2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activties

2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities

2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities. Best Living Japan is a blog made and managed by Moms, who are living in Japan. We know what Tokyo, Japan events and activities our family has enjoyed and want to share our best recommendations with you! This list is in order of date of the events and seasonal activities from January to December. If you want to know our latest weekend recommendations, check this link. 2020 Tokyo Weekend Events are here.

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January 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities and Events

2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities

Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event starts Friday, January 11th and runs through January 20th. If you want to experience Japanese food from all around the country then the Furusato Matsuri is a good gourmet solution.  Prefectures from around Japan participate in the Furusato Matsuri serving their food, drink and local festivals to the hungry and curious public. The highlights are donburi from around Japan, local meats, seafood, sake and “Traditional Performances” (festivals assembled from all over Japan). Fun indoor weekend in January, but not good if you are on a diet.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details

Date of event: Friday, January 11, 2019 – Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: open everyday from 10:00 – 21:00 (1/20 closes at 18:00)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines; 8 min walk from Korakuen Station exit 2 on the Marunouchi and Namboku lines); and 8 min walk from the Suidobashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu and Mita lines
Website: http://furusatomatsuritokyo.com/

2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities
2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities

Antique Jamboree (Tokyo Big Site) – Is the largest Japanese, European and American antique and toy collectables show in Japan with over 500 dealers. This show is held twice a year in January and August. There are also antique repair experts at the show who can fix your treasures from ceramics to furniture. This show is a three-day event, but if you want to attend the first day (January 11th) you need to purchase an early bird ticket.

If you head over to the Tokyo Big Site, add on a side trip to the Gas Science Museum in Toyosu, or check out some great family fun in Odaiba at the Miraikan Museum, Legoland or relax at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari.

• Date: Friday – Sunday, January 11-13, 2019
• Time: 10:00-17:00
• What is for sale: 500 dealers covering Japanese, European, American and global toy collectables
• Price: 1,000 yen day ticket/800 yen advance purchase; 3,000 yen early buyer day/2,000 yen early buyer advanced purchase – tickets for sale at Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, Circle K and Sunkus
• Access: Approximately 7 minutes’ walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line, or 3 minutes’ walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome line
• Address: Tokyo Big Site exhibition hall 1E, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0063
• Phone: 03-5530-1111 (Tokyo Big Site number)
• Website: http://kottoh-jamboree.com/

Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets, 2019 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities

Setagaya Boroichi – Flea Market (Setagaya) – Over 700 stalls selling everything and the kitchen sink.  Get off at Setagaya station and walk Boroichi Dori to Kamimachi Station. Plan for 2-3 hours to see the entire street. Very crowded so not recommend for children. This event only happens twice a year December and January.
• Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, January 15-16, 2019
• Time: 9 am-9 pm
• Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
• Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)

HandMade in Japan Fes 2019 (Ariake) (ハンドメイドインジャパンフェス) – If you are crafty, or just love to admire crafts you should attend HandMade in Japan Fes this weekend. Also a great way to avoid the cold. Over 4,000 creators will present their works of art, music and food for view and purchase. Great place to source materials, learn new techniques and gain inspiration. There are over 40 workshops you can participate in to learn a new craft.  I love attending, and always walk away with enough project to keep me busy all year.

Event Dates: January 12 (Saturday) – January 13 (Sunday), 2019; 11:00 – 19:00
Cost: Day ticket 1,500 JPY (1 day ticket) / 2,500 JPY (both days tickets), Elementary school or less free
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line; 3 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome
Website: https://hmj-fes.jp/
Note: Parking available at Tokyo Big Sight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.

Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit – Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls (雛祭り) is absolutely beautiful. Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) is celebrated at homes across Japan which has a daughter on March 3rd. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. Not only will the dolls impress you, but the rooms they are displayed in are very ornate. Learn about Girls’ Day and the art of Hinamatsuri Dolls this year.
Address: Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Times: Friday, January 18 – Sunday, March 10, 2019; 10:00 – 17:00 (no admission after 16:30)
Cost: Adults 1,500 JPY (advance 1,200 JPY), junior high school – college students 800 JPY, children elementary and under free
Access: 10 minutes from Meguro Station; Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines
Website: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/hinamatsuri/

Earth Garden Winter 2019 – The Earth Garden Craft Fair takes place four times a year. 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 participating in the baby and kids activities as well as wandering the stalls with parents.

Earth Garden Winter 2019 Details
Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday, January 19 & 20, 2019, 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5468-3282
Cost: Free
Access: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)
Website: http://www.earth-garden.jp/feature/fes_calendar/

Japanese Nabe Festival (Yokohama) – Nabe (Japanese hot pot) is a staple in our family from November – February. If you have not figured out what your favorite nabe is then this event is a great chance to try nabe recipes from all over Japan. You can also enjoy sample over 100 kinds of Japanese sake from breweries nationwide. Warm up with Sake and Nabe this weekend!

Event Date and Time: Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 27, 2019 (Mon – Fri 12:30 – 21:30; Sat & Sun 11:00 – 21:30)
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Cost: Free (pay as you eat)
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website: https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/nabegoya/

Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event runs through January 20th. If you want to experience Japanese food from all around the country then the Furusato Matsuri is a good gourmet solution.  Prefectures from around Japan participate in the Furusato Matsuri serving their food, drink and local festivals to the hungry and curious public. The highlights are donburi from around Japan, local meats, seafood, sake and “Traditional Performances” (festivals assembled from all over Japan). Fun indoor weekend in January, but not good if you are on a diet.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details

Date of event: Now until Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: open everyday from 10:00 – 21:00 (1/20 closes at 18:00)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines; 8 min walk from Korakuen Station exit 2 on the Marunouchi and Namboku lines); and 8 min walk from the Suidobashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu and Mita lines
Website: http://furusatomatsuritokyo.com/

 Strawberry Picking Strawberry Picking tokyo - Day Trips from Tokyo BestLivingJapanJanuary to late March is a great time for a family trip for strawberry picking in the Tokyo area. Here is our updated 2018-2019 list of top strawberry picking gardens you can enjoy in the Tokyo area on a half-day or one-day trip. We have chosen four gardens; two in Chiba, one in Saitama and one in Kanagawa. Many of these gardens run through May, but best strawberries are January through February, cost of picking decreases at most gardens as the picking become less ideal. https://bestlivingjapan.com/strawberry-picking-tokyo-area/

Go Ice Skating (Various locations around Tokyo metro areas) – Looking for some fun and cool family entertainment in Tokyo, try ice skating.  Do you have wonderful memories of ice skating at the local pond or rink? Well, share those memories with your significant other, or kids at one of the Tokyo ice skating rinks. You can easily access one of the year-round rinks or one of the seasonal rinks that are now opening around the Tokyo area. Bundle up and hit the ice! Some great iceskating rinks for 2019.

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2019 – 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 “Fabric, Needles, and Thread Exhibition.” 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 2019 Details

Tokyo Weekend January 21 - 22, 2017 Family ActivitiesAddress:
 Tokyo Dome (1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
Phone: 03-3467-4527
Open days and hours: Thursday, January 24 – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (7 days); Opens at 9:30 closes at 18:00 (Opens at 11:00 am on first day and closes at 17:00 pm on final day)
Cost: 1,900 JPY in advance; 2,100 JPY at the door; Free for children 12 and under (elementary school-age) accompanied by an adult. Purchase Advance Tickets Here.
Access: 7 min walk from Korakoen station on the Namboku or Marunouchi Lines
Website: https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/quilt/
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible; some activities for kids

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.

Hit the slopes this weekend. Here are our Top Recommended 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, many resorts offer lessons for kids and they are easily accessible

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February 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities and Events

The Yokohama Strawberry Festival begins today and will run through Monday, February 11th at the Red Brick Warehouse. This popular event draws strawberry lovers from near and far so if you want to score some good free sample get their early – opens at 11:00. There will be strawberry tasting, workshops and art projects for the kids.  While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Cosmo World Amusement Park, Overseas Migration MuseumZoorasiaKodomo no Kuni or the Anpanman Museum. Also visit the new Hamley`s Toy Store and Mark IS Shopping MallChinese New Year Celebrations are also in effect so head over to Yokohama Chinatown for some early New Year energy.

