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Tokyo January 2018 Events – Laugh, Learn and Live – Happy New Year!

Here are our recommended Top Tokyo January 2018 Events to start the New Year. Bundle up and enjoy the antique markets, food, festivals and hinamatsuri dolls that are lined up this month. In case you missed it Best Living Japan is excited to offer 12 courses from January to April 2018. We are partnering with passionate instructors who have years of expertise in each course area of study. What is your new year resolution? Build a new portable career, learn to cook, improve your home or just be more organized? We have you covered. Register today to secure your space! Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! -Lauren & Sandra

Tokyo Antique Shrine and Flea Markets

1. O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – Held twice a month; 1st and 3rd Sundays. Is said to be the largest outdoor Antique market in Japan. Super central and convenient for people who live in downtown Tokyo. This is one of my favourites.
• Date: Sunday, January 7th & 21st, 2018
• Time: 9:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 250 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
• Parking: plenty of parking available
• Access: 1 min walk from Yurakucho Station, 5 mins walk from Tokyo Station.
• Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
• Website: https://www.antique-market.jp/english/

Tokyo January 2018 Events

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2. Furusato Matsuri (Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo-ku) –  This event starts Friday, January 12 and runs through January 21st. If you want to experience Japanese food from all around the country then the Furusato Matsuri is a good gourmet solution.  Prefectures from around Japan participate in the Furusato Matsuri serving their food, drink and local festivals to the hungry and curious public. The highlights are donburi from around Japan, local meats, seafood, sake and “Traditional Performances” (festivals assembled from all over Japan). Fun indoor weekend in January, but not good if you are on a diet.

Furusato Matsuri Event Details
Date of event: Friday, January 12, 2018 – Sunday, January 21, 2018
Time: open everyday from 10:00 – 21:00 (1/21 closes at 18:00)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 minute walk from Kasuga Station exit A1 on the Oedo lines1; 8 min walk from Korakuen Station exit 2 on the Marunouchi and Namboku lines); and 8 min walk from the Suidobashi Station on the Chuo-Sobu and Mita lines
Website: http://furusatomatsuritokyo.com/

Tokyo January 2018 Events

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3. Antique Jamboree (Tokyo Big Site) – Is the largest Japanese, European and American antique and toy collectables show in Japan with over 500 dealers. This show is held twice a year in January and August. There are also antique repair experts at the show who can fix your treasures from ceramics to furniture. This show is a three-day event, but if you want to attend the first day (January 13th) you need to purchase an early bird ticket.

If you head over to the Tokyo Big Site, add on a side trip to the Gas Science Museum in Toyosu, or check out some great family fun in Odaiba at the Miraikan Museum, Legoland or relax at the Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Date: Friday – Sunday, January 12 – 14th, 2018
Time: 10:00-17:00
Price: 1,000 yen day ticket/800 yen advance purchase – tickets for sale at Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, Circle K and Sunkus
Access: 7 minutes from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line, or 3 minutes walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on the Yurikamome line
Address: Tokyo Big Site exhibition hall 1E, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0063
Phone: 03-5530-1111 (Tokyo Big Site number)
Website: http://kottoh-jamboree.com/

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Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets

4. Setagaya Boroichi – Flea Market (Setagaya) – Over 700 stalls selling everything and the kitchen sink. Get off at Setagaya station and walk Boroichi Dori to Kamimachi Station. Plan for 2-3 hours to see the entire street. Very crowded so not recommended for children. This event only happens twice a year in December and January.
Date: Monday & Tuesday, January 15-16th, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 21:00
Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)

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Tokyo January 2018 Events
5. Meguro Gajoen Hina Doll Exhibit – Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri dolls (雛祭り) is absolutely beautiful. Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) is celebrated at homes across Japan which has a daughter on March 3rd. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. Not only will the dolls impress you, but the rooms they are displayed in are very ornate. Learn about Girls’ Day and the art of Hinamatsuri Dolls this year.
Address: Meguro Gajoen, 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3468-2933
Dates and Times: Friday, January 19 – Sunday, March 11, 2018; 10:00 – 17:00 (no admission after 16:30)
Cost: Adults 1,500 JPY (advance 1,200 JPY), junior high school – college students 800 JPY, children elementary and under free
Access: 10 minutes from Meguro Station; Yamanote, Tokyu Meguro, Namboku, Mita lines
Website: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/hinamatsuri/
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6. Earth Garden Winter 2018 – The Earth Garden Craft Fair takes place four times a year. The earthy folk of Tokyo converge on Yoyogi Park to enjoy discovering eco products, organic foods and music. There are over 200 booths that will be displaying products and services to this eco and crafty group. Very fun, and impossible to walk way empty-handed. There is also a good music line-up to keep you dancing and warm. Kids will definitely enjoy participating in the baby and kids activities as well as wandering the stalls with parents.

Earth Garden Winter 2018 Details
Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2018, 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5468-3282
Cost: Free
Access: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi-Hachiman station (Odakyu line)
Website: http://www.earth-garden.jp/feature/fes_calendar/

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7. Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 – I grew up sewing and knitting, so I love crafty events such as this one. Even though I am not a quilter I am planning on attending this event to inspire new ideas for projects. Each year has a theme – this year is the “Fabric, Needles, and Thread Exhibition.” If you are a quilter, fabric lover or have an aspiring quilter in your family, this is a fun show to attend. Not only a great show of quilts, but suppliers and workshops as well. Happy Stitching.

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 Details

Tokyo Weekend January 21 - 22, 2017 Family ActivitiesAddress:
 Tokyo Dome (1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
Phone: 03-3467-4527
Open days and hours: Thursday, January 25 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (7 days); Opens at 9:30 closes at 18:00 (Opens at 11:00 am on first day and closes at 17:30 pm on final day)
Cost: 1,900 JPY in advance; 2,100 JPY at the door; Free for children 12 and under (elementary school-age) accompanied by an adult. Purchase Advance Tickets Here.
Access: 7 min walk from Korakoen station on the Namboku or Marunouchi Lines
Website: https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/quilt/
Notes: Stroller and wheelchair accessible; some activities for kids

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8. Top Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo – Enjoy the season frolicking in powder with our top recommended ski / snowboard day trips from Tokyo. Great for families, offers lessons for kids and easily accessible.

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Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter

9. Tokyo Ice Skating – Enjoy the seasonal outdoor rinks during the winter months, and if the love of skating hits you can continue in one of the year-round rinks located in Tokyo.

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December 23 & 24, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

10. Tokyo Museum Exhibits – Enjoy these great Tokyo museum exhibitions. Lots of options from popular characters to animals and art to keep your kids engaged and amused while learning a bit about art and science. There are five exhibits listed with varying end dates from January – April 2018. Don’t miss out!  If you are just looking for a fun museum any time of the year, visit our top Tokyo Museums with Kids.

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BONUS: Go Strawberry Picking

strawberryJanuary is peak season for strawberry picking in Japan. Strawberry picking is in greenhouses so you can stay toasty warm! Here is our updated list of top strawberry picking gardens you can enjoy in the Tokyo area on a half-day or one-day trip. Many of these gardens run through May, but best strawberries are January through February. The cost of picking decreases at most gardens as the picking become less ideal. Have fun!



Tokyo January 2018 Events – Laugh, Learn and Live – Happy New Year!


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