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June 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family 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 it varies from days with intensive downpours to days with occasional sprinkles.  To survive Japan`s rainy season here are our Tips to survive rainy season with Kids, mosquito repellent and aid, 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 centers or Tokyo museums for kids or stay in and try some fun crafts; Teru Term Bozu or make a Summer Fan. Jump in muddy puddles! Learn, Laugh and Live. – Best Living Japan Moms

June 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities and Events

Suga-jinja Reitaisai 須賀神社例大祭 (Shinjuku-ku) – This annual festival runs from Friday, May 31st to Monday, June 3rd. On Saturday the 1st you can see taiko drums. On Sunday the 2nd, the mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) is paraded through the neighborhood starting from the shrine at 11:30 and returning around 17:00.

Date & Time of Event: Friday – Monday, May 31 – June 3rd, 2019
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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Aloha Festival (Ebisu) – Enjoy food, entertainment and Hawaiian products at this 3-day festival at Ebisu`s Garden Place. While you`re there visit our Tokyo One Day Itinerary in Ebisu with Kids Guide.

Date & Time: Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
May 31 (Fri) 10:00 to 20:00
June 1 (Sat) 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday, June 2 10:00 to 20:00
Location: Ebisu Garden Place
Access: Ebisu Station (JR and Hibiya Lines)
Website: http://www.aloha-yokohama.com/aloha-tokyo2019/

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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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Eco Life Fair 2019 (Yoyogi Park) – June is “Environmental Month!” Learn tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint at this annual fair held by the Ministry of the Environment. All families should be focused on this topic. If you do have time this weekend this would be a great stop on a sunny day outing. Great food, workshops and entertainment.

Date & Time of Event: Saturday, June 1st (10:30 – 17:00) and Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 (10:00 – 16:30)
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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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 highlight we recommend is to see the adorable kids dressed for the children’s Matsuri on Saturday, June 9th between 12:00 – 14:00.

Address: Hie Jinja Shrine, 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Date: Friday, June 7 – Monday, June 17, 2019
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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Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2016Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2019 (Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku) – The most magnificent display of Ajisai in Tokyo is at Hakusan Shrine. We attended last year and had a wonderful time viewing the flowers, listening to the live entertainment and kids crafts. The Shrine has over 3,000 Ajisai plants which when in full bloom are a sea of blue. Hakusan Shrine is also one of the most important shrines in Tokyo having Bunko ku ajisai festivalbeen built in the 8th century to pray for a remedy for smallpox. The path leading up to the shrine is very charming with many small food booths and stone lanterns. The shrine is now a designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Even if your kids are not big fans of flower viewing, they will be impressed by the sheer number!

Bunkyo-ku Ajisai Festival 2019 Details
Event Time & Dates: Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 (10:00 – 16:00)
Address: Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (東京都文京区白山5-31-26)
Phone: 03-3812-7111
Access: A 3-minute walk from Hakusan Shrine on the Toei Mita Subway Line; A 5-minute walk from Honkomagome station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line
Website: http://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/ajisai.html

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Tokyo antique marketsO-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – Held twice a month; usually the 1st and 3rd Sundays. It 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 16 & 30, 2019  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: https://www.antique-market.jp/english/

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Tokyo Toy Show 2019 (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 2019 Details
Date & Time of Event: Saturday, June 15th (9:00 – 17:00) & Sunday, June 16th, 2019 (9:00 – 16:00)
Address: Tokyo Big Site, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
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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Vietnam Festival 2019 (Yoyogi Park)Japan’s largest Vietnamese event held in Yoyogi Park. Eat, drink and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of  Vietnam.

Vietnam Festival Details
Date & Time of Event: Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2019 (1o:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.vietnamfes.net/(Japanese and Vietnamese language only)
Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

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Oedo Waen 2019 Soba and Sake Festival
The 5-day event celebrates the traditional Japanese buckwheat noodle, Soba with over 100 kinds of Sake from every region of the country.

Date & Times: Wednesday – Sunday, June 12 – 16th, 2019
Wednesday 11:00 – 20:00
Thursday 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday 10:00 – 21:00
Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: https://www.oedo-waen.com/

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Happy Fathers DaySunday, June 16th is Father`s Day: Here are our recommended gift ideas and outings for Father`s day. 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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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.

Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2019 (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/1233288286809263/

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Salsa Street 2019 – Enjoy this multicultural festival with a mixture of Food, Music, and Salsa dancing with the Caribbean/ Latin America Cultures.
Date & Time: June 22 & 23, 2019; Saturday 10:00~20:00; Sunday 10:00~19:00

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
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/997048927349741/

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