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Panasonic Center Tokyo – 3 Floors of Free, Hands-on Fun

Panasonic Center Tokyo

The Panasonic Center Tokyo is filled with 3 floors of FREE interactive fun! Begin your journey on the main floor Active Learning Camp discovering facts about the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Learn about diverse cultures around the world, participate in knowledge workshops, browse through Olympics related books and test equipment used …

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Todoroki Ravine Park, Setagaya-ku – Great Trekking for Little Ones

Todoroki Ravine Park

The Todoroki Ravine Park (等々力渓谷公園) is a perfect paradise for families looking for a bit of green trekking in the Tokyo. The Park is a little over 1 kilometer in length and runs along Yazawagawa (谷沢川). Kids will enjoy collecting sticks and jumping on rocks as parents relax in the quiet …

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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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