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December 22, 23 & 24, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Happy Holidays! Here are our recommendations for this long holiday weekend December 22 – 24, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Sunday, December 23rd is the Emperor`s Birthday which means Monday, Dec 24th is the Emperor’s Birthday observed. Enjoy the long weekend with our top picks below. If you are staying in town check out our holiday guide (Toy Stores, Christmas Services, Christmas Markets, Christmas dinner, Ice Skating Rinks, illuminations and more) or our lists by ages  – Baby & ToddlersKindy & ElementaryTweens & Teens. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday weekend. -Lauren & Sandra

2018 Tokyo area meet Santa Claus locations

1. Roppongi Hills (Minato-ku) – Santa will visit Roppongi Hills for three days right before Christmas. Get your camera ready and search for him at the times and locations listed below. For more Santa sightings visit our 2018 Santa Meet and Greet Locations.

① 13: 00-15: 00 Hillside B2F Grand Food Hall front
② 16: 00 ~ 17: 00 West Walk 2F
③ 18: 15 ~ 20: 00 West Walk 2F

Also, while in the area check out the beautiful illuminations in Roppongi Hills and Mid-Town area. You should also pop into the Grand Hyatt Hotel Lobby to take some photos of the beautiful illumination on display. Happy Holidays!

Event: December 22 (Saturday) – December 24th (Monday)
Cost: Free
Location:  Roppongi Hills Complex (google map)
Official site: http://www.roppongihills.com/sp/christmas/2018/event/santa.php

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2. World Christmas Festival (Yoyogi Park) –  You can enjoy some last minute Christmas shopping, food and festivities at the World Latin Christmas Festival. Also, keep an eye out for a belly-dancing Santa Claus.

Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku
Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, December 22 & 23,2018 10:00 – 19:00
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/212337265977411/
Access: Harajuku Station on the Yamanote line; Yoyogi-Koen Station exit 3 on the Chiyoda line; Yoyogi-Hachiman Station on the Odakyu line.

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3. Warm-up at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Koto-ku) – Explore Odaiba with our Tokyo One Day Itinerary in Odaba with Kids then warm up with a trip the Oedo Onsen in Odaiba. The entire family can enjoy bathing in the multiple onsens, taking a break to play games, eat Japanese food, and then bathe again. A great 3-4 hour activity that all will enjoy! To read about our experience and find more details click here. Also every Saturday this month everyone can watch fireworks shot over Odaiba Sea Side Park. Details below.

P.S. Visit our Odaiba Area Guide for more fun things to do in Odaiba.

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks Details:

Location: Odaiba Sea Side Park
Date & Time: every Saturday in December (1 /8 /15 /22 / 29) from 19:00 (10 minutes). Cancelled if rain.
Website: https://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/rainbow2018/

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Details:

Address: 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5500-1126
Hours: open 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m (next day), 7 days a week; last entry: 7 a.m.
Cost: Adult(over age 12)2,480 JPY(Sat. & Sun. 2,680 JPY・Special Day 2,880 JPY) Children(age 4 〜 12)1,000 JPY; No fee for a child under age 4 ※Fee includes: Bath fee, Yukata robe fee, Towel fee and Facility usage fee. Evening Discount Admission 1,980 JPY( Sat. & Sun. 2,180 JPY・ Special Day 2,380 JPY)(No child discount available, Entry after 18:00) ※Late Night Premium 2,000 JPY (after 2:00 a.m.)
Access: 2 min walk from the Telecom Center Station on the Yurikamome Line, or 7 min free shuttle from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line. Shuttle buses are also available from Tokyo station and Shinagawa station (see website for details). 200 car parking is also available for about 1,000 yen for four hours
Website: www.oom.jp
Notes: Very baby friendly and wheel chair accessible.

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4. Antique Fair at Tsukinomiya Shrine (Urawa, Saitama) – A very big antique show with over 150 sellers, heavily focused on traditional Japanese antiques and house goods. A bit of a hike from downtown Tokyo but worth the effort. The shrine does not have the traditional tori gate or protective lions; instead it has a pair of stone rabbits.  The shrine is called Tsuki Jinja in short by people of Urawa. “Tsuki” means the moon in Japan, and in the old days people believed a rabbit lived on the moon.
Dates: Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
Times: 7:00 to 15:30
What is for sale: 150 sellers: heavy merchandise focus on traditional Japanese antiques and house goods
Parking: public parking only
Access: 3 min walk from Urawa station on the JR Keihan Tohoku Line
Address: 3-17 Kishicho, Urawa-ku, SaitamaWebsite:  http://ichigoichie.moo.jp/furusato.html (Japanese language only)
Telephone: 048-875-5156 (Japanese language only)

5. Nogi Shrine Fair (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Although a smaller market with about 40 sellers, the quality of the Nogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.comselection is higher-end catering to the large number of foreign shoppers. The Nogi Shrine is also very interesting;  dedicated to General Maresuke Nogi (1840-1912). Nogi was a great soldier and a hero of the Meiji period. He commanded the Imperial Army and took Port Arthur from Russia in 1905 at the same time he lost both his sons in the combat. On the day of the funeral of Emperor Meiji in 1912, he and his wife took their lives.
Date: Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
Times: 9:00 to 15:00 p.m.
What is for sale: 40 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
Parking: none available
Train station: 3 min walk from Nogizaka sta. on the Chiyoda line
Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Website: http://www.nogijinja.or.jp  (Shrine website, Japanese language only)

6. Tama Antique Fair (Tachikawa, Tokyo)  – Tama Antique Fair is held at Suwa Shrine in Tachikawa on the 4th Sunday every month except for in August. The fair opened in 2002 by the members of Yaho Tenkai that has a high reputation as a group of antique dealers in this area. Visitors can relax and enjoy the antique fair that is held inside the quiet compound of the beautiful Shinto shrine that has long been revered as a guardian god of the area of Tachikawa.
Date: Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
Time: 7:00 to 16:00
What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and artNogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.com
Parking: space for 80 cars but fills up earlyAccess: 10 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Tachikawa Station on Chuo Line.
Address: 1-5-15 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-0023
Phone: 042-522-5806 (Tachikawa Suwa Shrine, Japanese language only)
Website: http://www.suwajinja.or.jp/ (Shrine website)

 

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