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Golden Week 2019: Top 10 Things to do in Tokyo

Golden Week 2019! Here are our Top Recommended Events and Activities for this special 10-Day GW Holiday which begins on Saturday, April 27th and runs through Monday, May 6th. Venture out and enjoy the many international food and cultural festivals.

Here is also our recommended list of kid-friendly museum exhibits for Spring 2019. If you have teens check out our Teen and Tween CheckList. Laugh, Learn & Live! ~Best Living Japan Moms

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1. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival: The Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神社) is the number one spot in Tokyo to see magnificent cascades of hanging purple wisteria (fuji flowers). The flowers are in bloom from late April through the beginning of May at which time the shrine holds the annual Wisteria Festival. The shrine will not disappoint young and old with its flowers, bridges, ponds teaming with turtles and koi, and stately shrine. Definitely a must in the spring.

Event Dates: Now until Monday, May 6, 2019
Address: 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3681-0010
Access: 15 min walk from Kameido Station (North Exit) on the Sobu Line: 15 min walk from Kinshicho Station (North Exit) on the Sobu Line or the Hanzomon Line.
Website: http://kameidotenjin.or.jp/

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2. Let`s Play with Wood Event (Ark Hills)  A family friendly event with many free and paid activities using wood; make your own spoon from Japanese cypress and taste special sweets (1,500 JPY); create a mosaic coaster using various types of wood and tiles (500 JPY / sheet); create your very own wooden name plate (1,300 JPY); wooden accessories (500 JPY); Wood rubber band shooter (1000 JPY); Wood Chair (2000 JPY); and so much more. Activities are on a first come first served basis. There will also be wooden toys for kids to play with as well as cypress balls, puzzles and marble maze. While you`re there visit the Suntory Hall Roof “Roof Garden” where you can enjoy bright flowers and beautiful fresh green. May 3rd & 4th;  10:00 to 14:00 (13:30 final admission) and May 5 (Sun, Holiday) 10: 00-16: 00 (15:30 final admission).

Ark Hills houses many family friendly restaurants in their complex. On Saturday, May 4th enjoy shopping for fresh vegetables, fruits and processed foods (10:00 to 17:00). A great spot to spend the day.

Event Dates: Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2019 (10:00 – 17:00)
Address: Ark Hills
Access: 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line “Roppongi-Itchome Station” Exit 3; 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line “Tameike-Sanno Station” Exit 13; 8-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line “Kamiyacho Station” Exit 4; 9-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Akasaka Station” Exit 5; 10-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line “Kokkaigijidomae Station” Exit 3.
Website: https://www.arkhills.com/en/events/2019/05/003898.html

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3. Hawaiian Festival (Venus Fort) – The 17th annual Odaiba Hawaiian Festival will take place at Odaiba`s Venus fort. There will be full-scale Hawaiian music performances by domestic and foreign artists; Tahitian, Hula, Polynesian dance performances, workshops and Hawaiian goods and food market. Come and learn about Hawaiian culture.

Address: 1-3-15 Aoyama, Koto Ward, Tokyo 135-0064
Dates and Hours: Saturday, April 27 – Monday, May 6, 2019  10:00 – 21:00
Cost: Free entry, pay as you eat and drink
Access: Venus Fort / MEGA WEB / Palette Plaza
Website: https://www.venusfort.co.jp/2019hawaiifestival/

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4. Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2019 Festival and Parade (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – Tokyo Rainbow Week celebration will be in full-swing from Saturday, April 27th until the end of Golden Week (May 6th) with a fun festival in Yoyogi Park and parade on April 28th. All individuals who support Tokyo Rainbow Pride are welcome to join. The parade, scheduled for Sunday, April 28th from 14:00, begins in Yoyogi Park and winds its way through the neighborhoods of Shibuya and Harajuku. To see the week’s entire program view tokyorainbowpride.com.

Address: Yoyogi Park Event Space (東京都渋谷区神南2-3)
Dates and Hours: Saturday, April 27 – Monday, May 6, 2019
Access: 10 min on foot from Harajuku Station
Website: https://tokyorainbowpride.com/

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5. Open the Park @ Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi) – Enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park, walk amongst and through a large Koi Nobori 2.5m in length and with a diameter of 2.5m (May 3 – 6), create your own Koi Nobori (May 3 – 5), and run wild at Hinokicho park & playground or relax with a good book on the great lawn. You can also take a tour to see the many trees, flowers, and birds that live on the Tokyo Midtown grounds. The Green Tour is a chance to learn about nature by looking at around 169 plants of various kinds. In Bird Tour, you will observe migratory wild birds with a handbook in hand. Participants can also try out bird papercraft.

Dates: Now until Sunday, May 26, 2018
Address: 9-7-9 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区赤坂9-7-9)
Phone: 03-5413-7015
Access: 6 min walk from Roppongi Station (Exit 8) on the Toei Oedo Line; 5 min walk from Roppongi Station (Exit 4a) on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line; A 3-minute walk from Nogizaka Station (Exit 3) on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line;  A 10-minute walk from Roppongi-itchome Station (Exit 1) on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/events_news/

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6. Cambodia Festival 2019, Yoyogi Park –  Cambodia is a beautiful country with people working so hard to rebuild. Come together to learn and celebrate a great country. Over 30 booths will be set up selling Cambodian cuisine and goods. There will be Cambodian traditional dance and other performances supported by the The Royal Embassy of Cambodia, Cambodia Community and Cambodia Students Association. Here is a video of the festival from 2017.

