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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 Sky Tree, Sumida

Tokyo Sky Tree is a 634-metre high broadcasting tower with two public observation decks, restaurants, shops and other facilities in Sumida, Tokyo. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2012, making it the tallest free-standing tower in the world. Today, it is the second-tallest structure in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. It …

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Hakone – The Perfect Family Weekend Getaway

Hakone is a beautiful, mountainous area popular for it`s natural onsens, hiking and views. Only 90 min from Shinjuku, it`s a perfect long weekend getaway. Directions: Take the Romance Car from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station. Things to do: The Hakone Open Air Museum: A perfect place to spend the day enjoying …

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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. My son and I tagged along on husband`s business trip. Here are some fun things we did with a 19 month toddler in tow. ** This content was originally published on Tokyo Stroller which has now merged with …

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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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Cherry Blossoms Tokyo 2012

Cherry Blossoms Tokyo 2012 Hanami: The Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers/Cherry Blossom Viewing. Below is a list of popular spots to view the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Enjoy! Meguro River Closest Station: Nakameguro www.city.meguro.tokyo.jp/multi/index.html Roppongi Hills Closest Station: Roppongi www.roppongihills.com Tokyo Midtown Closest Station: Roppongi Station …

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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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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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