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Tokyo Family Activities for the Weekend of May 9 – 10, 2015

Tokyo Family Activities for the weekend of May 9 - 10, 2015Here are the recommended Tokyo family activities for the weekend of May 9 – 10, 2015. The weather is supposed to be beautiful so venture out and explore!   Want some Japanese culture then head to the Okinawa Festival in Yoyogi, If you are in the shopping mood there are great bargains to be found at the Nishimachi Community Flea Market or the Tokyo Flea Market. Of course don’t forget the Tokyo Area Antique Markets. Are you a Star Wars lover? If yes, a must visit before June is the Star Wars exhibit in Roppongi Hills.  If you are still unwinding from the craziness of GW, then take a leisurely stroll through one of my favourite parks – Shirogane Nature Park. Enjoy!

Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Activities for the Weekend of May 9 – 10, 2015

005-1#1. Okinawa Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Do you feel summer in the air? Get in the tropical spirit by attending the Okinawa Festival at Yoyogi Park this weekend. If you love great music, delicious food and want to learn more about Okinawa this is a good event for the family.  Definitely on my list for some late afternoon relaxation this weekend.

Okinawa Festival Details
Date: Sat – Sun, May 9 – 10, 2015025
Time:11:00 – 19:00
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.okifes.com/ (Japanese langauge only)


Nishimachi Community Service Flea Market#2. Nishimachi International School Flea Market (Moto Azabu, Minato-ku) — Nishimachi International School is holding their annual Nishimachi Community Service Flea Market this Saturday, May 9th. 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! You can also enjoy a talent show by Nishimachi students and a delicious BBQ for all on the playground. This year proceeds will go to Tohoku and the Kirivorn School in Cambodia.

Nishimachi Community Service Flea Market Details
Date: Saturday – May 09, 2015
Time:10:00 – 15:00
Address: Nishimachi International School, 2-14-7 Motoazabu, Minato, Tokyo
Cost: free entrance
Access: 10 min walk from Azabu Juban station on the Oedo and Namboku lines, or 12 min walk from Hiroo station on the Hibiya line.
Website: http://www.nishimachi.ac.jp/pagecalpop.cfm?p=1&bid=230&verbose=1222464


The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane#3 The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane (Shirogane, Minato-ku) – If you do not have time to get outside of Tokyo, but want to escape for an hour or two than the park run by The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane is a convenient and tranquil solution. The Japanese iris are just starting to bloom. I love this park and Baby loves watching the turtles and hiking in the “jungle”. Even though the park is located right next to a highway that cuts through Minato-ku you will not know it. The sounds of birds and the breeze through the trees covers the city sounds.  When you arrive at the park purchase your tickets at the handy ticket The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorganemachine, pin your entry ribbon to your top and enter the wild. Remember only to leave footprints, and only take memories and photos. Also return the entry ribbon since the are very eco and reuse. Also note; the park is closed on all Mondays unless a national holiday. There is no parking for cars, but a nice area for bicycles.

The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane  Details
Open days: Open everyday except Mondays.
Times: September 1 to April 30: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (visitors are admitted until 4:00 pm); May 1 to August 31: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (visitors are admitted until 4:00 pm)
Admission cost: adults 310 yen, high school students and below free
Address: 5-21-5, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3441-7176
Website: http://www.ins.kahaku.go.jp/english/index.html
Toilets: available in main building at entry (it is about a 45-60 min walk for small children through park)
Strollers and wheelchairs: Good for main entry area but hard on inclines and around the lake/marsh boardwalk.


The 7th Tokyo Flea Market BestLivingJapan#4. The 7th Tokyo Flea Market 第7回東京蚤の市概要 (Tamagawa) – This huge flea market running all day on Sat and Sun (May 9 – 10; 10:00 – 19:00) has everything from household items to collectables. You can spend hours picking through other people’s “treasures and junk”.  The Tokyo Flea Market is one of the largest Japanese flea markets in Japan, and attracts sellers from around the country. There are also numerous music performances and food vendors in attendance so enjoy.

The 7th Tokyo Flea Market 第7回東京蚤の市概要 Details
Dates: May 9 -10, 2015; 10:00  – 19:00
Address: Tokyo Oval Keiokaku, 4-31-1 Tamagawa, Chofu-shi, Tokyo
Cost: 500 yen per person over elementary age
Website: http://tokyonominoichi.com/2015_spring/
Access: 2 min walk from Keio Tamagawa Station on the Keio line


#5. The Star Wars: Visions Exhibition (Roppongi Hills, Roppongi) – Now that the lines have died down a bit venture out to the 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. photo2

The Star Wars: Visions Exhibition Details 
Dates: running until June 15th, 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/

Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Activities for the Weekend of May 9 – 10, 2015


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