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January 12 – 14th, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended January 12 – 14th, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Monday is the coming of Age day or Seijin no Hi. Sometimes called ‘Adults’ Day,’ this holiday welcomes the country’s youth into adulthood. Venture out and see 20 year olds in elaborate kimonos, hairstyles, and makeup.

It is forecasted to be a cold but clear weekend. Get out and have fun! ~ Lauren and Sandra

1. Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event starts Friday, January 11th and runs through January 20th. If you want to experience Japanese food from all around the country then the Furusato Matsuri is a good gourmet solution.  Prefectures from around Japan participate in the Furusato Matsuri serving their food, drink and local festivals to the hungry and curious public. The highlights are donburi from around Japan, local meats, seafood, sake and “Traditional Performances” (festivals assembled from all over Japan). Fun indoor weekend in January, but not good if you are on a diet.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details

Date of event: Friday, January 11, 2019 – Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: open everyday from 10:00 – 21:00 (1/20 closes at 18:00)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines; 8 min walk from Korakuen Station exit 2 on the Marunouchi and Namboku lines); and 8 min walk from the Suidobashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu and Mita lines
Website: http://furusatomatsuritokyo.com/

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2. Antique Jamboree (Tokyo Big Site) – Is the largest Japanese, European and American antique and toy collectables show in Japan with over 500 dealers. This show is held twice a year in January and August. There are also antique repair experts at the show who can fix your treasures from ceramics to furniture. This show is a three-day event, but if you want to attend the first day (January 11th) you need to purchase an early bird ticket.

If you head over to the Tokyo Big Site, add on a side trip to the Gas Science Museum in Toyosu, or check out some great family fun in Odaiba at the Miraikan Museum, Legoland or relax at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari.

• Date: Friday – Sunday, January 11-13, 2019
• Time: 10:00-17:00
• What is for sale: 500 dealers covering Japanese, European, American and global toy collectables
• Price: 1,000 yen day ticket/800 yen advance purchase; 3,000 yen early buyer day/2,000 yen early buyer advanced purchase – tickets for sale at Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, Circle K and Sunkus
• Access: Approximately 7 minutes’ walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line, or 3 minutes’ walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome line
• Address: Tokyo Big Site exhibition hall 1E, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0063
• Phone: 03-5530-1111 (Tokyo Big Site number)
• Website: http://kottoh-jamboree.com/

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3. HandMade in Japan Fes 2019 (Ariake) (ハンドメイドインジャパンフェス) – If you are crafty, or just love to admire crafts you should attend HandMade in Japan Fes this weekend. Also a great way to avoid the cold. Over 4,000 creators will present their works of art, music and food for view and purchase. Great place to source materials, learn new techniques and gain inspiration. There are over 40 workshops you can participate in to learn a new craft.  I love attending, and always walk away with enough project to keep me busy all year.

Event Dates: January 12 (Saturday) – January 13 (Sunday), 2019; 11:00 – 19:00
Cost: Day ticket 1,500 JPY (1 day ticket) / 2,500 JPY (both days tickets), Elementary school or less free
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line; 3 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome
Website: https://hmj-fes.jp/
Note: Parking available at Tokyo Big Sight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.

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Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets4. Yoyogi O-Edo Antique Market (Yoyogi Park, Shibuya) – This is a branch market of the larger Oedo Antique Market held a couple times each month at the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho. This market offers a smaller but still very nice selection of Japanese antiques as well as arts, crafts and other odds and ends. If the weather is nice, this market is great because you can enjoy shopping and a beautiful walk in Yoyogi Park. Enjoy some wonderful shopping and then have a great lunch in Harajuku at Little Bird Restaurant or visit the Farmers Market over near Omotesando. The Market is held in the south side of the park near the NHK building.
• Dates: Sunday, January 13th, 2019
• Times: 9:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers: Japanese antiques, arts and crafts
• Parking: public parking only
• Access: 8 min walk from MeijiJingu and Harajuku stations on the Chiyoda and JR Yamanote lines.
• Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya, Tokyo
• Website: www.antique-market.jp

For additional Antique Markets visit our Antique Markets Post

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5. Go Ice Skating (Various locations around Tokyo metro areas) – Looking for some fun and cool family entertainment in Tokyo, try ice skating.  Do you have wonderful memories of ice skating at the local pond or rink? Well, share those memories with your significant other, or kids at one of the Tokyo ice skating rinks. You can easily access one of the year-round rinks or one of the seasonal rinks that are now opening around the Tokyo area. Bundle up and hit the ice! Some great iceskating rinks for 2019.

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6. Hit the slopes this weekend. Here are our Top Recommended 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, many resorts offer lessons for kids and they are easily accessible.

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7 . Strawberry Picking Strawberry Picking tokyo - Day Trips from Tokyo BestLivingJapanJanuary to late March is a great time for a family trip for strawberry picking in the Tokyo area. Here is our updated 2018-2019 list of top strawberry picking gardens you can enjoy in the Tokyo area on a half-day or one-day trip. We have chosen six gardens; two in Chiba, one in Saitama and two in Kanagawa. Many of these gardens run through May, but best strawberries are January through February, cost of picking decreases at most gardens as the picking become less ideal. https://bestlivingjapan.com/strawberry-picking-tokyo-area/

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