2020 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities – Living in Japan

2020 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.

******January 2020 Tokyo Japan Weekend Events and Activities – Living in Japan****

Keeping Baby and Toddler Warm and Healthy in Japan

Future and the Arts Exhibit, Mori Art Museum (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo)– Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow-What Is True Affluence, What Is It to Be Human, What Is Life?  This exhibit makes one think about how we live and will live with technology. Or at least artists’ perception of how we will live. As a mom of four kids, 21-7, I often think about how technology is changing our children’s learning and living. It is mind-boggling. This exhibit is a fascinating view of the future.

Great for the entire family.

Event: Now until March 10, 2020
TIme: 10:00 – 22:00
Price: Adits 1,800 JPY, High School and college students 1,200 JPY, $- junior high is 600 JPY
Location: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.mori.art.museum/en/exhibitions/future_art/index.html

Dezome Shiki (Tokyo Big Site Area) –  Tokyo Fire Department is holding their annual New Year fire and disaster prevention event this Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at the Tokyo Big Site. They will have firefighting performances, acrobatic stunts on top of ladders, ladder rides, a parade and more.

The indoor exhibition hall (7/8 Hall Exhibition Space) will open from 9am – 2pm. They will have vehicles you can climb in and explore; firefighting vehicles, VR disaster prevention vehicles, earthquake experiences with seismic vehicles and more.

Event date and time: Sunday, January 5th, 2020; 8:30 – 11:50am
Website: http://www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/inf/h30/09/dezome/dezome.html
Address: Tokyo Big Sight (East Exhibition Hall) 3-10 Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo

Tokyo Antique Markets and Shione Sales, Tokyo Antiquing, Tokyo Families

O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – Held twice a month; 1st and 3rd Sundays. Is said to be the largest outdoor Antique market in Japan. Super central and convenient for people who live in downtown Tokyo. This is one of my favourites.
• Date: Sunday, January 5th, 2020
• Time: 9:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 250 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
• Parking: plenty of parking available
• Access: 1 min walk from Yurakucho Sta., 5 mins walk from Tokyo Sta.
• Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo
• Website: www.antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml

Asobu No Mori (Forest of Play), Asakusa, Tokyo

Asobu No Mori (Forest of Play), Asakusa, Tokyo – The Akasaka Sacs complex is holding a lot of great holiday events and activities. The two to highlight are the Asobu No Mori, which offers three kinds of digital attractions for kids to enjoy. The light attractions were developed by Little Planet, which executes beautiful installations. Plus, it is free! There is also an evening exhibit called Bloom Wai, which runs nightly after 17:00.

Event: Asakusa TBS Winter Festival
Dates: Now until January 13, 2019
Time: Asobi no Mori 11:00-18:00 daily; Bloom Wai 17:00-22:00
Address: Akasaka Sacas, 5-3-6 Akasaka , Minatoku , Tokyo
Access: Directly connected to the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Akasaka Station, 8-minute walk fromTokyo Metoro Marunouchi Line and Ginza Line Akasakamitsuke Station, 7-minute walk from Tokyo Metoro Ginza Line and Nanboku Line Tameikesanno Staition
Website in English: http://sacas.net/ws_common/2019-20/index_en.html

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January to late March is a great time for a family trip for strawberry picking in the Tokyo area. Here is our updated 2020 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.

Hit the slopes this weekend. Here are our Top Recommended 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, many resorts offer lessons for kids and they are easily accessible.

Tokyo Weekend Events

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 for three-days in January and August. There are also antique repair experts at the show who can fix your treasures from ceramics to furniture.
Date: Friday –  Sunday, January 10 – 12, 2020
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 coupon ticket. Print and fill out online coupon and present it when purchasing a ticket at the counter.
Access: Approximately 7 minutes walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line, or 3 minutesâ 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 Weekend Events

Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event starts Friday and runs through January 19th. 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, a sweets street, and local meats, seafood and sake. Weekend tickets are 1800 JPY at the door or in advance for 1600 JPY. Weekday tickets are 1400 JPY. Late afternoon tickets (1300 JPY, entry after 16:00) inviting you to swing by casually after work.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details
Date of event: Friday, January 10, 2020 – Sunday, January 19, 2020
Time: open everyday from 10:00-21:00 (until 18:00 on Jan 19)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (map)
Access: 5 minute walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines1; 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

Kanchu Suiyoku ( Teppozu Inari Shrine, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

Kanchu Suiyoku (Teppozu Inari Shrine, Chuo Ward, Tokyo) – Kanchu Suiyoko translates to Mid-Winter Bathing.  In January around Japan, there are many midwinter bathing purification ceremonies. You can see one of these ceremonies this Sunday at Teppozu Inari Shrine in Chuo-ku.  Men dressed in white loincloths bath in pools filled with ice water while priest conducts purification prayers. Tepposujido Park is directly across the street with a nice playground and jungle gym for little ones to release some energy.

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Time: from 11:00am
Price: Free
Access: 8 min walk from Hatchabori Station on the Hibiya Line and JR Keio Line
Address: 1-6-7 MinatoChuo-ku, Tokyo

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Tokyo Metro Underground Mysteries Challenge - Best Living Japan

Have fun exploring Tokyo through a real-life puzzle game with the Tokyo Metro Underground Mysteries 2020 challenge. Solve a puzzle and advance to the next location! Our family of four spent the day exploring new areas of Tokyo; a fantastic way to explore Tokyo while enjoying the winter illuminations with friends, family, date or team-building event. More info…

Date: Now until February 16, 2020 (includes a 24-hour metro train ticket)
Cost: 2400 JPY
Game Kit Sales Locations: Purchase a game kit from Voyagin (trusted partner!) OR at the following 7 train stations between 7:40am – 8:00pm; Ueno, Kita-Senju, Shinjuku & Tokyo (sold daily); Ginza & Meiji-jingumae (Sat/Sun/Holidays) during the game period. Shimbashi (sold daily now until Jan 31, 2020).
Website: https://realdgame.jp/chikanazo/6/en/

TOKYO WEEKEND EVENTS

HandMade in Japan Fes 2020 (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 – 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 30 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: Saturday, January 11th – Sunday, January 12, 2020; 11:00 – 18:00
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 (map)
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.

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 2020.

Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit – Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls (雛祭り) is absolutely beautiful. Introducing different regions every year, the“HYAKUDAN Hinamatsuri”exhibit displays historic ornamental dolls from various prefectures across Japan. Since the first exhibition in 2010, over 600,000 visitors have been graced with the beautiful presence of hina dolls from over 20 regions. . 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 24 – Sunday, March 15, 2020; 10:00 – 17:00 (no admission after 16:30)
Cost: Adults 1,600 JPY (advance 1,100 JPY), junior high school – college students 800 JPY, children elementary and under free (Buy tickers here)
Access: 10 minutes from Meguro Station; Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines
Website: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/hinamatsuri/

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