Playgroups

Below is a list of active playgroups or regular gatherings in and around Tokyo. Included at the bottom is a list of active Facebook groups for mums & parents. 

If you would like to add your group to the list please contact us at [email protected]

TMG get-togethers

TMG-led casual get-togethers for all mums/parents in and around Tokyo.

Held monthly! Full details found on our website's calendar!

Roppongi Playgroup


Name of playgroup: Roppongi Playgroup

Leader/contact: Helen 
Location (nearest station): Roppongi
Meeting day/time/place: Tuesdays 10am-12pm
Any other info:  http://roppongiplaygroup.wordpress.com

Keio Line Kids


Leader/contact:  Stephanie 

Location (nearest station): Various stations along the Keio line and Keio Inokashira line, including Fuchu, Chofu, Shinjuku and Kichijoji and anything else interesting in between. Places include playhalls (when bad weather) and parks (when nice outside)


Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209637905798777

Roppongi Playdate Group 

Moms with children of all age groups living in and nearby Roppongi ( in principle everyone is welcome to join ) can join our facebook page and use it as a platform to connect with other moms: to organize a playdate/event or meetup. Not to be confused with the Roppongi Cooperative Playgroup that meets every Tuesday in the Franchiscan Chapel Centre - for which you pay a fee to join the meet ups.

Additional info: Website to the park: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/facilities/green.html

Sakuragicho International Literacy Circle (SILC)

Leader/contact: Andrea McCarthy

Location (nearest station): Sakuragicho Station, Yokohama

Meeting day/time/place:
Every Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm at a pre-reserved, public room.

Additional info: 
SILC is a literacy co-op for children kindergarten to JR high-aged. Currently there are several classes taught by a highly qualified American teacher and organized by a parent led committee. The classes are age and level appropriate and aimed at teaching reading and writing for children who are native speakers of English. There are 3 formal classes a week and all major events are organized in the form of parties.  Families are welcome to come early or to stay after classes for extra English interaction, spelling bees, plays, interviews, book reading etc. run by the families.


Sakuragicho International Playgroup (SIP)


Location (nearest station): Sakuragicho Station, Yokohama

Meeting day/time/place:
Every Thursday 10am to 1:00pm at a pre-reserved, public playroom

Any other info:
SIP is a friendly place for international families to gather and share
mothering stories in Japan. The playgroup is organized so that each family takes a turn to present a  story, songs or simple craft. Afterwards you can bring a bento or order from the canteen outside to playroom.

Tama Plaza English Playgroup

Leader/ Contact: Kazuki 

Location (nearest station): Azamino sta. and Tama-plaza sta. on Denentoshi line, Yokohama

Meeting day/time/place: Every other week on weekdays and weekends at various venues around Azamino and Tama-plaza. Please check our FB page for further information

Any other info: We are Facebook based English playgroup  which started in April 2015.
Currently with members ranging from 0 to 6 year olds, and their parents.
Please join our Facebook group page for further info.

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/101975686800280/

Panda Bear Club/Polar Bear Club

Name of playgroup: Panda Bear Club
Leader/contact: Komaki 
Location (nearest station): Ikebukuro
Meeting day/time/place: Mondays, 11am

Name of playgroup: Polar Bear Club
Leader/contact: Lisa 
Location (nearest station): Ikebukuro
Meeting day/time/place: Tuesdays, 11am

Any other info: Polar and Panda Bear clubs are sister groups for English-speaking families that were established in 2000 and 2006, respectively. Activities include circle time, songs, books and crafts. Members take turns leading activities. The meeting place for both groups is the Nishi-ikebukuro Hiroba, which is very near the police and fire stations on the west side of Ikebukuro stations. Please contact Lisa Sullivan for info on vacancies in either group. 

Koala Bear Club

Name of Playgroup: Koala Bear Club
Leader: Yu Nakamura
Nearest station: Azabu Juban
Meeting day and time: Wednesday 14:40-15:30

Additional information:
Koala Bear Club is a kids play group in English, started by Yu Nakamura Please contact me.  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1672782793051561/edit/

The club's program is singing songs, reading books and maybe playing games in English.
It's an open session, so new members can trial anytime.

Free of charge.
For children aged 6 and under.
14:30-15:30, Every Wednesday.
At Azabu kids to teens hall.
http://azabu-plaza.jp/

Each member after joining for 3 months will be leader in order for each week.
The leader will be MC, choose and read books, and make a playing plan.
Let's play together at "Koala Bear Club" !

