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Inokashira Park Zoo (Musashino-shi, Tokyo)

Inokashira Park, Tokyo Zoos and Aquariums

Inokashira Park Zoo is a great place for families to picnic, kids to run around, musicians to perform and vendors to gather. You can see these animals at the Inokashira Zoo: rhesus monkeys, raccoons, fennecs, Japanese serows, Japanese martens, masked palm civets, Amur cats, raccoon dogs, Japanese squirrels, red-crowned cranes, Japanese birds, tropical …

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Tokyu Train and Bus Museum (Kawasaki-shi, Kanazawa)

Tokyu Train and Bus Museum (Kawasaki-shi, Kanazawa)

The Tokyu Train and Bus Museum is a small museum located at Miyasakidai Station. The museum has many functioning miniature trains as well as actual train cars and busses on display. It holds a virtual driving simulator for both a bus and a train, a panorama theatre of miniature functioning …

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Nezu Museum and Garden (Aoyama, Tokyo)

Nezu Museum Garden, Best Living Japan

The Nezu Museum and Garden is one of my favorite escape relaxation locations in Tokyo. I visited the other day with all four kids, and the iris plants were in full bloom (May). However, regardless of season or exhibit the Nezu Museum & Garden is a great 1-2 hour period …

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Tokyo International Children’s Choir 2019-2020

Tokyo International Children's Choir

My daughter (age six) join the Tokyo International Children’s Choir (TICC) this year, and LOVES it!  If your elementary or middle school child loves singing, I highly recommend you consider joining from September. Auditions will be held in late August and early September 2019. Practices will take place weekly on …

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Tennoji Zoo (Osaka)

Tennoji Zoo Park

Tennoji Zoo (Osaka Zoo), opened in 1915, is Japan`s third oldest zoo. Over the years Osaka City`s Recreation and Tourism Bureau has been working to contribute to the protection and preservation of wild species by renovating the zoo`s old facilities into more efficient ones as well as introducing natural habitats for the …

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Mamiana Park Playground (Azabu, Tokyo)

Mamiana Park (狸穴公園 ) is located just behind the Tokyo American Club and is a short walk to the popular Nissin World Delicatessen Supermarket. My kids love spending a morning at the park, then shopping at Nissin for all their international goodies, grabbing lunch at one of the many family-friendly restaurants …

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Kogai Park (Hiroo, Tokyo)

Kogai Park is a fun place to take your active kids. It`s a great place to have your kids gain strength, balance & coordination. Kids love it because it has a zip line and some really great climbing equipment. It is very busy after school due to its location next …

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Kosoen Studio (Ome, Tokyo) – Indigo Dying in Tokyo

Kosoen Studio (Ome, Tokyo) - Indigo Dying in Tokyo

If you love the samurai blue of Japanese indigo dying, I highly recommend you take a day trip to Kosoen Studio in Ome, Tokyo. My daughter and I visited the other day and learned a lot about Japanese indigo dying, and returned home with scarves we will always cherish. Depending …

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The Fukagawa-Edo Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo)

Fukugawa Edo Museum, Tokyo history musuems

The Fukagawa-Edo Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) is a very hands-on gem of a museum in Tokyo to visit for 1-2 hours. The Fukagawa-Edo Museum is a large hall with about 12 Edo-period houses reconstructed in a village environment. The hall is very compact, and the lighting switches from night to day so you feel …

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Koinobori – Learn, Go, Make! – May Fun

Children's Day in japan, Best Living Japan

I love seeing the growing schools of koinobori swimming in the city sky this time of year. Do you have a koinobori (carp streamer)? I love the colors, the movement and the symbolism. The carp streamers are hung in celebration of Children’s Day which is May 5th.   If you have …

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Little Planet Digital Play Space – Diver City Odaiba

Little Planet is a permanent digital exhibition that combines digital technology with play. Opened in Nov 2018, Little Planet offers various digital experiences to keep your child active and engaged. If your kids loved the TeamLab Borderless/Planets exhibition they`ll love to pop into Little Planet. Our kids loved the sand party …

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Kamiyon Jidouyuen Playground (Nakameguro, Tokyo)

** June 2015 update: The swirly slide was removed from the play equipment and replace with a climbing wall. Kamiyon Jidouyuen Playground is nestled between Nakameguro & Yutenji stations. Located across the playground is the Meguro Christ Church. A quiet playground frequented by locals. Equipment: 2 swings sandpit slide climbing …

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Japanese Overseas Migration Museum (Yokohama)

If you love history and are planning a trip to Yokohama please visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum is a hidden gem. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the …

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Tokyo Area Clam Digging – May to late June

Clam Digging Tokyo, Bestlivingjapan

May and June are the most popular months of the year to go clam digging「潮干狩りshiohigari 」in Japan. It took about one hour for each member to dig about 2 Kilos of Asari clams (Japanese littleneck clams). Check out the four recommended clam digging recommendations below. Note: Clam digging is very …

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The Shitamachi Museum (Ueno, Tokyo)

The Shitamachi Museum in Ueno was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. By touring the Shitamachi Museum, you will gain an understanding of life in the shitamchi pre-WWII. …

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Dinosaur Park (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Dinosaur Park Shinagawa

Kodomo no Mori Koen (子供の森)- better known as Dinosaur Park Shinagawa – is a fantastic place to take your dinosaur-loving kids. There are eight colorful dinosaurs in the park; a bright T-rex, large Hadrosaurid, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Dimetrodon to name a few, and plenty of space to run around. We revisted the …

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