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June 2018 Tokyo Top Activities and Events

June marks the end of the academic year for international schools and the beginning of rainy season. While it doesn`t rain every day – there are bouts of sun here and there, it varies from days with downpours to days with occasional sprinkles.  To make your rainy season pleasant here are our Tips to survive rainy season, mosquito repellant and aid, top pharmacy sunscreens for kids, and festive weekend events through the month of June including our favorite Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. Avoid the rain at our favorite indoor play spaces or Tokyo museums for kids or stay in and try some fun crafts; Teru term Bozu or a Summer Fan. Jump in muddy puddles! Laugh, Learn and Live. – Best Living Japan Moms

June 2018 Tokyo Top Activities and Events

Suga-jinja Reitaisai 須賀神社例大祭 (Shinjuku-ku) – This annual festival runs from Friday, June 1st to Monday, June 4th. On Saturday the 2nd you can see taiko drums from 17:00 and the dragon dance at 18:00. On Sunday the 3rd, the mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) is paraded through the neighborhood starting from the shrine at 8:00 and returning around 21:00.

Date & Time of Event:
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Taiko Drums 17:00
Ja-odori (dragon dance) 18:00 performance
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Parade of mikoshi (portable shrines) 8:00 – 21:00
Address: 5 Sugacho, Shinjuku 160-0018
Admission cost: Free
Access: 7 minute walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station (Exit M11) on the Marunouchi Line, or 10 min walk from Yotsuya Station on the Chuo or Sobu Lines.
Japanese language website: http://www.sugajinjya.org/index.html
Festival Website: http://www.sugajinjya.org/news.html

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June 17 & 18, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and ActivitiesMeiji Jingu Irises in the Inner Garden – June is a wonderful month to enjoy Tokyo Iries in full blooms. Check out the beautiful garden at Meiji Jingu near Harajuku station. There are about 150 different types of Iris in the “Iris Garden”. Their blossoms are counted daily by the staff. Current count 1500 Iris plants. It does crowded so I recommend going early. If you want to see Irises and also escape into a nature sanctuary you can also visit the Shirogane Nature Park which is also in full bloom. Enjoy!

Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/nature/2.html

 

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Tokyo antique marketsO-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – Held twice a month; 1st and 3rd Sundays. Is said to be the largest outdoor Antique market in Japan with 250 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other. Super central and convenient for people who live in downtown Tokyo. This is a favorite.

Date and Time: Sunday, June 3 & 17, 2018  9:00-16:00  (Closed in case of rain)
Parking: plenty of parking available
Access: 1 min walk from Yurakucho Station., 5 minute walk from Tokyo Station.
Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo
Website: www.antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml

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Fireflies in YokohamaFirefly Evening in Yokohama (Sankeien Garden) – Sankeien is a beautiful garden any time of the year, however,  the garden will stay open late untill June 3rd so visitors can see the Fireflies dancing around the garden and pond. The garden will be dark so be careful when walking. The garden management also asks that visitors do not use their flashes nor portable phones to create light since this will be a nuisance for other visitors. Also do not try to catch the fireflies since they will only live one week and everyone would like to enjoy it. Have a fun Tokyo Family Weekend in Yokohama.

Dates: Until June 3rd  19:30-21:00 (last admission 8:30pm)
Phone: 04-5621-0635
Admission: Adults (junior high school students and above) 700 yen, children (elementary students and below) 200 yen
Access: Take a bus from Yokohama Station, Sakuragicho Station, Negishi Station (JR Line) or Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minatomirai Line)
Website: http://www.sankeien.or.jp/en-event/09.html

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Hie Jinja Sanno MatsuriSanno Festival (Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku) – This multi-day festival that goes back hundreds of years kicks off the beginning of summer. The key highlights we recommend are Saturday, June 9th between 12:00 – 14:00 to see the adorable kids dressed for the children’s Matsuri, and June 13 – 15 from 18:30  to see traditional dancing under lanterns in tents up the long slope up to the shrine.

Address: Hie Jinja Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Date: June 7 – June 17, 2018
Access: 5-min walk from Exit 5 of Kokkai-gijido-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, 3-min walk from Exit 7 of Tameike-Sanno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Namboku Line
Website: http://www.hiejinja.net/en/

Festival Site: http://www.tenkamatsuri.jp/

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Tokyo Toy Show 2018 (Ariake) – The annual toy show open to the public is a great place to play and explore. You can spend a few hours or all day exploring all of the Japanese and International toy brand booths and exhibits. Some companies even offer hands-on workshops and stage shows.

