Cheapo Weekend for November 8-9: Snowboarding, Farmers' Markets and Shinjuku

Carey Finn


This weekend may be a bit of a post-Halloween slump, but there’s still heaps to do in Tokyo. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of the mild autumn weather.

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Yoyogi Park will be hosting Snowbank Pay it Forward 2014, a fun, family-friendly event that sees snow being trucked in for a spot of snowboarding on Saturday and Sunday. While fun to watch, don’t expect to be able to build a snow rabbit or anything like that – it’s just a small part of the park that will be transformed into an early winter wonderland – and the goal is not so much sledding as raising awareness for bone marrow donation.

Meanwhile, an awareness-raising event of a different kind will be held in Hibiya Park. The Farmers and Kids Festa is a chance for your offspring to learn where their chow comes from. They can meet real farmers and try tasty fresh produce, and then you can buy heaps of it to take home.

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If you’ve always wanted to see the aurora lights but haven’t quite managed it yet (like our editor), you might want to drop by Tokyo Midtown on Friday or Saturday to experience a virtual aurora light show put on by Finnair. Don’t forget that you can also see exquisite chrysanthemums at this month’s exhibition in Tokyo. And if you still have some genki (energy) left on Monday, you can head down to Asakusa for the first session of the glitzy, highly enjoyable Tori-no-Ichi Festival.

Another option for the weekend is to explore Shinjuku. If you haven’t been up to the observation decks of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, why not give it a go? While you’re at it, here are are 10 other Free Things to do in Shinjuku.

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