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July 21 & 22, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended July 21 & 22, 2018 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities for families in Japan. Japanese schools are now officially out for summer break so attractions and events will be crowded the next seven weeks. Plan ahead and stay cool. This weekend the first big Tokyo fireworks will take place in Adachi-ku. If you are searching for other activities this summer, please check out Tokyo Summer Events and Activities page. Have a great Tokyo Family Weekend! – Best Living Japan Moms

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Tokyo Hanabi – This weekend marks the start of the big summer fireworks festivals. Here are our recommended fireworks to checkout for July. Visit our Top Tokyo Summer Fireworks List for Details.

1. July 21st, Saturday – The Adachi Fireworks

2. July 28th Saturday – Hachioji Fireworks

3. July 24th, Tuesday – Kastsushika Nouryo Fireworks

4. July 28th, Saturday – Sumidagawa River Fireworks

5. July 29th, Saturday – Tachikawa Matsuri Fireworks

2. The 46th Mita Whole Town Noryo Carnival 2018– A great local festival. The carnival is sponsored by the Mita Shotengai Promotion Association and Keio Naka Dori Shotenkai. You can enjoy the sounds of the Metropolitan Police Department Color Guard drumming corps, Shutoku University mid-high marching band, live music, food, drink and games.
Date and Time: Saturday, July 21st, 2018; 16:00 – 21:00
Address: Around the Mita Street, 3-1-16, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Website: http://mitashotengai.jp/carnival.html
Access: 2 minute walk from Mita station on the Mita line or Tamachi station on the JR Yamanote Line


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3. Edogawa Goldfish Festival (Kasai, Edogawa-ku) – Edogawa is one of the few places in Japan that farms goldfish, and the festival is a celebration of this industry. Families flock to the Edogawa Goldfish Festival mainly to participate in kingyo-sukui, or goldfish scooping. Another highlight of the Edogawa Goldfish Festival is foods and drinks made from komatsuna, a healthy nutrient-rich green leafy vegetable.

Event Date & Time: Saturday, July 21 (10:00 – 18:00) – Sunday, July 22 (10:00 – 16:00). You can do goldfish scooping from 10:00 to 16:00 p.m on Saturday and 10:00 to 14:30 on Sunday, with a 2 hour break on both days from 11:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m
Address: 3-2-1 Kita Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03‐5662‐0539
Website: http://www.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/kingyo/index.html
Access: 15 minutes walk from Nishi-Kasai Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

4. TV Asahi and Roppongi Hills` Summer Station – This annual event is filled with live entertainment, games and activities. Purchase their 1-day Summer pass (2,000 yen JHS and older; 1,000 yen 4 years to elementary school) at the booths near the Doraemon statues to gain free entry into the Roppongi Hills arena and TV Asahi to explore all the activities they have to offer. Check their schedule to see which day you want to attend (Japanese language). Take photos with the unique Doraemon statues, watch live shows and exciting performances, try summer food and cool off with a collection of Kakigori (Shaved Ice flavored with syrup). 

Event Date: Now till Sunday, August 26, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 19:00
Fee: Free entry into Roppongi Hills. Pay for food and events. 1-day event passes are available at the Summer Station Stands throughout the Hills complex. Middle school aged students to Adults 2000 yen; 4 years to Elementary aged students 1000 yen.
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ)
Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/summerstation/ (Japanese Language)
Access: Roppongi Station on the Oedo or Hibiya Lines

5. The 5th Africa Festival (Yoyogi Park)  is an event with the purpose of promoting the relationship between Cote d’Ivoire and Japan as well as deepening the awareness and understanding of Africa in Tokyo. Enjoy the music, dancing, and food. Come learn and enjoy! While you`re there visit the Bike Park in Yoyogi Park, Yoyogi Park Ponies, and play in the Mud Park.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 19:00
Address: Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage, 2-2-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 min walk from Hibiya Station on the Marunouchi, Hibiya, and Chiyoda Lines
Website: https://www.imanoafrica.com/

Fuurin Matsuri6. Fuurin Matsuri 2018, Nishiarai (Adachi-ku Tokyo) – A fuurin means wind chime in Japanese. Summer is a time when Japanese families place glass, metal and ceramic fuurins in their gardens to hear the beautiful ting-a-lings of summer breezes. At the Adachi Nishiarai Daishi temple fuurin craft people from across Japan set up booths to sell their creations. There are thousands of fuurin on display and the sound is amazing if the breeze is blowing. Taiko Performers and Wind Chime painting (Adults 1000 yen, Children 500 yen) on Sundays. Highly recommend the beauty of sight and sound.

Fuurin Matsuri
Event: Monday, July 2nd – Sunday, August 5th, 2018; 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Nishiarai Daishi, 1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free
Access: 8 min walk from Daishimae Station on the Tobu Daishi Line

Tokyo antique markets

7. Yamato Antique Fair (Yamato, Kanagawa) – The fair probably is the largest of its kind in the Kanto district. Yamato Promenade Antique Market was first introduced in 1998 to promote businesses of the city’s commercial district, and the event has been supported by Yamato City and the chamber of commerce. Due to the size of the market and proximity to Yokohama this is a very popular market.

Date: Saturday, July 21st 2018
Time: 6:00 to 16:00
What is for sale: 200 sellers
Parking: no
Access: 1 minute from Yamato Station on Odakyu Enoshima Line and Sotetsu Line
Address: Yamato Promenade, Kanagawa
Phone: 090-8856-9108 (headquarter)/ 090-2314-3646(Koshuya) Japanese language only
Website: n/a

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8. Nogi Shrine Fair (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Although a smaller market with about 40 sellers, the quality of the selection is higher-end catering to the large number of foreign shoppers. The Nogi Shrine is also very interesting;  dedicated to General Maresuke Nogi (1840-1912). Nogi was a great soldier and a hero of the Meiji period. He commanded the Imperial Army and took
Port Arthur from Russia in 1905 at the same time he lost both his sons in the combat. On the day of the funeral of Emperor Meiji in 1912, he and his wife took their lives.
Date: Sunday, July 22nd and 29th 2018
Times: 9:00 to 15:00 p.m.
What is for sale: 40 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
Parking: none available
Access: 3 min walk from Nogizaka sta. on the Chiyoda line
Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Website: http://www.nogijinja.or.jp  (Shrine website, Japanese language only)

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9. Ueno Summer Festival 2018 (Ueno) – From July 14th – August 12th the annual Ueno Park Summer festival will take place. The festival is throughout the park and includes music, food booths, plant sales and all kinds of antiques for sale. You can also enjoy the beautiful lanterns that are set a float on Shinobazu Pond. Put on your Yukata one summer day and enjoy.

Ueno Summer Festival 2018
Event Date & Time: Saturday, July 14  to Sunday, August 12, 2018; everyday 9:00 – 20:00
Address: Shinobazu Pond area, 2-Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3833-0030
Cost: Free
Website: www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/uenonathumathuri.html
Access: 5 min walk from Ueno Station (Park Exit) on the JR Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line


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