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January 9-11th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

Happy New Years! Here are our top 5 recommended January 9-11th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities. This weekend is a three day break due to the national holiday of Coming of Age Day on Monday. Enjoy Japanese food, culture and art at some great events this weekend.  Laugh, Learn & Live! Sandra and Lauren

January 9-11th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities

    1. Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event starts furusatothis Friday and runs through January 17th. Experience Japanese food from all around the country than 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, a sweets street, and local meats, seafood and sake. There will also be showings of the famous Aomori Nebuta Matsuri and the Issaki Hoto Matsuri.  Fun indoor weekend this cold January, but not good if you are on a diet.  Afternoon tickets (¥1,100, entry after 4pm) have been added f or this year, inviting you to swing by casually after work. Tickets for 1/8-1/11 and 1/16-17 are 1,600 JPY, tickets for weekdays 1/12-15 are 1,300 JPY).  You can also buy an evening ticket for 1,00 JPY good for after 16:00 each day.  Tickets can be purchased online at a discount; one person 1,400 yen and group of four 5,200 yen.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details
Date of event: Friday, January 8 2016 – Sunday, January 17 2016
Time: open everyday from 10:00, closes between 18:00 – 21:00 depending on the day (check event website for details)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines1; 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 in Japanese: https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/


Yokohama kimono ichii2. The 21st Yokohama Kimono Ichi (Yokohama) – If you are a fabric, kimono or accessory lover you should attend this three-day event at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses.  There are close to 100 vendors selling recycled kimonos and accessories. Make a day trip and visit the Cup Noodles Museum and the Overseas Migration Museum, which are very close to the Red Brick Warehouse. http://www.kottou-roman.jp/kimono/


3. 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 8th) you need to purchase an early bird ticket.

Date: Friday – Sunday, January 8-10th, 2016
Time: 10:00-17:00Tokyo Antique Jamboree
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://home.att.ne.jp/sun/jambokun/antique/e.html

4. Fun Full Day at Sky Tree and Soramachi, Sumida-ku – Winter is the best time of year to visit the Skytree Skytree and Soramachi, Best Living Japanbecause the sky are usually clear and blue. The view from the top of the Skytree is an amazing experience. The best time to visit the Skytree is when it first opens at 9:00, peak hours are noon to 16:00 and are super busy. There is a special ticket desk for foreigners on the 4th floor that has English speakers and materials. If you have a wait before your Skytree appointed time you can spend 60 mins at the Sumida Aquarium right next door, or the Kodomonoyu Playcenter in Soramachi. Soramachi also has a Starbucks and any kind of food you desire. This weekend the stores are running great sales so have fun!


5. Bring on the Good Luck by Making a Daruma, Ochanomizu, TokyoRin, one of my favourite Japanese Rin Darumas, Best Living Japanarts and crafts stores in Japan, is offering a Make a Daruma class for adults and kids this weekend.  Plain Daruma dolls can be purchased from 600 yen and up (depends on size) and then painted on site. Daruma are Japanese traditional fortune dolls and are decorated in the New Year period to ask for a wish.  English instructions are available. This will be a great event for families don’t miss it!

Event Dates and Time: Saturday, Jan 9th – Monday, Jan 11th, 2016; 11:00 – 18:00
Address: Waterras Buikding, Commons 2F,  Kanda Awajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3525-8840
Open Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 20:00; Sunday and Holidays open 11:00-18:00
Access: 5 min walk from Ochanomizu station on the Yamanote and Chiyoda Lines; 5 mins walk also from Awajicho station on the Marunouchi Line
Website: http://rin-shopping.jp/



January 9-11th, 2016 Tokyo Family Events and Activities


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