Red Brick Warehouse Details
Event dates and times: Friday, February 1 – Monday, February 11; 11:00 – 18:00 Mon-Fri; 10:00 – 18:00 Sat, Sun & Holidays)
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Phone: 045-227-2002
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website:https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/strawberryfes/

Flower`s by NAKED in Nihonbashi is an art exhibition which incorporates digital projection mapping with sound, smell and touch. We visited the other day and were delighted viewing the flower art, traditional Japanese motifs, listening to music and enjoying the various floral scents. A fantastic spot to experience the earliest cherry blossoms in Tokyo. More details –>

Dates: Tuesday, January 29 – Sunday, March 3, 2019
Address:  Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall COREDO Muromachi 1  (entrance on the 4th floor)
Open hours: 10: 00 ~ 20: 00 Daily ※ Last admission
Access: Mitsukoshimae Station Exit A6 on the Hanzomon Line / Ginza Line or Shin-Nihombashi Station on the JR Sobu Line
Fees: Adult 1600 yen (Mon-Fri) 2000 yen (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Child (elementary age and up) 1000 yen (Mon-Fri) 1000 yen (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays)
Website: https://flowers.naked.works/

Are you ready for Setsubun? It’s on Sunday, February 3rd. There are so many great festivals, crafts and art associated with Setsubun. Read about some of the best inspirational and educational bits we could find! 

 Smain_photo_setsubuneetsubun Celebrations – Three great places to see the best Tokyo Setsubun Celebrations on Sunday, February 3rd.

1. Senso-ji (Asakusa) – best time to attend is from 1:30 – 2:30

2. Zozo-ji (Shiba) – best time to attend is from 11:30-12:30

3, Arai Yakushi Temple (Nakano) – best time 2:30-4:30

TELL & TAC Women’s Group Carpet Auction – Saturday, February 2, 2019 – A great opportunity to purchase a unique oriental carpet that can make that special statement in your home or office, while also doing something good for young people in the community at the same time!

The hand-woven carpets at this year’s auction are exquisite collectibles from Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkey, and India that are a not only a perfect reminder of your time in Japan but also make a wonderful addition to any room in a home or office.  Better still, part of the proceeds will be donated to TELL and used to support our Chat Line and services for children and families struggling with mental illnesses in Japan.

Come and join us and for a drink, good conversations, and stunning carpets.

For non-TAC members, please RSVP to lifeline@telljp.com

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 5 pm (registration from 4:30 pm)
Venue: Tokyo American Club
Price: 2,000 JPY (refundable upon purchase of a carpet; includes two drinks and buffets)
Website: https://telljp.com/

Sapporo Snow Festival (Hokkaido) –February 4 – 11th, 2019 – The largest snow festival in Japan. Rows of small and large snow statues are on display at three sites in Sapporo City during this festival. http://www.snowfes.com/english/

Market of the Sun (Kachidoki)- February 9 & 10, 2019  — Enjoy the Market of the Sun this beautiful weekend at Japan’s largest regular urban farmers’ market. Over 100 vendors participate from around the country, of which more than half are local organic vegetable producers.  This month you will see a lot of fermented specialities including sweet sake (amaze) to all kinds of additive-free miso and soy sauces. Fun place for adults and children since many of the vendors also have workshops that will keep little minds and hands busy. Grab some delicious food and then spend some time at the Children’s Park play area. One more stop up the Oedo line you can also try the Blue Bottle Coffee shop then visit the Fukugawa-Edo Museum. If you do not want to jump over the Sumida River to a farmers market, you can always try the UN Farmers Market near Omotesando.

Market of the Sun Details 
Address: Tsukishima Second Children’s Park, 1-9-8 Kachidoki, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Date and Times: February 9 & 10, 2019 from 10:00-16:00
Cost: free
Access: Outside Exit A4a and A4b at Kachidoki Station on the Toei Oedo Line.
Website: www.timealive.jp

World Valentine Festival (Yoyogi Park) – February 9 & 10, 2019- We have never attended this event, but we`ll have good 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 Sunday to see what the World Valentine Festival is all about. Combine with a fun visit to the Bike Park in Yoyogi Park and playing in the Mud Park.

World Valentine Festival Details

Date & Time: February 9 & 10, 2019 10:00 – 18:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free
Website: https://www.yoyogikoen.info/world-valentine-festival-2019/

Taiwan Festa 2019 台湾フェスタ (Tokyo Tower) – Enjoy with tens of thousands of other folks at the Taiwan Festival at Tokyo Tower. Sure to be dancing and music by Japanese and Taiwanese talents. We have never attended but have heard that the food at this event is amazing.

Taiwan Festa 2019 Details
Event Dates and Times: February 9-11, 2019 (17:00  – 21:00)
Address: 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011

Cost: 500 for HS students and older, food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Line, 7 min walk from Kamiyacho Station (Exit 2) on the Hibiya Line, 6 min walk from Onarimon Station (Exit A1) on the Mita Line or 10 min walk from Daimon Staiton (Exit A6) on the Asakusa Line.
Website: https://www.taiwanfesta.com/

🌸🌸 Top Tokyo Parks to See Plum Blossoms this Weekend 🌸🌸

Plum Blooms @ Koganei Park (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.

Plum Blossom Tour Dates & Time: February 13 – 21 11:00 and 15:00 (30 minutes) An open-air tea service is available for 500 yen between 11:00 and 15:30 and a mini koto-concert at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.
Address: 1-13-1 Sekinomachi, Koganei-shi, Tokyo

Phone: 042-385-5611
Access: 5 minute 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).

🌸Koishikawa Korakuen Plum Blossom Festival (Bunkyo-ku) – From February 9 to March 3rd you can visit the park to see over 90 plum blossom trees in 30 varieties blossoming. This weekend there will be performances of traditional music and Edo street arts on Saturday (10:30 & 11:00) and Sunday (noon & 13:30).

Koishikawa 2019 plum blossom dates: late February 9th – March 3rd, 2019
Admission: 300 yen adults, free for children
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Access: 8-minute walk from Iidabashi or Korakuen Station
Website: http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/koishikawa/

🌸Setagaya Ume Plum Festival (Setagaya) – A huge display of plum blossoms on 650 plum trees (270 red plum and 280 white plum). You can enjoy various activities this weekend including Japanese harp performances (Koto), tea ceremonies and rice pounding. Fun for the entire family!

Setagaya Ume Plum Festival Details
Event Date: February 9 – March 3rd, 2019
Address:Hanegi Park, 4-38-52 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu Line, or 7 min walk from Higashimatsubara Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, Bus stop is Daita Yonchome on the Tokyu bus line.

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30 minute train ride from Shibuya. To celebrate the 33nd Annual Spring Festival, Yokohama Chinatown will hold a variety of Spring Festival events beginning with a countdown then Cǎi Qīng Lion Dance, Traditional Performances and Celebration Parade. For detail visit our Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama Post.

Chinese New Year Celebrations in YokohamaChinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama Details

Dates: February 5th (Tuesday) to February 19th  (Tuesday), 2019
Address: Yokohama Chinatown, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (google map)
Website: http://www.chinatown.or.jp/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yokohama.chinatown/
Tel: 045-662-1252
Access: Ishikawa-cho Station on the JR Negishi Line, or Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line. Takes approximately 30 mins from Shibuya to Motomachi-Chukagai (google map)

Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2017Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2019 (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) – If you love flowers, you will enjoy this beautiful festival where over 100,000 orchid plants will be shown. The 3,000 varieties include lacy to dramatic colors and shapes. Quite an amazing display. Make a family outing by adding a plum viewing at Koishikawa Park (see above). We also love these family friendly activities at Tokyo Dome area – Roller Skating, TenQ Space Museum, Spa Laqua.

Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival  2019 Details 
Event Date and Time: Seven days from Friday, February 15 to Friday, February 22, 2019
10:00-21:00. Entrance closes at 20:30.
Cost: Adults 2,200 JPY, College and High School students 1,200 JPY,  Children Junior High and below are free with an adult
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Suidobashi Station on the JR Chuo-Soba, or Mita Line. 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi or Namboku Lines, 8 mins walk from Kasuga Station on the Oedo Line. Tokyo Dome also has parking – ask for your discount ticket when you leave the Rollerskating Rink.
Event Website:http://www.jgpweb.com/outline/english.php

Kidzfest (Shibuya) –  We have never attend this event so can not vouch for value for fun, but it is being promoted as an international family festival. There will be live entertainment(Tokyo Bees Children’s Musical, Kids dance party and more), play areas (Bornelund, Rudy Bouncy Area, Slack Lines and more), creative workshops (make a musical sound box, drawing in soil and craft houses out of cardboard). Tickets are necessarily so order online – 1,500 for kids and 2,500 for adults.Kidzfest (Shibuya)

Kidzfest (Shibuya)Event date and time: Sat, Feb 23, 2019 13:30 – 21:00 and Sun, Feb 24, 2019 10:30 -19:00
Address: Shibuya, Hikari Hall 9th Floor
Buy tickets here: https://www.kidzfest.tokyo/tickets
Website: https://www.kidzfest.tokyo

 

Bunkyo-ku Ume Matsuri 文京梅まつり(Yushima, Tokyo) – The Bunkyo Plum Blossom Festival take place until March 8th at the Yushima Shrine. The Bunkyo-ku Ume Matsuri 文京梅まつりshrine complex has over 300 red and white blossoming plum trees. The shrine is located very close to Ueno Park so make a day of it and visit the Shitamachi Museum, The Royal Museum, The National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Zoo or Ameyokocho. Also don’t miss one of my favorite toy stores.
Event Date: February 8, 2019 – March 8, 2019 ; 8:00 – 19:30 everyday
Address: Yushima Tenmangu Shrine, 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo City, Tokyo
Access: 2 min walk from Yushima Station (Exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line
Website: Website (JPN)

 Miraikan “Under Construction” Exhibit (Odaiba)– If you have a kids who loves construction equipment and trucks, I highly recommend you visit the new exhibit a the Miraikan in Odaiba. Here are all the details on the Miraikan’s English website. https://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/kojichu/index_2.html

Under Construction Exhibit: February 8 – May 19, 2019

Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (near Odaiba)
Phone: 03-3570-9188
Hours: Wednesday – Monday 10:00 – 17:00, Closed on Tuesday
Admission: Adult 620 yen, under 18 years 210 yen, under 6 years free; Special exhibit and permanent visit ticket Adult (Ages 19 & over) 1,600 JPY; Junior (Ages 7 to ages 18) 1,000 JPY; Child (Ages 4 to ages 6) 500 JPY.
Access: 5 min walk from the Fune-no Kagakukan station on the Yurikamome Line; 15 min walk from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/
Notes: The facility is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Park is located under the museum. There is a cafe in the museum.

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March 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities and Events

Celebrate Japanese Girls' Day (Sunday, March 3rd)Celebrate Japanese Girls’ Day (Sunday, March 3rd)

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is celebrated on March 3rd and is a special day in Japan, but not a national holiday.  Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians. The dolls are clothed in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794 to 1185). The custom began in the Heian period as a way to remove bad spirits from the house.

Most families celebrate Hinamatsuri by displaying dolls and eating and drinking.  Special delicacies include shirozake (a sake made from fermented rice), pastel-colored hina-arare (bite-sized crackers flavored with sugar or soy sauce) and hishimochi (a diamond-shaped colored rice cake).  The main meal on Hinamatsuri is Chirashizushi (sushi rice flavored with sugar, vinegar, topped with raw fish and a variety of ingredients). Learn more here! 


March 2nd & 3rd, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities
 Tokyo Marathon 2019 (Tokyo) – Cheer on the over 35,000 runners participating in the Tokyo Marathon (42.195 km) this Sunday. The marathon starts at the Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building from 9:00 and ends in Odaiba. Three of the most popular spots are Zojoji Temple in Shiba Koen, Hibiya Park, which is the 10K mark, and Asakusa. This video is pretty cool to watch on the course.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
09:05 a.m. – Wheelchair Marathon and 10km Start
09:10 a.m. – Marathon and 10 km Start
10:50 a.m. – 10km Finish
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 10km awards ceremony
16:10 p.m. – Marathon Finish
You may also enjoy attending the Tokyo Marathon Expo which runs through Saturday featuring many vendors selling and showcasing their running products. The Expo is at the Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall  3-11-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063. Free admission and open to the public.

Websitehttp://www.marathon.tokyo/en/

Edo Nagashibina Floating Dolls Ceremony (Asakusa) – For over 1,000 years the people of Edo have been conducting this ceremony of Nagashibina (poured dolls) at Asakusa’s Azumabashi Bridge. The annual ceremony takes place as a tradition to keep children safe and to avoid tragedy. Families enter a lottery months in advance to be one of the chose 1,000 people to release human-shaped dolls into the river to dispel their misfortune. The ceremony also attracts thousands of onlookers.  You will also see dove-shaped balloons that have been released by kimono-clad women floating above the dolls. A fun activity with the kids.

Address: Azumabashi Bridge Shinsui Terrace and Sumida Park, 1-2 Hanakawado, Taito-ku (near Asakusa)

Date of Event: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: free to observe
Website: http://taitonavi.jp/enjoy_detail.html?no=107

Pan no Fes 2019 – Bread Festival (Yokohama): If you are a bread loving family, this will be heaven for you. More than 50 bakeries from all over the country will showcase their creations at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse this weekend. Get ready to take a bite into and take home fresh breads and pastries. Pan no Fes attracted 120,000 visitors during their three-day event last year. Be prepared for lines. While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Overseas Migration Museum and the Anpanman Museum or travel a bit further to Zoorasia or Kodomo no Kuni. Have fun!

Red Brick Warehouse Details
Event dates and times: Friday, March 1  – Sunday, March 3. Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 19:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 17:00. Note shops will close early if they sell out of bread.
Fees: Free, however entrance to bakery area costs 400 JPY from 11:00 – 14:30
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Phone: 045-227-2002
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website:http://pannofes.jp/
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/pannofes2018/

Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku, Tokyo) – A huge three-day inside antique fair.  Not to be missed. There are over 280 vendors that have a huge selection of Japanese, Asian and Western antiques. This show only happens a few times a year, and the good stuff sells quickly.
Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 1, 2 & 3, 2019
Times: 10:00 – 17:00 (closes at 16:00 on last day; last time to enter each day is 15:00)
What is for sale: 280 antique sellers
Parking: no
Access: Ryutsu-Center station on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
Address: 6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takeshi Antiques)
Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

 The annual Tokyo Union Church Flea Market starts today, Thursday, March 14th until Saturday, March 16th, 2019. If you are looking for English books, kids toys, clothes and home goods, this is the place to shop. We recommend you go as early as possible since people line up for this amazing flea market. More details –>

Questions? Ready to volunteer? Please contact Rose Nagakura at wfdesk@tokyounion.org or Stephanie Kim, flea market coordinator, at stephkim21@yahoo.com.

Flea Market:

  • Th., March 14 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fri., March 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including bake sale!
  • Sat., March 16 – 10 a.m. to 12 noon

International School of the Sacred Heart (Hiroo) – Saturday, March 16th, 2019 from 10:00 – 16:00 (rain or shine!). This is the first Spring festival of the season. A great festival which is open to the public. This festival has it all; games, raffles, used book sale, music, food, drinks, tots playground, as well as a shopping bazaar selling a great array of items. FREE entry. Tickets for food, drink and games will be available on the day. Stop by Best Living – domodomo Japan booth and say hello!

Date & Time: Saturday, March 16th, 2019 from 10:00 – 16:00
Address: 4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Phone: 03-3400-3951
Website: https://www.issh.ac.jp/
Access: Easy to access from Hiroo station Exit 3 on the Hibiya line.

The Annual Tokyo St. Patrick`s Day Parade (Omotesando) – This is Japan’s biggest St. Patrick`s Day Parade. Not to be missed on Sunday, March 17th from 13:00 – 15:00 in Omotesando. Every year you can watch and participate in the parade in Omotesando. The Tokyo parade is organized by the Irish Network Japan (INJ). Don on your green, get out and celebrate. The 6th Annual I Love Ireland Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday. This event is free and a real kid pleaser. I personally believe one of the best Tokyo Family Activities this Spring.  Last year over 35,000 people attended and this year is expected to be even bigger. Join for an awesome day of fun, food and festivities.
Event Dates & Times: Saturday, March 17, 2019 13:00-15:00
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iloveireland.japan/

I Love Ireland Festival

Event Dates & Times: Saturday, March 16th  10: 00-18: 00
Event Dates & Times: Sunday, March 17th  10: 00-18: 00 (scheduled for time)

Tokyo Outdoor Weekend (Koto-ku) – Fun event for the sports loving family. Over 30 booths from top sports apparel and equipment brands, craft booths, live performances, food and sports workshops (including Frisbee, cycling and skateboarding).
Tokyo Outdoor Show Details
Event Dates: Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17, 2017 10:00 – 17:00
Admission: Advance tickets 700 yen / day ticket 1,000 yen. JH & HS Students 500 JPY. Elementary school age or younger Free
Event Address: Tokyo area Koto Akai temporary parking lot P section. Aoyama 1-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 6 minute walk from Yurikamome “Daiba station”  or 10 minutes from the  “Tokyo Teleport Station” on the Rinkai Line.
Website:  http://www.tokyooutdoorshow.jp (Japanese language only)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TOKYOOUTDOOR

