May 5th is Children's Day in Japan. On this day, koinobori, carp-shaped windsocks, are hoisted as a part of a ritual wishing the healthy growth of children.
In the past, it was a Japanese springtime tradition to place these windsocks in front of the home. Recently, however, there have been events held in tourist spots around Tokyo where you can watch koinobori swim energetically in the sea of the sky.
Here we will introduce three carefully selected Children’s Day events held during Golden Week that everyone from children to adults can enjoy.
*Due to the declaration of a state of emergency, some events have been canceled or postponed. Please check the official event websites for detail.
1. Enjoy Children’s Day with the Family at Tokyo Skytree Town: See 1,000 Koinobori Swimming in the Bright, Blue Sky (Canceled)
During Golden Week, there are many new screenings and limited-time events scheduled to take place at Tokyo Skytree Town. Starting with Tokyo’s largest koinobori festival held on Children’s Day and Tokyo’s first bread festival, you can find events at the Tembo Deck Floor or Tembo Galleria, Sumida Aquarium, Konica Minolta Planetarium, and the Postal Museum Japan.
There are many fun and delicious-sounding events held at the foot of Tokyo Skytree enjoyable for the whole family.
Tokyo Skytree Town, Koinobori Festival 2021
Koinobori are hoisted up around different areas of Tokyo Skytree Town with the help of famous koinobori producing regions. This includes Kazo City in Saitama Prefecture, Kato City in Hyogo, and the famous host of the largest koinobori festival in Japan, Tatebayashi City in Gunma Prefecture.
The number amounts to a total of 1,000 koinobori! Here you can watch konobori that look like they’re swimming up towards the top of Skytree.
・Period: April 12, 2021 to May 9, 2021 *(Canceled for 2021)
・Venue: Various areas around Tokyo Skytree Town (Sky Arena, Solamachi Hiroba Plaza, Sorami-zaka, Hanami-zaka, the third-basement floor, areas inside the facility, and Kitajukken River)
Tokyo Skytree Town meets the 2021 Bread Festival
Held throughout various regions in Japan, the Bread Festival is organized by bread-lovers for bread-lovers. For the first time, it’s now making its way to Tokyo! Here approximately 30 carefully selected bakeries from all over the country will gather at Tokyo Skytree’s Sky Arena. Offering a range of fluffy and chewy standard breads to more unique options, please come and find your favorite.
・Period: May 1, 2021 to May 5, 2021 *(Canceled for 2021)
・Time: To be announced *All shops will end service when items have sold out.
・Venue: The fourth floor of Tokyo Skytree Town, first floor of Sky Arena at the Solamachi Hiroba Plaza
・Shop Examples: Panplus (Iki City, Nagasaki), Fromage Bread Specialty Shop-Marble coco. (Izu Kogen Highlands, Shizuoka), Pannoki (Machida City, Tokyo), etc.
*Items sold are subject to change.
Many other attractive events are available
At Tokyo Skytree Town on Saturday, May 8th, you can enjoy training bikes, Double Dutch rope jumping, and pogo-stick jumping at an event called the Chimera Urban Sports Experience.
On Sunday, May 9th, there will be an event for children called the Kids Flea Market. These events and many more family-friendly activities are scheduled to be held. *(Both events have been canceled for 2021)
Until May 31, there is a special event called Evangelion in Tokyo Skytree. This is to celebrate the latest release of the movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time.
Held at the Tembo Deck Floor and the Tembo Galleria Floor of Skytree, there are many photo hotspots you can’t miss out on. Original merchandise and an original cafe menu are also must-trys! *(Tokyo Skytree will be temporarily closed from April 25.)
Sanitizer installed / Ventilation measures in place / Plastic partitions installed / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Restricted admission / Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell / Masks required/temperature check enforced
2. Watch 333 Koinobori Magnificently Swim at the Foot of Tokyo Tower *(Canceled for 2021)
Due to Tokyo Tower being 333 meters tall, this annually popular event will be hoisting a total of 333 koinobori in 2021. If you look up while standing at the front entrance, you will find a spectacular view of many colorful koinobori swimming against the background of the red Tokyo Tower and blue sky! You'll love the elegant view of koinobori swimming in the direction of the wind.
