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February 20 – 21, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities

Here are our top 5 February 20 – 21, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities for families. With this warmer weather, it is feeling a lot like spring! This weekend the plum blooms are in full bloom, Hinamatsu (Girls’ Day) celebrations are in full swing, and arts and crafts are offered. Sounds like a colourful and fun weekend. Enjoy! Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 February 20 – 21, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities

1. Mono Koto Hito Ichi @ 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku) –  This weekend approximately 40 3331 Arts Chiyodaartists are showing their arts and crafts and holding workshops to share their skills at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. The crafts include weaving, sewing, paper cutting, flowers and more.  You can see many of the exhibitors on this page.  There are some great craft workshops for your kids so enjoy a trip to Sotokanda and get your crafts on! While in the while take a side trip to 2k540 Aki Oka Japanese Artisan Stores to find even more great items and inspiration.

Address: 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday (February 20 & 21)  10:30 -18:30
Cost: Entrance is free, workshops range in cost from free to 10,000 yen
Access: 1 min walk from Suehirocho Station on the Ginza Line (exit 4); 3 min walk from Yushima Station on the Chiyoda Line (exit 6) or 6 min walk from Ueno Okachimachi Station on the Oedo Line (exit A1)
Website: http://monokotohito.jp/

2. Legoland Discovery Center Hinamatsuri Fun, Odaiba – Girls’ Day is March 3rd, so families have pulled out the dolls to ready for the big day.  If you child is a fan of Legos than I recommend you head over to the Legoland Discovery Center in Odaiba to see the 4,000-piece Hinamatsuri exhibit. The exhibit was built by ‘Lego craftsman’
Legoland Hinamatsuri Display 2016Yoshihiro Osawa. Have fun viewing the princess and entourage, and then build your own. Happy Girls’ Day.

Address: Island Mall 6F, Decks Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku,Tokyo (map)
Hours: Open daily 10am – 9pm, last admission 7pm
At the door                              Online price
Adult (13+)   ¥2200                   ¥1700
Child (3-12)  ¥2200                   ¥1700
Child (0-2)     Free                        Free
*If you purchase tickets online after 4pm, it`s ¥1500.
** If you plan on staying in Tokyo for a year or more, I recommend getting the annual pass. It`s the price of three visits, your family will avoid the long lines and you`ll receive a coupon book for use in the facility.
Website: http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp/tokyo/en/

3. Make Plastic Food Samples, Kappabashi
– Have you ever wondered how to make plastic food samples? You Make plastic food kappabashican enjoy making food samples the old fashion way with wax at Ganso Sample in Kappabashi, Tokyo (aka Kitchen Town located near Asakusa). Kappabashi is the main restaurant and kitchen supplies neighbourhood in Tokyo with over 150 stores supply the over 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo! Kappabashi is a great 2-hour side trip to add on to touring Asakusa. As you walk through Kappabashi, you will see many stores selling plastic food Make Plastic Food Samples BestLivingJapan.comsamples but only at Ganso Sample store can you make some and take it home! Here is a video of our experience.

Make Plastic Food Samples at Ganso Sample Details
Address: 3-7-6 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Phone: 0120-17-1839
Hours: Store is open 10:00 – 17:30; classes are held every day at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
Cost: 2,160 yen (tax included)
Who can participate: children over elementary 1st grade when with an participating adult. One adult may have two children with them.
Access: 5 min walk from Asakusa station on the Tsukuba Express line; 12 min walk from the Tawaramachi station on the Ginza line. Public parking on the street or coin parking on back streets.
Website: www.ganso-sample.com
To make a reservation click here (Japanese language only): http://www.ganso-sample.com/experience/kappabashi_exp.html#sr_note1
Our video experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSrgktEHC8w
Notes: Not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

4. Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Koishikawa Park in Tokyo – I recommend viewing plum blossoms at the Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Koishikawa Korakuen. Both are located in central Tokyo. Koganei Park, out towards Chofu, is also a beautiful park to visit for plums and to experience the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum.

Yushima park BestLivingJapanYushima Tenjin Shrine is located at on the Chiyoda Subway line a two min walk from Yushima station. The Shrine is famous for students to visit before taking their entrance exams for high school and college. The annual Plum Blossom Festival is taking place now and will end March 12th. Information is available in 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; 03-3836-0753 English  at this link. http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/eng-page/english.htm

Koishikawa park BestLivingJapanKoishikawa Korakuen is located on the Marunouchi Subway line.  This is one of my favourite autumn foliage spots in Tokyo, but also great for plum and cherry as well. The garden is a traditional Japanese garden with three main ponds and is a great escape from the concrete  of Tokyo. The Plum Blossom festival runs through Sunday.
open times: everyday 9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30) closed 12/29-1/1
address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
access:3 mins walk from Idabashi Sta. on the Toei Oedo Line; 8 min walk from east exit of Iidabashi on the JR Sobu, Tozai, Yurakucho, and Nanboku lines.
entry cost: general 300JPY, over 65  150JPY
Website: http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/kouen/kouenannai/park/english/koishikawa.pdf

5. Last Chance for Chinese New Year Celebrations (Yokohama) – Chinese New Year celebrations began two weeks ago, but it is not too late to enjoy this closing weekend Celebration Parade. The extravagant parade is held to Yokohama Chinese New yearcelebrate the New Year with costumes of the Emperor, ethnic clothing, lion dance, and dragon dance. The Celebration Parade is only offered this Saturday. For more details about Chinese New Year in Yokohama, please click here.  While in the are you might want to check out the Yokohama Strawberry Festival highlighted in last weekends activity post

Celebration Parade
Dates: February 20th (Sat.), 2016, 16:00~18:00
Venue: All area of Yokohama Chinatown


Top 5 February 20 – 21, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Activities


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