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February 16 & 17, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

February 16 & 17, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our February 16 & 17, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Looks like another cold, but clear weekend. Get out and play!  Laugh, Learn & Live! The Best Living Japan Moms
The next two weeks we have some great classes. Hope to see you at the Best Living Japan studio to make new friends and learn great skills and knowledge.
Date & TimeCLASSTeacher
MON. Feb 18
9:30 – 12:00 a.m.
Japanese Grocery Tour –  Navigate a Japanese supermarket*** THIS TOUR IS FULL Lauren
WED. Feb 20
4:00 – 7:30 a.m.
Kids Cooking  –  Sheppards Pie & BrowniesVarious
SUN. Feb 24
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sip & Learn: Japanese History 101 – Order and Change: The Tokugawa PeriodKathy
WED. Feb 27
4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Kids Cooking  –  Sukiyaki & RiceVarious
THUR. Feb 28
9:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Organization – i Quit Paper ClutterNathalie
THURS. Feb 28
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Japanese Arts and Crafts – Fabric ChabakoVandy & Akiko
FRI. Mar 1
9:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Japanese Cooking – Sushi: Learn how to make a cute ball shaped sushiYuki
SUN. Mar 3
7:00 – 9:00 p.m,
Sip & Learn: Japanese History 101 – Meiji Japan: Making of the Modern Nation StateKathy

*** February 16 & 17, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities ***

1. Winnie-the-Pooh Exhibit @ Bunkamura Museum (Shibuya) – If you love Pooh or have a budding illustrator in your family, I highly recommend you visit the Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit. I went last week, and it was lovely. Small but a full history of Winnie-the-Pooh Exhibit @ Bunkamura Museum (Shibuya) Winnie. I grew up on Winnie, so it was fascinating the learn about the back stories on both the stories and the creative execution. If you haven’t read Pooh in a while, I recommend this book of some of my favorite stories. Read with your kids before visiting.
Address:2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8507
Dates and Open hours: Saturday, February 9, 2019 – Sunday, April 4, 2019  (2/19 and 3/12 the museum is closed); 10:00 – 18:00 weekdays and 10:00 – 21:00 weekends
Cost: Adults 1,500 JPY, High Schoolers 900 JPY, Junior High Schoolers & Elementary 600 JPY
Access: 5 min walk from Shibuya station (google map)
Website: https://www.bunkamura.co.jp/museum/exhibition/19_pooh/

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2. Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit  (Meguro) – This year is the 10th year anniversary of the the Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls and will thrill the youngest to most senior doll lovers. Not only will the dolls impress you, but the rooms they are displayed in are very ornate.  This year Hina dolls represent stories of Aomori, Akita and Yamagata. Including elegant “kokin-bina”(Edo-style and period Hina dolls)passed down through old families, a deluxe Hina doll tiered display of over 2m in height, and miniature Hina doll accoutrements that fit in your hands.  Learn about Girls’ Day and the art of Hinamatsuri Dolls this weekend.

Address: Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Open hours: January 18th, Friday – March 10th, 2019, Sunday; 10:00 – 17:00 (no admission after 16:30pm)
Cost: Adults 1,500 JPY (advance 1,200 JPY), junior high school – college students 800 JPY, children elementary and under FREE
Access: 10 min walk from Meguro Station; Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines
Website: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/event/hinamatsuri2019

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3. Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30 minute train ride from Shibuya. To celebrate the 33nd Annual Spring Festival, Yokohama Chinatown will hold a variety of Spring Festival events beginning with a countdown then Cǎi Qīng Lion Dance, Traditional Performances and Celebration Parade. For detail visit our Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama Post.

Chinese New Year Celebrations in YokohamaChinese New Year Celebrations in Yokohama Details

Dates: February 5th (Tuesday) to February 19th  (Tuesday), 2019
Address: Yokohama Chinatown, Yamashitacho, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (google map)
Website: http://www.chinatown.or.jp/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yokohama.chinatown/
Tel: 045-662-1252
Access: Ishikawa-cho Station on the JR Negishi Line, or Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line. Takes approximately 30 mins from Shibuya to Motomachi-Chukagai (google map)

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Plum Blooms February 11 & 12, 2017 Tokyo Weekend4. Top Tokyo Parks to See Plum Blossoms this Weekend🌸🌸🌸🌸

Plum Blooms @ Koganei Park (Koganei)– You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms. Plum blossoms are starting to bloom all over Tokyo. One of the best places to visit is Koganei Park. There are over 100 plum trees bursting in whites and pinks. The park will be alive with volunteers to guide you if needed, traditional Japanese music performances and an open-air tea ceremony (extra 500 yen). Also located in the park is the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Park, which is a great collection of old houses that have been saved from destruction in central Tokyo and move to the Park. Great place to spend half a day. There is a large parking lot in the park, so driving is quite easy.

Plum Blossom Tour Dates & Time: February 16 – 17, 2019  11:00 and 15:00 (30 minutes) An open-air tea service is available for 500 yen between 11:00 and 15:30 and a mini koto-concert at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.
Address: 1-13-1 Sekinomachi, Koganei-shi, Tokyo
Phone: 042-385-5611
Access: 5 minute bus ride from Musashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line (take the Seibu bus from platform #2 or #3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk 5 mins); or 5 min bus ride from Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line (take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station get off at “Koganei-koen Nishi guchi and walk five mins).

🌸Koishikawa Korakuen Plum Blossom Festival (Bunkyo-ku) – FromFebruary 10 to March 4 you can visit the park to see over 90 plum blossom trees in 30 varieties blossoming.

Koishikawa 2018 plum blossom dates: late February 10th – March 4th, 2018
Admission: 300 yen adults, free for children
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Access: 8-minute walk from Iidabashi or Korakuen Station
Website: http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/koishikawa/

🌸Setagaya Ume Plum Festival (Setagaya) – A huge display of plum blossoms on 650 plum trees (270 red plum and 280 white plum). You can enjoy various activities this weekend including a Japanese performances and matcha tea ceremony. While you’re there visit Hanegi Park for three super fun experiences in one. Hanegi Park is what we call a mud and free experiential park with climb ons, wood building and even kids learning to light fires. Fun for the entire family!

Setagaya Ume Plum Festival DetailsSetagaya Ume Plum
Event Date: February 9 – March 3rd, 2019  10:00-16:00
Address: Hanegi Park, 4-38-52 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu Line, or 7 min walk from Higashimatsubara Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, Bus stop is Daita Yonchome on the Tokyu bus line.

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Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 20175. Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2019 (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) – If you love flowers, you will enjoy this beautiful festival where over 100,000 orchid plants will be shown. The 3,000 varieties include lacy to dramatic colors and shapes. Quite an amazing display. Make a family outing by adding a plum viewing at Koishikawa Park (see above). We also love these family friendly activities at Tokyo Dome area – Roller Skating, TenQ Space Museum, Spa Laqua.

Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival  2019 Details 
Event Date and Time: Seven days from Friday, February 15 to Friday, February 22, 2019
10:00-21:00. Entrance closes at 20:30.
Cost: Adults 2,200 JPY, College and High School students 1,200 JPY,  Children Junior High and below are free with an adult
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Suidobashi Station on the JR Chuo-Soba, or Mita Line. 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi or Namboku Lines, 8 mins walk from Kasuga Station on the Oedo Line. Tokyo Dome also has parking – ask for your discount ticket when you leave the Rollerskating Rink.
Event Website:http://www.jgpweb.com/outline/english.php

Tokyo Antique Markets6. Go Antique Hunting in Tokyo

Enjoy five great markets in town this weekend; the O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho), Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku), Takahata Fudo Antique Fair (Hino) and more. Details found on our February 2019 Antique & Flea Markets list. 

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BONUS: Seasonal Activities & Recommended Trips

  1. Ski trips to the Japan Alps and Hokkaido – our favorite are Nozawa Onsen,  Shigakogen in Nagano and Niseko in Hokkaido
  2. Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo – https://bestlivingjapan.com/top-ski-snowboard-day-trips-tokyo/
  3. Warm-up at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Koto-ku) – To warm up this cold time of year a trip the Oedo Onsen in Odaiba is perfect. The whole family can enjoy bathing in the multiple onsens, taking a break to play games, eat Japanese food, and then bath again. A great 3-4 hour activity that all will enjoy!
  4. Go Strawberry Picking – https://bestlivingjapan.com/strawberry-picking-tokyo-area-2017/
  5. Visit a kid-friendly museum  – www.bestlivingjapan.com/tokyo-kids-museums/
  6. Ice skating – www.bestlivingjapan.com/tokyo-ice-skating-rinks-winter-2017-2018/
  7. Indoor play centers – www.bestlivingjapan.com/top-recommended-indoor-playcenters-in-tokyo/
  8. Some of our favorite recipes for cold February are nikujaga (meat and potatoes)Kabucha soup and mochi snacks. Fun to make and eat! If you are cutting calories try Keto Low Carb Pancakes with no sugar homemade sugar and whip cream. 

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