Welcome to Cheapo Weekender – a new weekly feature on Tokyo Cheapo rounding up some of the free and low cost activities on around Tokyo over the coming weekend.
As we’re on the cusp of rainy season, the major seasonal festivals at this time of year are based around the hydangrea flower (called ajisai in Japanese). The ajisai festivals are on all over Tokyo and beyond at the moment. One of the good ones starting on this Saturday and running through until the 8th of July looks to be at the Kyodo no Mori Museum in Fuchu. There are 10,000 plants on show and entrance is only 300yen. Look out for similar festivals in your neighbourhood – entrance is likely to be similar or free.
Yoyogi Park sees a switch from the national festivals with the non-country specific World Gourmet and Music Festival on both Saturday and Sunday. Prepare for an aural assault of pan-pipe music!
In terms of traditional festivals, there is the Torigoe Shrine festival also on both days this weekend. It includes the carrying of Mikoshi – ornate shoulder borne mini-shrines. Closest stations (all within close walking distance) are Asakusa Bashi, Okachimachi and Kuramae.
There are flea markets this weekend at Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday and at Yoyogi Koen in the Event Square area on both Saturday and Sunday. If you want to sell stuff, the Yasukuni Shrine sale allows you to set-up shop from your car for only 3,000yen.
Tokyo Cheapo Suggestions
Have a great (low budget) weekend and steer clear of the Chu-hai!
A famous park, a former black market and a whole heap of museums—get to know Ueno: