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Tokyo Area May 2018 Recommended Activities & Events

Here are our recommended Tokyo Area May 2018 Activities and Events for families. May is a great time to clean out your closets, pick up some gently used items, help charities and enjoy the outdoor festivities. Visit some of the many festivals kicking off Golden Week on our 2018 Top Recommended Golden Week Family Activity and Events (April 28 – May 7), Antique and Flea Markets, and International School Spring Festivals. Remember Mother`s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Reserve early at one of our Tokyo Breakfast and Brunch spots that the family will enjoy. Hope to see you at one or more these events. Laugh, Learn and Live! ~Lauren & Sandra

Tokyo Area May 2018 Recommended Activities & Events

Nemophilia @ Hitachi Seaside Park 1. View Millions of Nemophila @ Hitachi Seaside Park  – late April to May – More than 4.5 million nemophila bloom on a 3.5 hectare hill in the park, creating a beautiful contrast with the blue sky.

Address: 605-4, Mawatari Aza Oonuma, Hitachinaka-City (about a 2 hour drive or 3 hours by train) English Website: http://en.hitachikaihin.jp/events.html

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Weekend May 21 & 22, 2016, Yamathon2. Yamathon (around Tokyo) – The Yamathon is a fundraising challenge where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo, visiting all 29 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line in under 12 hours. The start and finish are at the Tokyo Tokia Building near Tokyo station. The Tokyo Yamathon will take place Saturday, May 12th. Start is 8:00. 100% of the teams registration fee goes to Plan International. Teams can take any course and any transport as long as they visit all 20 stations and have a picture of the entire team in front of each station. I will definitely be visiting a few stations to cheer!  If you are interested in volunteering view Yamathon details here.

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4. St Mary`s International School (Seta, Setagaya) – St. Mary’s International School will hold its annual Carnival on May 12th (rain or shine!). The Carnival features fun-filled game booths with exciting prizes, food booths filled with spectacular food and drinks from over 25 different countries, and fabulous live music. Be sure to purchase a few raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the many outstanding prizes. Proceeds support educational programs for the school. 

Date & Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018  9:00 – 16:30 (rain or shine!)
Address: 1-6-19 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.smis.ac.jp/
Access: 10 minutes from Kaminoge or 13 minutes from Futagotamagawa Station.

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5. Tokyo Camii Bazaar 2018 (Shibuya) – Learn about Islam and the Islamic culture! Exhibits will educate about many aspects of Islam across arts and culture. Try Arabic Calligraphy, Turkish food and more. Open to the public and all are welcome!

Event Date & Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address: TOKYO CAMII & TURKISH CULTURE CENTER, 1-19, Oyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Admission free

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6. Cinco de Mayo 2018 (Odaiba) – The 6th annual Cinco de Mayo event will be held at Odaiba`s “Dream Plaza” with live entertainment, special Cinco de Mayo drinks and international food from all over the world including Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, Colombia, North, Central and South America. They will also have activities for children.

Address: 1 & 2-chome, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Symbol Promenade Park Yume no Hiroba
Dates and Hours: Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 2018  10:00 – 21:00
Cost: Free entry, pay as you eat and drink
Access:  2 minutes walk from Aomi Station on the Yurikamome Line; 1 min walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line.
Website: http://www.cincodemayo.jp/index.html

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7. Thai Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – This is one of the biggest and most popular festivals held in Yoyogi Park each year. If you love Thailand, Thai food, beverages, music, dancing and hospitality you will have a great time a this festival. Definitely one of my must attend festival. Say Yum!

Thai Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 2018
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: Free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.thaifestival.jp/ (Japanese and Thai language only)
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

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8. American Embassy Housing Compound Sidewalk Sale (Roppongi, Tokyo) – This annual sidewalk sale is a fun one-day event to shop for American goods which include used books, clothing, and household items. Great place to find a bargain. Open to the public but bring photo-IDs to enter.  Since this event is at the American Embassy compound, there are some rules to attend. Please note:
・Only GREW GATE ENTRANCE will be opened.imgres
・All bags will be inspected when entering.
・Photo-ID required for admittance. (Children 12 and above should have photo ID)
・Please be considerate of our neighbors, strictly no parking!
・No Parking is available.
・No Pets Allowed.
・No Smoking inside the compound.

