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Okadaya Shinjuku – Six Floors of Fabric and Seven Floors of Accessories

Okadaya

Okadaya Shinjuku is a great place to go to for textiles. They have two buildings; one with six floors of fabric (cotton, velvet, silk, satin, organic cotton, fleece, velor, wool, etc), traditional Japanese materials and other special textiles; and the adjacent building carries seven floors of basic materials (buttons, thread, string), …

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Tsuchiya Randoseru – One of Japan`s Most Respected Names in Leather Goods

tsuchiya randoseru

The Tsuchiya Randoseru (ランドセル) is one of Japan’s most respected names in leather goods. For more than 50 years, the Tsuchiya Bag Co., Ltd has meticulously handcrafted high quality, original randoseru. In 2015, to mark its fiftieth anniversary, the company launched a collection of randoseru for working adults – the Otona Randsel Randoseru, which …

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Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro – Yucky Medical Science

Meguro Parasitological Museum

Honestly, the Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) was not high on my lists of Japan family adventures, but I was persuaded to check it. The Meguro Parasitological Museum is a small two-floor museum full of worms and other parasites pickled in fluids. The titles of all the exhibits are bilingual (Japanese …

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Hotel MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka Conference Center – Recommended Family-Friendly Hotel

hotel mystays shin-osaka

The Hotel MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka Conference Center (ホテルマイステイズ新大阪コンファレンスセンター) is a great, affordable family-friendly place to stay. Located 5 minutes from Shin Osaka Station, and surrounded by convenient stores and local amenities, the hotel is convenient if arriving in Osaka from Tokyo, Kyoto, and surrounding cities. My son and I spent a full day in Kyoto and arrived …

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Merrymomo Macrobiotic Cafe, Osaka – Healthy Japanese Meals

Merrymomo

Merrymomo (メリーモモ) serves delicious, seasonal macrobiotic meals that are organic and balanced for the body. The owner, Mika Katsube, is a mother, cook and lecturer on macrobiotic foods. She is incredibly warm and welcoming, and when not busy she`ll take the time to explain the dishes on the menu as well as the …

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Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets – Niku no Hanamasa (肉のハナサ)

Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets

If you have a big family or big eaters, and live in central Tokyo one of your go to supermarket shopping locations should be Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets (Niku no Hanamasa (肉のハナサ). Hanamasa is a wholesale supermarket whose roots began as a supplier to restaurants, but is now open to the public …

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Umekoji Collabo, Kyoto – Family-Friendly Organic Restaurant

Umekoji Collabo

Umekoji Collabo organic restaurant focuses on fresh vegetables purchased every morning from contract farmers in the northern area of Kyoto. This family-friendly restaurant is non-smoking, has Japanese reading books and toys for little ones and is the perfect spot to grab a meal after a day at Umekoji Park, the Kyoto Railway Museum or the Kyoto …

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Ogimachi Park Playground – Osaka Family Play Spot

Ogimachi Park Playground

The Ogimachi Park Playground is the perfect place to spend the day. Located just behind the Kansai TV Studio which holds Kids Plaza – an amazing museum where kids learn through play, this huge play park has a number of slides, climbing wall that scales the Kansai TV Studio, open …

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Kodomo Miraikan, Kyoto – Free Indoor Playcenter

Kodomo Miraikan, Kyoto

Kodomo Miraikan (こども未来館) in  Kyoto is a government run community center which has a super fun free indoor play area, family friendly casual restaurant for lunch and a library. It is conveniently located in central Kyoto and opens at 9:00, so perfect for kids who are up and ready early!Kodomo …

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Samurai Museum, Shinjuku – Edutainment for All Ages

Samurai Museum, Shinjuku - Tokyo Samurai History and Action

If you have a Samurai or history buff in your family, you will enjoy a visit to the boutique Samurai Museum in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The museum although quite small is filled with Samurai artifacts, a live action show on Samurai sword skills and casual photo shoot in costume. A visit …

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Genmian Brown Rice and Vegetables Cafe, Osaka

genmian

Genmian Brown rice and vegetables cafe is a welcome stop after days of sightseeing, and takoyaki and kushikatsu (Osaka street food). Genmian cafe serves healthy meals with carefully selected ingredients focusing on brown rice and seasonal vegetables that are close to pesticide free. They serve meat and poultry that is …

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Ninja Kyoto Restaurant and Labyrinth, Kyoto

ninja kyoto

Ninja Kyoto Restaurant and Labyrinth is the perfect place for dining entertainment and ninja fans. The restaurant is designed as a dark labyrinth staffed with multilingual ninja warriors. Patrons have the option to dine with a visit from the Master Ninja magician, others are welcome to see the dynamic ninja …

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