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Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Activities – February 13 – 14, 2016

Here are our top 5 February 13 – 14, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities for families. Hope you all have plans for a hot date tomorrow night! Valentines gives us even one more reason to celebrate with our partners. Two of my favorite date spots are Cedros (Daikanyama) and La Brianza (Azabu Juban) if you need a spot.  Looks like it is going to be a warm weekend with blue sky tomorrow and a touch of rain on Sunday. Get out early tomorrow and enjoy the warmer temps! Have fun and Happy Valentines Day.

Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 February 13 – 14, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities

1. Chinese New Year Celebrations (Yokohama) – Chinese New Year celebrations began earlier this week, but this weekend is a great time to enjoy the Spring Festival Traditional Performance. The performance which takes place Tokyo weekend, CHinese new Year Yokohamathree times a day on Saturday and Sunday this weekend is super fun.  There is the lion and dragon dance, songs and harp performance, acrobatics, and other traditional Chinese arts to capture the eyes of all visitors. For more details about Chinese New Year in Yokohama, please click here.  While in the are you might want to check out the Yokohama Strawberry Festival highlighted in last weekends activity post

Dates: February 13 (Sat) and 14 (Sun), 2016; daily performance times ①14:30~15:30 ②16:00~17:00 ③17:30~18:30

Venue: Yamashita-cho Park (in Chinatown)

Plum blossoms2. Play Amongst the Plum Blooms (Koganei) – You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms. Plum blossoms will be at peak over the next two weeks in Tokyo. One of the best places to visit is Koganei Park. There are over 100 plum trees bursting in whites and pinks this weekend. The park will be alive with volunteers to guide you if needed, traditional Japanese music performances and an open-air tea ceremony (extra 500 yen). Also located in the park is the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Park, which is a great collection of old houses that have been saved from destruction in central Tokyo and move to the Park. Great place to spend half a day. There is a large parking lot in the park, so driving is quite easy.

Address: 1-13-1 Sekinomachi, Koganei-shi, Tokyo

Access: 5 min bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line (take the Seibu bus from platform #2 or #3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk 5 mins); or 5 min bus ride from Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line (take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk five mins).

Tokyo weekend activites3. World Valentine Festival (Yoyogi Park)
–  I have never attended this event, but it is going to be beautiful weather this weekend, so a trip to Yoyogi park sounds good. The World Valentine Festival will include lots of festival food and drink, but also Valentine themed treats and music. Walk or bike on over to Yoyogi Park this Saturday or Sunday to see what the World Valentine Festival is all about.

World Valentine Festival Details
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Plazav 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Date and Times: February 13 & 14th from 10:00-19:00
Cost: free
Website for Yoyogi park: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/


Farmer Market Tokyo Weekend Activities4. Shop Fresh Produce and Chocolate at the Farmer Market – My children and I are regulars a the UN Farmers Market but this weekend is the extra sweet Chocolate Market. More than a dozen chocolate brands will be joining the regular 70+ vendors who come to sell their fresh produce, honey, rice and more. There are also food and drink trucks for hearty appetites. My kids and I bike to the market and spend an hour or so tasting the samples. We never walk away empty-handed, usually buying more than enough to fill our bike baskets. A lot of the produce is also organic.  This time of year, you will find delicious greens, potatoes, and root vegetables. Great time of the year to make a big pot of warm soup.  Here are some great recipes if you find some mushroomspumpkin or sweet potatoes.  While in the area check out the Nezu Museum, or have lunch at Citron!

Address: 5-53-70 Jingue Mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Omotesando station or 7 min walk from Shibuya station
Website: http://farmersmarkets.jp (in Japanese only)
Toilets: No toilets
Child friendly: Stroller friendly, lots of samples for kids to nibble, also wheelchair friendly

valentines-day-crafts-for-kids-25. Valentine Crafts for Kids – Sunday is Valentines Day! It might be rainy or overcast so a great day for some indoor crafts to celebrate the day. Tikerlab.com one of my favorite activities sites has a great list of kids valentine activities. Pick one or two and prepare what is needed to surprise your family on Sunday. www.tinkerlab.com/favorite-valentine-crafts-kids/


Top 5 February 13 – 14, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities


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