Sorry to be late posting the Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events for Feb 28th and Mar 1st, 2015 its been a busy week. Looks like the weather will be beautiful on Saturday with some risk of light rain on Sunday. Enjoy some early spring activities this weekend. My recommendations are #1. visit Kawagoe for the antique market on Saturday the 28th and explore the town, #2.check out the plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Koishikawa Park in Tokyo, 3. see the Ninnami Dohachi ceramics exhibit before it ends on Sunday, March 1st, and 4. enjoy some last minute skating before rinks close for the season! Strawberry picking season is also winding down so go get some big red ones before its too late. Last, but not least, if you have a daughter in the family get ready for Girls Day celebrations on Tuesday, March 3rd. Also, I have reorganised BestLivingJapan to have activity categories for babies & toddlers, elementary, and tweens and teens. It’s still day one at BestLivingJapan so much more to add but hope it helps you enjoy your life more in Japan!
Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 28th & Mar 1, 2015
#1 Kawagoe Antique Market (Saturday, February 28th) – This antique market is held every month on the 28th in Kawagoe, Saitama. This market is a very large event with over 100 sellers, and one of my favourites! There is everything from antique furniture to pottery and kimonos. Definitely worth the 60-80 min trip. I recommend that you make a day of it and visit the old town of Kawagoe. The town of Kawagoe has a great main street with Edo houses and warehouses (now most holding cute stores), the Kawagoe Festival Museum and candy lane. The Antique market is located about 10-15 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. You can also take other trains to Kawagoe station, which is a 20 min walk. There is parking, but it tends to fill by early in the morning (arrive before 8 a.m. or wait 30-40 mins in line).
Kawagoe Antique Market Details
• Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015
• Times: 5:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 100 sellers
• Parking: yes, but fills early, after which you must wait 30-40 mins to park
• Access: 17 minutes from Hon-kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line/ 20 minutes from Kawagoe-shi Station on Tobu Tojo Line
• Address: 9-2 Kubo-cho, Kawagoe City
• Phone: 049-222-0173 Japanese language only
#2. Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Koishikawa Park in Tokyo – I recommend viewing plum blossoms at the Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Koishikawa Korakuen. Both are located in central Tokyo. Koganei Park, out towards Chofu, is also a beautiful park to visit for plums and to experience the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum.
Yushima Tenjin Shrine is located at on the Chiyoda Subway line a two min walk from Yushima station. The Shrine is famous for students to visit before taking their entrance exams for high school and college. The annual Plum Blossom Festival is taking place now and will end March 8th. Information is available in 3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; 03-3836-0753 English at this link. http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/eng-page/english.htm
Koishikawa Korakuen is located on the Marunouchi Subway line. This is one of my favourite autumn foliage spots in Tokyo, but also great for plum and cherry as well. The garden is a traditional Japanese garden with three main ponds and is a great escape from the concrete of Tokyo. The Plum Blossom festival runs through Sunday.
open times: everyday 9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30) closed 12/29-1/1
address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
access:3 mins walk from Idabashi Sta. on the Toei Oedo Line; 8 min walk from east exit of Iidabashi on the JR Sobu, Tozai, Yurakucho, and Nanboku lines.
entry cost: general 300JPY, over 65 150JPY
#3. The Ninnami Dohachi Ceramics exhibit at the Suntory Museum – Loved this ceramics exhibit! Should add a caveat that I am a pottery lover. However, even if you are not a collector of tea ceremony cups, you will enjoy this exhibit. Dohachi an 18 – 19th-century Kyoto-based potter had a keen sense of humour. My favourite part of the exhibit were the huge incense burners of monkeys and monks whose mouths are the diffuser of the incense smoke. If you are going to attend one ceramic exhibit this year, I recommend the Ninnami Dohachi Exhibit! Probably the best ceramics exhibit I have seen in Japan. Ends March 1st so this weekend is your last chance!
Suntory Museum Ninnami Dohachi Exhibit Details
Address: Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3rd floor, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open days and hours: until March 1st (Sun.), 2015; 10:00-18:00 Friday and Saturday 10:00-20:00 (closed on Tuesdays)
Cost: Adult 1,300 yen, college and HS students 1,000 yen, jr HS and under free
Access: Direct access via underground walkway from Roppongi station on the Hibiya and Oedo Lines
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible
#4. Enjoy some last minute skating before rinks close for the season! – Some rinks are already closed, but The Ice Rink at Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi) is open for one more week! It is located in the Midtown complex and is the largest seasonal rink in Tokyo area at 20m×42m (840㎡). The skating rink charges one fee that includes admission, skates and if wanted helmets and knee pads. Have a fun time skating in beautiful Midtown under the city lights. This rink is not covered so if it rains the rink does close. Sponsor of the rink is the Diners Club International.
The Ice Rink at Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi) Details
Address: Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi, Tokyo
Days and Times: until March 8, 2015; 11:00～22:00
Cost: Skating fee and skate rental package is adults 1,500 JPY and kids junior high and under 1,000 JPY per day; Skate sizes 15-32 cms available
Access: At the Roppongi Station on the Namboku and Hibiya lines, 5 min walk from the Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line
Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events: Feb 28th and Mar 1st, 2015
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