This Weekend: Tokyo Area Events for July 9-10

Summer Celebrations, Festivals And Fun In The City

By The Savvy Team
July 7, 2016
What's Happening

Plenty of unique early summer festivals happening in and around Tokyo this weekend! Visit Narita for its annual Gion Festival, Hiratsuka for a late celebration of Tanabata, Hibiya for a large-scale expo on everything about Africa and if you're into Line's cute stamps, pop up at its first creators festa for a sneak peek on how are all these cute little icons made. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cultural Expo

Africa Hibiya Festival

Spend the weekend savoring African food, searching for unique gems and watching the best of the continent's traditional dances, performances and music. This festival is one of the biggest of its kind happening in Japan and it offers plenty of opportunities for everyone to know more about the African culture, history and lifestyle, as well as the latest trends!

Date
Sat, July 9 - Sun, July 10, 2016
Time
Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location
Hibiya Park, 1 Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Fee
Free

Spy Mission

Ninja Exhibit

If you have kids admiring Japanese spies, visit this event to learn about the fascinating world of ninja, their secrets, weapons and more. This exhibition offers you the opportunity to train yourself in throwing “shuriken,” improving your jumping power, and introduces skills like memory enhancing techniques, sending secret messages, and special breathing techniques necessary for successful completion of a mission. The perfect exhibition for your curious ones.

Date
Now through Oct 10 (closed July 12, Sept 6, Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4)
Time
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
Fee
¥1,600 (adults), 1,000 yen (¥900 on Saturdays) for children of grade-school age to 18

Behind The Scenes

Line Creators Festa 2016

Most of us using the app Line have become used to the endless flow of new stamps, whether it's Brown and Cony, drunken salarymen's monologues or tons of cuteness in various forms. Well, this weekend Line will be launching an event, showing us how it's all done through panel exhibitions, creators' corners and several live events. Visitors will also have the chance to draw and submit their own ideas about new stamps.

Date
Sat, July 9 - Sun, July 10, 2016
Time
10:30a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturday), 10:30 a.m.- 6p.m. (Sunday)
Location
3331 Arts Chiyoda, 6-11-14, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Fee
Free

Shrine Parade

Narita Gion Festival

Another summer festival on the list, the Narita Gion Festival has a history of over 300 years. The highlight of the event is when one of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple's portable shrines (omikoshi), along with 10 other different floats, is paraded down the Omotesando Road in Narita. The festival lasts for three days and visitors can enjoy a number of traditional competitions and musical performances.

Date
Fri, July 8 through Sun, July 10, 2016
Time
From 1:30 p.m. (July 8), from 9 a.m. (July 9) and from 1 p.m. (July 10)
Location
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, 1 Narita, Chiba Prefecture
Fee
Free

What are your plans for the weekend? If you’re organizing a fun or interesting event, or you know someone who is, contact us to get it listed!