Akasaka Mama Sacas 2019 (Akasaka):  Many activities for young kids at the annual Sacas Spring event at the TBS Broadcast Center Arena. We visited last year and had so much fun. Open to the public this event showcases a number of free activities; Fuji Safari Park Mobile Zoo March 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 10:00-16:00 (ages 3yrs +); phys ed grassy area, natural custard tasting booth, labyrinth, and striders. While you`re in the area visit our Tokyo One Day Itinerary: The Akasaka Area with Kids

Akasaka Mama Sacas Spring 2019 Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 31
Time of Event: 10:00-17:00
Address: TBS Broadcast Center, 5-3-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo (TBS放送センター, 東京都港区赤坂5-3-6)
Access: Akasaka Station, A 7 min walk from Temeikesanno station exit #7 or an 8 min walk from Akasakamitsuke
Website: http://sacas.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akasaka.sakasu/

 25th Emerald Ball

The 26th Emerald Ball Tokyo – Saturday, March 16th, 2019

The Emerald Ball Tokyo 2019 is a commemorative event of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.アイルランド‐日本 外交関係樹立60周年記念行事  Please join us on 16th March 2019 at the spectacular
Hotel Gajoen for a special evening of fun and entertainment to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Japan.

 

26th Emerald Ball Details

Event Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Time: 18:30  – midnight
Venue: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0064
Participation Fee: early bird (before January 31) price 26,000 JPY per seat, regular 28,000 JPY. Per table of 10 is 25,000 JPY. Request tickets via email at japan-events@irelandfunds.org
Dress Code: Green Tie, Formal Dress
Website: www.emeraldballtokyo.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEmeraldBallTokyo/

Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities
Image: Outdoor Fes

Tokyo Outside Festival (Shinjuku Chuokoen) – This outdoor festival takes over Shinjuku Chuo Park for the weekend. Great event for the family to try some new recreational sports, listen to live performances and check out cool new products. Really it is a just a free fun event that will be a great side trip to checking out the Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Park

Outside Festa Details:

Event Dates & Times: Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:30 – 17:00 and Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:30 – 15:30
Admission: free
Event Address: Shinjuku Chuokoen, 2-11-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute  from TochoMae Station on the Oedo Line; 10 minutes from Shinjuku station (JR, Odakyu and Keio Lines) or 5 minutes from Nishi Shinjuku station on the Marunouchi Subway Line.
Website: http://outside-festa.com (Japanese language only)

Tokyo Midtown Blossom 2019: In celebration of the coming of spring, Tokyo Midtown will hold their “MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019”. Enjoy the CHANDON Blossom Lounge – A luxurious outdoor space for a limited time only to enjoy the coming of spring with grand services. Dishes are supervised by the executive sous chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, and sparkling wine is CHANDON. Relish the pairing of an experience available only by recommendation of the The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo and CHANDON.

Cherry blossom illumination – An illumination event for 200 meters of the cherry tree avenue as the sun sets. At nighttime, the cherry blossoms show a different face from day-time for you to enjoy. Pink lights are used before the buds open, and then white once they do.

Spring Flower Display – An indoor flower display as the first herald of spring. Experience the water, light, and breath of spring with all your five senses through works that perfectly balance fresh cherry blossoms foliage with artificial flower petals. The cherry petals will sway to the music of spring like notes on a musical stave.

Tokyo Midtown”MIDTOWN BLOSSOM 2019″ Details:
Dates: Now until Sunday, April 14
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo (東京都港区赤坂9-7-1)
Phone: 03-5413-7015
Access: Roppongi Station (Oedo line), exit 8; (Hibiya line), exit 8 via underground passageway near exit 4a; Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda line), exit 3
Website: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/event/blossom/

British School of Tokyo (Shibuya) will hold their annual Spring festival on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The Spring Fair attracts over 1,500 people through the doors on the day and is a whole school event that brings together the BST community. They will have international food stalls, live music and entertainment, games, raffle and more. All proceeds from the Spring Fair raffle go to the BST PTA, where the funds are provided directly to the school to purchase equipment and for small capital projects.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 23, 2019; 11:00am – 3:00pm
Address: 1-21-18, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
Website: http://www.bst.ac.jp/
Access: 10 minute walk from Shibuya or Harajuku station

Lego Park 2019 at Futako Tamagawa Rise – This free 4 day event will take place at Futako Tamagawa Rise from March 21 (Thu) to March 24 (Sun). They have a “MEGA LEGO POOL” where kids can build with 300,000 Lego blocks, the Lego Tower Battle where you can win a Lego set if you can build a LEGO tower with at least 75 bricks in 2 minutes (ages 5 – 13 years), experience their Lego City and Lego Friends structures, and have an opportunity to win Lego Store Coupons or Lego Stickers at the Lego Store located on the 6th floor of the shopping complex.

While you`re in the area visit the Tsutaya Electrics Futakotamagawa – An Art and Technology Store Futakotamagawa Park, the creative DIY Factory where you can learn, make, buy DIY products; the 100 Spoons Family Restaurant,  Japanese Garden and playgroundZara Home; theater, shops and numerous family friendly restaurants.

Lego Park 2019 at Futako Tamagawa Rise Details
Days and Times: March 21 (Thu)-March 24 (Sun); 10: 30-18: 00 (17:30 final admission) ※ Time is subject to change.
Address: 2-21-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. Futako Tamagawa Rise Galleria Event Space
Access: Futako-Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line and Oimachi Line
Website: http://www.rise.sc.e.rv.hp.transer.com/event/

Showa Memorial Park Flower Festival 2019 – From tomorrow, Saturday, March 23 Showa Memorial Park will hold their annual Flower Festival, starting with cherry blossoms, tulips, Shirley poppies and more beautiful Spring flowers. The park also has bike rentals, hiking, climbing nets, huge white bouncy soft blobs and playground. You can spend the entire day at the park so pack a lunch and all your sports equipment. Check out the Top 10 Reasons our Kids Recommend visiting Showa Memorial Park.

Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園 Details
Flower Festival Dates: Sat, March 23 – Sun, May 26, 2019
Address: Midoricho 3173, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 国営昭和記念公園 (〒190-0014 東京都立川市緑町3173) 
Telephone: 042- 524-1516 (Japanese language only)
Hours: March 1 – October 31: 9:30 – 17:00; November 1 – February end: 9:30 – 16:30
Website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/ 
Cost to enter park: Adults (15 – 64) 450 JPY,  seniors (65+) 210 JPY, JHS Students and under FREE
Access: 2 min walk from Nishi Tachikawa Station, 14 min walk from Tachikawa station. I recommend you take eh Chuo Line from Shinjuku directly to Nishi Tachikawa station which is a good spot to get a rental bike. There is a also a large parking lot at the Nishi Tachikawa park side (near the station).

Top 10 Things to do in Tokyo in March 2017 Tokyo Family ActivitiesView the Cherry Blossoms. According to the Japan Weather Association Sakura is forecasted to bloom from March 20th, 2019 in Tokyo.  Happy Hanami!

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April 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities and Events

Outdoor Day Japan 2019, Yoyogi Koen – This weekend is the Outdoor Day in Yoyogi event space (between the NHK studios and the Park). Take your kids and explore camping tents, a climbing tower, live performances, RVs and lots of other fun outdoor activities and workshops. This event will definitely get you thinking about where to go camping this summer in Japan.

Event Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, 2019 (10:00 -17:00)
Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Tokyo Yoyogi Park Event Plaza / Keyaki Tree-lined Tree
Website: http://outdoorday.jp/tokyo/exhibition.html

The 12th African Festival (Yokohama) –  “A festival organized to bridge the cultural difference between Africa and Japan” is being held at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse this weekend. Experience traditional cultural drumming and dancing, an African games corner, a musical instrument workshop, African cuisine & drink, and the African art and crafts market. While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Cosmo World Amusement ParkOverseas Migration MuseumOrbi Indoor Wildlife & Digital WorldZoorasiaKodomo no Kuni, or the Anpanman Museum.

