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Amusement Parks in Japan, Amusement Parks with Kids in Tokyo

THINGS THAT GO - TOKYO TRAINS, PLANES & CARS

Crafts to make in Japan Tokyo

Kawatsura Strawberry Picking Farm & Flowers (Chiba)

Kawatsura Strawberry Farm

Strawberry picking is a popular activity in Japan Winter through Spring. There are numerous greenhouses to choose from with prices varying between farms. Prices are highest in December and January, and taper off towards the end of Spring. Kawatsura Strawberry Farm Kawatsura Strawberry Farm has been growing strawberries since 1964. They …

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CupNoodles Museum, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken

Dear Curious and Creative, My two teenage sons and I visited the CupNoodles Museum the other day and absolutely enjoyed it. I have to admit I was quite surprised how entertaining and educational the entire museum was. Not only do you learn the history of the world famous Cup Noodles, …

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Autumn Foliage in Tokyo – 8 Best Locations

Late October through November is great foliage viewing in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Get on your bike or tie on your walking shoes for a full-day or couple hours of foliage touring. I recommend the following eight locations for foliage viewing in autumn. You can bike the entire loop in …

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Skip Kids, Musashi-Koyama

Skip Kids Cafe is a great venue to celebrate your toddlers birthday, throw events or have a casual meet-up with parents and kids (0 – 6 yrs old). Seating is plentiful, they have separate areas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and the staff members, which include nursery teachers licensed to …

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Decorations That Last Forever, Asakusa

Need decorations that last forever for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines?  Artificial holiday decorations are in abundance year round at Asakusabashi (Kuramae station on the Oedo line). There is a handful of stores on the same corner that sell an amazing selection of fake flowers and holiday decorations. If you are planning …

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Minami-Azabu Community Center (Azabu, Tokyo)

Residents are lucky to have an amazing new Minami-Azabu Community Center open since September 1st, 2014. The beautiful new community center has a public daycare and a cafe on the 1st floor, kids 2nd floor with a full-size gym, music, play, study rooms for parent & babies and younger ones. …

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Gohongi playground (Yutenji, Tokyo)

Gohongi Park Playground (五本木公園) is a small park frequented by neighborhood kids and nursery schools in the area. It`s a short walk from Yutenji station and is close proximity to the Yutenji shopping street, food and the popular curry restaurant, Niagara Curry, which delivers food to your table by train. It …

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Birthday Party at Kinder Base, Meidaimae

We celebrated Andrew`s 3rd birthday last weekend at Kinder Base in Setagaya-ku. This is a great venue to celebrate your toddler`s birthday. It`s close to the station, has ample space, and they give you the option to bring-in your own food or select from their two party meal plans. It …

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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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Meguro Citizens Center / Kumin Center

Meguro Citizens Center houses a range of facilities, including a library, a museum of art, jidoukan (children`s playroom), outdoor tennis courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a weight training room, four badminton courts, a heated indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor swimming & wading pool that’s open during summer.   Wading …

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Coppice, Kichijoji

Coppice building A in Kichijoji carries a variety of infant and children`s clothing (Carter’s|Oshkosh, Motherways, Dadway, etc), toys and goods. They have a sizeable play area, Zusso Kids – a salon that caters to cutting young kids` hari, and an infant & kid-friendly Organic House Deli. You can even bring a sack lunch …

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Setagaya Park Pool (Setagaya, Tokyo)

Setagaya Park`s outdoor pool is located closer to the Ikejiri Side of the large park. The park houses tennis courts, a baseball diamond, skateboard park, train rides on a Mini Steam Locomotive (Wed & Weekends only), racecar-style go carts in a traffic park with working traffic signals, two separate playgrounds …

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Universal Studios Osaka

Universal Studios Osaka is made up of eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Lagoon, Waterworld, Amity Village and Universal Wonderland. It features famous rides based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. Universal Studios Osaka Address: 2-1-33 …

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National Children’s Castle, Aoyama – SHUT DOWN MARCH 2015

The National Children’s Castle closed it’s doors on February 1, 2015 We are sad to announce the National Children’s Castle is now closed, permanently. So sad to lose such a great facility! National Children’s Castle or Kodomo no Shiro is a fun and educational play hall in Jingumae (between Shibuya & Omotesando). Facilities include …

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Kid-O-Kid Bornelund

Kid-O-Kid consists of a large playroom filled with Bornelund toys and activities, including a jumping castle, inflatable runway for running and jumping, a ball pit, a sand pit, train sets, puzzles, kitchen and food, and a corner for babies with safe toys, crawling areas and climbing structures. Great play centers usually located …

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Birthday Party, Tokyo

We celebrated Andrew`s 1st birthday with all his close friends at Gymboree in Jiyuugaoka. The kids enjoyed free play on their colorful equipment, enjoyed listening to music, played with toys and had cake. It`s a great place to celebrate your infant`s birthday. Birthday Party, Tokyo Gymboree Website: https://www.gymboglobal.jp/en/parties Additional party venues for your little …

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Nakameguro Area Playrooms (Jidokans)

I lived in Nakameguro for a couple years and since my husband was frequently away on business my infant son and I explored all that Nakameguro had to offer – especially the playrooms. Playrooms are located in government buildings and are funded by your taxes so they are all free, …

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Gymboree Play & Music (Hiroo, Tokyo)

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 650 locations in about 40 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social …

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Meguro Citizens Center Playroom (Meguro, Tokyo)

Meguro Citizens Center is a great place to spend the day. The infant & toddler playroom is equip with balancing equipment, trikes and push cars, piano, rings and more. The Center also holds an outdoor wading pool and pool for older kids and adults, an art museum, library and sports center. …

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