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Yakiniku Shibaura, Mishuku – Family friendly Yakiniku

Yakiniku shibaura

Yakiniku Shibaura is our favorite family-friendly yakiniku restaurant in Setagaya-ku. They serve delicious cuts of Japanese domestic Wagyu Beef. Our kids love it. As you walk into the restaurant you see a refrigerator stocked with slabs of Japanese domestic Wagyu beef. Yakiniku Shibaura carefully selects their Wagyu beef from different areas of Japan, and …

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Kodomo no Hiroba Park, Setagaya – Climbing Structures & Water Play

kodomonohiroba bars

Kodomo no Hiroba Park (子供広場公園) is a large, sand park with plenty of space to run around. Located near the popular Setagaya Park it has a long splash river, three different structures to climb, and plenty of shaded areas to protect you and the little ones from the hot summer sun. Find the elderly …

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Komazawa Olympic Park, Setagaya – A Great Sports Park

Komazawa Olympic Park pig park

Komazawa Olympic Park (駒沢オリンピック公園) is a sports facility that was constructed for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It`s an amazing park for families. The park includes three different animal-themed playgrounds for young children (squirrel, pig and horse), a summer splash pond, jogging and cycling course, a dog run area, skateboard park, …

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Kid friendly Izakayas with Play Spaces in Tokyo


Locating a dinner restaurant with play spaces for little ones is a struggle. Welcome Monteroza, a kid-friendly izakaya chain equip with “kids` spaces”, an area where parents can relax and dine while the little ones play. Monteroza kids` spaces are furnished with soft toys, books, music or video entertainment, colorful wall-padding and …

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Futako Tamagawa Park, Futako Tamagawa – Perfect for Biking and Long strolls

Kinshin en Futakotamagawa

Futako Tamagawa Park (二子玉川公園) is a spacious and beautifully landscape park opened in Spring last year. Located just behind the Rise Shopping Complex and adjacent to the Tama River this park has something for everyone; a tranquil Japanese Garden, great paths for jogs or strolls, a small outdoor playground suitable for toddlers, access to …

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Granny Smiths Apple Pie & Coffee, Setagaya, Aoyama, Ginza & Yokohama

granny smiths

Granny Smiths Apple Pie & Coffee (グラニースミス アップルパイ&コーヒー) offers takeaway counter specializes in four delicious varieties of apple pie; Japan Dutch Crumble, Classic Rum Raisin, French D’mandes and England Custard (around 400 yen per slice). They also offer delicious seasonal pies, teas, espresso and coffee drinks. The small shop doesn`t provide seating however …

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Kua Aina, 9 Locations in Tokyo – Hawaiian Burger and Sandwich Grill

Kua Aina shop

If you`re looking for a good, solid burger stop by Kua Aina. Originally from Hawaii, their light wooden interior, island music and colorful Hawaiin goods adorning the walls makes you feel like you walked into a burger joint on the island. Their large hamburger patties, seasoned with the owner`s original and secret spices …

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Farmshop, Futakotamagawa – Seasonal Californian Cuisine & Market

Farmshop.jp interior

Farmshop Restaurant and Market is known for their farm-to-table concept – delivering locally produced food to local consumers. They serve seasonal and casual Californian dishes at their dining-bakery-market. Conveniently located in the Takashimaya Maronie Court in Futakotamagawa it sits alongside Bills, The Muji store and Cafe, Gap Kids and the quirky Flying Tiger shop. Farmshop …

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Setagaya Play Park, Ikejiri – Where Kids Build Fires, Saw Wood and Take Risks

Setagaya Park Play Park

Setagaya park (世田谷公園) offers a number of fun outdoor activities from rides on a mini SL train, a free pedal cart course, running and cycling course, flea markets, playgrounds and more. My son and his friends have begun frequenting their shanty town known as “play park” – an area where kids can learn to …

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Flying Tiger Copenhagen – Unique Party Supplies, Costumes, Interiors and more.

