Hey! Get off base and check out these events!
Editor's note: There's a lot of stuff happening off base, so read below and then head off for some fun! (This was updated Feb. 17)
2017 FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO WINTER FIREWORKS (Yamanashi prefecture): Feb. 23, 8-8:20 p.m.; see fireworks at Lake Kawaguchi; fireworks are launched at Ohike Koen, located close to Kawaguchiko Ohashi (bridge) Minami intersection in southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi; five-minute drive from Kawaguchiko I.C.; 0555-72-3168.
TONOGAYATO PARK BONSAI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Feb. 24-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 30 bonsai, or dwarfed trees, of pines, plums, maples on display and on sale; two-minute walk from JR Kokubunji Station on Chuo-Line; 150 yen adults, kids free; 042-324-7991.
MOUNT FUJI FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO FILM FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Feb. 25 & 26; Fureai Center Sakura Hall, seven-minute ride from Fujikyu Kawaguchiko Station or five-minute walk from Katsuyama Minshuku Bus Stop after taking a bus bound for Saiko Minshuku; 0555-72-5588.
SAITAMA CYCLE EXPO 2017 (Saitama prefecture): Feb. 25 & 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; bicycles, accessories and apparel, talk shows and test rides on outdoor courses at Saitama Super Area, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free;
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR AT YOYOGI PARK (Tokyo): Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 150 licensed antique dealers participating; Yoyogi Park Keyaki Street, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or a 10-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; 03-6407-6011.
UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE PEONY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 3,200 peonies in 250 varieties contributed from Luoyang Botanical Garden, China in 1980 at the Peony Garden of Ueno Toshogu Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 700 yen adults, kids free; 03-3822-3675.
YOYOGI PARK FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; with about 800 booths; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station; 03-3226-6800.
MARIE ANTOINETTE, A QUEEN IN VERSAILLES (Tokyo): Through Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until 5 p.m. on Tue.; featuring 200 items, including furniture, from Marie Antoinette’s stay in Versailles at Mori Arts Center Gallery; 1,800 yen adults, 1,200 yen senior high school and college students, 600 yen children; 03-5777-8600; www.ntv.co.jp/marie/english.
YEBISU INTERNATIONAL FOR ART & ALTERNATIVE VISIONS 2017 MULTIPLE FUTURE (Tokyo): Through Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., close on Mon.; featuring art & alternative visions with the theme of “Multiple Future” at Tokyo, Photographic Art Museum; Seven-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station (East Exit); 03-3280-0099.
TOWADAKO LAKE WINTER FESTIVAL 2017 (Aomori prefecture): Through Feb. 26, 3-9 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends; Towadako Lake celebrates “Pageant and Light Snow” with a snow-covered lakeside and illuminated strolls; features food booths, live music, fireworks at 8 p.m.; 0176-75-2425.
ISAWA ONSEN WINTER FIREWORKS (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Feb. 26, Fri.-Sun., 8:30 p.m.; 20 minutes of fireworks at Fuefuki Riverside area, 20-minute walk from JR Isawa Onsen Station or 10-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo Express; free; 055-262-3626.
NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Feb. 26, March 5 & 26,10 a.m.-4 p.m., more than 400 dealers participate at Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.
TOSHIMAEN ICE SKATING RINK: Through Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekends & holidays, until 5 or 6 p.m. weekdays in January & February, ; one of the biggest outdoor ice skating rinks in Tokyo is at Toshimaen Amusement Park, 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku; Toshima-en Station, Seibu Ikebukuro Line; 2,100 yen adults, includes admission, ice skating and rental, 1,600 yen children; 03-3990-8800.
KAWAGOE NARITA FUDOSON FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Feb. 28, 5 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 110 antique dealers; Kawagoe Station on JR and Tobu Tojo Lines and Hon Kawagoe Station on Seibu Line; 03-5996-4105.
THE EXHIBITION OF THE YOKOHAMA MUSEUM OF ART: SHOWA PORTRAITS (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., close on Thu. except on Feb. 23; tracing the people and history of the Showa Era (1926-1989) through photography; Yokohama Museum of Art; 500 yen adult, 300 yen college and senior high school student, 100 yen junior high school student, free children; 045-221-0300; http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/exhibition/index/20170104-481.html.
