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August 12 & 13, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended August 12 & 13, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. This weekend is the start of Obon in Japan, a week where Japanese families typically travel back to their hometowns to visit the graves of ancestors. Due to the cultural importance of this period of the year, there are few big summer festivals or fireworks. However, there are still some great events to enjoy. If you are looking for summer activity inspirations, check out our 2017 Tokyo Summer Guide or beat the heat at these Top Tokyo Indoor playcenters and Family Friendly Museum Summer Exhibits, or relax at your home oasis with these recommended products.  Have a great weekend! -Best Living Japan Moms

1. Ueno Summer Festival 2017, Ueno – This is the last weekend for the Ueno Summer Festival. The festival is throughout the park and includes music, food booths, plant sales and all kinds of antiques for sale. You can also enjoy the beautiful lanterns that are set a float on Shinobazu Pond. Put your Yukata on and enjoy.

Ueno Summer Festival 2015Ueno Summer Festival 2017
Event Date & Time: till Sunday, August 13, 2017; everyday 9:00 – 20:00
Address: Shinobazu Pond area, 2-Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3833-0030
Cost: Free
Website: www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/uenonathumathuri.html
Access: 5 min walk from Ueno Station (Park Exit) on the JR Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line

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August 12 & 13, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities Asakusa Toro Nagashi2. Asakusa Toro Nagashi (Taito-ku) –  A quintessential Japanese summer event. Toro nagashi is an ancient Japanese tradition where candle-holding lanterns are released into rivers around the country to guide ancestral spirits during the Obon season. You can experience watching thousands of paper lanterns floating down the Sumida River. You can also purchase your lantern and release it from the Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace near Azuma-bashi Bridge.

Asakusa Toro Nagashi Details
Event Date and Time: Saturday, August 12, 2017; Open ceremony from 18:00, releasing of lanterns from 18:45
Address: Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Walking course between Azuma-bashi and Kototoi-bashi bridges)
Cost: Free. Lanterns cost 1,500 JPY
Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line, Tobu Isesaki Line or  Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station
By bus: 3 minute walk from Toei Bus Tobu Asakusa-ekimae
Website: http://e-asakusa.jp/event/5832 (In Japanese)

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August 12 & 13, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities Bolivia Festival3. Bolivia Festival (Shiba Park, Minato-ku) – The Bolivia Festival will be held for the 2nd time on Sunday, August 13th. The festival will help to introduce the public to the country of Bolivia in South America through music, food, and dance. Great way to introduce your family to the country and people of Bolivia. A small event but sure to liven-up a Mid-August weekend.  Here is the promotional video from the organizers.   The park also has a very nice playground or little ones. We also recommend you investigate Zōjō-ji Temple and the other areas of the great Shiba Park. There are many restaurants and a Starbucks near the Daimon Gate that are family friendly. Tokyo Tower is also just up the hill which is a popular outing for families.

Bolivia Festival Details
Date of Event and Time: Sunday, August 13th, 2017; 11:00 – 18:00
Address: Shiba Park multipurpose exercise open space, 4-10-7, Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Cost: Free entry. Pay for food and drink.
Access:  The playground is in the far corner in the direction of Shinbashi; It is located right behind the Onarimon Station Exit #9  (on the Mita Line) which also has an elevator for strollers.
Website: http://boliviafestival.com/

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Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets4. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – Hanazono Shrine is the largest shrine in Shinjuku district and is known as the guardian of Shinjuku. It was established during the Edo period.  Interesting selection of antiques from coins to some small furniture. The Antique Fair is held 2 to 3 times each month on Sundays.
Date: Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Time: 9:00 to 16:00
What is for sale: between 25-30 sellers wide selection of antiques
Parking: no
Access: 3 min walk from Shinjuku-Sanchome Sta (Marunocuhi Line); 7 min walk from Shinjuku Sta. (Yamanote and Chuo Lines)
Address: 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3209-5265  (Shrine # – Japanese language only)
Website: http://www.hanazono-jinja.or.jp/mt/top/ (Shrine site, no English)

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5. Visit some of these great Family Friendly Museum Exhibits through August –
1. Snoopy Museum Tokyo (Roppongi)
2. Arcimboldo: Nature into Art @ The National Museum of Western Art
3. The Art of Disney – The Magic of Animation Period @ Miraikan Until
4. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT “GRAND PROJECTS: HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?”
5. A Wonderland of Japanese Art 2017 @ Suntory Museum
6. Deep Ocean 2017 Exhibit @ National Museum of Nature and Science
7. Craft Gallery for Kids X Adults@ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
8. Yokohama Triennale 2017 “Islands, Constellations and Galapagos” @ Yokohama Museum of Art – From August 4th

Visit our Tokyo Family Friendly Summer Museum Exhibits for Details

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