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Tokyo February 2018 events and activities for families

Tokyo February 2018 Events and Activities for Families

February is a short month but starts with devils and ends with plum blossoms, check out our recommended Tokyo February 2018 events and activities for families. Many international schools have mid-winter break in mid-February, check the school schedules here. February is a cold month in Japan and cases of influenza peak so keep warm and stay healthy

Tokyo February 2018 Events and Activities for Families

Japanese National Holidays & Big Celebrations

  • Setsubun (Devil Day), Saturday, February 3rd – Cultural  – Have fun to chase your little ones around the house throwing beans to get the devil out! 
  • Valentines Day, Wednesday, February 14th  – Cultural – Remember this day in Japan is for women to give men chocolate – women have to wait until March 14th White Day!
  • National Foundation Day – Sunday, February 11th – Banks, Post Offices, most Museums, and Office will be closed on Monday, February 12th. 

Seasonal Events

 Sapporo Snow Festival (Hokkaido)1.  Sapporo Snow Festival (Hokkaido)  February 5 – 12th 2018 – The largest snow festival in Japan. Rows of small and large snow statues are on display at three sites in Sapporo City during this festival. http://www.snowfes.com/english/

2.  Chinese New Year – February 15 – 21st 2018 – Celebrate with a trip to Yokohama Chinatown. Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Yokohama Chinatown is a short 30-minute train ride from Shibuya. To celebrate the Spring Festival, Yokohama Chinatown holds a variety of Spring Festival events every day over the 7 days.

3. Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit  (Meguro) – late January – 1st week of March — Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls is absolutely beautiful. Not only will the dolls impress you, but the rooms they are displayed in are very ornate.  My daughter loved looking at all the dolls and adventuring through the old building.

4. Plum Blossoms (Various parks) – mid- February to early March – You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms.Our favorite plum blossom viewing spots in the Tokyo area are Koganei Park (also visit the Tokyo-Open Air Architectural Museum) , Koishikawa Park (next to Tokyo Dome), Setagaya Hanegi Park (also has a dirt park and kids maze).

5. Tokyo Marathon 2018 (Tokyo) – Sunday, February 25th, 2018 – Cheer on the 35,000 runners participating in the Tokyo Marathon (42.195 km). The marathon starts at the Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building from 9:00 and ends in Odaiba. Three of the most popular spots are Zojoji Temple in Shiba Koen, Hibiya Park, which is the 10K mark, and Asakusa.  Here is an English PDF of the Tokyo Marathon course. 

Seasonal Activities & Recommended Trips

  1. Ski trips to the Japan Alps and Hokkaido – our favorite are Shigakogen in Nagano and Niseko in Hokkaido
  2. Warm-up at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Koto-ku) – To warm up this cold time of year a trip the Oedo Onsen in Odaiba is perfect. The whole family can enjoy bathing in the multiple onsens, taking a break to play games, eat Japanese food, and then bath again. A great 3-4 hour activity that all will enjoy!
  3. Visit a kid-friendly museum  www.bestlivingjapan.com/tokyo-kids-museums/
  4. Ice skating www.bestlivingjapan.com/tokyo-ice-skating-rinks-winter-2017-2018/
  5. Indoor play centers – www.bestlivingjapan.com/top-recommended-indoor-playcenters-in-tokyo/
  6. Some of our favorite recipes for cold February are nikujaga (meat and potatoes), Kabucha soup and mochi snacks. Fun to make and eat!

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