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Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Events May 14 & 15, 2016

Here are our recommendations for the Top 5 Tokyo Weekend Events May 14 & 15, 2016. Don’t miss one of Tokyo’s largest and oldest festivals of the year, zombies and tuna all in the same weekend.  Quite an eclectic and sunny weekend! This is why we love Tokyo. Lauren and Sandra

  1. Sanja matsuri, Best Living Japan Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri Details (Asakusa, Tokyo)  – Don’t miss one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals of the year which over one million people attend over the three-day period (Friday – Sunday). Each day has parades, dancing, music, and food. However, the biggest day is Sunday when three huge mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through the neighborhoods as men fight for a chance to pull their weight.  The Sanja Matsuri (festival) takes place at the Asakusa Shrine right next to Sensoji Temple. The festival reportedly started over 700 years ago to celebrate the three deities of the local.   Sanja matsuri, Best Living Japan
Event Date: Friday, May 13th – Sunday, May 15th, 2016 (Fri 13:00 – 17:00, Sat 10:00 – 17:00 and Sun 7:00 – 18:00)
Admission: Free
Address: Asakusa Jinja Shrine、2-3-1 Asakusa、Taito-ku、Tokyo
Access: 8 min walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu Isesaki lines
17th thai festival Tokyo, Weekend Events May 14 & 15, 20162. Thai Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – This is one of the biggest and most popular festivals held in Yoyogi Park each year. If you love Thailand, Thai food, beverages, music, dancing and hospitality you will have a great time a this festival. Definitely one of my must attend festival. Say Yum!Thai Festival Details
Date: Sat – Sun, May 14 & 115, 2015
Time:1o:00 – 20:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.thaifestival.jp/ (Japanese and Thai langauge only)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.Design Festa 43 Tokyo, Weekend Events May 14 & 15, 20163. Design Festa Vol 43. (Big Sight, Ariake) — If you are into design and art, this is a great event to attend. The place is packed with people who live and eat design and art. You can just feel the creativity all around you. Attendees are a good mix of pro and amateurs. The events has vendor booths and exhibitions that cover everything from CG and 3D design to handmade crafts. There are also many booths focused on blogging and social media (Line, etc.). Great place to learn about the latest trends in design and art. If your elementary and older kids love art, please take them this weekend!Design Festa Details
Date: Sat – Sun, May 14 & 15, 2015
Time:11:00 – 19:00
Address: Tokyo Big Site, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Adult one day ticket 1,000 yen, two day 1,800 yen, Elementary and below free
Access: 7 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line; 3 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome
Website: http://designfesta.com (website in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean)
Note: Parking available at BigSight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.

Hiroo Spring Tuna Fair, Weekend Events May 14 & 15, 20164.  Hiroo Tuna Fair 
(Hiroo, Shibuya-ku)  –  If you love tuna, or just want to have a fun 1-2 Weekend Events May 14 & 15, 2016hours experiencing a great local fair visit the Hiroo Tuna Fair on Sunday、May 15th from . The entire shopping street is closed to car traffic from 13:00 – 16:00 and you can eat, drink, and even ride a mini steam train with your kids! This is a great local event. Good eats and fun! While in the area check out the Arisagawa plant

5. Zombie Parade 
(Yoyogi Park) 代々木公園ゾンビウォーキング
– This looks like a scary parade for families and kids who like zombies. My 12-year-old is dying to attend. Costume or not attend the annual Yoyogi Park Zombie parade. From mid-day, the Zombies start to gather in the main entrance area of Yoyogi Park (to the left of the Meiji Jingu gate) for the 14:00 parade start. The costumes are amazing to see. Fun for all ages if you don’t scare easily.  While in the area you can also check out the Thai Festival Yoyogi Zombie Paradeacross the street (see details above).
Yoyogi Park Zombie Parade Details
Date: Sat, May 14, 2015
Time: starts at 14:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access:  5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.zombiena.net/2016/04/20162016514sat.html (Japanese language)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.
Additional Recommendations:
6. It is now Iris Season. Some great locations to visit to see Irises include The Nezu Museum and Gardens, Shirogane Nature Park and Meiji Jingu.
7. There are four good antique markets in central Tokyo to check our on Sunday. http://bestlivingjapan.com/tokyo-antique-and-flea-markets/

Top 5 May 14 -15, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities


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