Sat, Oct 28|
Tokyo, Japan | October 2023
A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Tokyo, Japan, from Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2023. We'll experience how this megalopolis of 37 million people lives, works, and plays with a culture unique unto itself. Highlights include local foods, karaoke, temples, markets, museums, and more!
Time & Location
Oct 28, 12:00 PM – Nov 03, 12:00 PM
About The Event
Come join us in Tokyo, Japan, for a fun-filled and community-centered worldschooling gathering Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2023.
The Worldschool Pop-Up Hub provides super casual, budget-friendly opportunities to gather, connect with other worldschoolers, learn about the local area, instill new friendships, share your insights, and immerse in a friendly, accepting mobile community. Our activities highlight local nature, arts, history, food, and culture... but you'll also have plenty of time to relax, get to know each other, and even stray from the itinerary to add activities that cater to the group's interests.
Pop in for a few days or the full week. Join as many activities as you'd like. It's up to you!
Our itinerary will include activities such as the following:
*Ueno Park with its zoo, paddle boats, and national museums
*Ameyoko, a lively outdoor street market with discount shops and restaurants
*Asakusa, a cultural center with temples, pagodas, and shops showcasing Japanese traditional snacks, clothing, & toys
*Akihabara, the electronics, manga, and anime mecca
*Shinjuku, the skyscraper city within a city along with a vast underground network and 45th floor observation deck atop the Tokyo Metro building
*Odaiba, an expansive area on reclaimed land from Tokyo Bay with entertainment-oriented attractions, science center, shopping centers, and Tokyo's wholesale food market
*Yokohama city with its Chinatown and bay area attractions including the Nippon Maru sailing ship, Cup of Noodles Museum where you can design and make your own Cup of Noodles, and the monstrous Gundam moving robot
*Eating at an izakaya restaurant, where each restaurant serves up a variety of small, delicious Japanese dishes, generally unique to each establishment
*Eating at kaiten sushi, a rotating conveyor belt sushi restaurant
*Singing your heart out in a private echoing karaoke room, or applauding (or laughing) at the others while enjoying snacks and drinks
*Peace Forest Athletic Park (obstacle & climbing course)
COST per Family
US$100 Early Bird Rate, expires Sept 1, 2023
US$140 Regular Rates (a $25 discount is available for families in need, use code TOKYO25 at checkout)
MEET YOUR HOST:
Hello, my name is Ken and my wife, Linda, and I are excited to be your hosts for the Tokyo Pop-Up Hub. Last year I retired early to start worldschooling with our 11-year-old twin daughters. I am from Canada and first got interested in Japan back in 1992 and have visited Japan more than 20 times. In 2018 we moved from Canada to the Tokyo area where we’ve lived for close to 4 years. Linda is native Japanese, and we are both functionally bilingual in both Japanese and English. You can ask us anything about Japan and we will likely be able to give you the inside story.
We like to travel to places to explore new cultures, food, adventure activities, meet new people, and experience nature. Like you, we want to give our kids learning opportunities from rich real-world experiences and travel, rather than from a traditional school setting. Last year we visited Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Italy, Romania, UAE, & Vietnam, so we also learned some Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian, although some of it may already be starting to fade away. Can't wait to meet you all to introduce you to many of the fascinating things in Tokyo, Japan, and make some worldschooling friends for our kids as well.
LODGING & NEIGHBORHOODS:
Most of our activities will be in, or around, central Tokyo. This area is generally defined by the Yamanote loop train line.
Recommended areas include Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shinagawa, Taito, Shibuya, Meguro, Ueno, Sumida and Setagaya. Follow this link to a map of Tokyo's "23 Wards." https://www.greenandturquoise.com/a-beginners-guide-to-tokyo-popular-districts/
Although lodging in the central area will be the most efficient, there are are trains crisscrossing the entire region out to the suburbs (which may offer less expensive for accommodations).
Google Maps is reliable to determine the cost and travel time to get to the center. There are regular express trains from the suburbs to downtown. A 20km ride may only take 30 minutes. The major stations on the Yamanote train line include Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinagawa, and Shinjuku. If you are able to stay within Tokyo's "23 Wards," you will be in a good spot. If you are up to 20km into the suburbs, but close to a train station, you will generally be fine. The host family will stay in the "suburbs", 40 minutes west of the western main entry point, Shinjuku.
Note: Staying in the Odaiba area is not recommended because it is serviced by the slower and more expensive monorail line.
Here are some possible accommodations. Most are no-nonsense accommodations, generally classified as business hotels, but Airbnbs (if you can find them) will usually be more economical.
A Kobe Pop-Up will be available from Nov 7 - 13, 2023 so families can attend both, explore a bit more of Japan, and continue the community bonding. There will be a few days to relocate to Kobe. Transport options include train, overnight bus, and flights... depending on your airport, the flights look reasonable.
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Regular Rates $140 / Family
One family, one price. Parents, partners, children, and grandparents are all included under this admission. Families in need may use the code TOKYO25 for a $25 discount.
Early Bird $100 / Family
Purchase by Sept 1, 2023 This ticket admits one family including children, parents, partners, and grandparents.