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Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 13 – 14, 2015

Here are the top five recommended Tokyo family weekend activities for June 13 – 14, 2015. The weather looks great for Saturday, but a little iffy on Sunday. I highly recommend the Bunkyo Ajisai Festival and Vietnam Festival for Saturday while the sun is out. If it rains this weekend, try the Tokyo Toy Museum if you have younger ones or the Ota Ukiyoe Museum exhibit on Tokyo Evil if you have tweens or teens. Also consider a 1/2 day trip to Chiba to visit a great fish market. Have fun and venture out!

Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 13 – 14, 2015

Tokyo Family Weekend Activities BestLivingJapan1. View the beautiful hydrangea at the Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri 2015 (Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku) – We attended last weekend and had a great time. There are food and beverage booths, live music performances and art projects for the kids. Officially rainy season has begun, which means the blooming of hydrangeas (Ajisai in Japanese). The most magnificent display of Ajisai in Tokyo is at Hakusan Shrine. The Shrine has over 3,000 Ajisae plants which when in full bloom are a sea of blue. Hakusan Shrine is also one of the most important shrines in Tokyo having been built in the 8th century to pray for a IMG_9660remedy for smallpox. The path leading up to the shrine is very charming with many small food booths and stone lanterns.  The shrine is now a designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo.

IMG_9667Bunkyo-ku Ajisai Festival 2015 Details
Event dates: Saturday, June 6 – Sunday, June 14, 2015
Address: Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3812-7111
Access: 3 minute walk from Hakusan Shring on the Toei Mita Subway Line
Website: NA



Vietnam Festival 20152.Vietnam Festival 2015 (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – The last two months there have been some great festivals in Yoyogi from Laos to Jamacia. This weekend you can eat, drink and learn all about Vietnam. I personally 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: Sat – Sun, June 13 & 14, 2015
Time: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)
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.


3.Ukiyo-e Ōta Museum – Tokyo Evil Exhibit –  (Harajuku) –    I love how the Ukiyoe Ota Museum pulls collections together to highlight the curiosities of life. The Tokyo Evil exhibition shows a Ukiyoe Ota Showcrazy collection of prints on Edo period murderers, thieves and all types of crime. If you are a CSI fan, this show will not let you down. Shows how time passes, but the horrible things humans can do never change. Interesting show of traditional Ukiyoe prints with a unique theme. This exhibit ends June 26th!

Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art Details
Address: 1-10-10 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3403-0880
Open hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 -17:00 (closed Monday)
Cost: Admissions:Adults 700 yen, university and sr. high school students 500 yen, jr. high and below free
Access: 3 min walk from Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line
Website: http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/


Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba by TokyoWay Best Living Japan4. Day Trip to Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba (Chiba) – If you are trying to eat healthier this year, then try a great 1/2 day outing for fresh fish and veggies to Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba.
While Tsukiji is the biggest and most famous fish market in Japan (the world?), the crowds and (sometimes) the attitude of the merchants there can make the experience a little less amazing than it should be when you areMatsudo Nanbu Ichiba by TokyoWay Best Living Japan surrounded by such rich bounty of sea and earth. The market is open until 13:00 so leave early.

Matsudo’s market has trade buyers too. They start at about 6:00 and hold their fish auction by around 6:45. Individual customers are also welcome to shop and view the auction in the early morning, but most of the trade purchasers depart by 10am, leaving the entire grounds to individuals and families drawn by the great fish and produce, the good prices and the many family-friendly events the market holds.

This article was written by Carl Kay and staff at his experiential tour company Tokyo Way (www.tokyoway.jp).

Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba Details

Address: Matsudo Wholesale Market, Shinda 30, Matsudo-shi, Chiba.
Phone: 047-363-2222
Times: Open 6am to 1pm except Sundays, holidays and occasional Wednesdays
Access: Chiyoda line to the end to Ayase and go on a few stops on the JR Joban Line it connects to, and get off at Matsudo (it’s as little as 38 minutes from Akasaka). From there a five-minute taxi or short bus ride and you are at Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba (Matsudo South Market)


5. Tokyo Tokyo Museum (Yotsuya) – Tokyo Toy Museum www.BestLivingJapan.comBaby and I love the  Tokyo Toy Museum (TTM). 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 retro-fitted an old elementary school into a DSC_1612hands-on museum and play center out of an old elementary school. Going forward The Tokyo Toy Museum will be one of our top rainy or cold day play spots. More detail here.


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. Group discount : Groups of 15 or more can get a 100 yen discount per person on admission and are welcome by appointment
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)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/t.toymuseum
English info: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/pdf/ttm_pamphlet_e.pdf



Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 13 – 14, 2015


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