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September 15, 16 & 17, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended September 15, 16 & 17, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. A three day weekend is coming up! Monday is Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan to honor elderly citizens and celebrate longevity. Connect with your parents and grandparents by giving them a call and let them know how much you care. Also note many Tokyo museums and attractions usually closed on Monday will be open but closed on Tuesday. Festivals abound so venture out and have fun. Laugh, Learn and Live!
General Nogi Residence Roppongi

Opening up of General Nogi’s house  – A historic landmark close to Tokyo Midtown Park, the house of General Nogi (built is open to the public on Sept 12 and 13 only.) General Nogi Maresuke was a son of a samurai and played a pivotal role in the victory of Japan in the Sino-Japanese war. His reverence nowadays can be called controversial; when Emperor Meiji died on September 12, General Nogi, and his spouse, decided to commit ritual suicide as they would only serve under one Emperor. His house will be opened to the public, with some of his original furnishings and clothing on display.  It is like time has stood still. A word of warning: not for the smallest of children or for the faint hearted as the original tatami on which they committed seppuku is on display, and it has not been cleaned. You can read more on this historical land mark in an early Best Living Japan article here.

Date & Time: Wednesday September 12 (9am-4pm), Thursday September 13 (9am-4pm)
Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052 

Cost: Free entry. Guided tours (in Japanese) are limited.
Website: akasaka-parks.jp
Access: Directly above Nogizaka station exit 1 on the Chiyoda line (turn left and up the stairs into the temple, keep left up the stairs) or 5 minutes from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or 3 minutes from the Toei Subway Oedo Line; exit 7 Tokyo Midtown and walk away from Roppongi Crossing towards Aoyama.

Heiwajima antique show
Heiwajima Antique Show, Ota-ku – A huge three-day indoor antique fair. Not to be missed. There are over 280 vendors that have a huge selection of Japanese, Asian and Western antiques. This show only happens a few times a year, and the good stuff sells quickly.

Event Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 14 – 16th, 2018
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (closes at 16:00 on last day; last time to enter each day is 15:00)
What is for sale: 280+ antique sellers
Parking: no
Access: Ryutsu-Center station on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
Address: 6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takeshi Antiques)
Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html


sanma42nd Meguro Sun Festival – Fun local festival where the merchant association will be giving away 5,000 grilled Sanma (pike fish) from 10:00 while supplies last. There will also be live performances, food stalls, and games for kids located in and around the Meguro Kumin/Citizen`s Center. This festival follows the Sanma Festival that takes place on the other side of Meguro Station. Meguro is famous for Sanma because according to an Edo Period tale there was daimyo (feudal lord) who loved the grilled Sanma fish served to him from the people of Meguro.

42nd Meguro Sun Festival 
Event Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
10:00 – 15:30
2-4-36 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (東京都目黒区目黒2-4-36)

Website: http://www.city.meguro.tokyo.jp/gyosei/shokai_rekishi/event/sun.html
Access: A 10 minute walk from Meguro Station

  Tori gates at nezu, best Living Japan  Nezu Museum Garden, Best Living Japan

The Nezu Shrine Grand Festival is second to their famous Azalea Festival in Spring. Mikoshi (portable) shrines are collected from around Tokyo and carried through Nezu Shrine. The festival is two days of great sites, sounds and food.

A great one-day outing is first to visit the Shrine between 10:00 -11:00 (it gets very grounded around noon) and then walk about 15-20 mins to Ueno Park (Zoo, Art Museum, the Shitamachi MuseumNational Science and Nature Museum or the Yamashiroya toy store). Between the Nezu Shrine and Ueno Park, there are plenty of little eateries; one of our favorites is Innsyoutei.

Nezu Shrine Festival Details
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 15 – 16, 2018
Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3822-0753
Website:  http://www.nedujinja.or.jp/maturi/g.html (Japanese language only)
Access: Nezu Station or Sendagi Station (Chiyoda line), Todaimae Station (Namboku line)

Pan no Fes 2018 (Bread Festival): More than 50 bakeries from all over the country will showcase their creations at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse this long weekend. Get ready to take a bite into and take home fresh breads and pastries. Pan no Fes attracted 120,000 visitors during their three-day event last year. Be prepared for lines. While in the area I recommend you visit some of our families favorites in Yokohama – CupNoodle Museum, Overseas Migration Museum, Zoorasia, Kodomo no Kuni or the Anpanman Museum.

Red Brick Warehouse Details
Event dates and times: September 15 – 17. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 19:00 and Monday 11:00 – 17:00. Note shops will close early if they sell out of bread.
Fees: Free however entrance to bakery area costs 500 JPY from 11:00 – 13:30
Address: 1-1-2, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Phone: 045-227-2002
Access: 10 min walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line, or Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Line
Website: http://pannofes.jp/

We still have space in our Fall 2018 Best Living Japan cooking, arts & crafts, and lifestyle classes; full calendar here.  If you sign-up before September 15th with voucher payment, you will receive a 16% discount! Please join us in the Best Living Japan Studio in Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo.  Best Living Japan also offers kids birthday parties, couple date night cooking, corporate cooking events and can be rented for private functions. Sign-up today! ~ The Best Living Japan Moms

September 15, 16 & 17, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

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