Events

Spring Rose Festa at Jindai Botanical Gardens

posted May 13, 2013, 2:38 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated May 13, 2013, 3:39 AM ]

Flower gardens rich with the lovely scent of roses
 
The season of fresh green foliage is also when various spots in Tokyo bloom with the vibrant colors of roses. In Chofu, Jindai Botanical Gardens host the annual Spring Rose Festa, and on weekends open their doors in the early morning when roses are most fragrant. They also organize a variety of events around the theme of roses, like concerts in the rose garden, guided tours, morning tours for enjoying the aroma of the different roses (by reservation only), and lectures titled “The World of Old Roses.”
 
When: May 11-26, 2013
Time: Weekdays 9:30am-5pm (Last entry until 4pm)
          Saturdays and Sundays 8am-8pm (Last entry until 7pm) *during the event

Where: Jindai Botanical Gardens

Address: 5-31-10 Jindaiji Moto-machi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo

Access:

Please get off the station 神代植物公園(前)”Jindai shokubutsu koen (mae)”

It takes 20-25 minutes from each station.

 

JR South Exit from Kichijyoji st. (JR Chuo Line or Keio Inokashira Line)

Take Odakyu bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.4 from No.6 bus stop
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Choufueki Kitaguchi) No.5 from No.6 bus stop
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Choufueki Kitaguchi) No.6 from No.4 bus stop
 
JR South Exit from Mitaka st. (JR Chuo/Sobu Line)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.65 from No.3 bus stop
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Choufueki Kitaguchi) No.56 from No.5 bus stop
 
North Exit from Chofu st. (Keio Line)
Take Keio bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.34 from No.14 bus stop
Take Keio bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.34 from No.14 bus stop
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Kichijyojieki) No.6 from No.13 bus stop
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Mitakaeki) No.56 from No.13 bus stop
 
North Exit from Tsutsujigaoka st. (Keio Line)
Take Keio bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.21
 
[Click the bus number, you can check the timetable. 平日 Weekdays, 土曜 Saturday, 休日 or 日曜&祝日 Sunday&Holiday]
 
Tel: 042-483-2300 (Jindai Botanical Gardens Service Center)

Parking: Yes (228 spots, 300 yen/h, charge 500 yen every 30 minutes after 1 hour)

Others: Concerts, Guided tours, Morning tours, Illumination , Exhibition, Marchs,

Workshops and Cafe

 

 

Spring Rose Festa

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/topics_event/topics/130513/topics.html (EN)

 

Jindai Botanical Gardens

http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index045.html (JP)

SANJA MATSURI on May 17-19, 2013

posted May 13, 2013, 1:47 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated May 13, 2013, 2:00 AM ]

SANJA MATSURI
 
SANJA MATSURI, which is one of the Three Great Festivals of EDO (now Tokyo), is held on the third Saturday and Sunday every May by the Ujiko (inhabitants of the neighboring community) at Asakusa Shirne (previously called "SANJA Daigongen Shrine"), sacred to the tutelary deity of the locality, Asakusa. Although the festival seems to date from older times, the presentday from of the festival was established in the Edo period (1603-1868). The parade of the portable shrines is conducted primarily for the mutual amity of the Ujiko and he prosperity of the community but also enjoyed by people other than the Ujiko. (by Asakusa Shrine)
 
 
When:
May 17-19, 2013
Time: 1pm-3:30pm (May 17), 10am-5pm (May 18) and
          6am-9pm (May 19)
Address: Asakusa Jinja Shrine
               (2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station
             (Toei Asakusa Line or Tobu Isesaki Line)

 

 
Sanjya Matsuri
 
Asakusa Shrine
 
Sanjya Matsuri
 
 

Golden Week Events 2013!

posted Apr 23, 2013, 7:38 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Apr 24, 2013, 9:37 PM ]

What is Golden Week?
 
The end of April through around May 5, 6 is called Golden Week (GW) in Japan. There are many national holidays during this period, and it's one of the busiest travel seasons in Japan.
 
