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August 2018 Top Tokyo Activities and Events

Here are our recommended August 2018 Top Tokyo Activities and Events. The Summer Festivals, Fireworks and Museum Exhibits continue through August and includes Obon in Japan a week where Japanese families typically travel back to their hometowns to visit the graves of ancestors. Experience the many festivities and cultural events before the kids start school. Also remember mosquito repellant, sunscreens and festive weekend events including our favorite Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. While you`re out visit some great Tokyo kids parkWading Pools and Splash PondsTokyo PoolsTop Theme Parks, or beat the heat at these Top Tokyo Indoor playcenters, Family Friendly Museum Summer Exhibits, or relax at your home oasis with these recommended products. Learn, Laugh and Live. – Best Living Japan Moms

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Fuurin MatsuriFuurin Matsuri 2018, 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. Taiko Performers and Wind Chime painting (Adults 1000 yen, Children 500 yen) on Sundays. Highly recommend the beauty of sight and sound.

Fuurin Matsuri
Event: Now till August 5th, 2018; 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Nishiarai Daishi, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free
Access: 8 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line

Ueno Summer Festival 2015

Ueno Summer Festival 2018 (Ueno) – Now till August 12th. The annual 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 2018
Event Date & Time: Now till Sunday, August 12, 2018; 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


Tokyo Weekend July 23 & 24, 2016, Best Living Japan1. August 5th, Saturday – Itabashi and Todabashi Fireworks

2. August 4th, Saturday – Edogawa Fireworks

3. August 15th, Wednesday – Ota-ku Fireworks Tamagawa

4. August 11th, Sunday –  Jingu Gaien Fireworks

Visit our Top Tokyo Summer Fireworks List for Details.


2017 Tokyo Summer Festivals - Best Japanese Festivals - 夏祭りTokyo Summer Festivals

1. August 3 – 5, 2018: Hachijoji Festival (八王子まつり)

2. August 4 — August 5 Nakameguro Festival (Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku)

3. August 18 & 19, 2018 The 53rd Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori

4. August 25, 2018: Asakusa Samba Matsuri (浅草サンバ) (Asakusa) 

5. August 25-26, 2018:  Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 

6. August 25-26, 2018: Koenji Awa-Odori (Kenji, Suginami-ku)

7. August 25-26, 2018: Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival 2018 (Azabu Juban, Minato-ku)

Visit our Tokyo Summer Festivals List for Details

TV Asahi and Roppongi Hills` Summer Station – This annual event is filled with live entertainment, games and activities. Purchase their 1-day Summer pass (2,000 yen JHS and older; 1,000 yen 4 years to elementary school) at the booths near the Doraemon statues to gain free entry into the Roppongi Hills arena and TV Asahi to explore all the activities they have to offer. Check their schedule to see which day you want to attend (Japanese language). Take photos with the unique Doraemon statues, watch live shows and exciting performances, try summer food and cool off with a collection of Kakigori (Shaved Ice flavored with syrup). 

Event Date: Now till Sunday, August 26, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 19:00
Fee: Free entry into Roppongi Hills. Pay for food and events. 1-day event passes are available at the Summer Station Stands throughout the Hills complex. Middle school aged students to Adults 2000 yen; 4 years to Elementary aged students 1000 yen.
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ)
Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/summerstation/ (Japanese Language)
Access: Roppongi Station on the Oedo or Hibiya Lines

Ueno Zoo, Best Living JapanSummer Nights at Ueno Zoo (Taito-ku) – Escape the heat by taking advantage of the late summer closing hours at Ueno Zoo. FromFriday, August 10 – Thursday, 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: Friday, August 10 – Thursday, 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.tokyo-zoo.net/

Asakusa Toro NagashiAsakusa 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 11, 2018; 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)

Yokohama Bon Odori

11th Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori (Yokohama) – Enjoy a day in Yokohama visiting the Bon Odori festival for games, food, and dancing. Over 17,000 people are expected to attend so it will be fun, hot and exciting.  I would recommend making a day of it and check out the Overseas Migration Museum and the Cup Noodles Museum. If you start early enough, you can also walk through Yokohama and visit the old foreigner house on the cliff or have a meal or snack in China Town. Yokohama is a short trek from Tokyo and offers so much entertainment and history.

Yokohama 11th Minato Mirai Dai Bon Odori Details
Event Date and Times: Friday, August 17th (16:30-20:30) and Saturday, August 18th (15:00-20:30)
Address: 1 Minato Mirai Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
Cost: Free Admittance
Access: 5 minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line; 15 minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR Line.

The 53rd Shimokitazawa Ichibangai Awa-Odori – Great food, music and Awa Dori Dance. I believe this is one of the best neighborhood festivals in Japan. Do not take your stroller or pets since it is a very busy festival in narrow streets. Enjoy Shimokitazawa which is a artsy and young neighborhood.
Event Dates: Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19, 2018; 18:30 – 20:30
Address: Held in the small streets around the station. Shimokitazawa area , Shimokitazawa
Website: http://www.shimokita1ban.com/en/awaodori

Asakusa Samba Matsuri (浅草サンバ) (Asakusa) –  If you love Samba, this is the place to be Saturday, August 25th! Brazil and Japan are deeply intertwined since millions of Japanese migrated to Brazil in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. If you ever want to learn more about Japan migration history check out the Japan Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama. The Asakusa Samba Matsuri is celebrating the 37th year and is one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan. Over one half a million people come to see 16 teams compete for the grand award. The parade of samba dancers, floats and drummers travel down Kaminarimon Dori in front of the huge Asakusa shrine gate (Kaminarimon Gate).  I find the best place to access and view is closer to Tawaramachi Station on the Ginza Line.

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Kaminarimon Dori in Asakusa
Event dates and times:
 Saturday, August 25th; 13:00 – 18:00
Website: http://www.asakusa-samba.org/ (Japanese language only)
Access: Asakusa Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, Toei Asakusa Line or Ginza Line, or Tawaramachi on the Ginza Line.


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  1. Just came back from my trip to Tokyo. Had a blast!

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