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Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 5 & 6, 2015

This crazy weather lately is making it tough to give recommendations for the Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 5th & 6th, 2015. Also, it seems the weekend after Japanese school starts is a bit of a dry spell on special events. Understandably all parents are exhausted and thinking “Let’s just stay home and cocoon”.  For those tireless adventurers heading out I am recommending the following; 1. celebrate the beginning of Fall at the Meguro Sanma Matsuri, 2. take a day trip to Kamakura one of my most favorite place in Japan, 3. treasure hunt at the O-edo Antique Market in Yoyogi, 4. ride free bikes at the Imperial Palace, and 5. party at the ASEAN Festival in Yoyogi.

This weekend I will be remembering one of the most important women in my life who passed away exactly one year ago. Remember that life is to be enjoyed and cherished! Don’t waste one day. Laugh, Learn and Live!  – Lauren

***Give back and consider attending one of the great Charity Events in Tokyo this Fall.

Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 5 & 6, 2015

images1. Meguro Sanma Matsuri (Meguro, Tokyo) – One of my favourite things about Japan is the local community festivals. This Sunday 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 6,000 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 neighbourhood, walk down the street and take a beautiful stroll through the Nature Park where you will forget you are even in downtown Tokyo.

Meguro Sanma Matsuri Details
Date: Sun, September 6th, 2015
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://sunfest.emeguro.com/ (Japanese only)
Note: will be very crowded so I do not advise on strollers


2. Day Trip to Kamakura (Kanagawa-ken) – Kamakura is a great one day trip from Tokyo.Day Trip to Kamakura Jiji  (my 83-year old father-in-law) and I headed to Kamakura for a quick day trip on a lovely autumn day last year.  Jiji had not been to Kamakura in over ten years, I seem to go in two-year cycles. Kamakura is the type of place though that you never tire. Each season offers a different experience, and there are so many temples, stores, restaurants and also the beach to enjoy. Our goal was to see four temples and have a relaxing lunch. We had a very nice four-hour tour, and Jiji slept like a baby on the train back to Tokyo. Read more here about our course and overall adventure. 
Kamakura day trip www.bestlivingjapan.com





2. Oedo Antique Market (Yoyogi, Tokyo)Not to be mistaken for the Oedo market held at the International Forum in Yurakucho. This market is managed by the same organizer but in Yoyogi. Not only will you find a nice selection of antiques but also crafts and other homewares. Enjoy some DSC_0828wonderful shopping and then have a great lunch at the ASEAN Festival right next door in the park (details below) or venture to Little Bird Gluten Free Restaurant in Harajuku or visit the Farmers Market over near Omotesando.

Oedo Antique Market Details

• Date: Saturday, September 6th, 2015
• Times: 9:00 – 16:00
• What is for sale: about 100 sellers of Japanese antiques and and crafts
• Parking: public paid parking on the street
• Access: Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote or Chiyoda Lines
• Address: Yoyogi Park
• Phone: 03-6407-6011 (Japanese language only)
• Website: www.antique-market.jp/english

3. Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living JapanSunday Biking at the Imperial Palace (Hibiya, Tokyo)  – Biking at the Imperial Palace is an enjoyable and economical way to spend your Sunday. You do not need to own a bike, nor be an expert biker. The Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute (JBPI), a non-profit organisation established 1964, funds and runs the Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace program for the public. The 3K course, open exclusively on Sundays from 10:00-15:00 runs from the north side of Hibiya Park to north of the palace. There are about 150 free bikes available to borrow; selection ranges from mama-chari to tandem bikes and kids’ rollers. There’s also a training corner for bike newbies, and kids can even take classes on how to ride. The Palace Cycling Course is beautifully surrounded by a castle moats and pine trees. Please note — Borrowed bicycles are allowed to be used only within the Palace Cycling Course. Also closed on rainy days.

Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
A variety of bikes available
Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
Guys in green Jackets will help you out
Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
Lots of space to bike






Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Details
Address: Imperial Palace Outer Garden, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo ※Bike rental at info counter next to the Imperial Palace Police Box near Exit 2 of Nijubashi Station on the Chiyoda Line Subway (look for men in green jackets)
Hours: Sundays 10:00 – 15:00
Access: Nijubashimae Station (Chiyoda line), exit 2
Website: http://www.jbpi.or.jp/english.php


3_Asean2015-600x3725. ASEAN Festival (Yoyogi, Tokyo) – I love Southeast Asian food so my family will be popping by the ASEAN Festival this weekend in Yoyogi Park. There will be food booths from the 10 ASEAN country that includes the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and more. You also can enjoy live entertainment including traditional performing arts from each country. Great chance, to learn a little about each country in ASEAN. Entry is free. While at the festival check out the Oedo Antique and Flea Market right next door (details above).

ASEAN Festival Details
Date: Sat – Sun, September 5th & 6th, 2015
Time: Sat 10:00 – 20:00; Sun 10:00 – 19:00
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.yoyogipark.info/2014/asean-2015/ (Japanese only)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.


Tokyo Area Weekend Activities and Events – September 5 & 6, 2015

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  1. Great information, thanks for helping weekend planning!

  2. Great to know about the Imperial Palace bike program. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday!

  3. Thank you for these great ideas! I was really running out of things to do with the kids! See you at Yoyogi tomorrow!

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