Another beautiful weekend with cultural festivals galore! Venture out and discover Tokyo with our One Day Itineraries or venture out of the city with our Tokyo Day Trips. Also a great weekend for bike riding, visiting one of our favorite parks and playgrounds. Don’t forget your sun and mosquito protection. Have fun! – Lauren & Sandra
May 2019 Best Living Japan Studio Classes
WED. May 22 4:00 pm-7:30pm Kids Cooking – Teriyaki Chicken and Fried Rice
FRI. May 24 9:30am-12:00pm Kintsugi – Kintsugi Bowl, Cup or Plate Making
SUN. May 26 4:00pm – 7:00pm Macrobiotic Cooking Class – Balanced plant-based meal. All items will be vegan and gluten-free.
MON. May 27 10:00am – 1:00pm Macrobiotic Cooking Class – Balanced plant-based meal. All items will be vegan and gluten-free.
1) Hiroo Tuna Fair (Hiroo) – If you love tuna, or just want to have a fun 1-2 hours experiencing a great local fair visit the Hiroo Tuna Fair on Sunday. The entire shopping street is closed to car traffic from 13:00 – 16:00. You can eat, drink, and even ride a mini steam train with your kids! You can even watch the dismantling of a large tuna from 12:30~, and ride the mini SL from 13:00. This is a great local event. Good eats and fun!
Event Date & Time: Sunday, May 19, 2019 (13:00 – 16:00)
Access: Hiroo Station Exit 1 & 2
Cost: Free. Pay as you eat
2. Mori Toy Museum at Shinjuku Park (Shinjuku) – Enjoy playing at Shinjuku Gyoen with over 500 wooden toys! A great free event to attend with wood making workshops.
Dates and Time of Event: Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th ( 9:00 to 16:00 )
Address: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Cost: Adults & HS students 500 yen to enter the park. JHS and under free. Free play. Pay for workshops.
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station South Exit; 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Station Exit 1; 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku 3 Chome Station exit C1 & C5; 5 minutes on foot from Sendagaya station
3. Okinawa Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Get in the tropical spirit by attending the Annual Okinawa Festival at Yoyogi Park. 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. While you`re there try Biking in Yoyogi Park – Bike Rentals from Tricycles to Tandems; Feed, Brush, and Ride Yoyogi Park Ponies, or play at the Mud Park.
Okinawa Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:30 – 21:00
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)
4. Oktoberfest in Hibiya Park (Hibiya) – Enjoy authentic German dances, performances, food and beer at Hibiya Park`s Oktoberfest. Parents can enjoy the beverages while little ones enjoy the sausages pretzels, and dancing. There is also a small playground kids can explore. Hibiya Park also is filled with beautiful flowers this time of year so visit the oldest Western designed garden in Japan.
5. Tokyo Sanja Matsuri Details (Asakusa, Tokyo) – Don’t miss one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals of the year which over one million people attend over the three-day period (Friday – Sunday). Each day has parades, dancing, music, and food. However, the biggest day is Sunday when three huge mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through the neighborhoods as men fight for a chance to pull their weight. The Sanja Matsuri (festival) takes place at the Asakusa Shrine right next to Sensoji Temple. The festival reportedly started over 700 years ago to celebrate the three deities of the local.
Event Date and Times: Friday, May 17th – Sunday, May 19th, 2019 (Fri 13:00 – 15:30, Sat 10:00 – 17:00 and Sun 6:00 – 18:00)
Address: Asakusa Jinja Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu Isesaki lines
6. Shibuya Ohara Festival (Shibuya Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku) – Every year in Autumn, there is a two-day festival in Kagoshima city which is celebrated. Since not all of us will have a chance to go to Kagoshima, the festival is brought to Shibuya each May. This one day festival on Sunday takes over the Shibuya area from the station up Dogenzaka. The highlight is the parade that begins at 12:50. A wonderful parade with dancing and music. Great Japan photo opportunity! The festival runs from 11:00 so get there early and enjoy some Kyushu delicacies sold at food stations. Great Sunday event if you are looking for something really Japanese!
Shibuya Ohara Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19, 2019; 11:00 -18:00; parade starts at 12:50 on Sunday, May 19th
Address: Shibuya Dogenzaka and Bunkamura areas
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya station around Dogenzaka area
Website: www.shibuyadeohara.jp (Japanese language only)
7. Design Festa vol 49 (Big Site, Ariake, Tokyo) – If you are into design and art, this is a great event to attend. The place is packed with people who live and eat design and art. You can just feel the creativity all around you. Attendees are a good mix of pros and amateurs. The event has vendor booths and exhibitions that cover everything from CG and 3D design to handmade crafts. There are also many booths focused on blogging and social media (Line, etc.). Great place to learn about the latest trends in design and art. If your elementary and older kids love art, please take them!
Design Festa Details
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019; 11:00 – 19:00
Address: Tokyo Big Site, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: One day ticket 1,000 yen, Kids aged 12 and below free. Advanced tickets 800 yen. Visit the ticket website for info.
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://designfesta.com/en/ (website in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean)
Note: Parking available at BigSight for 250 yen per 30 mins. Strollers not advised due to crowds.
8. Firefly Evening in Yokohama (Sankeien Garden) – Sankeien is a beautiful garden any time of the year, however, from May 17 – 26 the garden will stay open until late 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. Couple with their Azalea Bonsai Exhibition (May 19 – Jun 2) to view azaleas aged over 10 years. While you`re there visit some fun spot on our Yokohama One Day Itinerary with Kids list.
Dates: May 17th -26th, 2019 20:30-21:00 (last admission 8:30pm)
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)
May 18 & 19, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities
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