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Tokyo Weekend December,mber 14 % 15 2019

December 14 – 15, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Are you totally overwhelmed with the end of year activities? I love the holiday cheer, but gosh it is tiring. Do you have your holiday shopping completed? If not check out our recommended kids gifts and also make sure you pick-up your Best Living Japan DomoDomo iconic t-shirts @ 20% off (NO MORE TACKY T-Shirts).  Helpful information this month are traveling with kids tips, getting ready for Japanese New Year Celebrations and Planning your winter ski trips!  Take in the illuminations, visit a Christmas Market and do some holiday shopping. If you have a late start to the holidays visit our 2019 Holiday Guide. We`ve listed everything you need to get a start to the holiday season. Whatever your plans stay warm and healthy! Lauren and Sandra

If you are looking for some one of a kind holiday gifts attend one of our three classes next week – Ikkanbari (washi decorated fisherman baskets) and Kintusgi (pottery bonded with gold or silver)!

*** December 14-15, 2019 Events in Tokyo with Kids ***

December 14-15, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

1. Join a class next week!  The Best Living Japan Studio in Minami Azabu, Tokyo.

MON. Dec 16
Kintsugi – Make and Take – Kintsugi Bowl, Cup or Plate Making Class
WED. Dec 18
Ikkanbari – Japanese covered shopping basket
FRI. Dec 20
Kintsugi – Make and Take – Kintsugi Bowl, Cup or Plate Making Class

2. Visit with Santa – all locations

2019 Tokyo Santa photosLaQua Tokyo Dome (Korakoen, Bunkyo-ku) – Santa will visit the LaQua shopping area at Tokyo Dome over three days this December 2019. Kids can talk to Santa and take informal Santa Claus photos. Tokyo Dome is a super outing – Combine a fun day of indoor rollerbladingoutdoor amusement rides, Asobono playcenter, Space Museum TenQ or onsen.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 14; Sunday, December 15 and Sunday, December 22, 2019
①15:00〜 4F
②16:00〜 3F
③17:00〜 2F
④18:00〜:Christmas Market
Cost: Free
Location: 2−4−9  Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Official site: https://www.laqua.jp

3. Search for treasures

Two of my favorite antique flea markets are this Sunday. Take the kids and venture out in search for unique treasures. Little bits and bobbles can make the best holiday gifts for friends and family back home.

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 recommend for children. This event only happens twice a year December and January.
• Date: Sunday, December 15th, 2019
• Time: 9 am-9 pm
• Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
• Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)

Tokyo Antique Shrine and Flea MarketsO-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, December 15th, 2019
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 Sta., 5 mins walk from Tokyo Sta.
Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo
Website: www.antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml

Happoen Autumn leaves4. Autumn leave finale at Happo-en, Takanawa – This weekend is the last chance to see the autumn leaves lite-up for free at Happoen. Happo-en is one of the most beautiful small gardens in Tokyo. Due to the warmer fall we have experienced the leaves are still in beautiful condition. Take a family wonder through the leaves tonight.
Event: Happo-en Autumn Leaves at night
Date: Now until Sunday, December 15th
Address: Happo-en Garden, 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071 (google map)
Details: https://happo-en.com/event/autumn_festival2019/


5. Akogishi Festival, Sengakugi Temple, Takanawa, Minato-ku (Saturday, December 14)Akogishi Festival, Sengakugi Temple, Takanawa, Minato-ku

If you have not visited Sengakuji Temple, make it a Saturday adventure. You can learn all about the history of Sengakuji Temple here. It is most famous for the being the burial place of 47 samurai who killed themselves in 1703. Quite the story that kids 8+ find very interesting.  The festival is somber but quite interesting to watch the procession and historic outfits.
Event: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: Parade is from 3:00
Cost: Free
Address: Sengakuji Temple, 2 -11-1 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo (google map)

6. Ebisu Gospel Festival, Ebisu Place, Ebisu, Shibuya (Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15)

Ebisu gospel festivalThe Ebisu Gospel Festival 2019 is a great way to enjoy the holiday season. This annual event is very popular so go early to get a great spot. My daughter loves this event and we will attend again this year.
They will prefere over 30 sets so enjoy
Event Date: Saturday, December 14& 15th Sunday
Time: 13:30-18:15 (plan)
Address: Yebisu Garden Place center open space, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku

Website: Ebisu gospel festival 2019 formula HP (the outside site)




7. World Christmas Festival (Yoyogi Park) – Celebrate Christmas with international food, drinks, music and dance. While you`re there combine your visit and meet ponies, visit the Bike Park in Yoyogi Park or play in the Mud Park. Have fun!


See all Tokyo Christmas festivals and markets here.


December 14-15, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities


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