THE PEOPLE BY KISHIN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., close on Thursday; featuring 120 photographic works of Kishin Shinoyama entitled “Picture power” during his past five decades on display; Yokohama Museum of Art; 1,500 yen adults, 900 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen junior high school students, free children; three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 10-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 045-221-0300; http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/exhibition/index/20170104-476.html.
THEODORE CHASSERIAU PARFUN EXOTIQUE (Tokyo): Feb. 28-May 28, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; art by Theodore Chasseriuau (1819-1856); National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2017chasseriau.html.
PEACH BLOSSOMS FEST AT FUEFUKI VINYL HOUSE MOMOEN (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; bring your food and drinks (no BBQ allowed), and enjoy peach blossoms at a vinyl house at 77 fahrenheit (25celsius) temperature controlled; 500 yen admission (includes a cup of fruit juice); JA Fuefuki Fujimi Nosanbutsu Chokubaisho; 15-minute ride from Ichinomiyasaka I.C. on Chuo Express; 055-262-3853.
TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN ICE SKATING RINK: Through March 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; ice skating rink at Sky Arena on 4th floor of Tokyo SkyTree; Tokyo SkyTree Station on Tobu SkyTree Line; 1,600 yen adults, 900 yen children, includes shoe rental; 0570-55-0102; www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english.
TOKYO MIDTOWN ICE SKATING RINK 2017: Through March 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; outdoor ice skating rink, illuminations at 5 p.m.; Roppongi Station on Hibiya-Line and Oedo-Line, three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda-Line; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen children (includes shoe rental); 0570-017-154.
ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 5; earliest blossoms in Japan; at the Atami Baien Koen (Plum Garden) in Atami city; 300 yen adult, free children; 0557-85-2222.
NAGAHAMA BONBAI EXHIBITION (Shiga prefecture): Through March 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., illuminated weekends and holidays through March 5; bonbai is a Japanese apricot tree in bonsai style and this festival features about 90 bonbai cultivated by Nagahama city; includes a sale; three-minute walk from JR Nagahama Station or nine-minute train ride from JR Maibara Station on Tokaido-Line; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0749-65-6521.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA 15TH ANNIVERSARY: THE YEAR OF WISHES (Chiba prefecture): Through March 17; commemorating the 15th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo DisneySea, featuring special show Crystal Wishes; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
NETSUKE EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through March 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., close on Mon.; featuring 300 netsuke — miniature carvings of ivory, bone and wood — from the collection of Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum, including 60 netsuke produced in Edo Period (1603-1868) at Mitaka City Gallery of Art, Coral 5th Floor; 600 yen adult, 300 yen college and senior high school students, free children; JR Mitaka Station (South Exit); 0422-79-0033.
OSHIMA TSUBAKI (CAMELLIA) FESTIVAL: Through March 26; Oshima Island is famous for camellia flowers and camellia oil products and this annual festival is held when camellia is in full bloom. During Oshima Camellia Festival, ferry available from Kurihama (Yokosuka) Port to the island; Oshima Tourism Association; 04992-2-2177, Tokai Kisen (ferry): 03-5472-9999.
SPLENDID VIEWS OF EDO – SNOW, MOON AND FLOWERS (Tokyo): Through March 26, closed Mondays; featuring splendid Ukiyo-e by Hiroshige Utagawa, Hokusai Katsushika, Kuniyoshi Utagawa displaying by the themes on snow, moon and flowers; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art; 700 yen for adults, 500 yen for senior high school and college students, free for children; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/index-E.html.
KO-KARATSU POTTERY EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays; features 180 ko-karatsu pottery produced in Kyushu during Keicho Period (1596-1616) and Genwa Period (1615-1624); Idemitsu Museum of Arts, five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 03-5777-8600.