The national holidays making up the Golden Week are:
 
April 29th Showa Day (Showa no hi)
April 29 is the birthday of former Emperor Showa, who died in the year 1989.
May 3rd Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi)

On this day in 1947, the new post war constitution was put into effect.

May 4th Greenery Day (Midori no hi)

The day is dedicated to the environment and nature.
May 5th Children's Day (Kodomo no hi)

Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life.
 
In 2013, weekends are placed in a way to create two separate holidays of three and four days.
 

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Many attractive events and festivals are planned across the country.
Most areas have something going on. In Tokyo, check out the lists below in 2013!
 
Enjoy Golden Week! 
 
Blowin' in the wind
 
 

Best New Places to visit in Tokyo!
 
 
 
5 Must-See Events during Golden Week!
 

1. Open the Park: Mid Park Yoga at Tokyo Midtown

 

Event Schedule:

[Morning Yoga] Date: May 3-6, 11 and 12, 2013, Hours: 9:30am - 11:00am (open at 9am)

[Night Yoga] Date: May 1, 2, 8, 15 and 22, 2013, Hours: 7:30pm - 8:30pm (open at 7am)

*Cancelled due to rain

 
Special Event:
On May 3 (11:00am-12:00pm), the special event to try to break the previous Guinness World Record for the longest yoga chain (202 people last year), which participants make the long line with taking a same pose, will be held! Don’t miss it!
 
Fee: Free

Capacity: First 500 applicants/day

TEL: 03-3475-3100 (Tokyo Midtown Call Center)

Where: on the grass at Tokyo Midtown

Stations: Nogizaka, Roppongi

Website: http://www.enjoytokyo.jp/shopping/event/804297/ (JP)

 

 

 

Venus Fort in Odaiba is holding a Hawaii Festival during Golden Week to celebrate its 11th anniversary. Festivities begin on the 27th, with the Hawaiian music festival and a display of Polynesian dance and performances that will last into the night. Aloha, together!
 

Dates: April 27 - May 6, 2013

Hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Fee: Free

Where: VenusFort, Odaiba

Stations: Aomi/Tokyo Teleport, Yurikamome Line
 
 
 

During the event, 333 colorful carp streamers and the 6-meter long saury (Sanma) swim in the BLUE sky at Red Tokyo Tower!

Event Schedule: April 5-May 6, 2013 (Light up time: 5:00pm-10:00pm)

Where: in front of the entrance of Tokyo Tower

Stations: Daimon, Hamamatsucho, Kamiyacho, Akabanebashi and Onarimon

Other Events: Tokyo Warm Light 2013 (March 28 - May 26, 2013), Spring Go!Go! (April 26 - May 6, 2013) Let’s enjoy German giant beer, food and sweets in beer gardens!

 

4. Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2013

 
Presenting New Contemporary Art Talent to the World

Spectacular showcases by up-and-coming artists

 

Event Schedule: April 27 – May 26, 2013

Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Fee: Free

Where: Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery

Website: http://www.artawardtokyo.jp/2013/ja/ (JP)

 

 
 
 
5.
Yokohama World Walk 2013

 

Date: May 5, 2013
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm (Reservation from 10:00am to 12:00pm)

Where: Bashamichi Station (Start/Goal point), Minatomirai Line

Courses: 4 courses (5km, 5km, 10km, 7km)

Capacity: 5,000 participants

Fee: 1,000 yen (at the door)

Free Gift: Get a free gift for all participants who get more than 5 stamps.
 
