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August 5 & 6, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Summer is flying by! This weekend summer festivals abound in Tokyo. Here are our recommended August 5 & 6, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. If you are looking for summer activity inspirations, visit our 2017 Tokyo Summer Guide. Wishing you a great weekend!  – Lauren and Sandra

1. Ueno Summer Festival 2017, Ueno – The Ueno Summer Festival continues till August 13th. 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 on your Yukata one summer day 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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2. TOKYO HANABI CONTINUES

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Itabashi and Todabashi Fireworks (いたばし & 戸田橋花火大会)
August 5th, Saturday; start 19:00-20:30; approximately 12,000 fireworks between the two events
Website: http://www.todabashi-hanabi.jp/
Access: due to crowds the walk to viewing area is a 40-50 min walk from the JR Saikyo Line Toda Koen Station

This firework show is a double show with fireworks set off for two sides of the Arakawa river. It is super crowded since the show lasts for 90 mins (very long in Japan). Bring a plastic sheet, some dinner, and drinks and enjoy. Note it is a long walk from the station so best to bring easy to push strollers (big wheels due to uneven ground) or baby carriers for little ones.

August 5 & 6, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and ActivitiesEdogawa Fireworks (江戸川区花火大会)
August 5th, Saturday; start 19:15-20:30; approximately 14,000 fireworks
Website: http://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/hanabi/index.html (Japanese language only)
Access: 12 min walk from Shinozaki station on the Toei Shinjuku Line

This year will be the 42nd Edogawa Fireworks. 14,ooo fireworks are shot off from Shinozaki Park to the sound of Samba music. You can also view the fireworks from the Chiba side of the Edogawa.

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Ueno Zoo, Best Living Japan3. Summer Nights at Ueno Zoo (Taito-ku) – Escape the heat by taking advantage of the late summer closing hours at Ueno Zoo. From Wednesday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 16 the Ueno Zoo usually closes at 17:00, but during these special summer evenings the zoo will stay open until 20:00 (last entry 19:00). Enjoy the cooler temps, watch feeding time and enjoy some lectures on the animals lifestyles (in Japanese). A mid-August fun event for the family.

Summer Nights at Ueno Zoo Details
Event Hours and Dates: Wednesday, August 9 – Wednesday, August 16 9:30 – 20:00
Address: Ueno Zoo, 9-83 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 
Cost: Adults (over 16 years) 600 JPY, Children 12-15 200 JPY, and 11 and under free
Access: 10 min walk from JR Ueno Station
Website: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/attractions/ueno_zoo/

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4. Tokyo Summer Festivals

Hachijoji Festival (八王子まつり) – This is one of the largest festivals in Tokyo with over 750,000August 5 & 6, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities: Hachijoji Festival  August 6-7: Asagaya Bali Dance Festivalpeople attending this weekend. The main highlights include the close to 20 floats and portal shrines. During the progression of floats and shines rival teams compete with cheers and music. A lot of power, sweat and passion in this festival so watch your little ones.
Date: Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Time: Friday from 18:30 ~, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
Website:  http://www.hachiojimatsuri.jp
Access: Area around the north side of Hachioji Station

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri (阿佐谷七夕まつり) – This festival is celebrating the 64th year and is known nationwide as one of the biggest Tanabata festivals (although Tanabata is officially July 7th). The shopping streets where the festival takes place is decorated with paper and bamboo decorations that local groups enter into the competition. The competition is quite impressive with grand awards given to best of many categories. My kids love the bright colours and all the super creative decorations from Godzilla to Amman last year. Read here for more information about Tanabata.
Event dates: August 4 – 8th, 2017
Address: 1-35-18 Asagaya Minami, Suginami-ku, Suginami-ku (held around the ten shopping streets including Asagaya Pearl Center)
Website: http://www.asagaya.or.jp/ Japanese language only
Access: 3 min walk from Asagaya Station on the JR Chuo or Soba lines, 5 min walk from the Minami Asagaya Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line


Nakameguro Summer Matsuri – This neighborhood festival is celebrating it`s 51st year and is one of my favourite annual festivals to watch the neighborhood adults and kids dressed in jimbeis beat Japanese drums and dance down the shopping street. The shopping street and side streets are filled with festival goers enjoying local restaurant specialties. GT Tower outside Nakameguro station is filled with games for the kids and musical live entertainment each night. Dress the family in Yukatas and enjoy.
Address: Nakameguro shopping street and side streets
Dates and times: Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th; 17:30 – 20:30 both days
Website: http://www.e-nakameguro.com/
Access: A 1-min walk from Nakameguro Station

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Antique Jamboree (Tokyo Big Site) 2017 - Tokyo Antiques5. 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 (August 5th) you need to purchase an early bird ticket.
Date: Friday –  Sunday, August 4 – 6th, 2017
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 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://home.att.ne.jp/sun/jambokun/antique/e.html

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Tokyo Antique and Flea MarketsBONUS: Antique Hunting:  There are six great markets this weekend. Please check directly with the planners about rain cancellations / schedule changes. Kasai Shrine Antique Fair (Katsushika-ku), Asagaya Garakuta Ichi Antique Fair (Suginami-ku), O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho), Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Fukagawa, Tokyo), Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku), and the Arai Yakushi Antique Fair (Arai). Details can be found on our August 2017 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. If you head out remember to apply mosquito repellent and sun protection, and drink water. Good luck and treasure on!

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