MATISE ET ROUAULT (Tokyo): Through March 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Feb. 15; featuring 140 art works by Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, along with letters exchanged at Shiodome Museum, five-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or eight-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen college students, 500 yen ages 12-18, kids free; 03-5777-8600; http://panasonic.co.jp/es/museum/exhibition/17/170114/index_en.html.
RAINBOW TROUT FISHING & BBQ AT LE SOLEIL (Kawagawa prefecture): Through March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; enjoy rainbow trout fishing & BBQ at a pond of Le Soleil; 620 yen includes fishing gear and catching a rainbow-trout, additional 310 yen per fish, 310 yen for BBQ three rainbow trout; free admission; Le Soleil (Soleil-no oka); 046-857-2500; www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/attraction.
FUJI-Q HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 31; three ice skating rinks; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen kids; ice rinks free, but 1,000 yen for shoe rental; 0555-23-2111; www.fujiq.jp/en.
DAVID BOWIE is – WORLD TOUR EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through April 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fri., close on Mon.; featuring more than 300 iconic items from his works, costume and music/video on display at Warehouse Terrada G1 Building, 2-6-10, Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; five-minute walk from Tennozu Isle Station on Tokyo Monorail or one-minute walk from Shin Tokaibashi Bus Stop after taking a Bus 98 bound for Ota Shijo; 2,400 yen adult, 1,200 yen senior high school and middle school student, free children; http://davidbowieis.jp/en/.
YASUYUKI NAMIKAWA AND JAPANESE CLOISONNE (Tokyo): Through April 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed 2nd & 4th Wed.; cloisonné, one of Japanese artistic handicraft in Meiji Period (1868-1912) and most of cloisonné works were exported overseas. Yasuyuki Namikawa reached the very top of cloisonné-making with sophisticated skills and delicacy, featuring 90 works of cloisonné by Yasuyuki Namikawa (1845-1927) from his early to late career and others on display; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; seven-minute walk from JR Meguro Station on Yamanote Line; 1,100 yen adults, 880 yen college students, 550 yen children/senior; 03-3443-0201; www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/.
SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 9; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; one-day pass 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4,100 yen adults, 3,300 yen junior & senior high school students, free for elementary school students; six-hour pass 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: 3,700 yen adults, 3,100 yen junior & senior high school students and free for elementary school students; four-hour ticket: 3,100 yen adults, 2,600 yen junior & senior high school students; all-night tickets 4,100 yen adults; 04-2922-1384.
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH TULIP FESTIVAL & (Nagasaki prefecture): Through April 17; enjoy a million tulips are in full bloom during the day and also illumination in the evening at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
SEIBUEN AMUSEMENT PARK - FISHING POND (Saitama prefecture): Through May 7, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, until 8 p.m. weekends; rainbow and mountain trout fishing; 2,100 yen adult, 1,400 yen children; Seibu Yuenchi Station on Seibu Tamako Line; 04-2922-1371.
FISH UP AT LAKE AKIKAWA (Tokyo): Through May, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy lure-fly fishing at Wonderful Nature Village, part of Tokyo Summerland; fee charged, 1,000 yen rental fishing pole; 2 mile ride from Akiruno I.C. on Ken-o Express; 042-558-3634.
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends & holidays; adults 1,340 yen/day, kids 930 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,030 yen and children 720 yen plus 510 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458, www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.
KAWAZU CHERRY BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Through March 10; 8,000 cherry trees along the River Kawazu are in full bloom and are illuminated between 6-9 p.m. during the event; Kawazu Station on Izu-Kyuko-Line; 0558-32-0290; www.town.kawazu.shizuoka.jp/english/.
THIS IS KYOSAI? (Tokyo): Feb. 23-April 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; featuring 80 ukiyo-e prints by Kyosai Kawanae (1831-1889) filled with wit and humor from the Israel Goldman Collection on display; Bunkamura The Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen children; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum/20170223.html.
CERAMICS FROM EUROPE AND GLASS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (Tokyo): Through March 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tue.; featuring 200 works of Europen ceramics donated by Toshiyuki Noyori and glass art from the Seimei Tsuji collection od display; Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; www.suntory.com/sma.