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March 12 & 13th, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities

Here are our recommended Top 5 March 12 & 13th, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities. Burr the last few days have been so cold. It looks like it might warm up a bit, but keep the umbrella handy. Some great events this weekend for the family from fire walking, digging in the mud to spring celebrations. Enjoy the warmer weather and budding flowers! Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 March 12 & 13th, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities

1. British International School of Tokyo  (Shibuya, Shibuya-ku) — Saturday, March 12th from 11:00 –BST Spring Fair, March 11 & 12th, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities 15:00  – Japan only British International School “The British School in Tokyo,” It is a festival of annual spring.  Including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the only student of Canada, such as about 50 countries nationality enrolled, and then opened a guardian from international food court of students.  Live and performance on stage, flea markets and lottery, play area and games for kids, and entertainment such as face painting has been scheduled.) The festival is held at the BST Shibuya Campus at 1-21-18, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku,; a very easy walk from Shibuya or Harajuku stations.


Mt. Takao Hiwatari Festival, March 11 & 12th, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities2. Mt. Takao Hiwatari Festival (Hachioji, Tokyo) — Sunday, March 13th – from 13:00 – 17:00–  The fire-walking festival is an annual event held at Yakuoin Temple. Believers attend the festival to pray for the safety of their family. The yamabushi (Shugendo practicing monks) first walk barefoot over thimg_9140-200x133e sacred fire that is smoldering and still partially burning. It is quit exciting to see the chanting monks walk over the still burning embers. You can also walk barefoot once the fire has been put out. By the time the public can participate the path is warm but will not burn your feet. Remember to bring a wet towel to wash your feet when done.   The Yakuoin Temple is a short walk from the Takaosanguchi station.  I would recommend you also climb Mt. Takao and have a nice lunch for a great day!

Hiwatari Festival Information
Dates: March 13th, 2016 (held annually the second Sunday of March)
Times of event: starts 13:00, ends 17:00
Cost: free
Website: http://www.takaosan.or.jp/english/asceticism.html
Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Takaosanguchi station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku


Peace on Earth3. Peace On Earth 2016 (Hibiya Park, Hibiya) – Fri and Sat from 11:00 – 18:00.  This free family friendly music, and food and beverage event is to commemorate the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. There will two full days of music, live events and many many food trucks.

Peace On Earth 2016 Details
Event Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 and Saturday, March 12th, 2016 from 11:00 -18:00
Location: Hibiya park, 1-6 Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: Hibiya Station, Hibya Park exists (Marunouchi, Hibiya, Chiyoda lines)
Admission: Free
Website: http://peaceonearth.jp/

5. Horse Riding Lessons Experience and Animal Petting Event (Jingu-Mae, Shibuya) – Saturday, March 12th – If you kids love animals, a fun and free event is being sponsored by TBD Housing on Saturday. 30 people can TBS Housing Horse Ridding lessonshave the chance to take riding lessons (show up early). Everyone else who attends can pet the horses and other animals in the petting area. Hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs will be available for children to hold and pet. The TBD Housing Collection is a model home showcase neighbourhood, and actually quite fun to wonder around and see new Japanese homes. If the animal time is over, check out the houses. 

Event: Saturday, March 12th from 11:00 – 17:00
Address: TBD Housing Collection, 5-53-7 Jingu-Mae, Shibuya, Tokyo (this is a model home neighbourhood)
Access:  8 min walk from Shibuya station or Omotesando station
Note: cancelled if it rains

Kia Play Park5. Kiba Play Park “because dangerous bad” (Kiba, Koto-ku) – Saturday, March 12 from 10:30 – 15:00. Once a month (usually the second Saturday) a group of volunteers transport the Kiba Park into a Kia Play Parkgreat free range play area. Unlike some kids parks there is no special play equipment. Parents, volunteers dig mud pits, string ropes from trees and, sheets to paints from limbs. Kids invent, take risks and get dirty. Join the group and have a great time. No pre-registration is necessary.  One note – since all tools (shovels, buckets, saws, etc.) are donated children have to take turns. Bring you own if you can, or just wait your turn! The group also loves to accept donations of books, CD, DVDs and game software that they resell to keep the play program running.

Kiba Play Park Details 
Event: Once a month (every second Saturday) from 10:30 – 15:00, except August
Address: Kiba Park, 4-6-1 平野, Koto-ku, Tokyo (東京都江東区平野4-6-1)
Cost: free
Access: 5 min walk from Kiba station on the Tozai line.


Top 5 March 12 & 13th, 2016 Tokyo Family Activities


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