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September 8 & 9, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended September 8 & 9, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. The heat and humidity will linger this weekend so cool off at our favorite Tokyo Indoor locations or at these local Tokyo Pools before they close. It is easy to get heat stroke and sunburn in Japan so please be prepared with plenty of water, hats, and sunscreen. Laugh, Learn and Live! ~Best Living Japan Moms

September 2017 Tokyo Top 10 Activities and Events23rd Meguro Sanma Matsuri (Meguro, Tokyo) – One of my favorite things about Japan is the local community festivals. The Meguro Sanma Matsuri is held from 10:00 a.m. right outside Meguro Station. If you love grilled fish and want to join in celebrating the beginning of the Sanma season, then this is just the place. Over 7,000 fish will be grilled up and served with slices of lime. The smell is amazing. My kids love grilled Sanma and the other matsuri activities in the block make for many smiles and adventures. While you are in the neighborhood, walk down the street and take a beautiful stroll through the Nature Park where you will forget you are even in downtown Tokyo.

23rd Meguro Sanma Matsuri Details
Date: Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 14:00
Address: Meguro station area
Cost: free
Access: Right outside the Meguro station on the JR Yamanote Line and Namboku Line, Mita Line, Meguro Line
Website: http://www.owarai.to/meguro/ (Japanese only)
Note: It will be very crowded. I do not advise taking strollers.

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tokyo family activities & eventsKichijoji Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival) – If you have not gotten enough festival fun this past summer welcome to one of the first “Autumn Festivals”. All the same fun and food, but with slightly (hopefully) lower temperatures.

Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9, 2018; 11:00 – 17:30
Address: Musashino Hachimangu Shrine, Kichijoji, Tokyo
Website: http://www.kichijouji.jp/event/akimaturi/
Access: JR Chuo Line or Keio Inokashira Line to Kichijoji Station.

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Philippine Festival 2018 (Hibiya Park) – This will be the largest Philippine Festival in Japan featuring dancing, cultural activities, and over 50 booths selling food and drink and promoting tourism.

Philippine Festival 2018 Details
Event Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9, 2018 9:00 – 17:00
Address: 1 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free admission; food and drink extra
Access: 2 min walk from Hibiya Station on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Chiyoda Lines
Website: https://www.facebook.com/philippinefestivaljapan

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Afro American Caribbean Festival (Yoyogi Park) – A great weekend to enjoy delicious food and drink, entertainment and fashion show. Come learn and enjoy!

Afro American Caribbean Festival Details:
Date: September 8 & 9, 2018
Time: Saturday 11:00 – 20:00;  Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
Location: Yoyogi Park Keyaki Street
Access: 3 minute walk from JR Harajuku station; Tokyo Metro Chiyoda station; Yoyogi Park station; Meiji Shrine station. 20 minutes from Shibuya station and Harajuku station.

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Experience a Short-Act Kabuki Show (Ginza) –  In all my years in Japan I have attended Kabuki once and have to admit I found the four hours+ show a tad long for my attention. However, I did love the experience. I recommend it to all visitors and residents that they should see Kabuki, but try a short act first which is both economical in yen and time. Every day the Kabukiza Theater in Ginza sells one act or short act tickets which range between 18 – 45 mins in viewing time and cost 600-2,000 yen. Details here.

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Tokyo Antique and Flea MarketsGokokuji 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.
Dates: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
What is for sale: 25-40 sellers of predominately Japanese products
Parking: no
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

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Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair (Fussa, Tokyo) –  The Fussa Antique Fair takes place at Kumagawa Shrine in Fussa every second Sunday. Kumagawa Shrine  is located about an hour outside of downtown Tokyo. The Shrine has a history of 1,200 years, and its main hall which is believed to have been built-in 1597 is a designated tangible cultural asset of Tokyo.You can also see stone statues of all the seven gods of Shichifukujin (Seven Deities of Good Fortunes) inside the shrine compound.
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 15:00
What is for sale: 35 sellers of Japanese household items and crafts
Parking: no
Access: 10 min walk from Kumagawa Station on JR Itsukaichi Line from Haijima
Address: Kumagawa Shrine, 658-1 Kumagawa, Fussa, Tokyo 197-0003
Phone: 042-551-0720 (Kumagawa Shrine – Japanese language only)

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