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September 29 & 30, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended September 29 & 30, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Great line-up of cultural and flower festivals. Note Monday, the first of October or Tomin-no-hi, is Tokyo Citizen’s Day on which most Japanese schools in Tokyo are closed for the holiday, but it`s an ordinary working day for most. Here are a few public facilities operated by Tokyo government that will offer free admission. Venture out and have fun.  Laugh, Learn and Live!


Namaste India 2016 –ナマステ・インディア2016, Tokyo Family Weekend: September 24 & 25, 20161. Namaste India 2018  –ナマステ・インディア2018 (Yoyogi Park, Tokyo) – Enjoy the Namaste India festival in Yoyogi Park. This festival the largest annual India Festival in Japan. The festival takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, and over 200,000 people are expected to attend to enjoy amazing Indian food, drink, music and dance. There will also be booths were Indian spices, clothing, crafts and art will be sold.

September 2018 TokyoNamaste India 2018 Details
Event Dates and Times: Saturday, September 29 (10:00 – 20:00) & Sunday, September 30 (10:00 – 19:30)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.indofestival.com/index.html
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leas

2. Fuji Fireworks Art Bar (Sunday 16:00 – 18:00, at the Best Living Japan Studio) – Best Living Japan is partnering Art Bar classes at Best Living Japanwith ArtBar to offer ArtBar paint and wine events this Autumn 2018 at the Best Living Japan Studio in Minami Azabu, Minato-ku. A great couple activity or fun time with friends and family.  Kids elementary and over are welcome! All materials are included, just bring your excitement and creativity. We have wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks but as always, feel free to bring your own food or, you can order in from Uber. No experience is necessary! All ArtBar Paint and Wine Events are 5,000 JPY + 8% JP consumption tax. Registration for ArtBar classes are only through the ArtBar website. Unfortunately Best Living Japan vouchers can not be redeemed for ArtBar classes. Best Living Japan offers cooking, lifestyle, and crafting classes every day. Click here for August-December 2018 courses.


3. UENOYES Ballon Days (Ueno Park, Sat & Sun) – Ueno is one of our favorite please to go to visit the zoo, the science museum and more, but this weekend there will be a special Balloon Days fun. Centered around the fountain area there will be various creative workshops and performances. Some of the highlights we recommend are the following. For all the details check out the Uenoyes website.

  • Sketching event for drawing street performers (“statues”) dressed as outdoor sculptures. Visitors share Uenoyes Ballon dayscultural time with diverse people while watching paintings in progress in an atmosphere like that of an open studio, participating in sketches, and receiving advice from students and alumni of Tokyo University of the Arts who will be the lecturers.MORNING SESSION … 10:00 – 12:00 Reservation required AFTERNOON SESSION … 13:00 – 17:00 No Reservation required Anyone can join the sketch at the vacant seat. Target: it is open to anyone (from children to adults). Experience does not matter.
  • Children pride paradeKids Pride March – Sep.30 (Sun.), 2018; 15:15 – 16:00 – Declare your desires and express your opinions with a loud voice! Raise your placards and banners to march with us through Ueno Park! Write down your desires that occupy your mind from the moment you awake in the morning until you fall asleep at night on a placard and participate in our parade. Individual dreams, hopes and desires will be shared with everyone by “calling and responding” during the parade.


4. Czech Festival 2018 (Harajuku, Tokyo) – There are very few Eastern European festivals in Tokyo, so we`re very excited to take the kids to the 3rd Czech Festival and learn about Czech traditions, food and products.  There will be Czech beer and wine, food, anime goods from the Czech Republic, cosmetics and more.  You can also enjoy Czech music, Moravian folk songs, and folk dance. Come, learn and experience the charm and culture of Central Europe – the Czech Republic.

