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Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities For June 27 and 28, 2015

The Top 5 Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for June 27 and 28, 2015 are rain proof! Lots of great things to do despite the rain, so venture out with an umbrella in hand and enjoy this vigorous metropolis. BestLivingJapan’s top five recommendations for this weekend are: 1. Star Wars (Roppongi: Ending 6/29),  2.Toyosu Shopping and the Gas Science Museum, 3. Nezu Museum Garden and Exhibit The World of Edo Dandyism (Aoyama), 4. Tokyo Top 5 Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for June 27 and 28Toy Museum (Yostuya), and  5. Double Fun at the CupNoodle and Anpaman Museums (Yokohama). Have fun and get WET! You will dry.   – From the BestLivingJapan Moms

Top 5 Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for June 27 and 28

1. The Star Wars: Visions Exhibition (Roppongi) – This weekend is the last chance to see Star Wars: Vision Exhibition! Over 100 works of Star Wars art and collectible are on view for die hard Star War lovers. Get your fix to tie you over until the next and last Star Wars movie launches this autumn. May the force be with you. The Star Wars: Visions Exhibition

The Star Wars: Visions Exhibition Details 
Dates: running until June 29th, 2015
Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Cost: Adults 1,800 yen, Seniors 1,500 yen, high school and university students 1,200 yen, age 4 – junior high school students 600 yen
Access: 4 – 10 min walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya, Oedo, Namboku, or Chiyoda lines
Website: http://www.roppongihills.com/tcv/jp/sw-visions/

Toyosu shopping2. Shopping and the Gas Science Museum (Toyosu) – If you have not Gas Science Museum, Toyosu BestLivingJapanbeen to Toyosu, you should this weekend. Toyosu has the largest shopping mall in Tokyo (Lalaport) with movie theatres and many restaurants.

It is also the home to the Gas Science Museum which is a great hands-on and FREE museum in Tokyo. The museum provides a great overview of where gas comes from and how we use it! The museum takes about 60-90 minutes to tour depending on how much Japanese you and your child can read, and also how much they want to play at the exhibits. The Museum also has cooking classes and workshops for kids. The Museum has very limited English instruction, but it is not that hard to figure out the basics of what is trying to be explained. Very stroller friendly with elevators and has kid and baby friendly bathrooms. To read more details click here.

Gas Science Museum, Toyosu BestLivingJapanGas Science Museum Details

Address: 6-1-1 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo (東京都江東区豊洲6-1-1)
Phone: 03-3534-1643
Hours: Closed Mondays, Open all other days 9:30 – 17:00 (Last Entry 16:30)
Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Toysou station on the Yurakucho line (Exit 7) or Yurikamome line
Website: http://www.gas-kagakukan.com


3. Nezu Museum Garden and Exhibit The World of Edo Dandyism (Aoyama) – This is one of my Nezu Museum and Garden Best Living Japanfavourite gardens in Tokyo, and museum depending on the show being held. The Nezu Musuem is a modern and beautiful building situated in a large traditional-style garden with pond.  This garden is mysterious in the rain so wear your boots and don’t slip.  Even if you are not a museum person, the admittance fee is worth it just to see the gardens. The present exhibit The World of Edo Dandyism (May 30, Saturday- July 20, Monday, 2015) is a fasinating view into historical fashion.  This exhibition presents approximately 100 carefully selected objects focusing on swords, sword fittings and accessories from the museum’s permanent collection. I think you will enjoy the intricately crafted accessories that were all the rage among the Edo dandies.
Nezu Museum Details

Address: 6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: closed Monday (unless Monday is a national holiday, then closed on Tuesday); open 10:00-17:00
Website: http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/en/exhibition/index.html
Access: 8 minute walk from Exit A5 of Omotesandō station of the Ginza, Hanzōmon and Chiyoda subway lines
Cost: General admission to a special exhibition Adult: 1200 yen (1000 yen).Student: 1000 yen (800 yen). General admission to museum collectionAdult: 1000 yen (800 yen).Student[High school student or above]: 800 yen (600 yen).
Note: garden is not wheel chair or stroller friendly


Tokyo Toy Museum www.BestLivingJapan.com4. Tokyo Toy Museum (Yostuya) – TTM is called a museum, but in reality it is a hands-on, play all you want center for babies and up. The toys are all analog toys mostly made from wood, and original Japanese toys. There are age appropriate rooms throughout the facility to keep you and your kids busy for a few hours.   I was so impressed how the organizers retrofitted an old elementary school into a hands-on museum and play center out of an old elementary school.  A great museum for a rainy day. Read the full review on BestLivingJapan.

Tokyo Toy Museum Details 
Address: Yotsuya Hiroba, 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5367-9601 (Japanese only)
Hours: 10:00 – 16:00 (last admission at 15:30) Closed on Thursday (also closed over the New Yearʼ s holidays and special holidays in February and September)
Tickets: Adults 700 yen (junior high school and above), children 500 yen (age 3 through elementary school), child + adult pair ticket 1,000 yen, 2 years and younger are free.
Access: 7 min walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line, 8 min walk from Akebonobashi Station on the Shinjuku Subway Line
Website: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/ (Japanese only)
English info: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/pdf/ttm_pamphlet_e.pdf


5. Double Fun at the CupNoodle and Anpaman Museums (Yokohama) – Just a few blocks away at Yokohama’s Minato Mirai neighborhood are two great kid museums.

Anpaman MuseumThe Anpaman Museum houses plastic characters sculptures of the Anpaman gang and has some play areas. There is also a stage with 2-3 performances a day. Overall high energy, fast past and quite exhausting. Bathrooms are plentiful and child-friendly. For a full BestLivingJapan review on the Anpaman Museum click here.


The CupNoodles Museum is incredibly entertaining and educational. Not only do you learn the history of the world famous Cup Noodles, but you can make your personalised cup and enjoy lunch as well. A great spot for all CupNoodles Museum Best Living Japanages. Start off by making a take-home CupNoodles or Chicken Ramen on the 3rd floor. Then visit the 2nd floor that has the history hall that explains in detail about how Momofuku Ando invented first Chicken Ramen in 1958 and then CupNoodles in 1971.  Lastly head-up to the 4th floor to the Noodles Bazaar where you can purchase and eat eight types of global noodles. If you like ramen and invention, you will love the CupNoodles Museum. For a full BestLivingJapan review on the CupNoodles click here.

CupNoodles Museum Details
Address: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Phone: 045-345-0918
Open Times: 10:00 -18:00 (last admission is 17:00); closed Tuesday
Cost: 500 yen for adults (kids high-school and under free), 300 yen per person to make a CupNoodles
Access: 8 min walk from Minatomirai Stations on the Minatomirai Line; parking also available
Website: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/
Note: Stroller and wheelchair friendly

Top 5 Tokyo Area Family Weekend Activities for June 27 and 28

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