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3 Tokyo Fun Activities this Weekend – October 25 & 26th, 2014

This weekend will be great weather in Tokyo. After all the rain this week, I am dying to get outside and enjoy the crisp air! I wanted to let you know about three fun activities we will definitely be enjoying this weekend. Thought you may enjoy as well; 1. Earth Garden Craft Fair, 2, Halloween parades, and 3. walking in the Institute of Nature Studies (Shirogane). Saturday update – went to the Earth Garden Craft Fair today; great bands and fund booths. Added some pictures below. Baby got a new hat which she loves:-).

3 Tokyo Fun Activities this Weekend – October 25 & 26th, 2014

1. Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair (2014) (Yoyogi Koen)

Earth Craft Fair Tokyo www.bestlivingjapan.comThe Earth Garden Craft Fair takes place four times a year, but this weekend is Autumn. 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. Really 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 wondering the stalls with parents. Also if you visit at night the candle-lit stalls are very pretty to view. This will be more crowded on Sunday with the Omotesando/Harakjuku Halloween Parade so try to go on Saturday.  Also combing with a leisurely walk through Meiji Jingu Park would make a nice 2-3 hour outing.

Event details
Date: Sat, Oct 25 and Sun, Oct 26
Times: Sat 10:00-19:00,  Sun 10:00 -17:00
Place: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza, Keyaki Namiki Road, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: www.earth-garden.jp/
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station (Yamanote line)

Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair www.bestllivingjapan.com
One of the many candle booths
Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair www.bestllivingjapan.com
Felt crafts
Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair www.bestllivingjapan.com
Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair www.bestllivingjapan.com
Many hat booths
Earth Garden Autumn Craft Fair www.bestllivingjapan.com
Baby’s new hat
















2. Halloween Parades and Fairs

Halloween Parade www.bestlivingjapan.comThere are three big events celebrating Halloween this weekend in Tokyo to highlight.

Roppongi Halloween Parade  (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Great event where over 3,000 people of all ages dress up and march. This year the theme is famous movie characters, but anything goes. The route is a short 1K through Roppongi Hills and Roppongi Keyaki-zaka.  Children also will get snacks after the parade.

Event details
Date: October 25th, Saturday
Time: 1:00 a.m. – 15:00 p.m. (however if you want to march in the parade you must register between 10:30 – 13:00)
Place: Roppongi Keyaki-zaka, Roppongi Hills
Who can participate: Anyone, but please register at the Roppongi Hills Arena the day of the parade
Website: http://www.roppongihills.com/events/2014/10/halloween/

Harujuku Halloween Parade (Omotesando/Harajuku, Tokyo) – This is a very fun to watch, the deadline for official parade marching closed October 13th.  But that does not mean you can’t take your kids and enjoy the sites. . Over 1,000 children will parade down Omotesando street in costumes. There are also many stores that give aways candy on the day.

Event details
Date: October 26th, Sunday
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.
Place: Omotesando – Harujuku
Who can participate: Children under 12 years
Website: http://www.harajuku-halloween.com/guidance/  (Japanese language only)

National Azabu Supermarket Halloween Feast 2014  (Hiroo, Tokyo) – The annual National Azabu Halloween Feast is held in the central square of the Arisugawa Memorial Park. Hundreds of kids and parents attend. The 16:00-17:00 p.m. costume contest is always very popular and fills up quickly (this year it was full by October 5th). However, it is still great fun to dress up the kids and attend. There are also world food booths between 11:00~17:00 which neighbouring Embassies use to showcase and sell their food. At the same time there is a flea market held in the park so you might pick-up some second had kids clothes or home goods. Have fun!

Event details
Date: October 26th, Sunday
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.
Place: Arisugawa Memorial Park Central Square
Who can participate: Anyone
Website: http://www.national-azabu.com/e_saleevent.php#se100

3. Walking in The institute of Nature Studies in  Shirogane “aka Shirogane Nature Park” (Shirogane, Minato-ku)

Institue of Nature Studies www.bestlvingjapan.comIf you do not have time to get outside of Tokyo, but want to escape for an hour or two than the park run by The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane is a convenient and tranquil solution. Even though the park is located right next to a highway that cuts through Minato-ku you will not know it. The sounds of birds and the breeze through the trees covers the city sounds.  When you arrive at the park purchase your tickets at the handy ticket machine, pin your entry ribbon to your top and enter the wild. Remember only to leave footprints, and only take memories and photos. Also return the entry ribbon since the are very eco and reuse. Also note; the park is closed on all Mondays unless a national holiday. There is no parking for cars, but a nice area for bicycles.

Park Details
Open days:  Open everyday except Mondays.
Times: September 1 to April 30: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (visitors are admitted until 4:00 pm); May 1 to August 31: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (visitors are admitted until 4:00 pm)
Admission cost: adults 310 yen, high school students and below free
Address: 5-21-5, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3441-7176
Website: http://www.ins.kahaku.go.jp/english/index.html
Toilets: available in main building at entry (it is about a 45-60 min walk for small children through park)
Strollers and wheelchairs: Good for main entry area but hard on inclines and around the lake/marsh boardwalk.


3 Tokyo Fun Activities this Weekend – October 25 & 26th, 2014


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