Flying Tiger

I stumbled across this colourful and quirky looking store and had to check it out. Flying Tiger Copenhagen is a Danish design store that stocks a range of playful and affordable Scandinavian knick-knacks from party and holiday supplies to interior goods. The store is designed like a one-way street that leads you …

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Kinder Base, Meideimae – Play Space and Party Venue

Kinder Base jumping air castle & slide

Kinder Base(キンダーベース)is a great birthday party venue for babies and kids up to early elementary. We revisited the venue for my son`s 5th birthday. Everyone loved it! Kinder Base is covered with foam padding that keeps safety in mind. They`re equipped with a large jumping castle and slide, a mini ball pit …

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Top Tokyo Restaurants with Play Areas – babies and kids (0-6 yrs)

Wangan Cafe interior

Here are our Top baby & kid-friendly Tokyo restaurants with play areas for ages 0 – 6 years. Looking for a great spot to relax at in Tokyo while the kids play? The temperatures are dropping and poor weather can make any family stuck indoors for too long scramble to the nearest …

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Space Joy, Jiyugaoka – Restaurant Play Area & Party Space

space joy main dining room

** Space Joy CLOSED it`s doors after 7 years of service in MAY 2016 ** Space Joy (スペースジョイ) Jiyugaoka is the perfect place to have a meal while your little ones play. The main floor is a dining cafe (patio dining is available on nice weather days), the 2nd floor is …

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Senzokuike Park, Otaku – Swan Boats, Koi, Walking Paths and Festivals

Senzokuike pond

We stumbled across a beautiful pond and nature park over the long weekend. Senzokuike park (洗足池公園) is a place you can relax and spend an entire day. They have lush greenery, shaded walking paths, boating facility, large pond filled with koi, a Japanese Shrine, large library and a playground. The …

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Kodomonohiroba Park, Setagaya

kodomonohiroba bars

We love discovering hidden parks. We found this hidden gem near the popular Play Park at Setagaya Park. Kodomonohiroba Park (子供広場公園) is a large, sand park with plenty of space to run around. It has a long splash river, three different structures to climb, and plenty of shaded areas to protect you …

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DIY Factory, Futako-Tamagawa – Learn, Make, Rent, Buy

DIY Factory BestLivingJapan

If you love DIY and you want to get you or your hands dirty, then you have to visit the creative shop called DIY Factory in Futako-Tamagawa. This store is fascinating they sell DIY products, have DIY workshops, and offer workshop space and tool rental.  As a true blood DIYer, …

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Komazawa Olympic Park, Setagaya


Komazawa Olympic Park (駒沢オリンピック公園) is a sports facility that was constructed for the 1964 Summer Olympics. The park includes three different playgrounds for young children (squirrel, pig and horse-themed), a summer splash pond, jogging/cycling course, a dog run area, skateboard park, gymnasium, cafeteria and many more facilities. It also serves …

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Lobros Cafe, Jiyugaoka


Lobros Cafe & Dining in Jiyugaoka is a simple and health-oriented California style restaurant. They serve organic vegetables, freshly-baked breads, pastas, sandwiches, grilled meats & healthy juices. The restaurant is airy and spacious and pet & kid-friendly. The kids can even watch the train go by while eating. Lobros Cafe, Jiyugaoka Address: 5-42-3 …

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Setagaya Park, Setagaya (mini SL train rides, pedal race tracks and more!)

Setagaya Parkmini-SL-train-line-2

Setagaya Park is a great park for kids. They offer train rides on a Mini Steam Locomotive (Wednesdays, Weekends and Holidays only), pedal go carts in a traffic park with working traffic signals, 2 separate playgrounds equip with swings, spring riders, slides, monkey bars and sandpit, and a children-sized shanty town …

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Gymboree Play & Music, Tokyo


Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 650 locations in about 40 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social …

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