Other Events in Yokohama:
 
(near Yamashita Park, at 10:15am, May 3, 2013)
(at Yamashita Park, May 2-5, 2013)
(at Rinko Park, 10:00am-4:00pm, April 29, 2013)
(at Yokohama Akarenga, 11:00am-9:30pm, April 26-May 6, 2013)
African Festival 2013 (May 11 -12, 2013)
 
 

Free Event: Yokozuna Deliberation Council Practice To Be Opened To the Public

posted Apr 16, 2013, 8:49 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Apr 24, 2013, 4:36 AM ]

Free Event: Yokozuna Deliberation Council Practice To Be Opened To the Public
 
A joint practice attended by all the top ranked rikishi is held for The Yokozuna Deliberation Council, one of the Nihon Sumo Kyokai's two main advisory bodies, before the start of each Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. Traditionally, these training sessions were closed to everyone but the council members, Kyokai officials, selected guests and the press but the Kyokai has decided to open up some of these practices on a regular basis to the general public. (by Nihon Sumo Kyokai)
 
When: Saturday April 27, 2013

Venue open: Around 7am (scheduled)

                       * Depending on the current day's situation, venue may open earlier.

Practice time: Around 7am-10:30am (scheduled)

Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan

Address: 1-3-28, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Access: 2-minute walk from West Exit, Ryogoku Station (JR Sobu Line)

             5-minute walk from Ryogoku Station (Oedo Line)
Tel: 03-3623-5111 (Nihon Sumo Kyokai)
Admission: Free
Parking: No
Others: All seating is on a first come, first served basis.
             No smoking, no alcoholic beverages during the practice session.
ICT Recommend: You would better arrive at the venue before 7am
if you want to get the box seats (4 guests). After watching the practice session,
you will enjoy the Ryogoku Nigiwai Festival 2013 afternoon!
 
Nihon Sumo Kyokai Official Grand Sumo Website
 
 

 
Have you ever seen the “Sumo”?
 
2013 May Grand Tournament (Tickets now on sale!)
 
When: May 12 (Sun) – 26 (Sun), 2013
 

2013 May Tournament Ticket Information

 
Arena Guide

1st Floor http://www.sumo.or.jp/kokugikan/img/1f.pdf (JP)

 
 
 
 
(C) 2013 Nihon Sumo Kyokai all rights reserved 

Cherry Blossoms Light-up at Rikugien Gardens

posted Mar 2, 2013, 8:50 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 7:36 PM ]

Cherry Blossoms (Prunus: Shidare zakura) will be illuminated from March 22 to April 7 at Rikugien Gardens to allow evening viewing of the trees. A
n annual event called "Cherry Blossoms Light-up" is the big event of the garden, large weeping cherry trees (Prunns pendulaf. Pendula) are worth watching during this event. Don't miss it!
 
Event Schedule: Fri. March 22 - Sun. April 7, 2013

Where: Rikugien Gardens

Address: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3941-2222 (Rikugien Garden Office)

Access:
7-minute walk from Komagome Station (JR Line or Tokyo Metro Namboku Line)
10-minute walk from Sengoku Station (Toei Mita Line)
Parking: No
 
Light-up Hours:
after sunset - 9pm (
Last entry until 8:30pm)
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm (Last entry until 4:30pm)
                        *9am - 9pm during this event
Closed: Year-end holidays (December 29 to January 1)
Entrance fee: ¥300 (65 and over: ¥150)
(No charge for primary school children or younger, and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo)
*20% discount for groups of 20 and more
Others: Sakura Chaya (tea house), Macha Chaya (tea house), Free Volunteer Guide (11am, 2pm)
 
 
 
Rikugien Gardens
 

Midtown Blossom 2013 at Tokyo Midtown

posted Feb 27, 2013, 4:35 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 10:33 PM ]

 
Midtown Blossom 2013 at Tokyo Midtown
 
Hinokicho Park next to Tokyo Midtown boasts approximately 150 cherry blossom trees (included about 45 trees have taken over from former Ministry of Defense), averaging full bloom mid-March to April. Not only enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms, but also have champagne and sparkling wine at Sakura Sparkle Lounge, which trees will be illuminated at night, magically different from daytime.

During the event, various exhibitions and decorations are also held, adding to the overall excitement!

