Here are the top five recommended Tokyo family weekend activities for June 20 & 21, 2015. We are now in the middle of the rainy season so it is hard to know if it will rain or not. However before it becomes horribly hot, venture out and explore! Take a boat ride, climb a mountain or visit the beach and aquarium. If you want a slower pace check out the new exhibit at 21-21 Design Sight, or relax at the Zojoji Temple Candlelight Night. Which every you choose enjoy and hug the ones you love!
Top Five Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 20 & 21, 2015
1. Take A Boat Ride On The Sumida River (Hamatsucho <-> Asakusa) – A fun, warm weather, half-day activity is to take a Tokyo river cruise from Hamatsucho Hinode Pier to Asakusa. After arriving in Asakusa tour the shrines and have a nice lunch. The boat cruise is 40 mins, and you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or beer from the onboard cafe. The trip one way is only 780 yen per adult, and kids are half price. Between 10:00 -17:00 there are usually 1-2 boats per hour, the exact timetable can be found here. Enjoy the river ride!
Address: 2-7-104 Kaigan, Minato, Tokyo (日の出桟橋 水上バス乗り場, 海岸、港区）
2. Mt. Takao Hike and Firefly Viewing at the Ukai Restaurant (Hachioji, Tokyo) – Early summer is a beautiful time of the year to visit Mt. Takao which is about a one hour train ride from Shinjuku station on the Keio Line. A wonderful day trip before it gets too hot. Mt. Takao has been a location of worship for more than 1,000 years. The main temple Yakuoin is located near the summit and is a popular place for visitors to pray for Shinto-Buddist mountain gods (Tengu). There are some of trails you can hike from the base to summit (599 meters high), or you can take the cable car or chair lift up half way. The views are beautiful, and the shrines amusing and thought-provoking at the same time. Make sure you plan for 3-4 hours minimum to go up and down Mt. Takao. After a great climb take a 10 min bus to the Ukai Toriyama restaurant for a wonderful treat. In June and July, you can view fireflies dancing over the Japanese pond and stream, and lanterns that light the restaurant aglow. A truly magical experience. For more details on, and photos from Mt. Takao and the Ukai Restaurant nearby read my post on Autumn Day at Mt. Takao.
Mt Takao Information
Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo
Access: 5 min walk from Takaosanguchi station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku
Open and cable car: everyday 8:00 to around 17:45 (longer hours on weekends and holidays)
Departures every 15 minutes
Cost of cable car: 480 yen (one way), 930 yen (round trip)
Ukai ToriyamaAddress: 3426 Minamiasakawa, Hachioji, Tokyo
Phone: 042(661)0739 (reservations necessary)
Menu: Charcoal Grilled Chicken & Beef Course lunch ￥4,970 dinner￥9,560; All prices include a 8% tax and are subject to a 10% service charge.
3. 21-21 Design Sight ‘Motion Science’ Exhibit (Roppongi/Midtown) opened June 19th. I am a huge fan of 21-21 Design Sight and visited the first day! The Motion Science exhibit is designed for all ages and is very interactive. The show is explained on the website as such: the Motion Science exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to touch and observe the power of expressions that “movements” bring about. The exhibits are great, kids from 3 up will enjoy for 60-90 mins. See how air pressure makes garbage bags breath with life and balances balls. Learn how noisy ping pong balls can be in a tower made of cardboard boxes. So many hands-on exhibits to learn the impact of motion.
The ‘Motion in Science’ exhibit will run all summer until September 29th, 2015. Combine a trip to 21-21 Design Sight with a visit to the Suntory Museum in Mid-town.
21-21 Design Sight Details
Address:9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open days and hours: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 10:00 – 19:00 (LO 18:30)
Cost: Adults 1,100 yen, university student 800 yen, high and junior high school student 500 yen, ages 12 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line
Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for June 20 & 21, 2015
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