African Festival 2019, Yokohama Details:
Event dates and times: Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th 2019 11:00 – 19:00 (ends at 17:00 on Sunday)
Fees: Free
Address: 1-1-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama No.1 Bld. 
Phone: 045-227-2002
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website:http://africanfestyokohama.com/

61st Annual Junk Show (Chiyoda-ku) – Over 100 global vendors set up their stalls at the Japan Science Museum near the Imperial Palace. The merchandise is probably the most diverse I have seen in Japan from toys to home goods. If you are a toy collector, this is a good place to shop. Cost is 1,000 JPY for adult entry (sr. high and above). For other antique markets this weekend check here.Tokyo Junk Show, Antiques and collectiblesDate & Time: Saturday, April 7 (11:00 – 17:00) – Sunday, April 8 (10:00 – 16:00)
What is for sale: 100 global vendors, heavily oriented to toys and collectibles
Parking: no
Access: 7 min walk from three stations – Takebashi Station on the Tozai Line, Kudanshita Station on the Tozai Line or Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon Line & Toei Shinjuku Line
Address: Japan Science Museum, 1 & 3 halls http://www.jsf.or.jp/eng/map/ . 2-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0091
Website: http://www.toyshow.co.jp/

Tokyo Area April 2019 Recommended Activities & EventsRoppongi Hills Spring Festival 2019, Minato-ku, Tokyo (April 5 – 7th) –  Enjoy cherry blooms, rent a kimono, live performance, childrens` crafts, entertainment and food. The annual Roppongi Hills Spring festival is always family friendly!

Date & Time: Friday, April 5 – 7th, 2019
April 5 (Fri) 17:00-20:00
April 6 (Sat) 12:00 to 18:00
April 7th (Sun) 12:00-18:00
Address: Roppongi Hills Arena
Website: https://www.roppongihills.com/events/2019/04/004999.html

The Tokyo American Clubs Women’s group is holding their annual Nearly New Sales (flea market) on Friday, April 5th. Also, the Women’s Group will be accepting donations of clean clothes and other good-quality household items to support the Salvation Army’s mission of helping families in need in the Tokyo area. Donated items will be sold at the Salvation Army Charity Bazaar. Friday, April 5, 9–11:30am & 2–3:30pm B1 Parking Area. More Details –>

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Kanamara Matsuri,  Kanagawa-ken (Sunday, April 7th)  – Aka the Penis Festival (sorry parents) – Kanamara Matsuri is translated as the “Festival of the Steel Phallus”, aka the penis festival. The Shrine the festival is held at is well known to pray for prosperity, easy childbirth, solid marriages, and fertility.Kanamara Matsuri at Kawasaki,Tokyo Area April 2019 Recommended Activities & EventsEvent: Sunday, April 7th, 2019; 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Kanayama Jinja, 2-13-16 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki, Kanagawa (google maps)

April 2017 Tokyo Top 10 Activities and Events Active Kids Festa, Ariake, Tokyo (April 13 & 14, 2019) – This two-day event is a lot of fun for kids 3-8 years of age. This video will give you a taste of the event! This years’s event will be the 10th annual Active Kids Festa, which is supported by many sports companies. You and your children can view and participate in many new sports and activities such as running bikes, skate boards, bungee, paddle boards, etc. The BMX trick show is a must see. If you have an active kid,
give it a try. Also, stop in the FREE Panasonic Center Tokyo while you`re there.

Address: 3-Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo (〒135-0063 東京都江東区有明3 イーストプロムナード)
Event Dates and Hours:April 13 & 14, 2019,  Sat and Sun 9:00 – 17:00.
Website:http://www.info-activekidsfesta.tokyo/
Access: 3 minutes from Kokusai Tenjijo Mae Station on the Rinaki Line or 3 minutes from the Ariake Station on the Yurikamome Station.

Hello Weekend is a market offering handmade, sustainable lifestyle products and accessories. Stop in and support local businesses selling homemade bakery goods, natural skincare, handcrafted accessories, baby & kids t-shirts, handmade soft toys & baby goods, and more. There will also have a small baby & kids play area and a diaper changing room, too.

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, April 20th & 21st from 11:00 – 18:00 (rain or shine!)
Address: 4-15-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Urasando Garden 2F
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hello-Weekend-Urban-Lifestyle-Market
Access: 5 minutes on foot from Omotesando Station

Earth Day Tokyo 2019 (Yoyogi Park) Over 100,000 visitors attend this event. Over 200 booths sell and display products and services that are eco and crafty. Very fun, and impossible to walk way empty-handed. Lots of good food and drink. 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. If the weather is nice, enjoy a good weekend walk to Yoyogi Park and enjoy the Earth Day Tokyo event this weekend.

Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Event Dates and Times: April 20 & 21, 2019  10:00 – 19:00
Cost: Free
Access: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)
Website: http://www.earthday-tokyo.org/ (Japanese language only)

Nezu shrine

 

61st annual Kamakura Festival, Kanagawa – ken. April 14 – 21st (Sunday is the best day to attend) – The entire town of Kamikura transforms into a Kamakura Buddhafestival area with parades and mikoshi to celebrate the the height of Kamakura power during the Medieval Period.  Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a historic shrine and a symbol of Kamakura. The main attractions are the shizuka no mai dance performed in the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine on the second Sunday and yabusame on the third Sunday. You can also see Yabusame, the art of shooting arrows on horseback.  I highly recommend you take the train due to large crowds. This is a super fun festival to attend and visit Kamakura. Here is our one day itinerary for Kamakura.

Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura-matsuri FestivalAsakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura-matsuri Festival (Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu Procession) (Sat, April 13th) – If you want to experience a procession from the Edo period (1603–1868) with beautifully appointed geisha and servants this might be the best opportunity. Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Asakusa shrine area and each year over 100,00 people gather to see the procession, shows and flea market; as well as the beautiful cherry blossoms that line the procession. While in the area check out Kappabashi (Kitchen town) and the Drum Museum!
Event: Saturday, April 13th; 10:00 – 16:00 (recommended time is 11:00 – 12:30)
Location: Around Asakusa Komatsubashi-dori Street, Asakusa 4-chome to Senzoku, Taito-ku
Access: By train:For Ichiyo Sakura Komatsubashi-dori Street
• 10-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station
• 10-min. walk from Tobu Skytree Line Asakusa Station
• 12-min. walk from Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station
• 5-min. walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station
• 10-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Iriya Station

Tokyo Area April 2019 Recommended Activities & EventsTokyo International School (Minami Azabu, Minato) – will be hosting their 2019 Cherry Blossom Fair on Saturday, April 20th from 11:00-16:00. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the Sakura season while experiencing cultures from around the world. There will be international cuisine, music, games, and entertainment, as well as a raffle. All are welcome, and admission is free. So please come and enjoy the festivities!

Date & Time: Saturday, April 20th from 11:00-16:00 (rain or shine!)
Address: 2-13-6 Minami Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Website: www.tischerryblossomfair.com
Access: Easy to access on the bus from Shinagawa or Shibuya and also a 5 minute walk from Shirokane Takanawa station.

Tokyo Area April 2019 Recommended Activities & EventsAoba Japan International School, Nerima-ku, Tokyo (April 20th) – Will hold their annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 2oth, 2019 from 9:30 – 15:00 (rain or shine!) – Enjoy a variety of games and performances, sample food and drink from around the world, shop at their bazaar and enter a raffle to win fabulous prizes!

Date & Time: Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 – 15:00 (rain or shine!)
Address: 7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-007
Website: https://www.japaninternationalschool.com/
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Hikarigaoka Station

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Azalea Festival Nezu ShrineNezu Shrine Annual Azalea Festival, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Late-April to early May) – Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival from mid-April till the end of Golden Week (1st week of May) is a beautiful landscape of ancient Japanese temple buildings, bright orange gates and thousands and thousands of azalea bushes in every color possible.
Event: Late April to early May
Location: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyō, Tokyo 113-0031 (google map)

Sagamihara koinoboriSagamihara Koinobori Festival, Kanagawa-ken (April 29 – May 5th) – The Sagamihara Koinobori Festival (泳げ鯉のぼり相模川) has been held over 30 years to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5th. Five huge wires are hooked over the river and 1,200 koi nobori are hung to swim in the sky. The swimming koi represent the strong and good health of their children. You can get to Sagamihara in about 1.5 hours driving from central Tokyo or 2 hours on train. Location of the koinobori are here (google map). While in the area you can also visit the Sagamigawa Fureai Science Museum Aquarium Sagamihara.

