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Here are our recommended activities, events and life information for people living in and traveling to Tokyo, Japan during the winter months.

February 22 – 24, 2020 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

tokyo plum blossoms

Here are our February 22 – 24, 2020 Tokyo weekend family events and activities. Sunday is the Emperor’s birthday which means Monday is a holiday! Venture out and explore new neighborhoods with our Tokyo One Day Itineraries;  Akasaka, Daikanyama, Ebisu, Jiyugaoka, Nakameguro, Roppongi, Odaiba, Shibuya-Harajuku-Omotesando-Aoyama Areas; visit Trains, Planes & …

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TOKYO AREA WINTER 2020 ANTIQUE MARKETS & SHRINE SALES

Here is our list of recommend Tokyo Area Winter 2020 Antique Markets and Shrine Sales. If you love antiques, or just want a one of a kind souvenir from Japan you must visit a Winter 2020 Tokyo Japan antique market. Every month there are between 25 -35 Tokyo Antique and …

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Tokyo Plum Blossom Festivals  – 2020 February

Tokyo Plum Blossoms

Here are our favorite locations in Tokyo to have fun at Plum Blossom Festivals and view February Plum Blossoms. No reason to have to wait for Cherry Blossoms. Visit Plum Blossom Festivals  1. Plum Blooms @ Koganei Park (Koganei) – You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms. Plum blossoms are …

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Top 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

Here are our Top Recommended 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, offers lessons for kids and easily accessible. We will be adding more in the coming weeks. Do you have one to add? Please let us know in the comments section below. * Please check …

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Grow an Indoor Bulb Garden – Bloom Brightly!

Grow an Indoor Bulb Garden in Japan

Grow a winter or early spring bulb garden for an easy and beautiful project. I am a flower and over-all gardening lover. From early April until late November I am in my garden digging, pulling and trimming, but in the cooler months, I enjoy planting bulbs indoor! If you are …

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Yokohama Chinese New Year Celebrations (Jan 25 – Feb 8, 2020)

Yokohama Chinese New Year celebrations  in Yokohama run between January 25 – February 8, 2020. Great fun and food! Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Although this is still quite new vs. Manila’s Chinatown established in 1590 or London’s in …

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Tokyo English Christmas Church Services 2019

Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

If you are in Tokyo for the holidays, consider attending one of the many beautiful Tokyo English Christmas Church Services. We have listed seven churches in Tokyo, and a handful in Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Some of my best memories of a child are attending services. Even if you are unable …

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Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter 2019-2020

Here are our recommendations for the Top Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter 2019 – 2020. Check out the 15 recommended locations below with open dates, times and fees. Embrace the season and enjoy the seasonal outdoor rinks during the winter months, and if the love of skating hits you can …

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2018 Tokyo Santa Claus Meet & Greet Locations

It can be a challenge finding Santa in Tokyo, but we have double check the list and can recommend these ten 2018 Tokyo Santa Claus meet & greet locations between now and Christmas. Not all places allow for sitting on Santa’s lap and personal photo opportunities but where allowed we have …

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Tokyo Christmas Dinner 2019 – Top Holiday Dining Spots

The holidays are here, and it is time to plan your Tokyo Christmas Dinner 2019. Are you ready? Whether you have been nasty or nice, you deserve a nice tasting Christmas dinner. Here are our top recommendations for Tokyo area families. Reserve early! Happy Holidays! If you have other recommendations …

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30+ FREE ATTRACTIONS IN TOKYO WITH KIDS

Tokyo can be expensive if you have multiple children, but take heart there are some amazing attractions that are awesomely free.  Kids under four years are usually free at most locations, but the list below includes free locations for elementary school age kids and some for junior and senior high …

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Best Living Japan’s 2019 Tokyo Holiday Guide

Here is our 2019 Tokyo Holiday Guide. We`ve listed everything you need to get a start to the holiday season; where to purchase a Christmas tree and decorations, the best Christmas markets, where to see illuminations, and English Christmas church services in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Happy Holidays! Tokyo …

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Top Tokyo Christmas Markets 2019

Christmas is a month away, but some Christmas markets are already in full swing! Get into the holiday spirit and stop in one of the Best Tokyo Christmas markets! Bundle up and shop for food and gifts under the illumination. Happy Holidays! 1. Roppongi Hills Christmas Market – If you would like to …

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Tokyo Metro Underground Mysteries 2019 – Until Feb 16, 2020

Tokyo Metro Underground Mysteries Challenge - Best Living Japan

Have fun exploring Tokyo through a real-life puzzle game with the Tokyo Metro Underground Mysteries 2019 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 fall foliage and …

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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Japan 2017

Wondering where to buy a Christmas Tree in Japan? Many people have asked recently about where to find a Christmas tree in Japan. First, you need to determine if you want a real tree or an artificial tree. There are pros and cons to both! Real trees smell amazing but …

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Tokyo English Christmas Church Services 2017

Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

If you are in Tokyo for the holidays, consider attending one of the many beautiful Tokyo English Christmas Church Services. We have listed seven churches in Tokyo, and a handful in Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Some of my best memories of a child are attending services. Even if you are unable …

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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Japan 2019

Wondering where to buy a Christmas Tree in Japan? Many people have asked recently about where to find a Christmas tree in Japan. First, you need to determine if you want a real tree or an artificial tree. There are pros and cons to both! Real trees smell amazing but …

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2019 Tokyo Santa Claus Meet & Greet Locations

2019 Tokyo Santa photos

It can be a challenge finding Santa in Tokyo so we did the work for you and can recommend these five 2019 Tokyo Santa Claus meet & greet locations. We’ll add more to the list as information is available. Not all places allow for sitting on Santa’s lap and personal …

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10 Best Hand Creams for Winter in Japan – Living in Japan

Japanese winters are DRY which is really hard on hands big and small! Here are the Best Living Japan 10 Best Hand Creams for Winter in Japan recommendations.  We carry hand lotions scattered all over our house,  in all of our bags, strollers and car from November – March! Dropping …

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Jigokudani Monkey Park (Nagano-ken) – Must do!

If you are skiing in Nagano-ken this winter, spend half a day visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑). I took the kids there and we all had a great time seeing the monkeys and hiking into the valley. It is about 25-30K from Nozawa-onsen or Shigakogen ski areas making it an …

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