Event Time and Dates: Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30th  11:00-20:00
Address:Harajuku Quest Hall, Jingumae 1-13-14, Shibuya, Tokyo
Cost: free entrance, food and beverage fee based
Access: 5 min walk from Tokyo Station and Marunouchi Station
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/233395073851414/

5. Ohi Racecourse Flea Market (Shinagawa-ku) – If you are hungry for treasure hunting venture out to the Ohi Racecourse Flea Market to shop for antiques, used clothing and home items. You have to filter through lots of odds and ends but you probably will walk away with some great items.
Event date and time: September 29-30, 2018; 9:00 – 15:00
Website: https://trx.jp/consumersMarkets.xhtml
Address: Ohi Racecourse(First parking lot) 2-1-2, Katsushima, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0012

6. Visit the huge Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園 for their Cosmos Flower Festival. Showa Memorial Park is approximately a 50-70 min trip from central Tokyo via car or train. Biking, hiking, climbing nets, bouncing on huge white soft blobs and hiding from dragons can keep the little ones busy as you view the Cosmos, cherry blossoms, tulips, or foliage.  You can spend the entire day at the park so pack a lunch and all your sports equipment. The park is over 150 hectors and has over 11 kilometers of bike trails.  More Details –>

Dates: Now until October 28th, 2018
Address: Midoricho 3173, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo  国営昭和記念公園 (〒190-0014 東京都立川市緑町3173) 
Hours: March 1 – October 31: 9:30 – 17:00; November 1 – February end: 9:30 – 16:30
Website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/ 
Cost to enter park: Adults (15 – 64) 410 JPY,  seniors (65+) 210 JPY, children (6 – 14 years) 80 JPY; infants (0 – 5) free
Access: 2 min walk from Nishi Tachikawa Station, 14 min walk from Tachikawa station. I recommend you take eh Chuo Line from Shinjuku directly to Nishi Tachikawa station which is a good spot to get a rental bike. There is a also a large parking lot at the Nishi Tachikawa park side (near the station). Cost to park is 820 JPY for the day.

7. Mega Clothes Swap for Women-only – (Roppongi, Sat. September 29th) – This will be the 10th annual swap – a great opportunity to bring clothing and accessories you no longer want or need, and take the goods you love. All Shapes and Sizes welcome! The more diversity the better the swapping! BRING as much or as little as you want. TAKE as much or as little as you want. Bring nothing, take nothing, just join to have fun. Get two drinks as part of the entry, there is also kid’s and men’s clothing area. This is a very popular event and maxes out at 100 people so sign-up at the link below.

Mega Clothes Swap Details
Date & Time:Saturday, September 29, 2018 14:00-17:00  *Registration starts at 13:30. Swap starts at 14:00
Place: Oakwood Premier, Tokyo Midtown
Facebook: Mega Clothes Swap 

Cost per swapper: 2,000 JPY (Covers takubin charges and wine to send the remaining clothes to a partner organization where they will be either resold or recycled)

***September 29 & 30, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities***

kita-ku Hanabi Fireworks8. Kita-Ku Fireworks (Kita-ku, Tokyo, Sat. September 29, 2018)– Hoping the typhoon rains will pass through quickly tomorrow so we can enjoy the fireworks. The Kita-ku fireworks are beautiful flying over rate water gates, and selecting in the water.
Date: Saturday, September 29th
Time:18:30 – 19:30
Location: Akabane Sakuratsutsumi Greenery, Iwabuchimachi, Kita, Tokyo 115-0041

Access: 9 min walk from Akabane- Iwabuchi Station on the Namboku Line or 15 min walk from Akabane Station on the Saikyo Line

9.The 58th ALL Japan Hobby and ProModel Show (Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo) – If you have a pro model or remote control love in your family we recommend you take a few hours to visit this show. All the latest pro models will be exhibited and kids can drive the latest remote control vehicles and robots.
Address: Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 7-8, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Date & Time: Saturday& Sunday, September 29 & 30; Saturday 10:00 – 18:00; Sunday until 17:00
Fee: 1,000 JPY, 1,500 JPY; kids under junior high school free.
Website: https://hobbyshow.co.jp 
Facebook page for the latest photos and details: https://www.facebook.com/plamodel.hobby.show/

September 29 & 30, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

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