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Tokyo Family Weekend: August 6 & 7, 2016

Tokyo Family Weekend: August 6 & 7, 2016

Here are our recommended Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for August 6 & 7, 2016.  This weekend summer festivals abound in Tokyo.  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: August 6 & 7, 2016

 1. Edogawa Fireworks (江戸川区花火大会) – This year will be the 41st Edogawa Fireworks. 14,ooo fireworks are shot off from Shinozaki Park to the sound of Samba music. You can also view the fireworks from the Chiba side of the Edogawa. Approximately 14,000 fireworksEdogawa Fireworks (江戸川区花火大会), tokyo-weekend-august-6-7-2016
Edogawa Fireworks (江戸川区花火大会)
Event Date: August 6th, Saturday
Time: 19:15-20:30
Address: Shinozaki Park, 1 Kamishinozaki, Edogawa, Tokyo 133-0054
Website:  http://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi/index.html (Japanese language only)
Access: 12 min walk from Shinozaki station on the Toei Shinjuku Line

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2. Hachijoji Festival (八王子まつり) – This is one of the largest festivals in Tokyo with over 750,000 people attending this weekend. The main highlights include the close to 20 floats and portal shrines. During the progression of floats and shines rival teams compete with cheers and music. A lot of power, sweat and passion in this festival so watch your little ones.pdl
Date: Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7th, 2015
Time: Friday from 18:30 ~, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
Website:  http://www.hachiojimatsuri.jp
Access: Area around the north side of Hachioji Station


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3. Tanabata Matsuri (阿佐谷七夕まつり) – This festival is celebrating the 62nd year and is known nationwide as one of the biggest Tanabata festivals (although Tanabata is officially July 7th). The shopping streets where the festival takes place is decorated with paper and bamboo decorations that local groups enteinto competition. The competition is quite impressive with grand awards given to best of many categories. My kids love the bright colours and all the super creative decorations from Godzilla to Anpanman last year. Read here for more information about Tanabata.

Tanabata Matsuri (阿佐谷七夕まつり)
Event dates: August 5 – 9th, 2016
Address: 1-35-18 Asagaya Minami, Suginami-ku, Suginami-ku (held around the ten shopping streets including Asagaya Pearl Center)
Website: http://www.asagaya.or.jp/ Japanese language only
Access: 3 min walk from Asagaya Station on the JR Chuo or Soba lines, 5 min walk from the Minami Asagaya Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

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4. Nakameguro Summer Matsur
i (中目黒夏まつり) 
– This neighborhood festival is celebrating it`s 51st year and is one of my favourite annual festivals to watch the neighborhood adults and kids dressed in jimbeis beat Japanese drums and dance down the shopping street. The shopping
street and side streets are filled with festival goers enjoying local Nakameguro Festival tokyo-weekend-august-6-7-2016restaurant specialties. GT Tower outside Nakameguro station is filled with games for the kids and musical live entertainment each night. Dress the family in Yukatas and enjoy.

Nakameguro Summer Matsuri (中目黒夏まつり) 
Dates and times: Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th; 17:30 – 20:30 both days
Address: Nakameguro shopping street and side streets
Website: http://www.e-nakameguro.com/event/2016_51natsumatsuri_f.htm (Japanese only)
Access: A 1-min walk from Nakameguro Station


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5. Setagaya Summer Festival 2016 (せたがやふるさと区民まつり)– This is the annual festival for the people of Setagaya, held at the Setagaya Equestrian Park. It is unique since it is not held in a large commercial area, but rather in a large open area, so you get a more rural feeling of being outside the city. A nice change of pace. Enjoy the musical performances and dancing which includes Bon Odori, Awa dancing and Samba.
Setagaya Summer Festival 2016 (せたがやふるさと区民まつり)
Event dates: August 6 – 7 August, 2016
Times: 11:00 – 21:00
Address: Equestrian Park, 2-1-1, Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0098
Website: http://www.setagaya-hkm.com/ Japanese language only
Access: Bus ride from Shibuya Station, Yoga Station or Sangenjaya Station. Bus access info here (in Japanese).  http://japanracing.jp/en/jpn-racing/jra/park.html


Ueno Summer Festival 2016 (うえの夏まつり) Ueno Park – From July 11th – August 9th the annual Ueno Park Summer festival will take place. The festival is throughout the park and includes music, food booths, plant sales and all kinds of antiques for sale. You can also enjoy the beautiful lanterns that are set a float on Shinobazu Pond. Put on your Yukata one summer day and enjoy.

Ueno Summer Festival 2015Ueno Summer Festival 2016
Event Dates: Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, August 7, 2016 Shinobazu Pond area

Time: everyday 9:00 – 20:00
Address: Shinobazu Pond area, 2-Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3832-0084
Cost: Free
Website: www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/uenonathumathuri.html
Access: 5 min walk from Ueno Station (Park Exit) on the JR Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line


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Smaller events which are perfect for a quick family outing! 

Grand Festival at Oji Shrine (Kita-ku, Tokyo) – Sunday, August 7th, 2016 – Mikoshi parade from 8:00, Dance Grand Festival at Oji Shrine, tokyo-weekend-august-6-7-2016from 16:30 at the Oji Shrine, 1-1-12 Ojihoncho, Kita-ku, Tokyo. Website in Japanese. 3 min walk from Oji Station on the Namboku Line
Dai-Kamata Matsuri (Ota-ku) – Friday, August 5th – Sunday, August 7th, 2016 – All around summer festival great for families. All day. Held on the East Side of Kamata Station in Ota-ku.



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