 
Event Schedule: Wed March 20 – Sun April 14, 2013

Where: Tokyo Midtown

Address: 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3475-3100 (Midtown Call Center)

Access: Direct link from Exit 8, Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo Line)

             Direct link via underground passageway from Exit 4a, Roppongi Station
             (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)

             3-minute walk from Exit 3, Nogizaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)

             10-minute walk from Exit 1, Roppongi 1-Chome Station (Tokyo Metro Namboku Line)

Opening Hours: Shops 11am-9pm, Restaurants 11pm-12am
 
 
Sakura Sparkle Lounge
You could feel traditional “Cherry blossom viewing” at stylish and urbanized mood with rich wine, champagne and original sweets. Served different menu on each time.
 
When: Wed March 20 – Sun April 14, 2013
           (Cancelled in case of rain)
Time: 12pm-8pm
          (Café Time: 12pm-4pm, Lounge Time: 4pm-8pm)

Where: Midtown Garden Area along Sakura Street

Cost: Free
Capacity: 100 seats

Event organizer: Tokyo Midtown

Cosponsored by: Veuve Clicquot

Tel: 03-3475-3100 (Midtown Call Center)

 
 
Night viewing of I
lluminated Trees

Just take a walk at beautiful night viewing illuminated trees.

 
When: Wed March 20 – Sun April 14, 2013
           (may extend the period)
Time: 5pm-11:30pm
Where: Midtown Garden Area along Sakura Street
            (in front of Garden Terrace)

Cost: Free

Event organizer: Tokyo Midtown

Tel: 03-3475-3100 (Midtown Call Center)

 
 
 
Cheers Sparkling

You can enjoy tasting pink rosé wine as an expression thanks to everyone who joined on the opening day of Tokyo Midtown (served the first 500 applicants)!

 
When: Sat March 30
Time: 11am

Where: Canopy Square

Cost: Free

Event organizer: Tokyo Midtown

Tel: 03-3475-3100 (Midtown Call Center)

 
 
Flower Decorations

Produced by Aritaka Nakamura (flower artist).

 
When: Wed March 20 – Sun April 14, 2013
Where: Around Information Center, Tree Shower, Galleria 1st Floor

Cost: Free

Event organizer: Tokyo Midtown

Tel: 03-3475-3100 (Midtown Call Center)

 
  
 
Street Museum

Exhibits by the 6 winners in Tokyo Midtown Award 2012.

 
When: Wed March 20 – Sun April 14, 2013

Where: Plaza B1

Cost: Free

Event organizer: Tokyo Midtown

Tel: 03-3475-3100 (Midtown Call Center)
 
 
 
 
Special Exhibition “Design Ah!”

http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/design_art/21_21.html (EN)

 
When: Wed March 20 – Sun April 14, 2013

Where: Plaza 1st Floor

Cost: Free

Event organizer: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Tokyo Midtown

Formative design artist: Kotaro Sekiguchi

Tel: 03-3475-2121 (21_21 DESIGN SIGHT)
 
 
 
Midtown Blossom 2013
 
Tokyo Midtown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Midtown (EN)

 
Tokyo Midtown (Official Website)
 
(C) All images from Tokyo Midtown 

Jindaiji Temple Daruma Ichi on March 3, 4

posted Feb 20, 2013, 12:48 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 9:56 PM ]

Approximately 300 street stalls, mainly daruma doll shops, will be set up.
The scenery that is colored scarlet by these daruma dolls in the shrine's grounds and in front of the gates is particularly impressive.
You can enjoy seeing monks writing Sanskrit characters on new daruma dolls and old ones at the daruma doll eye-opening area in the precincts (9am-6pm), "Kigan" (praying ceremony) will be held at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm*, 3:15pm and 4pm.
*The main hall is closed for the ceremony from 2pm.
 
Jindaiji is the second oldest Temple in Tokyo, but for most people it is known for it's Soba noodles.
There are over 20 Soba restaurants scattered around the Temple, you can enjoy the real flavor of Soba in their menu! If you have something sweets, you should try Soba Manjyu (Soba cake with red beans) in the pathway!
 
