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August 10 & 11, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended August 10 & 11, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. Obon in Japan, a week where Japanese families typically travel back to their hometowns to visit the graves of ancestors, begins next week. However the Obon travel season is anticipated to take place between August 10 and August 18. Due to the cultural importance of this period of the year, there are few big summer festivals or fireworks. However, there are still some great events to enjoy. If you are looking for summer activity inspirations, check out our 2018 Tokyo Summer Listing or beat the heat at these Top Tokyo Indoor playcenters and Family Friendly Museum Summer Exhibits, or relax at your home oasis with these recommended products. Have a great weekend! -Lauren & Sandra

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Junk Show (Chiyoda-ku)

Junk Show (Chiyoda-ku) – The Junk Show is full of toy and character collectibles both from Japan and overseas. There are about 100 vendors at the Saturday and Sunday show. The show is located at the Tokyo Science Museum so you could combine a treasure hunt at the Show with a visit to a great museum.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th,  2019
Time: 9:00 to 16:00
Cost to enter: 1,000 yen
What is for sale: approximately 100 vendors
Access: 7 min walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line Takebashi Station (Exit 1B), or 10 min walk from the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line/Hanzomon Line/Toei Shinjuku Line Kudanshita Station (Exit 2)
Car and bike parking: There is a large public parking facility next to the museum, and plenty of free bike parking directly to the right of the front door of the museum.
Address: Tokyo Science Museum
Website: http://www.toyshow.co

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Asakusa Toro Nagashi (Taito-ku) – A quintessential Japanese summer event. Toro nagashi is an ancient Japanese tradition where candle-holding lanterns are released into rivers around the country to guide ancestral spirits during the Obon season. You can experience watching thousands of paper lanterns floating down the Sumida River. You can also purchase your lantern and release it from the Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace near Azuma-bashi Bridge.

Asakusa Toro Nagashi Details
Event Date and Time: Saturday, August 10, 2019; Open ceremony from 18:30, releasing of lanterns from 18:45
Address: Sumida Park Shinsui Terrace, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Walking course between Azuma-bashi and Kototoi-bashi bridges)
Cost: Free. Lanterns cost 1,500 JPY
Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line, Tobu Isesaki Line or  Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station
By bus: 3 minute walk from Toei Bus Tobu Asakusa-ekimae
Website: http://e-asakusa.jp/event/5832 (In Japanese)

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Adorable Life-sized Doraemon statues at Roppongi Hills marks the beginning of their annual Summer Station. The TV Asahi and Roppongi Hills` Summer Station event is filled with live entertainment, games, activities & workshops. 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). While you`re there visit the Mori Art Museum for the stunning Shiota Chiharu exhibit, and hands-on Pixar Exhibit – #3 & #6 on our list of Summer 2019 Tokyo Family Friendly Museum Exhibits. If your little ones want to have more fun stop by Robot Park to burn off some energy, cool down at the Hillside Kids Playroom and have dinner at Pintokona Sushi – a family-friendly conveyor belt sushi spot. Have a fun and safe summer!

Roppongi Hills & TV Asahi Summer Station Events Details:

Event Date: Until Sunday, August 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 19:00
Fee: Free entry into Roppongi Hills. Pay for food and events. Summer Pass (Electronic Ticket): Adults (junior high school students) 2,000 yen; Kids (4 years old-elementary school students)  1,000 yen. Summer Pass Day pass tickets (ticket vending machine): Adults (junior high school students)  2,500 yen; Kids (4 years old-primary school child) 1,500 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

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Tokyo Antique Markets and Shione Sales, Tokyo Antiquing, Tokyo Families

There are 4 great markets this weekend; Gokokuji Antique Fair (Otsuka, Tokyo), Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo), Fuda Tenjin Shrine Antique Fair (Chofu), Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair (Fussa, Tokyo). Visit our August 2019 Antique Markets & Shrine Sales for details.

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Tokyo Area Fireworks, 2018 Top Tokyo Summer Fireworks

Jingu Gaien Fireworks (神宮外苑花火大会)

The Jingu Gaien Fireworks is unique since you need to pay to enter the fireworks area. You can see from tall buildings surrounding the four spots that the events take place but if you want to see up close and personal you need to buy a ticket; starting price 3,500 yen to upwards of 40,000 yen. Ticket details here in Japanese. The show takes place in four areas around Jingu; Jingu Kyujo Ballpark,  Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Chichibu-no-miya Rugby Field and the Softball Park. The good thing about having a ticket is that you will have a spot and not have to deal with the brutal crowds at other firework events this summer.

Date & Time: Saturday, August 10th; start 19:30-20:30; approximately 12,000 fireworks
Website: http://www.jinguhanabi.com/
Access: 5-10 min walks from numerous stations; Sendagaya Station or Shinanomachi Station on JR Sobu Line; Omotesando Station, Gaienmae Station,  Aoyama 1-chome Station on various subway lines

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Ueno Zoo, Best Living JapanSummer Nights at Ueno Zoo (Taito-ku) – Escape the heat by taking advantage of the late summer closing hours at Ueno Zoo. From Friday, August 10 – Thursday, August 16 the Ueno Zoo usually closes at 17:00, but during these special summer evenings the zoo will stay open until 20:00 (last entry 19:00). Enjoy the cooler temps, watch feeding time and enjoy some lectures on the animals lifestyles (in Japanese). A mid-August fun event for the family.

Summer Nights at Ueno Zoo Details
Event Hours and Dates: Friday, August 10 – Thursday, August 16 9:30 – 20:00
Address: Ueno Zoo, 9-83 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo 
Cost: Adults (over 16 years) 600 JPY, Children 12-15 200 JPY, and 11 and under free
Access: 10 min walk from JR Ueno Station
Website: http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/

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Night Zoo at Zoorasia – Zoorasia will keep it`s doors open till 20:30 (Last entry 19:00) every weekend in August for the family to enjoy. Enjoy the cooler temps when visiting the animals, SPECIAL Night Market with food stalls and miscellaneous goods, bird show, Lanterns, Beer Garden and more.

Dates & Times: Now till Saturday, August 31st, 2019  16:30 – 20:30 (Last entry 19:00)
Address: 1175-1 Kamishirane-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama-shi (〒241-0001 横浜市旭区上白根町1175-10)
Phone: 04-5959-1000
Access: Take a train from Yokohama to Tsurugamine or Mitsukyo Station on the Sotetsu Line or to Nakayama Station on the JR Yohohama Line. Then take a bus bound for the Yokohama Dobutsuen (Yokohama Zoo)/Zoorasia (15min).
It`s about an hour from Tokyo by car. We put the Zoorasia phone number in our car navigation and it took us to the main parking lot.
Website: http://www2.zoorasia.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yokohama-Zoological-Gardens-Zoorasia-229816240437658/timeline/

 

 

August 10 & 11, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

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