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Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities for January 23rd -24th, 2016

Here are our top 5 Tokyo weekend family activities for January 23rd -24th, 2016. Looks like a big snow storm is heading our way tonight so get might want to get some shopping done today to be prepared for the snow tomorrow. I love snowy days. The City shuts down which means fewer people and slower paces. Great weekend to celebrate winter with art, crafts and warm one-pot food. Bundle up and have fun! Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities for January 23rd -24th, 2016

#1.  Earth Garden Winter 2016 – The Earth Garden Craft Fair takes place four times a year, but this weekend is Earth Garden Winter 2016Winter. The earthy folk of Tokyo converge on Yoyogi Park to enjoy discovering eco products, organic foods and music. There are over 200 booths that will be displaying products and services to this eco and crafty group. Very fun, and impossible to walk way empty-handed. There is also a good music line-up to keep you dancing and warm. Kids will definitely enjoy a few hours wandering the stalls with parents, Tokyo Winter Earth Day 2016this year there is also a special tent for baby and kids activities. Also, if you visit at night, the candle-lit stalls are very pretty to view.

Earth Garden Winter 2016 Details
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Phone: 03 5468 3282
Dates and Open hours: Jan 23-24 2016, 10am-16:00
Access: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)
Website: http://www.earth-garden.jp/event/eg-2016-winter/


Tokyo International Quilt Show, Tokyo Weekend - Family Activities#2.Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival – I grew up sewing and knitting, so I love crafty events such as this one. Even though I am not a quilter; I am planning on attending this event to inspire new ideas for projects. Each year has a theme – this year is the “The World of Peter Rabbit” the book series by Beatrix Potter, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  If you are a quilter, fabric lover or have an aspiring quilter in your family, this is a fun show to attend. Not only a great show of quilts but suppliers and workshops as well. Happy Stitching.

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival Details
img01Address: Tokyo Dome (1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
Phone: 03-3467-4527
Open days and hours: January 21, Thursday, – January 27, Wednesday, 2016 (7 days); Opens at 9:30 am closes at 6:00 pm (Opens at 11:00 am on first day and closes at 5:30 pm on final day)
Cost: ¥1,900 in advance; ¥2,100 at the door; buy advance tickets here 
Access: 7 min walk from Korakoen station on the Namboku or Marunouchi Lines
Website: http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/quilt/gaiyou/
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible; some activities for kids

#3. Ueno Museum Day Tokyo Ueno Musuems

Saturday, January 23rd is a free entry day to The National Museum of Western Art. The museum has a great collection of art from medieval through 20th Century, including but not limited to Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh,  Picasso, Pollock and much more. That is just one more reason to spend this Saturday in Ueno visiting three diverse family fun museums for a  few hours. Great for days when it is COLD outside. I would recommend visiting The National Museum of Western Art from 9:00 for 1-2 hours, then walk over and visit the National Museum of Nature and Science (renovated the summer of 2016 – dinosaurs and more) for 1-2 hours, and then visit the Shitamachi Museum (Tokyo history) 30-60 minutes.  If you want to get in some shopping, walk five mins from the Shitamachi Museum over to Ameyokocho.

The National Museum of Western Art (open 9:30 -17:30).

The National Museum of Nature and Science  (open 9:30 -17:00)

The Shitamachi Museum  (open 9:30 – 16:30)


Tokyo Weekend - Family Activities#4. Snow Day Activities – Here are 20+ great activities for snowy days in Tokyo. With four kids in our house I am preping for tomorrow – food color check, spray bottles check, snow shovels and boots – check! Are you ready? If you are looking for snow shovels and gear check out D2 or Super Viva Home.  Check out the list of fun!


#5. Make NikuJaga to Enjoy All Weekend – Nikujaga (肉じゃが) is one pot comfort food in Japan. Nikujaga means meat and potatoes.  If you grew up with a favorite family beef stew or mac & cheese, this would be the JapanesNikuJaga, Tokyo Weekend - Family Activitiese equivalent. Every family has their own recipe and slightly different flavour, but it is a simple recipe to make that comforts all. Any type of meat can be used pork, beef or chicken.  I made a big batch this past weekend that the family enjoyed for dinner, midnight snack and breakfast. NikujagaSimple and economical


Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities for January 23rd -24th, 2016


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