Best Activities over Golden Week 

Nemophilia @ Hitachi Seaside Park View Millions of Nemophila @ Hitachi Seaside Park  – late April to May – More than 4.5 million nemophila bloom on a 3.5 hectare hill in the park, creating a beautiful contrast with the blue sky. Address: 605-4, Mawatari Aza Oonuma, Hitachinaka-City (about a 2 hour drive or 3 hours by train) English Website: https://hitachikaihin.jp/en.html

Kameido Teinjin Shrine, Wisterial,Tokyo Area April 2019 Recommended Activities & EventsKameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival, Koto-ku, Tokyo (Late April to early May) – The Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神社) is the number one spot in Tokyo to see magnificent cascades of hanging purple wisteria (fuji flowers). The flowers are in bloom from late April through the beginning of May at which time the shrine holds the annual Wisteria Festival.

Event: Late April to early May
Location:3 Chome-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo 136-0071 (google map)

St Mary`s International School Spring Carnival (Seta, Setagaya) – St. Mary’s International School will hold its annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 – 16:30 (Rain or Shine!). There will be games, entertainment, food, raffle and much more! Enter a raffle to win great prizes!

Date & Time: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 – 16:30 (Rain or Shine!)
Address: 1-6-19 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.smis.ac.jp/
Access: 10 minutes from Kaminoge or 13 minutes from Futagotamagawa Station.

 

Tokyo International Children’s Choir -Mother’s Day Concert (Roppongi, Sunday, May 12th 2:00pm) – My daughter (age six) join the Tokyo International Children’s Choir (TICC) this year and LOVES it!  If your elementary or middle school child loves singing, I highly recommend you consider joining from September. There will be a performance on Sunday, May 12th at the Franciscan Chapel Center in Roppongi @ 14:00. Come see the fun for yourself, and support the kids. A free Best Living Japan birthday party for 12 will be raffled, as well as many other great prizes.

Cinco de Mayo 2019 at Arakawa Amusement Park – The 7th annual Cindo de Mayo event will be held at Arakawa Amusement Park with live entertainment, special Cindo de Mayo drinks and international food from all over the world including Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, Colombia, North, Central and South America.

Address: 8-1-1 Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Dates and Hours: Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 2019  10:00 – 18:00
Cost: Free entry, pay as you eat and drink
Access: 2 minutes walk from Arakawa Yuenchi Mae Station.
Website: http://www.cincodemayo.jp/

20th Annual 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
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 2019 10:00-20:00
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 language only)
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

American Embassy Housing Compound Sidewalk Sale (Roppongi, Tokyo) – This annual sidewalk sale is a fun one-day event to shop for American goods which include used books, clothing, and household items. Great place to find a bargain. Open to the public but bring photo-IDs to enter.  Since this event is at the American Embassy compound, there are some rules to attend. Please note:
・Only GREW GATE ENTRANCE will be opened.imgres
・All bags will be inspected when entering.
・Photo-ID required for admittance. (Children 12 and above should have photo ID)
・Please be considerate of our neighbors, strictly no parking!
・No Parking is available.
・No Pets Allowed.
・No Smoking inside the compound.

American Embassy Housing Compound Sidewalk Sale Details 
Event Date: Saturday, May 11th  10:00-14:00
Admission: free
Address: US embassy staff quarters, 2-1-1, Roppongi , Minato-ku, Tokyo

Hiroo Tuna Fair (Hiroo) –  If you love tuna, or just want to have a fun 1-2 hours experiencing a great local fair visit the Hiroo Tuna Fair on Sunday. The entire shopping street is closed to car traffic from 13:00 – 16:00. You can eat, drink, and even ride a mini steam train with your kids! You can even watch the dismantling of a large tuna from 12:30~, and ride the mini SL from 13:00.  This is a great local event. Good eats and fun!

Event Date & Time: Sunday, May 19, 2019  (13:00 – 16:00)
Access: Hiroo Station Exit 1 & 2
Cost: Free. Pay as you eat
Website: http://www.hiroo.info/

Mori Toy Museum at Shinjuku Park (Shinjuku) – Enjoy playing at Shinjuku Gyoen with over 500 wooden toys! A great free event to attend with wood making workshops.

Dates and Time of Event: Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th ( 9:00 to 16:00 )
Address: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Cost: Adults & HS students 500 yen to enter the park. JHS and under free. Free play. Pay for workshops.
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station South Exit; 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Station Exit 1; 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku 3 Chome Station exit C1 & C5; 5 minutes on foot from Sendagaya station
Website: http://goodtoy.org/ttm/lohasmori/

Okinawa Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Get in the tropical spirit by attending the Annual Okinawa Festival at Yoyogi Park. If you love great music & dance performances, delicious food, handmade crafts and want to learn more about Okinawa this is a good event for the family. While you`re there try Biking in Yoyogi Park – Bike Rentals from Tricycles to Tandems; Feed, Brush, and Ride Yoyogi Park Ponies, or play at the Mud Park.

Okinawa Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19, 2019  11:30 – 21:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: Free entrance, pay as you eat and drink
Access: 5 minute walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.okifes.com/ (Japanese langauge only)

Oktoberfest in Hibiya Park (Hibiya) – Enjoy authentic German dances, performances, food and beer at Hibiya Park`s Oktoberfest. Parents can enjoy the beverages while little ones enjoy the sausages pretzels, and dancing. There is also a small playground kids can explore. Hibiya Park also is filled with beautiful flowers this time of year so visit the oldest Western designed garden in Japan.

Dates and Time of Event: Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 26th
Monday – Friday 16:00~22:00 Saturday, Sunday & National Holidays 11:00~22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
Cost: Free entry, pay as you eat and drink
Access: 2 min walk from Hibiya Station on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Chiyoda Lines

Website: https://www.oktober-fest.jp/hibiya/

Design Festa vol 49 (Big Site, Ariake, Tokyo) – 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 pros and amateurs. The event 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!

Design Festa Details
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019; 11:00 – 19:00
Address: Tokyo Big Site, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: One day ticket 1,000 yen, Kids aged 12 and below free. Advanced tickets 800 yen. Visit the ticket website for info.
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/en/ (website in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean)
Note: Parking available at BigSight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.

Sanja matsuri, Best Living JapanTokyo 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 and Times: Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th, 2019 (Fri 13:00 – 15:30, Sat 10:00 – 17:00 and Sun 6:00 – 18:00)
Address: Asakusa Jinja Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission: Free
Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu Isesaki lines
Website: http://www.asakusajinja.jp/sanjamatsuri/

Shibuya Ohara Festival(Shibuya Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku) – Every year in Autumn, there is a two-day Shibuya De Ohara Festival BestLivingJapanfestival in Kagoshima city which is celebrated. Since not all of us will have a chance to go to Kagoshima, the festival is brought to Shibuya each May. This one day festival on Sunday takes over the Shibuya area from the station up Dogenzaka. The highlight is the parade that begins at 12:50. A wonderful parade with dancing and music. Great Japan photo opportunity!  The festival runs from 11:00 so get there early and enjoy some Kyushu delicacies sold at food stations. Great Sunday event if you are looking for something really Japanese!

Shibuya Ohara Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19, 2019;  11:00 -18:00; parade starts at 12:50 on Sunday, May 19th
Address: Shibuya Dogenzaka and Bunkamura areas
Cost: free
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya station around Dogenzaka area
Website: www.shibuyadeohara.jp (Japanese language only)

Fireflies in YokohamaFirefly Evening in Yokohama (Sankeien Garden) – Sankeien is a beautiful garden any time of the year, however, from May 17 – 26 the garden will stay open until late so visitors can see the Fireflies dancing around the garden and pond. The garden will be dark so be careful when walking. The garden management also asks that visitors do not use their flashes nor portable phones to create light since this will be a nuisance for other visitors. Also do not try to catch the fireflies since they will only live one week and everyone would like to enjoy it. Couple with their Azalea Bonsai Exhibition (May 19 – Jun 2) to view azaleas aged over 10 years. Have a fun Tokyo Family Weekend in Yokohama.

