Family Programs


Our desire at Japan Society is to cultivate an interest in Japan, even in the youngest child, through a suite of family-friendly, authentic activities for all ages. Our cultural programs provide your family diverse experiences in Japanese culture by celebrating some of Japan’s most important holidays and festivals with hands-on activities, crafts, performances, story-telling and much more. I invite you to join us at Japan Society for exhilarating events the whole family can enjoy.

Upcoming Family Events

Family Membership

Every year, hundreds of families attend programs at Japan Society to experience Japanese culture, to reconnect with their Japanese heritage, and to create fond family memories. Your membership gives you and your loved ones free admission to Japan Society Gallery, discounts on programs, classes and workshops, and invitations to special events. We look forward to welcoming you to Japan Society soon!

Family Membership ($125)

Two adults and up to four children under 18
  • Free admission to gallery exhibitions
  • Invitations to members-only programs and gallery exhibition openings
  • Discounted tickets to box office events and family programs*
  • Discounts on classes at the Toyota Language Center
  • Discounts on performing arts workshops for children and teens
  • Discounts on the Summer Immersion Program for high school students
  • Discounts on Japan Society exhibition catalogues
  • Subscription to bimonthly Calendar of Events
  • Free access to C.V. Starr Library

Click here to browse our other membership levels.

Further Questions

For inquiries on Education programs, please contact us at or 212-715-1275.

Family Programs are generously supported by the Nissan Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Kumon Centers of Manhattan, and the Wendy Obernauer Foundation.


Student and Family Programs are supported by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Education and Family Programs are made possible by Chris A. Wachenheim and The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is provided by James Read Levy and Hiroko Onoyama.

Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by  .

Slideshow photos: From Tanabata: Japan's Star Festival, photo ©  George Hirose; from Doll's Festival (Girl's Day): Hinamatsuri, photo © George Hirose; From Tanabata: Japan's Star Festival, photo © George Hirose; From Summer Immersion Course © Japan Society/Owen Rojek; From New Year's Celebration: Oshogatsu, photo © Japan Society/Owen Rojek.

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