Cambodia festival 2019 Details 

Event Date & Time: Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4, 2019: 10:00 – 19:00
Admission: Free entry. Pay for food and drink.
Website: https://www.cambodiafestival.com/
Address: Yoyogi Park Zelkova tree-lined, 2-1, Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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7. Meiji Jingu Shrine Grand Festival – Visit the annual Spring festival and view a series of Shinto ceremonies to honor the gods, including  traditional Japanese dance performances, music and theatre.

 Meiji Jingu Spring 2019 Grand Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, April 2711:00-Bugaku in front of the main shrine building
Wednesday, May 113:30-Yabusame at the west approach
14:00-Budo(martial arts) performances by Instructors of Shiseikan at the second building Shiseikan
Thursday, May 211:45-Noh, Kyogen in front of the main shrine building
15:45-Hogaku, Hobu in front of the main shrine building
Friday, May 39:00-Kyudo (Japanese archery) at the second building Shiseikan (Martial Arts Hall)
12:00-Sankyoku in front of the main shrine building
14:30-Satsuma biwa in front of the main shrine building
Monday, May 613:00-Ceremonial recital of poems at Sansyuden

Meiji Jingu Shrine 2019 Grand Festival Details:

Event Dates: April 27 – May 6, 2019
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 minutes from Yoyogi Station
Website: http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ceremonies/2.html

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8. Nikufes ODAIBA 2019 Spring (Odaiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) –  Carnivore’s rejoice! Odaiba’s  Symbol Promenade Park will be filled with 31 restaurants exhibiting goodies from all over the world, including craft beers and live performances. Combine the festival with one of the many other fun locations in Odaiba such as; The National Museum of Emerging Science and InnovationSony ExploraScience MuseumOedo Onsen or visit our One Day Itinerary with Kids in Odaiba.

Nikufes Tokyo 2019 Details
Event Date & Time
: April 26th – May 6th, 2019  10:00 to 21:00 ※ The first day opens 12:00. The last day ends 20:00.
Address: Odaiba Aomi P Area, 1-1-16 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Free entry, pay for food & drink.
Website: https://www.nikufes.jp (Japanese Language)

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Sagamihara koinobori

9. Sagamihara Koinobori Festival, Kanagawa-ken (April 29 – May 5th) – The Sagamihara Koinobori Festival (泳げ鯉のぼり相模川) has been held over 30 years to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5th. Five huge wires are hooked over the river and 1,000 koi nobori are hung to swim in the sky. The swimming koi represent the strong and good health of their children. You can get to Sagamihara in about 1.5 hours driving from central Tokyo or 2 hours on train. Location of the koinobori are here (google map). While in the area you can also visit the Sagamigawa Fureai Science Museum Aquarium Sagamihara.

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10. Oktoberfest 2019 in Odaiba – Visit the annual Spring Oktoberfest. Drink specially brewed beer accompanied by live music, dancing and performances. Parents can enjoy the beverages while little ones enjoy the German sausages pretzels, and dancing.

Address: 1 & 2-chome, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Symbol Promenade Park Central Square
Dates and Hours: Friday, April 26 – May 6, 2019. 11:00 – 21:30 Daily (L.O. 21:00). ※ Opens from 16:00 on the first day, Friday, 4/26.
Cost: Free entry, pay as you eat and drink
Access: Yurikamome Daiba Station / Ship’s Science Bldg. Station on foot 5 minutes on foot Rinkai line Tokyo Teleport Station 5 minutes on foot
Website: https://www.oktober-fest.jp/odaiba_spring/

Showa Memorial Park 昭和記念公園, Tachikawa, Tokyo - Rent Bikes, Massive Playgrounds and Water Play

 

BONUS: Take a trip out to Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園.  Showa Memorial Park is approximately a 50-70 min trip from central Tokyo via car or train. Biking, hiking, climbing nets, bouncing on huge white soft blobs and hiding from dragons can keep the little ones busy as you view the beautiful cherry blossoms, tulips, or foliage.  You can spend the entire day at the park so pack a lunch and all your sports equipment. The park is over 150 hectors and has over 11 kilometers of bike trails. More details –>

 

 Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園, Tachikawa, Tokyo - Rent Bikes, Massive Playgrounds and Water PlayShowa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園 Details

Address: Midoricho 3173, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo  国営昭和記念公園 (〒190-0014 東京都立川市緑町3173) 
Telephone: 042- 524-1516 (Japanese language only)
Hours: March 1 – October 31: 9:30 – 17:00; November 1 – February end: 9:30 – 16:30
Website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/ 
Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園, Tachikawa, Tokyo - Rent Bikes, Massive Playgrounds and Water PlayCost to enter park: Adults (15 – 64) 410 JPY,  seniors (65+) 210 JPY, children (6 – 14 years) 80 JPY; infants (0 – 5) free
Access: 2 min walk from Nishi Tachikawa Station, 14 min walk from Tachikawa station. I recommend you take eh Chuo Line from Shinjuku directly to Nishi Tachikawa station which is a good spot to get a rental bike. There is a also a large parking lot at the Nishi Tachikawa park side (near the station). Cost to park is 820 JPY for the day.

Kabuki, Best Living Japan

BONUS: Experience a Short-Act Kabuki Show (Ginza) –  In all my years in Japan I have attended Kabuki once and have to admit I found the four hours+ show a tad long for my attention. However, I did love the experience. I recommend it to all visitors and residents that they should see Kabuki, but try a short act first which is both economical in yen and time. Every day the Kabukiza Theater in Ginza sells one act or short act tickets which range between 18 – 45 mins in viewing time and cost 600-2,000 yen. Details here.

Golden Week 2019 Top Tokyo Activities and Events

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