiba) – If you are looking for a relaxing and beautiful event, then take a stroll through Zojoki Temple on Sunday, June 19th. From the morning there will be an organic market and from dusk hundred of candles will be lite in lanterns.   A great chance to reflect, think and just Zen out! Also a great photo op at a beautiful Temple. While in the area stop by the Shiba Park Playground or grab brunch or lunch at the Le Pain Quotidien.
Zozoji Temple Details
Event:Sunday,  June 19th, 11:00 – 19:00
Cost: free
Address: Zojoji Temple, 4-7-35 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from exit #4 Shiba-Koen Station on the Mita Line, or exit A6 Daimon Station on the Asakusa Line
Website: http://www.zojoji.or.jp/en/ (English)

Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japan, Tokyo Family Weekend5. Beach and Aquarium Day Trip to Enoshima, Kanazawa-ken – A great aquarium right on the beach with many indigenous fish from the Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean, great educational exhibitions, and touch pool. Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japanIn one hour from Shinjuku or Tokyo train stations you can be transported to a beautiful beach and a great aquarium.
The aquarium is split into 12 zones and takes between 2-4 hours to see and enjoy.  Our favourites were the Sagami Bay Zone, Penguins and Seals, Turtle Beach, Dolphin Show and Touch Pools.   More details here.
Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japanThe Enoshima Aquarium also has various shows each day to learn and enjoy! We enjoyed the Uogori show which was a scuba diver swimming around the massive Sagami Bay Tank. We also saw the Penguin show and the Dolphin show which were very fun!
Most explanation boards at exhibits have titles and some sub-text in English, so you know the name of the fish you are viewing, but most details are only in Japanese. There is a cafe in the aquarium for lunch, and many barrier-free and child-friendly bathrooms so take your time and enjoy.
Enoshima Aquarium Details

Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japan, Tokyo Family Weekend

Address: 2-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa-ken ( 神奈川県藤沢市片瀬海岸2-19-1)
Phone: 0466-29-9960
Hours: March – November 9:00 – 17:00; December – February 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: Adults 2,100 yen, high school students 1,500 yen, jr. high school and elementary students 1,000 yen, children  3 to elementary 600 yen, below 3 years free
Website: http://www.enosui.com/en/ (English)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enosui (Japanese only)
Access: From Shinjuku station take the Odakyu Limited Express Romance Car for 63 mins to Katase-Enoshima station and then walk 3 mins to the Enoshima Aquarium. From Tokyo station take the JR Tokaido line for 54 mins to Fujisawa station and then change to the the Odakyu Enoshima line to Katase-Ensohima station.
Note: Car parking available directly under the Enoshima Aquarium (200 yen per 30 mins)

Tokyo Family Weekend: June 18 & 19, 2016

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