Dates: May 17th -26th, 2019  20:30-21:00 (last admission 8:30pm)
Phone: 04-5621-0635
Admission: Adults (junior high school students and above) 700 yen, children (elementary students and below) 200 yen
Access: Take a bus from Yokohama Station, Sakuragicho Station, Negishi Station (JR Line) or Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minatomirai Line)
Website: http://www.sankeien.or.jp/en-event/09.html

Laos Festival 2019 (Yoyogi Park/Harajuku) – Visit the Laos Festival to learn about Laos culture, music, performances, traditional instruments, food and drinks. In past years about 180,000 people have attended the Laos Festival so be ready to party.
Laos Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2019  10:00 – 19:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Square, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: Free entrance, pay as you drink and eat
Access: 5 minute walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: https://laos-festival.jp/
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

Okinawa Mensore Festival 2019 (Sunshine City Ikebukuro) – Visit the 11th annual Okinawa Mensore Festival for a week long event of dancing, music, and food. Enjoy the beer garden serving Okinawa Orion Beer, live entertainment with vocal groups and comedians, and dance performances along Sunshine 60 Street or inside Sunshine City at the Fountain Plaza (Fountain Plaza Dances on May 24 – 26). While you`re there visit the Sunshine Aquarium or Sky Circus Sunshine City Observatory and Virtual Reality Space.
Event Date & Time: Friday, May 24th – Sunday, June 2nd  11:00 – 20:30
Address: 3-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Cost: Free entrance, pay as you drink and eat
Access: 5 minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro station or 8 minutes from Ikebukuro Station.
Website: http://sunshine-okinawa.jp/index.html

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June 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities and Events

Suga-jinja Reitaisai 須賀神社例大祭 (Shinjuku-ku) – This annual festival runs from Friday, May 31st to Monday, June 3rd. On Saturday the 1st you can see taiko drums. On Sunday the 2nd, the mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) is paraded through the neighborhood starting from the shrine at 11:30 and returning around 17:00.

Date & Time of Event: Friday – Monday, May 31 – June 3rd, 2019
Address: 5 Sugacho, Shinjuku 160-0018
Admission cost: Free
Access: 7 minute walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station (Exit M11) on the Marunouchi Line, or 10 min walk from Yotsuya Station on the Chuo or Sobu Lines.
Japanese language website: http://www.sugajinjya.org/index.html
Festival Website: http://www.sugajinjya.org/news.html

Aloha Festival (Ebisu) – Enjoy food, entertainment and Hawaiian products at this 3-day festival at Ebisu`s Garden Place. While you`re there visit our Tokyo One Day Itinerary in Ebisu with Kids Guide.

Date & Time: Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
May 31 (Fri) 10:00 to 20:00
June 1 (Sat) 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday, June 2 10:00 to 20:00
Location: Ebisu Garden Place
Access: Ebisu Station (JR and Hibiya Lines)
Website: http://www.aloha-yokohama.com/aloha-tokyo2019/

June 17 & 18, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and ActivitiesMeiji Jingu Irises in the Inner Garden – June is a wonderful month to enjoy Tokyo Iries in full blooms. Check out the beautiful garden at Meiji Jingu near Harajuku station. There are about 150 different types of Iris in the “Iris Garden”. Their blossoms are counted daily by the staff. Current count 1500 Iris plants. It does crowded so I recommend going early. If you want to see Irises and also escape into a nature sanctuary you can also visit the Shirogane Nature Park which is also in full bloom. Enjoy!

Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/nature/2.html

Eco Life Fair 2019 (Yoyogi Park) – June is “Environmental Month!” Learn tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint at this annual fair held by the Ministry of the Environment. All families should be focused on this topic. If you do have time this weekend this would be a great stop on a sunny day outing. Great food, workshops and entertainment.

Date & Time of Event: Saturday, June 1st (10:30 – 17:00) and Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 (10:00 – 16:30)
Address: Yoyogi Park Zelkova Tree Lined Event Area, 2-1 Yoyogi Kami zonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Admission cost: Free to enter.
Access: 5 minute walk from Harujuku Station on the Yamanote Line
Website: http://ecolifefair.env.go.jp/ (Japanese language only)

Special Event for Foreigners at the Edo-Tokyo Museum – This Saturday, June 8th there will be a special show on Wazuma. Wazuma is traditional magic that has been handed down from 400 years ago. This magic was extremely popular among the masses in the Edo period. An instructor will explain the brief history of wazuma while providing you the opportunity to try it out. The Edo-Tokyo Museum is one of my families` favorite museums in Japan. You can understand Tokyo history from the start until today. A must visit.

Event Date and Time: Sat, June 8 & 29th, 2019; ①12:30~13:00、②14:00~14:30、③16:00~16:30
Address: Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F permanent exhibition area, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Cost: ※Admission fee is charged for permanent exhibition
Access: 1 min walk from the Ryogkoku Stations on the Oedo subway line or 3 min walk from the Ryogoku station (West Exit) on the JR Sobu Line
Webpage: http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/event

Vietnam Festival 2019 (Yoyogi Park)Japan’s largest Vietnamese event held in Yoyogi Park. Eat, drink and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of  Vietnam.

Vietnam Festival Details
Date & Time of Event: Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2019 (1o:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.vietnamfes.net/(Japanese and Vietnamese language only)
Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

Moomin: The Art and the Story at the Mori Art Museum (Roppongi Hills) –  (now until June 16, 2019)
The Moomin family and their friends continue to captivate the hearts of fans around the world. This exhibition will offer visitors the chance to experience the true wonder of creator Tove Jansson’s colorful artwork and thoughtful storytelling via around 500 Moomin exhibits: a carefully-curated selection from the world’s only Moomin museum, and Jansson’s own personal collection.
Exhibit Dates: 2019.4.9 – Sunday, June 16, 2019; Open everyday
Address: Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Everyday 10:00 – 22:00 (Tuesday closes at 17:00)
Cost: 1,800 JPY Adults, University / High School student 1,400 JPY, Child (Age 4 up to Junior high school student) 800 JPY,  Senior (Ages 65 & over) 1,500 JPY

Hie Jinja Sanno MatsuriSanno Festival (Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku) – This multi-day festival that goes back hundreds of years kicks off the beginning of summer. The key highlight we recommend is to see the adorable kids dressed for the children’s Matsuri on Saturday, June 9th between 12:00 – 14:00.

Address: Hie Jinja Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Date: Friday, June 7 – Monday, June 17, 2019
Access: 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Kokkai-gijido-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, 3-min walk from Exit 7 of Tameike-Sanno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Namboku Line
Website: http://www.hiejinja.net/en/
Festival Site: http://www.tenkamatsuri.jp/

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Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2016Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2019 (Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku) – The most magnificent display of Ajisai in Tokyo is at Hakusan Shrine. We attended last year and had a wonderful time viewing the flowers, listening to the live entertainment and kids crafts. The Shrine has over 3,000 Ajisai plants which when in full bloom are a sea of blue. Hakusan Shrine is also one of the most important shrines in Tokyo having Bunko ku ajisai festivalbeen built in the 8th century to pray for a remedy for smallpox. The path leading up to the shrine is very charming with many small food booths and stone lanterns. The shrine is now a designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Even if your kids are not big fans of flower viewing, they will be impressed by the sheer number!

Bunkyo-ku Ajisai Festival 2019 Details
Event Time & Dates: Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 (10:00 – 16:00)
Address: Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (東京都文京区白山5-31-26)
Phone: 03-3812-7111
Access: A 3-minute walk from Hakusan Shrine on the Toei Mita Subway Line; A 5-minute walk from Honkomagome station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line
Website: http://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/ajisai.html

Tokyo Toy Show 2019 (Ariake) – The annual toy show open to the public is a great place to play and explore. You can spend a few hours or all day exploring all of the Japanese and International toy brand booths and exhibits. Some companies even offer hands-on workshops and stage shows.

Tokyo Toy Show 2019 Details
Date & Time of Event: Saturday, June 15th (9:00 – 17:00) & Sunday, June 16th, 2019 (9:00 – 16:00)
Address: Tokyo Big Site, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: 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://www.toys.or.jp/toyshow/  (website in Japanese and English)

 

 

Oedo Waen 2019 Soba and Sake Festival
The 5-day event celebrates the traditional Japanese buckwheat noodle, Soba with over 100 kinds of Sake from every region of the country.

Date & Times: Wednesday – Sunday, June 12 – 16th, 2019
Wednesday 11:00 – 20:00
Thursday 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday 10:00 – 21:00
Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: https://www.oedo-waen.com/

Happy Fathers DaySunday, June 16th is Father`s Day: Here are our recommended gift ideas and outings for Father`s day. If you are planning to go out for brunch make reservations at one of more than 23 great Tokyo breakfast brunch spots. Happy Father`s Day!

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World Gourmet & Music Festival (Yoyogi): The World Gourmet and Music Festival, organized by the music company BMI, combines food and music from around the world at this two day festival. Enjoy new food and new music.

Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019 (10:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku (stadium side of the Park)
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1233288286809263/

Taiwan Festival TM Tokyo 2019  –This free 4-day event held at Ueno Park will feature Taiwanese cuisine, live performances and information booths for travel tips to Taiwan. Enjoy Taiwanese culture, art and amazing food! We recommend coupling with lunch at Innsyoutei, Japanese Traditional Restaurant (reservations recommended) and adding on a stop or two at the following locations: visit the National Museum of Nature and Science, the Shitamachi Museum, a visit to Yamashiroya Toy Store, or a walk through the bargain street of Ameyokocho.

