Here are our recommended July 7 & 8, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Celebrate Tanabata on Saturday, July 7th by learning about the celebration at one of the great festivals. Visit some great Tokyo kids` parks, Wading Pools and Splash Ponds, Tokyo Pools, Top Theme Parks, or beat the heat at these Top Tokyo Indoor playcenters, Family Friendly Museum Summer Exhibits, or relax at your home oasis with these recommended products. Also remember mosquito repellant, top pharmacy sunscreens for kids, and festive weekend events through the month of July. Learn, Laugh and Live. – Best Living Japan Moms
Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri (Taito-ku) – This festival is a fun event which runs between the Asakusa shrines and Kappabashi Dori (Kitchen town) so you can spend a fun full day in the area. The streets are lined with colorful streamers, vendors, performers and parades. Keep an eye out for the Kappa which dances the streets during the festival.
Event Dates and Times: Thursday, July 5 – Monday, July 9, 2018; 10:00 – 19:00
Address: Kappabashi-Dori, Asakusa
Access: Asakusa Station (Ginza Line, Asakusa Line), JR (Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express)
Website: http://shitamachi-tanabata.com/(Japanese link)
Zojoji Tanabata Festival (Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – From July 1st – July 7th (Tanabata Day in Japan) you can enjoy the Tanabata Festival at Zojoji Temple in Shiba, Minato-ku. Tanabata is the night when two lovers separated by the Milky Way meet. Until the 7th you can enjoy various festival foods, and writing your wishes on colourful paper to hand in the bamboo. On the 7th, grab a friend or bring you family and appreciate the hundreds of candles displayed on the walkway and steps of the Temple. The Shiba area is a great area to play and relax, check out Shiba Park Playground, Le Pain Quotidien or Tokyo Tower.
Address: Zojoji Temple, 4-7-35 Shiba-koen, Shiba-Koen
Date: July 1 – July 7, 2018 (Candles are lit up on July 7)
Time: 09:00 – 20:00 (July 6 & 7 until 21:00)
Access: Metro to Shiba-Koen Station (Mita Line) A4 exit or Daimon Station (Asakusa Line, Oedo Line) A6 exit
Tokyo Daijingu Tanabata Kigansai (Fujimi, Chiyodaku, Tokyo) – Enjoy the festival from July 1 to 7 to celebrate Tanabata. Make a wish on a tanzaku slip for 300 yen and hang it on a nearby Bamboo. The bamboo with beautiful coloured slips of paper will be illuminated on Tanabata night, July 7th. A beautiful sight.
Address: Tokyo Daijingu, 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo (東京都千代田区富士見2-4-1)
Date: Sunday, July 1 – Saturday, July 7, 2018 (illumination on July 7)
Time: 14:30 – 21:00
Website: http://www.tokyodaijingu.or.jp/saiten/ (Japanese language only)
Access: 3 minute walk from JR Iidabashi Station; 5 min walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line / Namboku Line / Yurakucho Line / Toei Oedo Line Iidabashi Station
OCEAN PEOPLES ’18 (Yoyogi) – OCEAN PEOPLES is a Festival for all who love the ocean. You can enjoy food from the ocean, music inspired by the ocean and learn about ecological challenges in the oceans. Come and connect with others who love the ocean and want to keep it clean and healthy.
Event Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday, July 7 & 8, 2018; 11:00 – 20:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Area, 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free, food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku Station not the JR Yamanote
Mori Building Digital Art Museum Epson teamLab Borderless (Odaiba) – TeamLab Borderless is a group of artworks that form one borderless world. Artworks move out of the rooms freely, form connections and relationships with people, communicate with other works, influence and sometimes intermingle with each other. Visit the 10,000 square meter space, with about 50 artworks on display which all interact with visitors creating a completely new world.
Event: Daily (Closed every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month)
Fees: Adults, high school and university students 3,200 JPY, 4 years old until junior high school students 1,000 JPY
Address: 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00-19:00, Friday and days before holidays 11:00-21:00, Saturday 10:00-21:00, Sun & holidays 10:0019:00 (last entry 1 hour before close), closed every second and fourth Tuesday of the month
Access: Aomi Station (Yurikamome) Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai line)
Fuurin Matsuri 2018, Nishiarai (Adachi-ku Tokyo) – A fuurin means wind chime in Japanese. Summer is a time when Japanese families place glass, metal and ceramic fuurins in their gardens to hear the beautiful ting-a-lings of summer breezes. At the Adachi Nishiarai Daishi temple fuurin craft people from across Japan set up booths to sell their creations. There are thousands of fuurin on display and the sound is amazing if the breeze is blowing. Taiko Performers and Wind Chime painting (Adults 1000 yen, Children 500 yen) on Sundays. Highly recommend the beauty of sight and sound.
Event: Monday, July 2nd – Sunday, August 5th, 2018; 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Nishiarai Daishi, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line
HandMade in Japan Fes 2018 (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 – also a great way to avoid the heat. 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 30 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: Saturday, July 7th – Sunday, July 8th, 2018; 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
Note: Parking available at Tokyo Big Sight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.
July 7 & 8, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities
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