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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Japan 2020

Wondering where to buy a Christmas Tree in Japan? Many people have asked recently about where to find a Christmas tree in Japan. First, you need to determine if you want a real tree or an artificial tree. There are pros and cons to both! Real trees smell amazing but …

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Camping in Japan – Five Campgrounds near Tokyo

From Glamping to pitching your own tent we have your top 5 campgrounds near Tokyo covered. Camping in Japan can range from carrying your own camping gear and food to arriving empty-handed at campgrounds offering everything from tents and sleeping bags to tables and cooking utensils, and even food. Enjoy camping …

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Universal Studios Japan Tips – Osaka with Kids

Universal Studios Japan USJ Osaka with kids

We visited Universal Studios Japan in Osaka during Halloween month and loved it! Now added to our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan and Osaka with Kids Itinerary here are our TIPS to enjoy your visit. Universal Studios Osaka is a character theme park with a collection of exciting entertainment …

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10 Best Hand Creams for Winter in Japan – Living in Japan

Japanese winters are DRY which is really hard on hands big and small! Here are the Best Living Japan 10 Best Hand Creams for Winter in Japan recommendations.  We carry hand lotions scattered all over our house,  in all of our bags, strollers and car from November – March! Dropping …

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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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2020 Summer Tokyo Museum Exhibits

Tokyo art exhibits

In the lingering late summer heat we recommend hitting a few 2020 summer Tokyo Museum Exhibits. Most of the exhibits close in late September so you have a few weeks to check them out! Note: Most the museums below require youth reserve your tickets online. Have fun and stay cool. …

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Summer Fans Craft – 100 Yen

Summer Fans - 100 yen DIY Craft

Looking for a quick fun craft to keep your tribe busy and cool this summer? Try a summer fans craft. I bought a few paper fans at the local Daiso 100 yen store and had fun with the kids. A quick and cheap craft which will also be very useful over …

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Tokyo Outdoor Pools

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I find the most difficult month of the year to live in Tokyo August, but visiting one of the many Tokyo pools can offer a respite to the heat and humidity even if just for a few hours. Tokyo has many great local pools that are family-friendly and most are …

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Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pools

Asukayama Park, Tokyo wading pool and splash parks

Check out our Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pool recommendations. A free or very inexpensive way to keep cool (er) in the sticky hot Japan summer. Most Tokyo area wading pools are open from July 1st through mid-September, although there are a few splash ponds that open in June. Here …

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What is Tanabata? – July 7th

Tanabata

Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th in Japan. Celebrate with your family! Buy a branch of bamboo, some cute origami paper, and write and tie wishes to decorate. Learn, go and make Tanabata! Remember July 7th.  Learn about Tanabata   The History – (content edited version of Wikipedia) Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening …

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Teru Teru Bozu – Rain, Rain, Go Away Craft

Looks like a perfect rainy day weekend to make Teru Teru Bozu. A cute custom and craft in Japan is the Teru teru bozu (てるてる坊主). “Teru” is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a “bōzu” is a Buddhist monk.  The dolls are handmade with white cloth that children make …

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Tokyo Hot Summers – How To Keep Your Kids Cool

Now that the rainy season is official over the temps in Japan will start to raise even higher. Here are some tips on Tokyo Hot Summers – How To Keep Your Kids Cool.  Protect yourself and your little ones by practicing sun and heat stroke safety.  Stay cool and safe! Check …

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Top 10+ Tokyo Restaurants with Terrace Seating

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Summer has arrive so to stay cool and get fresh air here are our Top 10+ Tokyo restaurants with terrace seating. Water views, city views and garden views all with great food.  We have visited each location and personally recommend. Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the …

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Top 2020 Japanese Sunscreens for Baby & Kids

Japanese Sunscreen

Here are our favorite Japanese sunscreens – Whether your kids are headed to the beach, or just out and about, sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen is recommended year-round for children 6 months and older. Infants under six months should not be in direct sunlight, and application of sunscreen is not …

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Japan Mosquito Repellent and Aid – Mosquitos Are Here!

Saw my first mosquito today, so time to stock up on Japan mosquito repellent and aid products!! All this rain and warmer weather are going to equal a heavy mosquito season in Japan. Usually, in Japan mosquitos start to hatch and bite starting in April and are active through the …

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Bamboo Recipes – Spring Shun!

Bamboo recipes

Spring in Japan is the season of bamboo and bamboo recipes. I adore cooking with bamboo which is so versatile, high in fiber and low in calories.  Bamboo shoots are a very seasonal vegetable, available in all supermarkets and vegetable shops between March and May. You can also purchase vacuum …

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Top Tokyo Cherry Blossom Locations for 2020

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) are going forecasted to bloom early this year starting on March 14th and peaking on March 23rd, so be prepared with our top Tokyo cherry blossom locations.  We listed the top Cherry Blossom viewing spots for picnicking, strolls and boat rides. Do you have one to recommend. …

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TOKYO AREA WINTER 2020 ANTIQUE MARKETS & SHRINE SALES

Here is our list of recommend Tokyo Area Winter 2020 Antique Markets and Shrine Sales. If you love antiques, or just want a one of a kind souvenir from Japan you must visit a Winter 2020 Tokyo Japan antique market. Every month there are between 25 -35 Tokyo Antique and …

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Tokyo Plum Blossom Festivals  – 2020 February

Tokyo Plum Blossoms

Here are our favorite locations in Tokyo to have fun at Plum Blossom Festivals and view February Plum Blossoms. No reason to have to wait for Cherry Blossoms. Visit Plum Blossom Festivals  1. Plum Blooms @ Koganei Park (Koganei) – You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms. Plum blossoms are …

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Top 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

Here are our Top Recommended 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, offers lessons for kids and easily accessible. We will be adding more in the coming weeks. Do you have one to add? Please let us know in the comments section below. * Please check …

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