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Tokyo Weekend Family Activities for January 30 & 31, 2016

Here are our top 5 Tokyo weekend family activities for January 30 & 31, 2016. Looks like a cold, wet weekend, so most likely an indoor weekend unless you are lucky to be on the slopes. We still have a month or more of winter so stay warm and healthy. Staying warm and healthy in Japan – for Baby, or for the entire family. Bundle up and have fun! Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities for January 30 & 31, 2016

1.Hakuho Cup (国際親善交流少年相撲大会) – Ever wonder what sumo wrestlers look like as little guys? Attend the 6th annual Hakuho Cup this Sunday, January 31st and see for yourself. Close to 800 young sumo wresters ages 5 to Hakuho sumojunior high will gather for the annual Hakuho Cup. Wrestlers come not only from Japan but the US, South Korea, Bulgaria, Australia, China and Mongolia. This event is free to the public! I will definitely be taking some of my kids to this great event. Great way to experience sumo at the base.

Dates and Open hours: Sunday, January 31st, 2016; 8:00 – 20:00
Address: Ryogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Ryogoku station exits A3 and A4 on the Oedo line, or west exit on the Sobu line
Website: http:/www.hakuho-cup.com/

Shimokitazawa festival2. Annual 84th Shimokita Tengu Festival (しもきた天狗まつり) – This festival is a great place to experience bean throwing and the tengu. The festival is held in honor of Tengu, the Japanese god of mischief. Tengu likes to play tricks on the arrogant and those who intentionally use knowledge or authority to gain fame or position. Bean thrown during festival are called “mamemaki”, and parade-goers jump around trying to catch the beans. Makes for great people watching. The beans are part of Japan’s Setsubun holiday on February 3.  Although the Festival is three days, Saturday afternoon is the best time to attend to see the huge bright red tengu head being carried through the streets, and children parading around in goblin makes.  The festivities and parade are held through the streets nearby Shimokitazawa Station’s north exit in Tokyo  Here is a quick YouTube video of the event.  While you are there check out the great shopping and coffee shops of Shimokitazawa.

Dates and Open hours: Saturday, January 30th (14:00~) ad January 31st (11:00~)
Address: 2-36-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Cost: Free
Access: Shimokitazawa Station on the Odakyu and Keio Inokashira lines
Website: www.shimokita1ban.com/tengu

setsubun3. Prepare for Setsubun – Your kids are probably preparing for their school celebrations of Setsubun on February 3rd. Get in the Setsubun mood at home making special foods and crafts. We have a guide on what it is, where you can go to celebrate, and crafts and food to make and eat. Learn all about Setsubun here.

 

Cafe-Annteana-play-space-150x2004. Eat at a Restaurant with a Play Area – Here are our Eight Top baby & kid-friendly Tokyo restaurants with play areas for ages 0 – 6 years. If you are looking for a place where parents can grab some decent food and drink while the little one(s) play, check out this list. Sandra and I have vetted all of these  locations over the past year.  If you kids are climbers and you don’t care about food and drink, check out these two great climbing gyms – Spider (Azabu area) and PEKids (Shibuya area).

Paddington movie5. Go See Paddington   – The movie Paddington is a fun adventure movie for little ones and up. Paddington is forced from his home in a rainforest in Peru traveling all by himself to London. In London, he has ups and down, but lands in a happy place. Our world traveling children loved the movie. Also, led to some good discussions afterwards about escaping a disaster, good and bad risk taking and also manners. Wonderful warm, feel good movie for this cold weekend.  Showing at Toho Roppongi, Shinjuku, Shibuya.

 

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Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities for January 30 & 31, 2016

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