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Tokyo February 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Events and Activities for Families

Japanese National Holidays & Big Celebrations

  • Setsubun (Devil Day), Sunday, February 3rd – Cultural  – Have fun to chase your little ones around the house throwing beans to get the devil out! 
  • Valentines Day, Thursday, 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 – Monday, February 11th – Banks, Post Offices, most Museums, and Office will be closed.

Seasonal Events

1.  Sapporo Snow Festival (Hokkaido)  February 4 – 11th, 2019 – 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 5 – 19th, 2019  – 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 14 days. 

3. Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit  (Meguro) – Now until the 2nd 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.  Our daughters 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).

Seasonal Activities & Recommended Trips

  1. Ski trips to the Japan Alps and Hokkaido – our favorite are Shigakogen in Nagano and Niseko in Hokkaido. Visit our 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo for more fantastic resorts.
  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 – https://bestlivingjapan.com/tokyo-ice-skating-rinks-winter/
  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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Tokyo February 2019 Events and Activities for Families

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