One of these koinobori isn't like the others!
The six-meter long, saury-shaped windsock is hoisted every year from Tokyo Tower. It symbolizes support for restoration in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture. You can’t help but to wish for a good haul when seeing the large school of koinobori, the saury-shaped windsock, and the <@tairyo-bata@|i>, a flag for fishermen indicating a large catch.
With hopes for the recovery of the northeast in mind, please come and search for the saury-shaped windsock swimming alongside the other 333 koinobori.
・Period: Hoisted from March 25, 2021 until May 9, 2021 *(Facilities will be temporarily closed from April 25 - May 11. Events have been canceled for 2021)
・Venue: In front of the entrance of Tokyo Tower on the first floor
Disinfection, sterilization, and cleaning of shop and facilities / Sanitizer installed / Ventilation measures in place / Plastic partitions installed / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Limited capacity/increased space between seats / Restricted admission / Masks required/temperature check enforced
3. Midtown Open the Park 2021: Find Stylish Koinobori Designed by Domestic and Foreign Artists
Midtown Open the Park 2021 is a fun Children’s Day event at Tokyo Midtown. Here you can enjoy the city views of colorful koinobori swimming in-between the towering buildings. You can also relax with the peaceful view of unique koinobori fluttering against the wind in Midtown Garden.
What’s more, at One Aloha Festival 2021, you can enjoy Hawaiian culture and a picnic-like atmosphere. These events take place at the same time, so feel free to stop by.
Midtown Park Koinobori Collection: A Gallery of Koinobori
Focusing on the theme of the healthy growth of children, you can find koinobori designed with the intent to bring this message to life. Designed by a total of 110 domestic and foreign artists, colorful and unique koinobori swim in the midst of fresh greenery in Midtown Garden. Please come and have fun finding your favorite.
・Period: April 23, 2021 to May 9, 2021
・Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *Cancelled in the case of bad weather
・Venue: The first floor of Midtown Garden and Plaza
Midtown Park Koinobori Collection: Koinobori Tunnel (*Canceled in 2021)
During the five days of Golden Week, try going through this large koinobori tunnel called koinobori kuguri. With a length of 25 meters and a width of 2.5 meters, even an adult can go through!
This huge koinobori has been dyed using the Yuzen technique-a traditional Japanese dyeing method for patterned cloths. The inside is alluring with its smooth roundness and brightness which creates an other-worldly atmosphere. Try enjoying this extraordinary experience of going inside a koinobori with family or with friends.
・Period: May 1, 2021 to May 5, 2021 (*Canceled in 2021)
・Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *Cancelled in the case of rain or bad weather/ May restrict admission if the area becomes too crowded.
・Venue: Midtown Garden
An event that you can enjoy from Golden Week until the beginning of summer!
In addition, you can enjoy watching hula dancing and eating Hawaiian food at the One Aloha Festival 2021. This festival will take place from April 29 until May 5.
Other options include yoga and fitness events said to be held from May 7 to May 18. There are also night-time movie screenings scheduled to be held on May 21 and 22. This freeing, open-air space will allow you to ease both your body and mind.
*Free. Applications must be submitted in advance.
(*Yoga and fitness events have been canceled in 2021; other events may be canceled as well; please see official website postings for updates.)
Disinfection, sterilization, and cleaning of shop and facilities / Sanitizer installed / Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature / Restricted admission / Masks required/temperature check enforced
Why not stop by a koinobori/Children’s Day event for Golden Week this year? With it being difficult to hoist one at home, create a fun memory by going to see a school of large koinobori swimming in the sky.
*Event dates/contents etc. are subject to change.
*Due to the spread of COVID-19, there may be some changes regarding business hours, holidays, and service methods.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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