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Yutenji Temple (Nakameguro, TOkyo)

Myoukenzan Yutenji Temple is a Jodo (pure) Sect of Buddhism established about 300 years ago. The temple launched a free smartphone app, a bilingual (English and Japanese) video guide to the history and origins of the Temple buildings. Download the app, obtain an app map at the main temple office, …

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THINGS THAT GO – TOKYO TRAINS, PLANES & CARS

THINGS THAT GO - TOKYO TRAINS, PLANES & CARS

Have a kid who love things that go? Trains, planes & cars we got you covered. Our sons were obsessed with transportation when they were 3-5 years olds so we have first hand experience at all of the recommended locations. Whether a museum, interactive experience or shopping all of our …

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2019 Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pools

Asukayama Park, Tokyo wading pool and splash parks

Check out our 2019 Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pool recommendations. A free or very inexpensive way to keep cool (er) in the sticky hot Japan summer. Most Tokyo area wading pools are open from July 1st through mid-September, although there are a few splash ponds that open in June. …

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Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi

Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi is a sprawling asphalt area behind Oimachi Station that has been transformed into a sports area where you pay as you play. City Wave surfing, baseball batting, archery, trampolines, basketball, tennis, bouldering, a baby play area, rental BBQ areas, and a restaurant. Very practical place if you …

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Sunshine Aquarium (Ikebukuro, Tokyo)

Don’t let the fact that the Sunshine Aquarium is located on the top of a shopping center sway you from visiting. The Sunshine Aquarium (renovated in 2017) is a great city aquarium where kids and adults can view a variety of ocean and freshwater fish and aquatic mammals. The Sunshine …

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Zoorasia (Yokohama)

Zoorasia Japan is by far our favorite zoo outside Tokyo. It`s more like a walking safari than a zoo. It`s spacious and beautifully maintained with a variety of animals from around the world. For 800 yen per adult, 300 yen for middle & high school aged kids, 200 for elementary and …

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City Wave Tokyo (Shinagawa, Tokyo))

City Wave Tokyo (Shinagawa)

Stay cool and get wet this summer surfing at City Wave Tokyo in Ota-ku!! Yep, in the middle of Tokyo you can learn to surf before you hit the waves in Chiba this summer. My two youngest children took a 50 min lesson, and both were surfing alone by the …

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Pocky Factory (Saitama)

POCKY FACTORY (Saitama)

If your kids love Pocky, a day trip out to the Pocky Factory is a must. The Glico Pia East Factory is where both Pocky and Pretz snacks are produced. You can sign-up for a free one hour tour online. The trip from central Tokyo takes about 2 hours, so …

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AsoBuild (Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken) – Fun for all Ages

AsoBuild Yokohama an entertainment facility for all ages. Located in the Renovated Yokohama Post Office Annex the building holds a a variety of food shops: The Unko Museum (now open until September 30, 2019), Escape from The NINE ROOMS and VR game, Puchu! Indoor Kids Park, Handmade goods floor and …

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Fire Museum (Yotsuya, Tokyo)

Tokyo Fire Museum, Tokyo with Kids

Kids and Firefighting fans will enjoy a few hours at the Fire Museum in Yotsuya, Tokyo. This  free five-floor museum run by the Tokyo Fire Department both explains the history of fire and earthquake prevention and protection in Japan and is a fun, interactive environment for kids to climb on …

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Kodomo no Kuni (Yokohama) – BBQ, Pony Ride and Zoo

On our first visit to Kodomo no Kuni (Children`s Land) we explored the various rides and numerous playgrounds. On our second visit we BBQ`d, went on a pony ride, fed the cows and sheep, and explored the zoo. This place is huge so multiple visit are highly recommended. Every season offers something different from outdoor pool …

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Tokyo “Mud Parks”

Tokyo Mud Parks

I grew up on a farm with constant outdoor action, so when I heard about “mud parks” in Tokyo, I was thrilled. Here are our top Tokyo “Mud Parks” – Where Kids Play Dirty! If you have other similar parks to add, please comment below we are always looking for …

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Shinagawa Children’s Park (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Shinagawa Children’s Adventure Park is one of those places you find about after years living in a city and say “wow, I have been missing out.”  The park located adjacent to the Shinagawa Aquarium is amazing. The Park has a modern and super toddler-friendly playground with soft foam ground covering …

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10 Day Trip Outlets

Greater Tokyo Area Outlet Centers - 10 Day Trip Outlets

If you need to stock-up for your new apartment or a new seasonal wardrobe for you or the kids, there are 10 greater Tokyo area outlet centers. Japanese outlets usually offer a 30-50% discount off of department store prices – although most of the product is made specifically for outlets …

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Tokyo Area Adventure Sports Centers

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If you have elementary and above kids in the Tokyo area, they will love the Top Tokyo Area Adventure Sports and Activity Centers listed below. We have visited all of these Adventure Sports and Activity Centers and give the moms thumbs up for quality and value. You could also leave the …

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Fly Station (Saitama) – Indoor Skydiving for 4+ ye

FlyStation Japan, Tokyo Japan indoor skydiving

If you have a daredevil kid in your house, then I highly recommend the FlyStation in Saitama. FlyStation is Japan’s first indoor skydiving space. Kids ages 4 and move can enjoy with a coach. My seven and 15-year-olds both LOVED it.  You can sign-up for 1-10 flights; we did two …

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Kamogawa Sea World (Chiba)

Kamogawa Sea World, Top Japan Aquariums

If you are looking for a great day or weekend trip from Tokyo, I highly recommend Minami Boso (the southern area of Chiba) and the Kamogawa Sea World. Kamogawa Sea World is a 1.5-2 hour trip from central Tokyo where you can enjoy the sea breeze, beach and learn about …

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