Tokyo Toy Show 2018 Details
Date & Time of Event: Saturday, June 9th 9:00-17:00 & Sunday, June 10th 9:00-16:00
Address: Tokyo Big Site, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo West 1 – 4 Hall
Cost: Free
Access: 7 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line; 3 min walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome
Website: http://www.toys.or.jp/toyshow/  (website in Japanese and English)

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Enoshima beach and caves, Best Living Japan
Take a day trip to Enoshima beach, aquarium, boat ride, caves and flower festival (Enoshima, Kanagawa-ken) – Grab your sandcastle tools, bathing suits and towels and head on the train to Enoshima (about 60-75 mins from Tokyo). Enoshima has a beautiful beach great for kids of all ages (no lifeguard until later July). It also has one of the best aquariums in the Kanto area (Enoshima Aquarium), a beautiful island you can take a short boat ride to explore caves and hike to see amazing views, and the Flower Festival held at the Enoshima Samuel Cocking Gardens on the Enoshima Island until June 10th, 2018.

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Eco Life Fair 2018 (Yoyogi Park) The theme this year is “Awareness to Action” for the future of the Earth. This fair is held by the Ministry of the Environment. The goal of the fair is to help families understand their daily impact on the environment and learn tips on how to reduce their carbon footprint. All families should be focused on this topic. If you do have time this month this would be a great stop on a sunny day outing. Great food, workshops and entertainment.

Date & Time of Event: Saturday, June 2nd (11:00 – 17:00) and Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 (10:00 – 17:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Zelkova Tree Lined Event Area, 2-1 Yoyogi Kami zonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Admission cost: Free to enter.
Access: 5 minute walk from Harujuku Station on the Yamanote Line
Website: http://ecolifefair.env.go.jp/ (Japanese language only)

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June is Hydrangea (Ajisai) Season – These colorful flowers mark the start to rainy season or Tsuyu (梅雨). Enjoy viewing the many varieties of Hydrangeas at these five Ajisai (Hydrangea) Festivals in Tokyo; Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2018 (Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku), Toshimaen Ajisai Matsuri (Nerima), Takahata Fudosan Ajisai Festival 2018 (Hino, Tokyo), Showa Memorial Park Hydrangeas, Ikiiki Asakusa Ajisai Festival. Details on our Ajisai (Hydrangea) Festivals in Tokyo post.

 

 

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Latin Caribbean Festival (Yoyogi):   Enjoy the culture, cuisine, music and atmosphere at the Latin Caribbean Festival in Yoyogi Park. Organized by the BMI music company, the festival combines food and music from around the world at this two day festival. Enjoy

Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018 (12:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku (stadium side of the Park)
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/250757205488211/

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Okinawa Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Get in the tropical spirit by attending the 7th Annual Okinawa Festival at Yoyogi Park. 240,000 visitors attended last year! If you love great music & dance performances, delicious food, handmade crafts and want to learn more about Okinawa this is a good event for the family.

Okinawa Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10, 2018  11:00 – 19:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: Free entrance, pay as you eat and drink
Access: 5 minute walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.okifes.com/ (Japanese langauge only)

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Oedo Antique Market (Yoyogi, Tokyo)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 is managed by the same organizer but in Yoyogi with about 150 sellers of Japanese antiques and and crafts. Not only will you find a nice selection of antiques but also crafts and other homewares. Enjoy some DSC_0828wonderful shopping, go cycling in Yoyogi Park or visit the Mud Park, and then have lunch at the Little Bird Gluten Free Restaurant in Harajuku. We also recommend a visit to the Farmers Market over near Omotesando.

Oedo Antique Market Details

Date & Time: Sunday, June 10, 2018   08:00 – 16:00 (Closed in case of Rain)
Parking: public paid parking on the street
Access: 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station or a 5 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station.
Address: Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namiki Jinnan 2 choume,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo
Phone: 03-6407-6011 (Japanese language only)
Website: www.antique-market.jp/english

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World Gourmet & Music Festival (Yoyogi):   The World Gourmet and Music Festival, organized by the music company BMI, combines food and music from around the world at this two day festival. Enjoy new food and new music at Yoyogi Park.

Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17, 2018 (10:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku (stadium side of the Park)
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/701909640005269

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Happy Fathers Day

Sunday, June 17th is Father`s Day: Get a great gift for the Dad in your life at Living Motif. If you are planning to go out for brunch make reservations at one of more than 23 great Tokyo breakfast brunch spots. Happy Father`s Day!

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Africa Hibiya Festival – Great event to learn about and enjoy African culture including food, music, crafts and games. They will feature authentic African musicians and dancers, parade with a float in the shape of an African continent and bazaar filled with beautiful African crafts. Take the whole family and enjoy the wonderful diversity of Africa.

Africa Hibiya Festival
Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24, 2018; Saturday 10:00 – 21:00, Sunday 10:00 – 17:30
Address: Hibiya Park, 1-6 Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission. Pay for food, drinks and crafts.
Website: http://africah.web.fc2.com/event/e-hibiya2018.html
Access: 2 minute walk from Kasumigasaki (Marunouchi line, Chiyoda line) or Hibiya (Hibiya line). 8-minute walk from Yurakucho (JR Yamanote line). Underground toll parking facilities available.

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