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Enoshima Aquarium (Kanagawa)

Sunshine Aquarium, Ikebukuro, Best Living Japan

Took the kids to the Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) the other day and it was AWESOME! A great aquarium right on the beach with many indigenous fish from the Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean, great educational exhibitions, and touch pool.  I can’t believe I have been in Japan for so …

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Yoyogi Park Ponies (Yoyogi) – Feed, Brush, and Ride

Yoyogi Park Ponies (Yoyogi) - Feed, Brush, and Ride

Would your child like to meet a pony in Tokyo? Yoyogi Park Ponies (代々木ポニー公園)  is a fun little pony park in the middle of Tokyo. Depending on the time of the day you attend you can feed, brush, and ride the ponies for free. Kids, aged 4 – 11 (elementary) …

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F-Dream Kart Racing (Hiratsuka, Kanagawa)

F-dream hiratsuka

Kart Racing at F-Dream Hiratsuka” (F.ドリーム平塚) is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and test your kart racing skills. Located just an hour from Tokyo Roppongi Hills it`s a popular spot to unwind and compete with friends and family. F-Dream Hiratsuka karts run on a 200cc engine, and can go …

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Aneby Trimpark Play Center, Odaiba

The Aneby Trimpark play center for babies to 12 year olds is a great place on a rainy day. The facility opened in July 2014 so it is very clean and orderly. Aneby Trim Park is a great place for parents and kids to escape the rain, summer heat and cold winter. …

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Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba, Tokyo)

Oedo Onsen Monogatari is one of our favorites on our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan. One of the ultimate tourist attractions in Tokyo is the Oedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba. However, even long-term foreigners and Japanese can have fun! It is the Disneyland of Onsens. Going home my …

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Japan Slime – Where to Buy and How to Make

Japan Slime - Where to Buy and How to Make

Curious and creative Japan families if you have young kids most likely they are obsessed with slime, so here is our Japan slime info based on month so searching where to buy and how to make with Japan-sourced materials. Rainy days are great slime making days, so buy some of …

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Tokyo Sea Life Park (Edogawa, Tokyo)

Tokyo Sea Life Park, Edogawa-ku - Bayside Tokyo Aquarium

Tokyo Sea Life Park is a modern Aquarium located on the border of Tokyo and Chiba on the Bay of Tokyo. You can study sharks, eagle rays, and penguins.  It is housed in Kasai Rinkai-koen Park which is a huge public park with a massive ferris wheel, food stalls, plenty …

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Edo-Tokyo Museum (Ryogoku, Tokyo) – One Stop Tokyo History

The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) in Ryogoku is one of our family’s top picks when visitors come to town. Opened in 1993 the permanent exhibitions include; the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, the Nakamuraza theatre, and scale models of towns and …

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The Institute of Nature Studies (Shirogane, Tokyo)

Shirogane Nature Park, The Institute of Nature Studies

If you do not have time to get outside of Tokyo, but want to escape for an hour or two than the park run by The Institute of Nature Studies in Shiorgane is a convenient and tranquil solution. Even though the park is located right next to a highway that …

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Gas Science Museum (Toyosu, Tokyo)

If you are looking for an educational, hands-on and FREE museum in Tokyo to take the kids on a hot or rainy day head to the Gas Science Museum in Toyosu. The museum is located in beautiful modern building right near the LalaPort shopping mall, Toysou pier and park. Great …

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Tokyo Area Clam Digging – May to late June

Clam Digging Tokyo, Bestlivingjapan

You can still have fun Tokyo Area Clam digging this month. Actually there should be A LOT of clams vs. prior years due to no digging in May 2020.  May and June are the most popular months of the year to go clam digging (潮干狩りshiohigari in Japan). It took about …

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Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi

Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi is a sprawling asphalt area behind Oimachi Station that has been transformed into a sports area where you pay as you play. City Wave surfing, baseball batting, archery, trampolines, basketball, tennis, bouldering, a baby play area, rental BBQ areas, and a restaurant. Very practical place if you …

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City Wave Tokyo (Shinagawa, Tokyo))

City Wave Tokyo (Shinagawa)

Stay cool and get wet at City Wave Tokyo in Ota-ku!! Yep, in the middle of Tokyo you can learn to surf before you hit the waves in Chiba this summer. My two youngest children took a 50 min lesson, and both were surfing alone by the end of the …

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Fuji Safari Park (Shizuoka) – Tokyo Day Trip

Fuji Safari Park, Shizuoka, Zoos in Japan, Best Living Japan

Fuji Safari Park is a lovely place to see and experience animals from around the world living freely. Fuji Safari Park offers visitors 4 options to experience their safari park 1) Self-drive option where visitors can progress through the park in their own car at their own pace, 2) Jungle Bus …

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Dinosaur Park (Shinagawa, Tokyo)

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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Tokyo Baby and Kids Playgrounds

Shinagawa Children's Adventure park, Tokyo playgrounds

Looking for a great playground park in Tokyo to let your kids burn off energy? My kids love the outdoors and exploring all the great parks Tokyo has to offer. Here are our top 10 recommended baby and kids parks in Tokyo. Don`t forget to take hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, …

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Tokyo Digitized Art Installations

Digitized Art is popping up all over Tokyo; from seasonal pop-ups to permanent installations, we’ve got you covered. Do you have one to recommend? Leave a comment below. Digital Harvest Fest in Ginza (Now until Mar 4, 2020) – Harvest vegetables in a virtual farm on the 2nd floor of …

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Niseko Childcare BabySitter Services

Niseko Childcare BabySitter Services - Winter 2016/2017

Niseko is a great family ski resort in Hokkaido Japan, but all parents need a break so check out these top Niseko Childcare Babysitter Services. Niseko Childcare BabySitter Services #1. Niseko BabySitters  – Niseko BabySitter provides in home/apartment baby and childcare from newborn to 14 years of age. All the sitters have passed …

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Rainy Days in Tokyo with Kids

Don`t let the rain stop you from exploring these great Tokyo Indoor facilities for babies to teens. Here are our Top Recommended places to visit on Rainy Days in Tokyo with Kids. Each have been tried and tested by Best Living Japan Parents. If you are traveling in Tokyo with …

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