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Kindy & Elementary Fun

Things to do in Tokyo, Japan for Kindy Elementary Fun – For 5-7 year olds. We`ve listed our favorite indoor and outdoor play and activity spots. There are so many great museums, historical sites and sports activities that your child should never be bored!  Great list for new Expat parents living in the Tokyo area or if you are just visiting Tokyo with children.

Things to do in Tokyo, Japan for Kindy Elementary Fun

Akasaka Mama Sacas Spring Event – Free activities for young kids

Akasaka Mama Sacas is holding their annual Spring event at the TBS Broadcast Center Arena. Open to the public this event showcases a number of free activities; bike riding, physical training, live shows, petting zoo, crafts, and paid activities such as cookie decorating, candle making, cooking, and more! The Kids Petting Zoo features …

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The Railway Museum, Omiya – One of Japan`s More Popular Train Museums

The Railway Museum (鉄道博物館ミュージアム) is a great place to visit for families and railway enthusiasts rain or shine. Opened in late 2007 the museum features railway cars, train car simulators for would-be-train drivers, model dioramas, miniature trains, train rides, an outdoor playground and indoor playrail area, cafeteria, museum shop, train …

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National Museum of Nature and Science , Ueno

National Museum of Nature and Science (国立科学博物館) Ueno, Tokyo – The newly renovated (completed July 2015) National Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to slow down, have fun and learn! I was very impressed with the renovations in the permanent exhibit area that include the animal, dinosaur …

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

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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Iijima Flower Garden, Kanagawa – Strawberry Picking and Vegetable Digging in One Day

Iijima Flower Garden is a quaint farm centrally located in Kanagawa. They offer 30 minute all-you-can-eat strawberries that are pesticide-free. Picking is at ground or planter levels. They also offer 13 other types of fruits and vegetable picking over the year. Strawberries (Jan-May), Cabbage (Dec-May), Daikon (Nov-April), Carrots & Turnips (Nov-Mar), Sweet Potatoes …

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Kinder Base, Meideimae – Play Space and Party Venue

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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Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo Skytree Soramachi

Sunshine Aquarium, Ikebukuro, Best Living Japan

The Sumida Aquarium (すみだ水族館) at the Tokyo Skytree Soramachi is a slightly expensive but creatively designed aquarium. If you are visiting the Skytree, the aquarium is a good add on if you have 30-90 mins.  It is a relaxed and cool environment where kids can see a variety of aquatic life …

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Dinosaur Park Shinagawa

Dinosaur Park Shinagawa

Kodomo no Mori Koen (子供の森)- better known as Dinosaur Park Shinagawa – is a fantastic place to take your dinosaur-loving kids. There are eight colorful dinosaurs in the park; a bright T-rex, large Hadrosaurid, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Dimetrodon to name a few, and plenty of space to run around. We revisted the …

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Himonya Park Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Gakugeidaigaku

Himonya Park (碑文谷公園)  is a lovely place to take your young kids. Neighborhood children love the free petting zoo where they can get nose to nose with guinea pigs, rabbits and dogs; 200 yen pony rides, boat rides in the enclosed lake, and the playground. It`s beautiful for short strolls around the lake, …

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Epson Aqua Park, Shinagawa

Sunshine Aquarium, Ikebukuro, Best Living Japan

A visit to the Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa is a great cold or rainy day activity. This aquarium reopened in July 2015 after a total renovation and expansion (3Xs previous size). The aquarium is quite high-tech with touch panel exhibits, fluorescent-lighted jellyfish and choreographed performances.  Depending on how many performances …

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Ebisu Park Playground, Ebisu

Ebisu Park (恵比寿公園) is a large sand park located near the intersection of Ebisu Minami, between Ebisu and Daikanyama. This hidden gem is a great place to let your kids burn off energy. The park has newly painted equipment and plenty of shade and bench seating. It`s a great spot to …

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Sweet Potato digging and Mikan picking at Tsukuihama Tourist Farm, Yokosuka

Late October – November is a great time to visit the Tsukuihama Tourist Farm (津久井浜観光農園) in Yokosuka. You can dig for sweet potatoes then pick mikans all in one trip! The farm also offers strawberry picking from January to May and potato digging from May to June. Sweet potato season starts from September …

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Rinshi no Mori – A beautiful nature park, Meguro & Shinagawa

If you love nature walks, bird watching or insect hunting then Rinshi no Mori (林試の森公園) is the park to visit. The 120,762.91 sq m park is home to several hundred Japanese and foreign trees, some as old as 100+ years! There are a number of walking paths and large signboards …

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Mamiana Park Playground, Azabu

Mamiana Park (狸穴公園 ) is located just behind the Tokyo American Club and is a short walk to the popular Nissin World Delicatessen Supermarket. My kids love spending a morning at the park, then shopping at Nissin for all their international goodies, grabbing lunch at one of the many family-friendly restaurants …

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

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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