Koala bear club is almost same Panda bear and Polar bear club, I joined 2 years and I'm a graduate, Panda bear and Polar bear club has a the 10-year history in Tokyo.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/pandapolarbear/

Yokohama Park Playgroup


Leader/Contact: Lauren
Location (nearest station): Kannai
We meet Fridays at 2:45 pm at various parks in Yokohama (default is Yokohama Park). In bad/cold weather we move indoors. Please join our Facebook page for details.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/151274908348069/

Chiba Peanuts

Leader/contact: Laura Marushima
Location (nearest station): JR Moto-Yawata {Laura`s closest stop} Urayasu station Tozai line {Stephanie`s closest stop} and other stations in Chiba or East Tokyo

Meeting day/time/place: Monthly events in and around Ichikawa-shi, Funabashi-shi & Urayasu-shi on different days of the week from 10:30am. Usually hold themed events around holidays and also have weekend events some months too.

Additonal info: Started in May 2010. Currently aged children aged 0-14. Very active facebook group.

Saitama STEPS (Saitama Tots English Playdates)

Leader/contact: Lynda
Location: Kawagoe


Meeting day/time/place: 
The playgroup meets every Monday morning, anytime between ten and twelve. We don't book a room, just hang out! It's in the "kawagoe stn east exit jidokan" or 川越駅東口児童館 which is on the fourth floor of the Kurasse Bldg.


Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/saitamasteps/

La Leche League

Leader/contact: Celia or Stephanie

Location (nearest station):Roppongi

Meeting day/time/place: 2nd Friday of the month, 10:00-12:00 am, The Franciscan Chapel Center

Any other info: Breastfeeding support group for breastfeeding mothers and mothers to be. Children are welcome.


Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TokyoNursingCircle/

ABC Playgroup

Leader/contact: Aya
Location (nearest station):  Narimasu (subway stop)
Meeting day/time/place: Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm (twice a month)

Any other info: ABC is a playgroup for English-speaking families.
Activities include circle time, songs, books and sometimes crafts or playing games.The meetings place  are held in Asahicho Kitachiku Kuminkan. We have parties and events for kids and families.


This is the info about the establishment.
http://www.city.nerima.tokyo.jp/shisetsu/community/chikukuminkan/asahichokita.html


Little Explorers Playgroup

A Facebook Group

Location: Varies 

Meeting day/time: Varies 


Any other info:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1674139236196239/ -  this is a group for 0-3 year olds that explores a different part of Tokyo every week.


P.L.C (Play and Learn Club)

Contact names: Eileen & Sara

Location: Usually at a play area near Iidabashi station.

Meeting day: At least once a month on a Saturday, but some weekdays too.

PLC (play and learn club) meets near Iidabashi every month. Our children are aged 0-6. Most of us live in Chiyoda-ku and Bunkyo-ku but all are welcome!

Here's the link to our group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1379136562349169/

Multicultural Parenting- Mulcul no wa (Hachioji)

Multicultural Parenting ~MulCul no Wa~
Leader/contact:  Mayu Mada
Location (nearest station):  Hachioji (JR & Keio Hachioji st)
Meeting day/time/place: The First Saturday of each month /10:00-11:30/ Create-Hall (Hachioji Shogai Gakushu- Center)
Any other info:  Fee: 300yen  per one family.(including venue & Art work materials costs)

Catholic Families in Tokyo

Leader/contact: Nora
Location (nearest station):  Various
Meeting day/time/place: Monthly playgroups on Tues at 10:30 am and occasional family weekend activities

Any other info: Catholic Families in Japan is group created to help us connect across parishes and build an online community and in real life through family picnics, parties, playgroups, Feast Day fun, etc. We have faith based activities including singing and storytime for children plus discussions for parents. The meeting places are held in the comfort of someone's home.

Facebook Page

New Parents Connecting


Name: New Parents Connecting

Leader: Tauna

Location: Tokyo Union Church, Omotesando Station

Meets: Every Friday 10-11:30am


More Information: New Parents Connecting is an open group that meets Fridays from 10 to 11.30 a.m. at Tokyo Union Church in downtown Tokyo. This is a safe place where you can come as a parent together with your small child (ages 0-3)  to connect with other parents, share the joys & burdens of parenthood and enjoy a fun and unpretentious program in English.


Facebook groups

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