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Top 5 April 9 & 10, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

Here are our recommended Top 5 April 9 & 10, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities.  It looks like it will be a very warm and blue sky weekend which is just perfect for a fun line-up of festivals and outdoors activities. The cherry blossoms have survived the recent rain in many places so get out for they last blossoms!Here are our favourite spots for cherry blossoms.   Lauren and Sandra

Top 5 April 9 & 10, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities

12572949_495716487275067_2908900114721494974_n1. Brazil Carnival 2016, Odaiba –  One of the best things about Tokyo are the weekend international food and culture festivals that run from April through the fall.  The Brazil Carnival this weekend is the first one and sure to be very crowded with the warmer weather. A great festival with Brazilian food and entertainment from 11:00 -20:00 all weekend. While in the area I highly recommend you visit the Miraikan to visit the GameOn! Exhibit.03

Event Date and Time: Fri, Sat and Sun, April 8-10th, 11:00 – 20:00
Admission: free, but you will need to buy a 200 yen wrist band to buy more food and drink
Address: Symbol Promende Park, 1-2 Daiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.nrg.co.jp/nikkenlease/brazil-carnival/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brazil.carnival.events/?fref=nf


12742258_765195636946734_2510321583536629384_n2. Outdoor Day, Yoyogi Koen – This weekend is the 16th Outdoor Day in Yoyogi event space (between the NHK studios and the Park). Take your kids and explore camping tents, RVs and lots of other fun outdoor activities. This event will definitely get you thinking about where to go camping this summer in Japan.

Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun, April 9 & 10, 10:00 – 17:00 – rain or shine!
Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Tokyo
Website: Japanese language only
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outdoor-Day-Japan-232863223513314/


3. Asakusa Spring Festival Weekend, Asakausa – Really any day of the year is a great time to visit Asakusa and Senso-Ji Temple but this weekend on Saturday and Sunday there will be two large Spring Festival Events. On Saturday around noon, there will be a parade down the main street of Asakusa to Senjo-ji of maiko, geisha, and kabuki actors. On Sunday at noon, there is a sirasagi_main(white heron dance) which is a beautifully graceful dance with parade participants dressed in heron and warrior costumes. Both parades offer a neat insight into Japan’s culture history and also a super photo opportunity. I recommend you get a good spot in the Senso-ji temple main square to see the final approach.sirasagi_main

Event Date and Time: Sat and Sun; all day but parades between noon – 14:00.
Address: Senso-ji, 2-3-1 Asakusa
Cost: Free


Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan4. Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace is an enjoyable and economical way to spend your Sunday. You do not need to own a bike, nor be an expert biker.

The Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute (JBPI), a non-profit organisation established 1964, funds and runs the Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace program for the public. The 3K course, open exclusively on Sundays from 10:00-15:00 runs from the north side of Hibiya Park to north of the palace. There are about 150 free bikes available to borrow; selection ranges from mama-chari to tandem bikes and kids’ rollers. There’s also a training corner for bike newbies, and kids can even take classes in how to ride. The Palace Cycling Course is beautifully surrounded by a castle moats and pine trees. Please note — Borrowed bicycles are allowed to be used only within the Palace Cycling Course. Also closed on rainy days.

Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
Just register at the tent
Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace Best Living Japan
Guys in green Jackets will help you out

Address: Imperial Palace Outer Garden, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo ※Bike rental at info counter next to the Imperial Palace Police Box near Exit 2 of Nijubashi Station on the Chiyoda Line Subway (look for men in green jackets)
Hours: Sundays 10:00 – 15:00
Access: Nijubashimae Station (Chiyoda line), exit 2
Website: http://www.jbpi.or.jp/english.php


5. Japan Local Food Festival Kuohzei 2016, Hibiya Park – After walking around the Imperial Palace viewing the cherry blossom or biking visit the Japan Local Food Festival in Hibiya Park. There will be food and beverages from Hokkaido to Okinawa to try. Great break to refuel.
Event Date and Time: Thurs – Sun, April 7 – 10, 2016; 10:00 – 20:00 T/F/S, 10:00 – 18:00 Sun
Cost: free entry, food and beverage cost
Address: Hibiya Park, 1-6, Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: Hibiya Station, Hibya Park exists (Marunouchi, Hibiya, Chiyoda lines)
Website: http://kuohzei.jp/


Top 5 April 9 & 10, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities


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