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Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

This spring weather is beautiful! Cherry blossoms are forcasted to bloom a bit earlier this year in Japan. Tokyo is forecasted for March 18th, 2021. We love taking morning walks under the cherry blossoms, but nothing beats the evening illuminated petals of white and pinks against the dark sky. Grab …

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Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto – Boutique Museum for Hands-On Fun

Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto

Kaleidoscopes do not pop to mind when one says Kyoto, but the Kaleidoscope Museum (京都万華鏡ミュージアム姉小路館) is a great place to visit for an hour if your kids are “templed out” or if the weather calls for an indoor activity.  The one room museum has 20-30 kaleidoscopes that are from all …

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KYOTO, OSAKA & NAGOYA OPEN & CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19

What open in Tokyo Japan during the COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS SHUTDOWN

Moms are sharing Corona Virus Kyoto, Osaka & Nagoya OPEN & Closures (COVID-19 Kyoto, Osaka & Nagoya OPEN & Closures). Are you waking up in Kyoto, Osaka or Nagoya with kids and no school for March 2020? Our friends are! I know we are also supposed to stay home, but …

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Three Days in Kyoto with Kids

Kyoto with Kids Itinerary

Kyoto with Kids is great edutainment. Kyoto the ancient capital is filled with history and art, but has all the coolness of today. We recommend three days in Kyoto but if you only have one you can still accomplish so much! Here are is our recommended three days in Kyoto …

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Ninja Kyoto Restaurant and Labyrinth, Kyoto

ninja kyoto

*** CLOSED on December 31st, 2018 *** Please visit their Tokyo locations in Akasaka & Shinjuku.  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 …

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J-Cycle Kyoto Bicycle Rental – Best Way to Travel Kyoto

J-Cycle Kyoto Bicycle Rental

Biking is the easiest and most economical way to get around Kyoto, so don’t delay rent a bike today from J-Cycle Kyoto Bicycle rental. They have simple single gear to electrically assisted with and without child seats. A great bike rental service who will provide you with helmets, phone holders, …

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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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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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Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2019

Tokyo Family Activities

Cherry blossoms will be in full bloom over the next two weeks. We love taking morning walks under the cherry blossoms, but nothing beats the evening illuminated petals of white and pinks against the dark sky. Grab a plastic sheet to throw on the ground, your jacket and some warming …

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Top 10 Places to Buy Japanese Washi

Tokyo Washi Stores

At Best Living Japan, we offer various craft classes that use Japanese washi, so we are “experts” on where to find the best selection. Here are our top 10 locations to buy Japanese washi in Tokyo. Many smaller Japanese souvenir shops may also sell sheets of Japanese washi, but for …

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Best Tokyo Arts and Crafts Supply Stores

Tokyo Arts & crafts stores

If you are looking for art supplies for a school project, new crafting passion or a Halloween costume here is a short list of the best Tokyo arts and crafts supply stores.  I have listed up a few places that are my go to locations in Tokyo; many of these also have branches …

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7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan – 2021 Preparation and Ceremony

7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan

November 15th is the official day of 7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan (Shichi-go-san, 七五三), but many families start to prepare and hold ceremonies from mid-October. Families with girls age 7 & 3 and boys 5 celebrate coming of age by dressing up and visiting shrines across Japan. You can find children …

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Otsukimi Moon Viewing – Cultural Insights

Japan moon viewing

A sign that autumn has arrived is the celebration of Otsukimi or moon viewing. Although not as popular as cherry blossoms and fall foliage moon viewing is a popular seasonal activity to enjoy in September and early October. The best date for 2021 will be Sunday, September 19 and Monday, …

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Organic Cafe Lulu (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – Reading Cafe and Play Space

Organic Lulu Cafe Tokyo Baby Cafe

Organic Cafe LuLu (オーガニックカフェ ルル) in Kiba is a parents` dream cafe. This bright and airy space serves only organic meals (all dairy and egg free) prepared by licensed nutritionists, houses a large selection of children`s books – both in English and Japanese, wooden play house with foosball table, wooden …

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Obon, Days For the Departed – Cultural Insights

obon, Japanse holiday

This Obon, Days For the Departed post was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss. She is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. From August 8 – 16th, 2015 Japanese families will celebrate Obon. Learn & Live!  Obon, Days For the Departed  The centuries-old festival of Obon …

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