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Family Friendly Events & Activities in Tokyo: November/December
Get ready: there is A LOT to see and do in Tokyo in the next couple of weeks! With the changing of the leaves, the holiday season and a steady stream of festivals, your family is going to be busy (if you need an extra hand, or a break, CareFinder's here to help! Find your babysitter today). Keep reading below for suggestions on fun things to do around town and check out our guide to Christmas Markets and Illuminations in Tokyo!
11 - 17 November
Whether you're a professional or just like to get your groove on, Shibuya Street Dance Week at Yoyogi park is a great opportunity to showcase your moves. There will be plenty of other dancers showing off, too, if you'd rather just watch.
14 - 17 November
The Japan Fisherman's Festival is the perfect destination if your family loves all things seafood. Dozens of stalls are expected, giving you plenty of fishy options to choose from.
15 - 24 November
Dress the kids up in their ninja gear and head to Ueno Park for the Ninja Festival! There will be star-throwing competitions and a Ninja parade.
15 November - 1 December
Take in the bright yellow leaves of the ginko trees, and a tasty treat or two during the Jingugaien Itcho Festival.
16 -17 November
Travel back in time to the Showa period at the Hachioji Ginko Festival. In addition to the beautiful leaves, cars from before and during the Showa period will be on parade.
16 - 30 November
The natural beauty of Mt. Takao is worth the trip year-round. During peak foliage season, you'll also be treated to dance and music performances at the Mt. Takao Momiji Festival.
Who wouldn't want to see archers on horseback with the beach as a background? In addition to this spectacle, there will be a parade of samurai and other festival standards.
Wish for good luck in Asakusa at this annual "rooster day" festival. Pick up a gold-and-silver rake as a souvenir before it ends at midnight.
22 - 24 November
Cosplay, comics and celebrities abound at Tokyo Comic Con. Technically in Chiba, this event is worth the slight commute for any family (or at least patient parents) who love all things comic-related.
23 - 24 November
Pretend you're on vacation in the south of Spain at the Fiesta de Espana in Yoyogi park. Fill up pinxos and paella and take in a flamenco performance or two.
23 November - 8 December
Enjoy fall foliage with a limited-time twist: several historic structures in Yokohama's Sankeien will be open to the public. Stroll through the home of a feudal lord while taking in the hues of Autumn.
30 November - 1 December
Thinking of heading to the warm, tropical beaches of the Philippines for winter break? Get a preview of the food and culture at this annual festival held in Yoyogi Park.
Another "rooster day" celebration, this festival also features great fanfare around the good luck rakes, or kumade. Expect quite the send-off if you purchase one.
Not just the basis for a Keanu Reeves movie, the 47 Ronin were "masterless" samurai who are buried at Sengakuji temple This festival is less festive than some others, but can be a great history lesson for children.