Taiwan Festival TM Tokyo 2019 Details
Event Dates and Times: June 20 – 23, 2019 (10:00 –21:00 Last Day until 19:00)
Address: Ueno Enshi Park Fountain Square, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free to enter, food and drink extra
Access: 5 minutes walk from Ueno Station on the JR / subway Ginza line / Hibiya line; 8 minutes walk from Ueno Okachimachi station on the Oedo line; or a 3 minutes walk from Keisei Ueno on the Keisei line.  There is public parking near Ueno Station. (google map for parking) 
Website: http://taiwanfes.org/

2017 Yoyogi Park Events, Tokyo - Weekend Festivals and Events

World Gourmet & Music Festival (Yoyogi): The World Gourmet and Music Festival, organized by the music company BMI, combines food and music from around the world at this two day festival. Enjoy new food and new music.

Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019 (10:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku (stadium side of the Park)
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1233288286809263/

Salsa Street 2019 – Enjoy this multicultural festival with a mixture of Food, Music, and Salsa dancing with the Caribbean/ Latin America Cultures.
Date & Time: June 22 & 23, 2019; Saturday 10:00~20:00; Sunday 10:00~19:00

Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku (stadium side of the Park)
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/997048927349741/

Milky Way Firefly Festival 2019 (Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – I attended this festival last year, and it was the perfect size and level of excitement for toddlers and elementary school kids.  You can enjoy all the regular summer festival foods, performances and games plus the big event of firefly viewing from 19:00 – 21:00 Saturday night rain or shine! The fireflies are transported to Shirogane from Shonai Town in Yamagata Prefecture. The viewing takes place in a large tent which is pitch black inside. Line-up, hold your child’s hand and enjoy the show. Great family activity.

Shirogane Milky Way firefly Festival 2019 Details
Event date and times: Saturday, June 29 (12:00 – 21:30) and Sunday, June 30, 2019 (12:00 – 20:00); Firefly viewing from 19:00 – 21:00.
Location: Shirogane Plaza, Shirogane, Minato-ku  (Shirogane Takanawa station on the Mita or Namboku lines)
Website: http://www.shirokaneplaza.com/event.html

Fuurin Matsuri 2019, Nishiarai (Adachi-ku Tokyo) – A fuurin means wind chime in Japanese. Summer is a time when Japanese families place glass, metal and ceramic fuurins in their gardens to hear the beautiful ting-a-lings of summer breezes. At the Adachi Nishiarai Daishi temple fuurin craft people from across Japan set up booths to sell their creations. There are thousands of fuurin on display and the sound is amazing if the breeze is blowing. Highly recommend the beauty of sight and sound.

Fuurin Matsuri 2019
Event: Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, August 4, 2019; 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Nishiarai Daishi, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free
Website:http://www.nishiaraidaishi.or.jp/
Access: 8 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line

Tokyo Family Weekend (Yoyogi Park, Tokyo) – This weekend celebrate family at Yoyogi Park`s Tokyo Family Weekend Event. There will be live entertainment, baby & kids` market, food trucks, workshops and activities like a Strider corner, Rody Yoga, Mermaid doll making workshop, Kids drum circle, crafts and so much more.

Tokyo Family Weekend 2019
Event: Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2019; 12:00 – 17:00
Address: Yoyogi Park
Cost: Free
Website: https://familyweekend.jp/
Access: 7 minutes on foot from Meiji Jingumae Station on the JR Line Harajuku Station / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Fukutoshin Line.

Top 10 - Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits

 21-21 DESIGN SIGHT “YOJI KURI’s Crazy House” (Now until June 30, 2019)– Yoji Kuri is an artist who has been superhumanly creating an ever-growing oeuvre, including over 800 pieces of animation, 3,000 drawings, and more than 100,000 pages of manga, since his first exhibition in 1956. Many of his works portray surreal fantasy worlds filled with humor, which have never failed to surprise and please the viewers.
In addition to the animation pieces currently shown in the exhibition “SENSE OF HUMOR” in Gallery 1&2, Gallery 3 will delightedly introduce his latest drawings to further expands the imaginative world of Yoji Kuri, who has recently turned 91-years-old.

“YOJI KURI’s Crazy House” @ 21-21 Design Sight Details
Exhibit Dates and Details: Now until June 30, 2019 (closed Tuesday); 10:00 – 19:00 (Entrance until 18:30)
Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Gallery 1 & 2
Cost: General ¥1,100 / University Students ¥800 / High School Students ¥500 / Junior High School Students and under may enter for free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and  Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line
Website: http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/gallery3/crazy_house/index.html

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July 6 & 7, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Zojoji Tanabata Festival (Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – From Monday, July 1st – July 7th (Tanabata Day in Japan) you can enjoy the Tanabata Festival at Zojoji Temple in Shiba,  Minato-ku. Tanabata is the night when two lovers separated by the Milky Way meet. Until the 7th you can enjoy various festival foods, and writing your wishes on colourful paper (100 yen) to hang on the bamboo. On the 7th, grab a friend or bring your family and appreciate the hundreds of candles displayed on the walkway and steps of the Temple. The Shiba area is a great area to play and relax, check out Shiba Park PlaygroundLe Pain Quotidien or Tokyo Tower.

Zojoji Tanabata Festival  Details
Address: Zojoji Temple, Shiba-Koen
Date: Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 7, 2019 (Candles are lit up on July 7)
Time: 09:00 – 20:00
Access: Metro to Shiba-Koen Station (Mita Line) A4 exit or Daimon Station (Asakusa Line, Oedo Line) A6 exit
Website: http://www.zojoji.or.jp/

July 6 & 7, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Tokyo Daijingu Tanabata Kigansai (Fujimi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo)  – Enjoy the festival from July 1 to 7 to celebrate Tanabata. Make a wish on a tanzaku slip for 300 yen and hang it a nearby Bamboo. The bamboo with beautiful coloured slips of paper will be illuminated on Tanabata night, July 7th. A beautiful sight.

Address: Tokyo Daijingu, 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo (東京都千代田区富士見2-4-1)
Date: Monday, July 1  – Monday, July 7, 2019 (illumination on July 7)
Time: 14:30 – 21:00
Website: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/saiten/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 3 minute walk from JR Iidabashi Station; 5 min walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line / Namboku Line / Yurakucho Line / Toei Oedo Line Iidabashi Station

July 6 & 7, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri (Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa-Ken) – This is one of the largest Tanabata festivals in the Kanto area. It is well known for the huge size of the tanbata decorations, lively parade and illuminations. We have never had the chance to attend, but my friends speak highly of the event.
Dates and hours: Friday, July 5  – Sunday, July 7, 2019; Runs from around noon to 21:00 on Saturday and until 20:00 on Sunday
Address: Whole city around JR Hiratsuka Station north exit mall (Beniyacho, Hiratsuka-shi, akasityou play a key role.)
Official website: http://www.tanabata-hiratsuka.com/
Access:2 min walk from JR Hiratsuka Station north exit
It is approximately 60 minutes by … JR Tokaido Main Line from Tokyo Station.
It is approximately 65 minutes by … JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku Station

July 6 & 7, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

The Earth Garden Summer Festival (Yoyogi Park) takes place annually. Great crafts, food and fun activities for kids.  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 very good music line-up and a hammock area to relax in-between your eating and shopping. Kids will defiantly enjoy 1-2 hours wandering the stalls with parents. Also, if you visit at night, the candle-lit stalls are very pretty to view. Also combing with a leisurely walk through Meiji Jingu Park would make a nice 2-3 hour outing.

Earth Garden Summer Festival Details
Date & Time: Saturday, July 6th (11:00 – 21:00) and Sunday, July 7th (10:00 -17:00)
Place: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza, Keyaki Namiki Road, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.earth-garden.jp/
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote line)

December 2 & 3, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Raw Tokyo at The Farmers Market at the UN University (Omotesando)Shop for Vintage Clothing, Reused Fashion, Old Tee Shirts, Vintage Shoes, Old Bags, Craft Coffee as well as mikan, yuzu, daikon, renkon, strawberries and other bounty in season.

Address: 5-53-70 Jingue Mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date and time: Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2017 11:00 – 17:00
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 minute walk from Omotesando station or 7 min walk from Shibuya station
Website: http://www.rawtokyo.jp/ (in Japanese only)
Child friendly: Stroller friendly, lots of samples for kids to nibble, also wheelchair friendly

 

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