 
When: March 3-4, 2013
Time: 9am-6pm
Where: Jindaiji Temple
Address: 5-15-1 Jindaijimotomachi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo
TEL: 042-486-5511 (9am-5pm)
Cost: Free 
 
Access:
JR South Exit from Kichijyoji st. (JR Chuo Line or Keio Inokashira Line)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.4 from No.6 bus stop (30 mins)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Choufueki Kitaguchi) No.5 from No.6 bus stop (30 mins)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Choufueki Kitaguchi) No.6 from No.4 bus stop (30 mins)
 
JR South Exit from Mitaka st. (JR Chuo/Sobu Line)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.65 from No.3 bus stop (25 mins)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Choufueki Kitaguchi) No.56 from No.5 bus stop (25 mins)
 
North Exit from Chofu st. (Keio Line)
Take Keio bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.34 from No.14 bus stop (15 mins)
*Take Keio bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.34 from No.14 bus stop (10 mins)
*Take Keio bus(bound for Kichijyojieki) No.14 from No.14 bus stop (10 mins)
*Take Keio bus(bound for Keirin Daigaku Hospital) No.35 from No.14 bus stop (10 mins)
 (*Please get off the station "Jindaiji Shogakko Mae")
 
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Kichijyojieki) No.6 from No.13 bus stop (10 mins)
Take Odakyu bus(bound for Mitakaeki) No.56 from No.13 bus stop (10 mins)
 
North Exit from Tsutsujigaoka st. (Keio Line)
Take Keio bus(bound for Jindaiji Temple) No.21 (15 mins)
 
[Click the bus number, you can check the timetable. 平日 Weekdays, 土曜 Saturday, 休日 or 日曜&祝日 Sunday&Holiday]
 
Daruma Doll Fair
 
Jindaiji (Official Website)
 
Daruma Doll
 
(All Images@ Jindaiji Official Website)
 

Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

posted Feb 17, 2013, 9:20 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 7:38 PM ]

Higashiyama Hanatouro at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
 
You can enjoy seeing the "Special Night Illumination in Kyoto" in Tokyo!
 
When: Feb 1- Feb 28, 2013
Time: After sunset
Where: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (TEL: 03-3943-1111)
 
(Image@ Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo)
 
Address: 2-10-8, Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10-minute walk from 1a exit, Edogawabashi Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
             Take a bus bound for Shinjyuku Nishiguchi at Bus Treminal 5 from JR Mejiro Station
             Take a bus bound for Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo at Bus Treminal 8 (Kawamura Gakuen
             Mae) from JR Mejiro Station (JR Line)
Price: Free
 
 
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
 
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2013
 

Ume Festival at Shiba Park on Feb 22-23

posted Feb 17, 2013, 8:38 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 9:49 PM ]

Ume Festival at Shiba Park
 
The park boasts approximately 70 mostly white and red plum blossom trees, averaging full bloom mid-February to early March. Festival highlights include Koto performances and the nodateopen-air tea ceremony (open to everyone).
 
 
 
 
(Image@ Tokyoto Koen Kyokai)
 
 
When:
Feb 22-23, 2013
Time: 11am-3pm (cancelled in case of rain)
Where: Shiba Park (Shiba Koen, Minato Ward)
Address: Shiba-Koen 1/ 2/ 3/ 4-chome, Minato-ku, Toyko
              (Shiba Park Administration Office Tel: 03-3431-4359)
Access: 12-minute walk from Hamamatsu-cho (JR line)
             2-minute walk from Shiba-Koen or Onarimon (Mita line)
             5-minute walk from Daimon (Asakusa line, Oedo line)
             2-minute walk from Akabane-bashi (Oedo line)
 
 
Shiba Park
 
Ume Festival
 
 

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)

posted Feb 12, 2013, 8:32 PM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 9:52 PM ]

 
Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)
 
Best time to visit: February Mid- - February Late

http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/ume/ (JP)

 

 

(Image@ Bunkyo City)

 

Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival)http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/bunkyo/event/bumefes.html

 
 
 
 

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