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“Sea-bathing” and “Bon Festival” – Summer events you don’t want to miss in Tokyo!

Odaiba Plage

Tokyo’s summers are hot! So this time, I have picked up two “ocean” and “tradition” themed summer events in Tokyo for you to have a cool and enjoyable time at during these summer months!

Swimming in Tokyo Bay! “Odaiba Plage”

Only one year is left until the 2020 Olympics & Paralympics in Tokyo! For a limited time, the sea bathing event “Odaiba Plage” will take place on a beach at “Odaiba”, which will be one of the competition venues during the Olympic Games: for triathlon and marathon swimming.

Odaiba Plage
Generally, swimming in Tokyo Bay is prohibited. However, during this event, one part of Odaiba Seaside Park will be turned into a safe swimming area using an undersea screen that blocks polluted water from coming in.
With parasols set up on the beach, you will experience relaxing vacation vibes in the middle of the city. Moreover, they have also attractions for children. So, please bring your family along! By the way, this event is completely free of charge!

“Odaiba Plage 2018” :

Odaiba Plage 2019

Date: August 10th (Sat) to 18th (Sun), 2019
Time: 11:00-17:00 (August 18th from 10:00-16:00)
“Odaiba Plage 2019”
URL: https://visit-minato-city.tokyo/en/events/2296
Place: Odaiba Seaside Park
Nearest station: Yurikamome “Odaiba-kaihinkōen” Station
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Eg771hes51JFPZDX6

 

Dancing with the locals at a “Bon Festival” with Tokyo Tower in the background!

Zojoji Temple is a wonderful temple with a long history. When standing in front of the main hall, you can see Tokyo Tower right behind it.
Every summer, the “Jizo Bon Festival Dance Event” is held at this magic location. Everyone can join this free of charge event.
Originally, the “Bon-Odori” dance was an event to welcome and entertain the spirits of ancestors during the period of the “Bon Festival”. Later, the entertainment aspect of the festival grew bigger and bigger. Today, it is one of the summer events that the Japanese are looking forward every year.

Zojoji Temple at night

Zojoji Temple at night with Tokyo Tower in the background

At the venue, many of the participants wear traditional yukata. They form a circle and dance slowly around a tower (with Japanese drums on it).
If you don’t know the dance, just follow the example of the people around you and you will get the hang of it in no time. The Obon festival dance event is a priceless opportunity to experience Japanese culture first hand. No wonder, it’s so popular with foreigners, too. Please join us!

Zojoji Temple Bon Festival

Date: July 26 (Fri)-27 (Sat) 2019
Time: 18 o’clock to 21 o’clock
Place: Zojoji Temple
URL: http://www.zojoji.or.jp
Nearest stations: Hamamatsucho Station, Onarimon Station, Shiba Koen Station, Daimon Station, Akabanebashi Station, Kamiyacho Station
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/BKFNgiAaZnMHLXP38

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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