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Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016

Here are our recommendations for the Top 5 Activities for a Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016. Looks like more rain tomorrow with possible sunshine on Sunday. Enjoy some dancing, treasure hunting,  ethnic food and fun, Japanese traditional art or engage in some civil engineering. Also check out our list of recommended kid friendly museums and indoor activity spots. Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016

Lauren and Sandra

Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016

gujo hachiman Tokyo bon odori, Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016
  1. Gujo Odori (Aoyama) – If you can not make it to Gifu-ken the third weekend in July to see the Cujo Odori don’t fret you can see this Saturday night in Aoyama.   The Gujō Odori (郡上おどり) is one of the largest and older Japanese Bon Odori.  The dance festival’s origins have been traced back to the Kan’ei era (1624–44), when it is believed to have originated as an exercise in social cohesion; it has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.  A great chance to study your moves for local Odori dances in July and August.

Event Date and Time: Sat, June 25, 2016; 13:00 – 20:00
Address: The parking lot of Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, 2-8-35, Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access:5 min walk from GaienMae station on the Ginza Line.
Webpage: http://www.gujohachiman.com/kanko/

Ivory Coast Tokyo Festival, Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 20162. Côte d’Ivoire-Japan Friendship – AFRICAN FESTIVAL (TOKYO):  Yoyogi is filled with Asian and Europen festivals this summer, but the Côte d’Ivoire-Japan festival is one of the few African festivals this year.  A great weekend to enjoy the music, fashion, and food of Africa. Come learn and enjoy!

Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, June 25 – 26th, 2016; 10:00 – 20:00
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
Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754929738072449/

images, Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016 3. Special Event for Foreigners at the Edo-Tokyo Museum – This Saturday, June 25th there will be a special show on Kyokugei, which is traditional Japanese Acrobatics. Same day registration is accepted. You can see the Kasamawashi performers who rotate items on umbrellas and other tall objects. If you are lucky, you might even get to join in! The Edo-Tokyo Museum is one of my families favorite museums in Japan. You can understand Tokyo history from the start until today. A must visit.

Event Date and Time: Sat, June 25 – 26th, 2016; ①12:30~13:00、②14:00~14:30、③16:00~16:30
Address: Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F permanent exhibition area, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Cost: ※Admission fee is charged for permanent exhibition
Access: 1 min walk from the Ryogkoku Stations on the Oedo subway line or 3 min walk from the Ryogoku station (West Exit) on the JR Sobu Line
Webpage: www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/event/other-event/6259/【アーツカウンシル東京】外国人向け伝統文化体/2/

Permanent Exhibit Info
Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday – Sunday 9:30 – 17:30 *If a public holiday, the following day is closed instead. Year End and New Year Holiday. Closed Dec 29-Jan 3 for New Years
Cost: Adult: 600yen, People aged 65 or over:300yen, University Students:480yen; Students(Junior high school & High school: 300yen; Under Junior high school:Free
Website: https://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/

Doboku: Civil Engineering Exhibition, Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 20164. Doboku: Civil Engineering Exhibition,  21_21 Design Sight Roppongi – This exhibit just opened June 24th. Great rainy day exhibit for any age.  Walking into the Doboku: Civil Engineering exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight, was not a quiet, boring experience. From the moment you enter the exhibition your senses are alert to the varying sounds of construction, videos streaming on walls and fascinating objects to be touched, walked into and climbed through. Read the entire review here. 
Exhibit Dates: June 24, 2016 – September 25, 2016
Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (last entry 18:30), Closed Tuesday (except August 23rd – 10:00-17:00 with last entry at 16:30)
Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Access: 5 min walk from exit to Tokyo Midtown Roppongi station on the Toei Oedo line, Exit 6 Roppongi station on the Tokyo metro Hibiya Line and Exit 3 Nogizaka station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Phone: 03-3475-2121
Website: www.2121designsight.jp
Admission: General ¥1,100 / University Student ¥800 / High School Student ¥500 / Junior High School Student and under may enter for free

 5. Treasure hunt with the family at one of three Japan antique markets this weekend 

 Tokyo Antique and Flea MarketsYoyogi O-Edo Market (Yoyogi Park, Shibuya) – This is a branch market of the larger Oedo Antique Market held a couple times each month at the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho. This market offers a smaller but still very nice selection of Japanese antiques as well as arts, crafts and other odds and ends. If the weather is nice, this market is great because you can enjoy shopping and a beautiful walk in Yoyogi Park. The Market is held in the south side of the park near the NHK building.• Dates: Sunday, June 26th, 2016
• Times: 8:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers: Japanese antiques, arts and crafts
• Parking: public parking only
• Access: 8 min walk from MeijiJingu and Harajuku stations on the Chiyoda and JR Yamanote lines.
• Address:2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya, Tokyo
• Website: www.antique-market.jp
Nogi Shrine Fair (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Although a smaller market with about 40 sellers, the quality of the tokyo antique marketsselection is higher-end catering to the large number of foreign shoppers. The Nogi Shrine is also very interesting;  dedicated to General Maresuke Nogi (1840-1912). Nogi was a great soldier and a hero of the Meiji period. He commanded the Imperial Army and took Nogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.comPort Arthur from Russia in 1905 at the same time he lost both his sons in the combat. On the day of the funeral of Emperor Meiji in 1912, he and his wife took their lives.
• Date: Sunday, June 26th, 2016
• Times: 9:00 to 15:00 p.m.
• What is for sale: 40 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
• Parking: none available
• Train station: 3 min walk from Nogizaka sta. on the Chiyoda line
• Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku
• Website: http://www.nogijinja.or.jp  (Shrine website, Japanese language only)

Tama Antique Fair (Tachikawa, Tokyo)  – Tama Antique Fair is held at Suwa Shrine in Tachikawa on the 4th Sunday every month except for in August. The fair opened in 2002 by the members of Yaho Tenkai that has a high reputation as a group of antique dealers in this area. Visitors can relax and enjoy the antique fair that is held inside the quiet compound of the beautiful Shinto shrine that has long been revered as a guardian god of the area of Tachikawa.

• Date: Sunday, June 26th, 2016Tokyo Area Antique and Flea Markets
• Time: 7:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and art
• Parking: space for 80 cars but fills up early
• Access: 10 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Tachikawa Station on Chuo Line.
• Address: 1-5-15 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-0023
• Phone: 042-522-5806 (Tachikawa Suwa Shrine, Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.suwajinja.or.jp/ (Shrine website)


Tokyo Family Weekend: June 25 & 26, 2016

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