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Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 17 – 18, 2015

Are you ready for the weekend? Here are our five recommended Tokyo area family friendly events and activities – October 17 – 18, 2015.   Don’t let the gray skies and drizzle stop you. Lots of fun and creative recommendations to Learn, Laugh, & Live!  – Lauren & Sandra

Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 17 – 18, 2015

Tokyo Veg Fest1. Tokyo Vegefood Festa (Yoyogi, Tokyo) – Tokyo Vegefood Festa is a food court style annual event with around 100 food stands and shops etc., providing various vegefood related foods and goods including environmentally friendly products.  We started this outdoor event with the title “Tokyo International Vegefood Cuture Fair” at Yoyogi Park in 2006 and renamed it as “Tokyo Vegefood Festa” in 2009 to make it friendly to wider range of people. You will find a variety of stalls at Tokyo Vegefood Festa . As well as well-known macrobiotic cafes, we will have vendors offering organic vegetables, vegan food, raw food, and natural and fair trade variety goods, among other things. Have a chat with stall owners and find your favorite vegan food. In addition to all the stalls on offer, the event will feature workshops, stage talk shows, and other fun attractions. With something too for the kids, Tokyo Vegefood Festa in Yoyogi Park is the perfect place to take the family.

Tokyo Vegafood Festa Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 17th (10:00 -17:00) – Sunday, October 18th (10:00 – 17:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Event Website: http://tokyo-vegefest.com/
Stoller and wheelchair friendly.


2. Hibiya Gardening Show 2015 (Hibiya, Tokyo) –  Baby and I love flowers and gardening, so this is one of our favorite events in the autumn. Approximately 180 gardeners present their artwork in this annual show.  The theme this year is [Flowers and circles of green that connect us to the future].  You can see beautiful displays of cosmos, roses andHibiya Gardening Show chrysanthemums.  We love wondering the gardens discovering new plants and creative displays. Hibiya Park was the first western garden in Japan, so it is also a great place to visit and wonder. There is an old playground that still can amuse little ones for a short break.

Hibiya Gardening Show 2015 Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 17th (10:00 -16:00) – Sunday, October 25th (10:00 – 14:00)
Address: Hibiya Park, 1-6 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free entrance
Access: 2-5 min walk from Kasumigaseki Station on the Marunouchi Line, or Hibiya Station on the Chiyoda Line
Event Website: www.hibiya-gardening-show.com
Stoller and wheelchair friendly.


3. Kawagoe Festival (Kawagoe, Saitama) – One of my favorite places outside of Tokyo is holding their annual festival this weekend – yeah!! If you have not taken a day trip to Kawagoe, this is a great weekend to go!  My personal Kawagoe Festivalfavorite time to attend and see the floats all lit up is between 18:00 -20:00. I recommend heading up to Kawagoe on the train early in the afternoon and enjoying an early dinner, shopping and enjoying the festival.  The two-tiered floats are amazing to view each having a unique story. Here is some background information on the floats.  Kawagoe Festival’s biggest highlight is then several floats intersect each other at a crossing and competed with each other jostling to the Hayashi performance (a traditional Japanese orchestra comprised of flutes, drums, bells and dancing). When two or more floats meet and compete, it is called ‘Hikkawase’ and is an incredibly high energy event to see 1st hand.

Kawagoe Festival Details
Event Time and Dates: Saturday, October 17th (10:00 -22:00) – Sunday, October 25th (10:00 – 22:00)
Address: Main Kawagoe sightseeing area, Kawagoe City, Saitama
Cost: free entrance
Access: Easy to reach from Tokyo; options include 30 mins from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo Line, or 50 mins from Shinjuku on the JR Saikyo Line
Event Website: www.kawagoematsuri.jp


4.Zoorasia Sumatran Tigers Zoorasia (Asahi-ku, Yokohama) – Zooasia is more like a walking safari than a zoo. It`s spacious and beautifully maintained with a variety of animals from around the world. For 800 yen per adult, less than 500 yen for kids aged 18 yrs and under; and free for 6 yrs and under you can get near the animals in close to their natural habitats; pet pygmy goats, guinea pigs, mice and other small animals; watch animal feedings and a bird show; and for a small fee ride a camel; or take an animal learning class (Sundays only).  They have several play areas for kids, restaurants, cafes, nature trails, and plenty of benches and tables to rest and have lunch. If you`re tired of walking they have an animal themed bus to take you around the entire zoo. Here is our recent review of Zooasia for more details.

Zoorasia African SavannaZoorasia Yokohama Details

Address: 1175-1 Kamishirane-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama-shi (〒241-0001 横浜市旭区上白根町1175-10)
Phone: 04-5959-1000
Hours: 9:30-16:30
Closed: Tuesdays (unless Tuesday is a national holiday) and December 29 to January 1
Access: Take a train from Yokohama to Tsurugamine or Mitsukyo Station on the Sotetsu Line or to Nakayama Station on the JR Yohohama Line. Then take a bus bound for the Yokohama Dobutsuen (Yokohama Zoo)/Zoorasia (15min).
It`s about an hour from Tokyo by car. We put the Zoorasia phone number in our car navigation and it took us to the main parking lot.
Website: http://www2.zoorasia.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yokohama-Zoological-Gardens-Zoorasia-229816240437658/timeline/


Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities Wood Blocks Mid-town5. Connect with Art at the Mid-town Tsumiki No Hiroba and Frank Gehry Exhibit at 21-21 Design Site (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Today, October 16th two wonderful design exhibits began at Mid-town. On the main green behind Mid-town architect, Kengo Kuma directed the construction of an outside see and play land made of wood blocks. Kids will have fun walking under the arches of the wooden triangles. This weekend there will be over 1,000 smaller wooden triangles on the green that kids Frank Gehry 21-21 Designcan play. The space is open from 11:00 – 18:00 to enjoy for free, and illuminated at night until 21:00.  After enjoying the outside exhibit head over the 21-21 Design to see the Frank Gehry exhibit titled “I Have an Idea”.  If you love architecture or just like to build, then you will enjoy this exhibit. I will be taking my third son since he loves to build unique houses out of wood and cardboard. The exhibit shows how Gehry takes an idea and step by step transforms the idea into a building. A Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities 21-21 Designvery visual and inspiring view of Gehry’s thought process.


For other fun things to do this weekend check these links. 

Tokyo Day Trips – http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/category/travel/tokyo-day-trips/

Tokyo Area Indoor Play Locations – http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/category/play/indoor/

Tokyo Area History Museums – http://www.bestlivingjapan.com/category/see/history-museums/


Tokyo Area Family Friendly Events and Activities – October 17 – 18, 2015

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