Don’t let the forecasted drizzly weekend get you down, venture out and enjoy some fun October 13 & 14, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. There is a great line-up of festivals and antique markets this weekend, also explore new neighborhoods with our Tokyo One Day Itineraries. Venture out and jump in muddy puddles! Laugh, Learn and Live! – Best Living Japan Moms
1. Nishimachi International School Food Fair 2018 (Moto Azabu, Tokyo) – One of our favorite Tokyo international community events of the year is the Nishimachi International Food Fair. This year’s Nishimachi Food Fair will take place on Saturday, October 13th rain or shine. The Fair is free and open to the public. You can enjoy various beers, food from over 15 countries, and great homemade desserts. You will not go home hungry! You and the kids will also be entertained by the kids festival games (located on the main building’s roof playground), arts & crafts and live performances. Kids and adults of all ages will have a great time, and all the funds go to support the students.
Nishimachi International School Food Fair Details
Date and Time: Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00 – 15:00 (rain or shine)
Address: Nishimachi International School, 2-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 12 min walk from Azabu Juban station on the Oedo and Namboku Lines, or 13 min walk from Hiroo Station on the Hibiya Line
2. Bolivia Festival (Shiba Park, Minato-ku) – The Bolivia Festival will be held for the 3rd time on Sunday, October 14th. The festival will help to introduce the public to the country of Bolivia in South America through music, food, and dance. Great way to introduce your family to the country and people of Bolivia. A small event but sure to liven-up a Mid-October weekend. The park also has a very nice playground or little ones. We also recommend you investigate Zōjō-ji Temple and the other areas of the great Shiba Park. There are many restaurants and a Starbucks near the Daimon Gate that are family friendly. Tokyo Tower is also just up the hill which is a popular outing for families.
Bolivia Festival Details
Date and Time: Sunday, October 14th, 2018; 11:00 – 18:00
Address: Shiba Park multipurpose exercise open space, 4-10-7, Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Cost: Free entry. Pay for food and drink.
Access: The playground is in the far corner in the direction of Shinbashi; It is located right behind the Onarimon Station Exit #9 (on the Mita Line) which also has an elevator for strollers.
3. Enjoy a Grand Tea Ceremony at Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Koganai) – I highly recommend visiting the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum to see actual homes and businesses from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s preserved in a beautiful park. Families can enjoy learning about the Japanese tea ceremony in English at the Farmhouse of the Tsunashima Family. Up to 20 attendees per ceremony. A great value for 7oo JPY. Events featuring traditional crafts will also be held.
Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, October 13 & 14, 2018; 10:30-15:30
Tickets: 700 JPY
Event website in English: http://tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony.jp/en/about.html
Address: 3-7-1 Sakura-cho Koganei-shi, Tokyo (inside Koganei Park)
Access: From the North Exit of Musashi-Koganei Station (JR Chuo Line), take the Seibu bus at platform No. 2 or 3 near the north exit of Musashi-Koganei Station. Get off at Koganei-koen Nishi-guchi and walk for 5 minutes. From Hana-Koganei Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line), take the Seibu bus for Musashi-Koganei Station, get off at Koganei-koen Nishi-guchi, and walk for 5 minutes.
4. Fireworks Narita and Akabana – The Narita Fireworks is a community-based fireworks festival that both local volunteers and fireworks craftsmen create together. In 2010, they co-won the Good Design Award with fireworks merchant Marumayama, and the event has been popular ever since!
Location: New Town Sports Plaza
Date & Time: October 13, 2018 from 18:30~
Phone: 0180-99-3838 (Japanese language)
5. Diwali Festival Yokohama – More than 200,000 people attend Diwali in Yokohama, a festival of light which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Learn and experience Indian culture, songs, dance, and gourmet.
Event Time and Dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 13 – 14th, 2018 (10:00 – 19:00)
Address: Yamashita Park Festival Plaza (Yamashita-cho, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Access: 10 minutes from JR Kannai Station or JR Ishikawacho Station, or 3 minutes from Minatomirai Line Nihonbashi Station or Honcho / Chinatown Station.
6. Bake Neko Festival (Kagurazaka) – The Cat parade in Kagurazaka is a unique Halloween parade where everyone is dressed as a cat. Anyone disguised as a cat can participate. Kagurazaka is the area from the Natsume Soseki novel “I am a Cat” which motivated the annual Cat Halloween Parade. They will have cat makeup artists from 9:30~. 1000 yen for adults 500 yen per child. Ticket purchase at the reception desk. There are a limited number of tickets so get there early if you want your face painted like a cat.
Date & Time: Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:00 – 17:00
Registration from 10:00~. Parade 14:00～15:00. Dance from 15:00~
Cost: Adults (JHS and older) 500 yen; kids free
7. Shimokitazawa Curry Festival 2018 Curry Land – This is the 7th year of the popular Shimokitazawa Curry Festival. This year there will be 150 vendors of curry, stamp rally (stamp collection event), and entertainment during this 10-day event.
Date & Time: now until – Saturday, Oct 14th 11: 00 – 20: 00
Address: Shimokitazawa Station 2-23 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
8. Gokokuji Antique Fair (Otsuka, Tokyo) – The Gokokuji Antique Fair is held every month on the second Saturday. The Gokokuji Temple was built at the wish of Keishoin, the mother of the fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1681. Its main hall is the oldest wooden temple building in Tokyo, that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and W.W.II. Gokokuji is lovely neighbourhood and temple to visit. The market used to be very busy, however, the past year it seems to have really dropped in the number vendors and shoppers. Easy to get to and a nice Temple to see, but a little chancy on the line-up. For more markets visit our October 2018 Tokyo Antique Markets List.
Dates: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
What is for sale: 25-40 sellers of predominately Japanese products
Access: Gokokuji Station on Subway Yurakucho Line
Address: 5-40-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku
Phone: 03-3941-0764 (Shrine #, Japanese language only)
Website: www.gokokuji.or.jp (Shrine website; Japanese language only)
October 13 & 14, 2018 Tokyo Family Weekend Events & Activities