TOKYO City Information
This page shows material that was broadcast on Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “TOKYO City Information” radio program (Inter FM 89.7 MHz) every Saturday 09:56-09:59 a.m., (Rebroadcast) Sunday 09:56-09:59 a.m..
2018 Tokyo Marathon is coming up on Sunday, February 25th.
Runners from all over Japan and overseas will be in Tokyo for the race, and temporary tourism information centers will be set up to offer information on Tokyo’s food, culture, sights and more. The centers will have information on tourist destinations, ongoing events, and other details, provided by multilingual volunteer guides. From February 22nd to 24th, it will be set up at the Tokyo Marathon Expo 2018 held in Tokyo Big Site West Hall and on the 25th, the day of the marathon, it will be set up at the Tokyo Metropolitan Shiba Park main festa venue. The centers will also be handing out free copies of the Tokyo Marathon 2018 Sightseeing Map. This map shows the marathon course and surrounding areas and carries information on marathon-related festival activities, sightseeing spots, estimated times for runners to reach each part of the course, and rail and subway lines. It’s a pocket-sized map packed with useful information in both English and Japanese. On the day of the race, road traffic will be blocked in many parts of central Tokyo. We ask for your patience and cooperation during the short time the race will be passing your area. For detailed information on the 2018 marathon, check the official website at www.marathon.tokyo/en/
Koishikawa Korakuen, one of Tokyo’s popular spots for plum blossoms, is holding its annual festival for the flowers until March 4th.
The park features around 90 trees with both red and white plum blossoms. When they’re in bloom, the grounds are filled with their sweet scent. Now that the days are getting slightly warmer, this is a great chance to experience the early onset of spring. During the event, the park will host sales of special products from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, and offer snacks and drinks until 4 p.m. There will also be shows of traditional Japanese performing arts. On February 25th, you can enjoy performances of Tama-sudare, a traditional Japanese street show beginning at noon and 1:30. And on March 3rd, there will be concerts of ancient Japanese court music starting at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Koishikawa Korakuen plum festival runs through March 4th. The park is open from 9:00 to 5:00 each day, and general admission is 300 yen. To get there, take the Toei Oedo Line to Iidabashi Station. It’s a 3 minute walk from Exit C3.
First, we’d like to introduce “The 10th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions: Mapping the Invisible”.
The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions is an annual international art and film festival featuring exhibitions, screening, live performance, talk sessions and more. This year, with the theme “mappin the invisible,” the festival will be presenting various works from Japan and overseas. Come check out the event that is now taking place in the Ebisu Area. The venues are Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Maison Franco-Japonaise, The Garden Room and Yebisu Garden Place Central SquarePeriod. The event is held through February 25th. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for the last day, when the event ends at 6 p.m. Please note that the event will be closed on February 13th and 19th. Admission is free, although charges may apply for some exclusive programs. For more information, please visit the festival’s official website https://www.yebizo.com/en/
Koganei Park in Musashino city will be hosting the “Koganei Park Ume Festival” to let people enjoy the Japanese culture.
100 plum trees, including 28 kinds of red and white blossoms are blooming colorfully around the park. A special area will be set up where visitors can participate in charged events such as nodate (outdoor tea ceremony) and free shodo calligraphy lessons for a chance to experience the Japanese culture. Concerts of traditional Japanese music performed on koto and shamisen will also take place for everyone to enjoy. Come smell the ume blossoms and feel the spring breeze in Musashino. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th. To get there, take the JR Chuo Line and get off at Musashi-Koganei Station. From the North exit, take the Seibu Bus and get off at “Koganei Kouen Nishiguchi (West)” or Kanto Bus and get off at “Koganei Kouen Mae”. You can also get off at Higashi-Koganei Station on JR Chuo Line and take the CoCo Bus to “Koganei Kouen Iriguchi”.
First, we begin with an Olympic related event.
To celebrate the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, an event titled “Tokyo 2020 Live Site in 2018” will be held during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. At the “Live Site” venue, visitors can enjoy the live broadcasting of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, as well as experience some of the Olympic and Paralympic sports. Other contents include, special events held in collaboration with the affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Kumamoto, Tokyo 2020 Olympics-related exhibition, and food booths. This event will take place at Inokashira Park Nishien from February 10th to 12th, at Odaiba Symbol Promenade Park East Promenade through 22nd to 24th, and Hibiya Park on March 17th and 18th. Come enjoy the event and celebrate the Olympics!
Next, we would like to tell you about the all new Tokyo travel guide.
To further improve the convenience of travelers visiting the city, the Tokyo tourism official guidebook has been renewed as "Tokyo Travel Guide". The book will be available in 9 languages, Japanese, English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Thai. The book has become wider in A5 size, and introduces the attractions of Tokyo, along with maps, railway maps, airport access, tourist spots, and information contacts. This helpful guidebook will tell you everything you need to know when sightseeing in Tokyo. The guidebook in all 9 languages can be viewed in the digital pamphlet gallery on the Official Tokyo tourism website, “GO TOKYO.” The address is gotokyo.org/
First we have information from Ueno Zoological Gardens. With the health condition of the giant panda mother and child, “Shin Shin” and “Xiang Xiang” being stabilized, visitors will be able to see them on a first-come-first-served basis.
This will be organized with numbered tickets and will continue for some time starting from February 1st. Visiting hours are from 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 1-2 minutes are given to each visitor to view the pandas. Please note that the viewing may be canceled depending on the condition of the pandas. The location is Panda House “Outdoor farm A” and “Indoor room 2” in Higashien (East side of the zoo). Numbered tickets will be issued at Higashien, in front of Gojuunotou (the five-story pagoda) from 9:30 in the morning. Please come to the reception at Higashien Panda House at the time written on the ticket. 9,500 tickets will be available per day. General admission is 600 yen. To get to Ueno Zoo, take the JR line or Tokyo Metro Subway line to Ueno station. It’s a 5 minute walk from there.
Next we’re going to tell you about an upcoming exhibition at Tokyo Big Site. Tokyo Metropolitan Government is collaborating with various regions in Japan to create “All Japan & Tokyo Project.”
As part of this effort, an exhibition featuring products such as housing materials and furniture using “Tokyo Tama wood” and other local wood from various parts of Japan will be held at Tokyo Big Sight. 33 prefectures throughout the nation will be participating in this event, which aims to expand the utilization of resources in Tokyo, where wood is highly consumed. The event takes place on January 30th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, January 31st from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tokyo Big Sight, East Hall 7 & 8. Japanese wooden products such as Tama wood and other great masterpieces using high techniques will be displayed to welcome the visitors. To get to Tokyo Big Sight, take the Rinkai Line and get off at “Kokusai Tenjijou Station” and walk for 7 minutes, or get off at “Kokusai Tenji jou Seimon Station” on Yurikamome Line and walk for 3 minutes.