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September 8 & 9, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

Here are our recommended September 8 & 9, 2019 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities. The heat and humidity will linger this weekend so cool off at our favorite Tokyo Indoor locations or at these local Tokyo Pools before they close. It is easy to get heat stroke and sunburn in Japan so please be prepared with plenty of water, hats, and sunscreen. Laugh, Learn and Live! ~Best Living Japan Moms

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September 2017 Tokyo Top 10 Activities and Events24th Meguro Sanma Matsuri (Meguro, Tokyo) – One of my favorite things about Japan is the local community festivals. The Meguro Sanma Matsuri is held from 10:00 a.m. right outside Meguro Station. If you love grilled fish and want to join in celebrating the beginning of the Sanma season, then this is just the place. Over 7,000 fish will be grilled up and served with slices of lime. The smell is amazing. My kids love grilled Sanma and the other matsuri activities in the block make for many smiles and adventures. While you are in the neighborhood, walk down the street and take a beautiful stroll through the Nature Park where you will forget you are even in downtown Tokyo.

24th Meguro Sanma Matsuri Details
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 14:00
Address: Meguro station area
Cost: free
Access: Right outside the Meguro station on the JR Yamanote Line and Namboku Line, Mita Line, Meguro Line
Website: http://www.owarai.to/meguro/ (Japanese only)
Note: It will be very crowded. I do not advise taking strollers.

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Tokyo Area Blueberry Picking LocationsEzawa Fruits Land (Chiba-ken) (エザワフルーツランド) – If you grew up picking blueberries in the woods naturally, then Ezawa Fruits Land will bring back those memories. The Ezawa Fruits Land has over 1,500 blueberry bushes that you have to hike to about 1 km to pick. Great fun for kids and parents. It is in Kisarazu right over the Aqualine. Because the blueberries are outdoors picking season starts a little later than hothouse blueberries. Picking runs from mid-July through September. Ezawa is all-you-can-eat and has no time limit!! They also have a great picnic area if you want to bring obentos and eat outside.  This is my personal favorite. You can combine with a trip to Mothers Bokujo (Farm) or shopping at the Mitsui Outlets. 

Ezawa Fruits Land Details
Address: 3832 Mariyatsu, Kisarazu, Saitama (千葉県木更津市真里谷3832)
Phone: 0438-53-5160 (Japanese language only)
Open: mid July – September open daily 9:00 – 17:00, closed Mondays. Closed when raining. Check website top page for open or closed announcement if weather is iffy
Cost: all you can pick and eat, 15 years and over 1,000 yen, 5 years and over 500 yen
Website: http://www.ezawafl.com/

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Tokyo Area Blueberry Picking Locations 2017

Yokohama Asahi Blueberry Forest (Kanagawa-ken) (よこはまあさひブルーベリーの森) – The Yokohama Forest is the easiest to get to from downtown Tokyo and Yokohama. It is very close to Yokohama station by bus or car, or change of train.  It is a smaller farm than others but if you want 30 mins all you can pick and eat this is a great urban option. Also, you could combine blueberry picking with a visit to the CupNoodle Museum or the Japan Overseas Migration Museum.

Yokohama Asahi Blueberry Forest
address: 1649 Kawajima, Asahi, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa (神奈川県横浜市旭区川島町1649)
Phone: 080-6732-1187 (Japanese language only)
Open: mid July – mid-September; open daily 9:00 – 12:00, closed when raining.
Cost: 30 mins all you can pick and eat; plus 300 grams blueberry bag to take home for adults 1,900 yen, age 2 and above 150 grams blueberry to take home  1,300 yen and 2 and under free.
Website: http://www012.upp.so-net.ne.jp/a-mori/index.html

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Afro American Caribbean Festival (Yoyogi Park) – A great weekend to enjoy delicious food and drink, entertainment and fashion show. Come learn and enjoy!

Afro American Caribbean Festival Details:
Date: September 7 & 8, 2019
Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 21:00
Location: Yoyogi Park Keyaki Street
Access: 3 minute walk from JR Harajuku station; Tokyo Metro Chiyoda station; Yoyogi Park station; Meiji Shrine station. 20 minutes from Shibuya station and Harajuku station.

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Eco Edo Nihonbashi (Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku)

Want to see what happens when tradition meets technology? That’s that the Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium is all about. Projection mapping and bright lights put a 21st century spin on traditional goldfish bowls featuring more than 10,000 goldfish on display. This will be the last year they will hold the exhibition so don’t miss out! Visit in the daytime with kids to be mesmerized by the fantastic visuals. Then visit again at night with your partner or friends for after-hour fun at the Night Aquarium.

Event: Now until September 23 (Art Aquarium 11:00 – 19:00 pm; Night Aquarium 19:00 pm – 21:00)
Address: 2-2-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3270-2590
Website: http://artaquarium.jp/en/
Access: 3 minute walk from Mitsukoshimae Station on the Ginza and Hanzomon Lines

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Kabuki, Best Living Japan

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.

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

Antique Hunting: There are six great markets in Tokyo this weekend. Please check directly with the planners about rain cancellations. The Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Fukagawa, Tokyo), Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo), Kasai Shrine Antique Fair (Katsushika-ku), Futako-Tamagawa Market (Setagaya-ku), Fuda Tenjin Shrine Antique Fair (Chofu) and Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair (Fussa, Tokyo). Details can be found on our September 2019 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. If you do head out remember to apply mosquito repellent and sun protection, and also drink lots of water. Good luck and treasure on!

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