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Atami Juraku Hotel, a traditional Japanese experience.

We spent a lovely, long weekend in Atami on the Izu Peninsula with family visiting from the U.S.  Atami is a traditional and popular hot springs resort one to two hours outside Tokyo (depending on your method of transportation). We stayed at the Atami Juraku Hotel, a 3-minute walk from the station …

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Sayama Berry Picking Farm (Saitama)

Sayama Berry Farm

Sayama Berry Land Sayama Berry Land (Saitama-ken) (狭山ベリーランド) has one of the largest blueberry farms in the Tokyo area with over 50 types of berries and 2,000 bushes. The blueberry bushes are in covered mesh houses. They have two parking areas; one where their office is located and the other …

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Kawatsura Strawberry Picking Farm & Flowers (Chiba)

Kawatsura Strawberry Farm

Strawberry picking is a popular activity in Japan Winter through Spring. There are numerous greenhouses to choose from with prices varying between farms. Prices are highest in December and January, and taper off towards the end of Spring. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm Kawatsura Strawberry Farm has been growing strawberries since 1964. They …

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CupNoodles Museum, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken

Dear Curious and Creative, My two teenage sons and I visited the CupNoodles Museum the other day and absolutely enjoyed it. I have to admit I was quite surprised how entertaining and educational the entire museum was. Not only do you learn the history of the world famous Cup Noodles, …

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Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba, Chiba by TokyoWay

If you are trying to eat healthier this year, then try a great 1/2 day outing for fresh fish and veggies to Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba. This article was written by Carl Kay and staff at his experiential tour company Tokyo Way (www.tokyoway.jp). Matsudo Nanbu Ichiba, Chiba by TokyoWay While Tsukiji …

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Long-term Parking at Narita Airport

Japan is the land of great customer service! One of my favorite services available in Japan is the Narita Airport long-term drop-off and pick-up parking. Valet parking at the Airport!!  With four kids we have lots of bags, so we like to drive our mini-van to and from the airport. …

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Tokyo Day Trip to “Little Edo” Kawagoe (Saitama)

If you are in the Tokyo area and have one free day, travel back in time with a Tokyo day trip to “Little Edo” Kawagoe (川越市 Kawagoe-shi). The people of Kawagoe have preserved their city for all people today to experience the old castle town of Edo period (17th to …

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20 Tips For Traveling With Kids

Whether you are about to take a long trip home or to head out on a grand adventure traveling with kids can be a bit daunting. I admit, with four kids ages 2-16, traveling can sometimes be trying, but I have never regretted a trip. Annually on average we take …

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Karuizawa, Nagano 2014

We spent a long weekend in Karuizawa last month and were surprised to see many store closures at the Karuizawa Prince Outlet as there were undergoing renewal (the stores that were closed should be reopened and in a new location by the first weekend of July). We were also disappointed to see …

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Tokyo Station Bullet Trains and Dr. Yellow

My son loves all of the trains in Tokyo, especially the bullet trains (shinkansens), so when my husband found out that Doctor Yellow would be at Tokyo Station on Christmas Day we had to see it. Doctor Yellow is the name for the bright yellow high-speed test train used to diagnose …

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Karuizawa Playground (Nagano-ken)

On our last visit we found an amazing playground park in Karuizawa, Nagano. Located a short drive from the popular Tsuruya Supermarket lies Yukawa Furusato Park (湯川ふるさと公園). It`s a large and clean park that all families can enjoy, dog-friendly too! Families can be seen walking their dogs, picnicking on the …

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Snowboarding / Skiing

My son is still too young to take up snowboarding, but I thought I`d share a few snowboarding skiing resorts around Japan to take your little ones to. Canyons, Minakami Website: www.canyons.jp Evergreen, Hakuba Website: www.evergreen-hakuba.com Nozawa Onsen, Nagano Website: www.nozawaski.com/winter/en/index.php Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort Website: www.jkokusai.co.jp/pdf/eng.pdf Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort, Niigata Website: www.visitishiuchi.com Kids` …

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Singapore

Singapore is a 7.5 hour flight from Tokyo, super kid-friendly and hot. Here are some fun things we did with a 19 month toddler in tow. Singapore Hokey Pokey at Suntec City (moving to the Millenia Walk in April 2013). An indoor play area for kids 6 mths – 6 …

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Karuizawa, Nagano-ken

Karuizawa is a mountain resort in Nagano just a 1 hr Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Japanese flock to this location all year round. It`s a popular tourist-vacation spot in the summer because it`s quite cool providing a pleasant escape from Tokyo`s heat and humidity. Various outdoor activities in summer include tennis, hiking, …

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Tokyo Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Sea is a fantasy theme park that is unique to Japan, and is part of Tokyo Disney Resort. It is made up of seven themed ports: Mediterranean Harbor, Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront. Parents love this place as it`s …

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Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is the most visited theme park in Japan. It is based on the films produced by Walt Disney, and is made up of seven themed lands: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. The theme park is very similar to the original Disneyland Park in …

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Ginza Line Elevator Guide

We find it troublesome to look for elevators when we`re with baby at a station. To remedy this, we`ve listed the train car for the Ginza line that will stop closest to the elevator. We hope it helps you on your journey. Ginza Line Elevator Guide GINZA LINE Transfer Guide (In Japanese only) …

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Lotte Store, Seoul, Korea

Seoul is a short 2.5hr flight from Tokyo. A popular city for their amazing food and shopping. Stay at the Lotte Hotel in Myeong-dong; it`s super convenient and located in one of the main shopping districts. The Lotte Hotel is connected to the Lotte store. If you take a short trip …

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Marunouchi Line Elevator Guide

I find it troublesome to look for elevators when I’m at a station and the transfer guide isn’t always easy to find. To remedy this, I`ve listed the train car for some of the metro lines that will stop closest to the elevator. Here’s the Marunouchi line. I hope it …

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White Beach Hotel Shimoda (Shizuoka-ken)

White Beach Hotel in Shimoda is less than a 2 hour Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo and is right across the street from beautiful Ohama beach (Kisami beach). The hotel is owned and run by Americans so everything is in English, it has super-friendly staff, is family-friendly and attracts a …

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Hibiya Line Elevator Guide

I find it troublesome to look for elevators when I`m at a station and the train car map (map displaying elevators, escalators, stairs, transfers & exits – photo below) isn`t always easy to find. To remedy this, I`ve listed the train car for the Hibiya line that will stop closest …

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Tokkaido Shinkansen baby room

Taking the Tokkaido Shinkansen out of Tokyo with your kids? Reserve Car 11 on the Nozomi 700. It is equip with a changing table, diaper disposal, a low sink for children to wash their hands, a multi-purpose room for nursing and a wide entry area to park twin strollers. If you have …

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Narita Express Baby Room

Heading out to Narita with your baby/kids? Reserve Car #11 or the Green Car on the Narita Express. It is equip with a large western-style restroom and a multi-purpose room to nurse your baby in private. If you have a single stroller that you don`t want to fold and store, reserve either …

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