American Embassy Housing Compound Sidewalk Sale Details 
Event Date: Saturday, May 19th  10:00-14:00
Admission: free
Address: US embassy staff quarters, 2-1-1, Roppongi , Minato-ku, Tokyo
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Sanja matsuri, Best Living Japan9. Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri Details (Asakusa, Tokyo)  – Don’t miss one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals of the year which over one million people attend over the three-day period (Friday – Sunday). Each day has parades, dancing, music, and food. However, the biggest day is Sunday when three huge mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through the neighborhoods as men fight for a chance to pull their weight.  The Sanja Matsuri (festival) takes place at the Asakusa Shrine right next to Sensoji Temple. The festival reportedly started over 700 years ago to celebrate the three deities of the local.

Sanja matsuri, Best Living Japan

Event Date and Times: Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th, 2018 (Fri 13:00 – 13:30, Sat 10:00 – 17:00 and Sun 6:00 – 18:00)
Address: Asakusa Jinja Shrine, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission: Free
Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu Isesaki lines
Website: http://www.asakusajinja.jp/sanjamatsuri/

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10. Nishimachi International School (Moto Azabu, Minato-ku)  – Nishimachi International School is holding their annual Nishimachi Community Service Flea Market Saturday, May 19, 2018  9:00 – 16:30.  If you are looking for home items, kids clothing, toys or books, this is the place to shop. Some great end-of-school-year sale items!

Date & Time: Saturday, May 19, 2018  9:00 – 16:30 (rain or shine!)
Address: 2-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato, Tokyo
Website: http://www.nishimachi.ac.jp/page.cfm?p=1
Access: 14 minutes on foot from Hiroo Station or 11 minutes on foot from Azabu Juban Station

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11. Shibuya Ohara Festival (Shibuya Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku) – Every year in Autumn, there is a two-day Shibuya De Ohara Festival BestLivingJapanfestival in Kagoshima city which is celebrated. Since not all of us will have a chance to go to Kagoshima, the festival is brought to Shibuya each May. This one day festival on Sunday takes over the Shibuya area from the station up Dogenzaka. The highlight is the parade that begins at 12:50. A wonderful parade with dancing and music. Great Japan photo opportunity!  The festival runs from 11:00 so get there early and enjoy some Kyushu delicacies sold at food stations. Great Sunday event if you are looking for something really Japanese!

Shibuya Ohara Festival Details
Event Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday May 19 & 20, 2018;  11:00 -18:00; parade starts at 12:50 on Sunday, May 20th
Address: Shibuya Dogenzaka and Bunkamura areas
Cost: free
Access: 2 min walk from Shibuya station around Dogenzaka area
Website: www.shibuyadeohara.jp (Japanese language only)

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12. Vietnam Festival 2018 (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Eat, drink and learn all about Vietnam at the Yoyogi Park Event Space. We think the traditional dance and music performances are amazing. Go and grab a bowl of noodles, a beer and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Vietnam.

Vietnam Festival Details
Date & Time of Event: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018 (1o:00 – 20:00)
Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Website: http://www.vietnamfes.net/(Japanese and Vietnamese language only)
Stroller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.

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Nearly New Sale BestLivingJapan13. Tokyo American Club Women`s Group Nearly New Sale (Azabudai)  – The Tokyo American Clubs Women’s group is holding their annual Nearly New Sale on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. A great selection of adult and childrens` used clothes (many Western sizes), baby items, toys, books, videos, household items and much more. Most of the products for sale are imported items, and sold by foreign Tokyo American Club members.

*Cash only. No children under 12 or strollers are permitted (children ages 0–2 allowed if strapped in a carrier).

Nearly New Sale BestLivingJapanNearly New Sale Details:
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018;  10:00 – 13:30
Address: Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区 麻布台2−1−2)
Phone: 03-4588-0381
Cost: Free attendance, open to the public
Website: https://www.tokyoamericanclub.org/index.php/en/event-calendar-top/event/8473-nearly-new-sale

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Fireflies in Yokohama14. Firefly Evening in Yokohama (Sankeien Garden) – Sankeien is a beautiful garden any time of the year, however, from May 25 – June 3rd the garden will stay open until late so visitors can see the Fireflies dancing around the garden and pond. The garden will be dark so be careful when walking. The garden management also asks that visitors do not use their flashes nor portable phones to create light since this will be a nuisance for other visitors. Also do not try to catch the fireflies since they will only live one week and everyone would like to enjoy it. Have a fun Tokyo Family Weekend in Yokohama.

Dates: May 25 – June 3rd  19:30-21:00 (last admission 8:30pm)
Phone: 04-5621-0635
Admission: Adults (junior high school students and above) 700 yen, children (elementary students and below) 200 yen
Access: Take a bus from Yokohama Station, Sakuragicho Station, Negishi Station (JR Line) or Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minatomirai Line)
Website: http://www.sankeien.or.jp/en-event/09.html


Tokyo Area May 2018 Recommended Activities & Events

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