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Travel in Japan With Kids

 

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel in Japan With Kids

Travel with Kids within Japan

Tama Zoo (Hino, Tokyo)

Tama Zoo Tokyo, Tokyo zoos with kids

If you want to educate your child about animals and walking in the outdoors, you will love the Tama Zoo. Tama Zoo is huge at 129 acres (52H) which is about four times Ueno Zoo size. If you were to see everything, you would have walked over 8K in one …

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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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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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Thomas Land at Fuji-Q Highland, Yamanashi

ThomasLand

Thomas Land is one of our favorite theme parks for young kids on our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan. Thomas Land, in Yamanashi, Japan, is the world’s first Thomas & Friends Theme Park. Located a 1.5 hour drive from central Tokyo, and within the Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park, it`s a great …

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Anpanman Museum (Yokohama)

Anpaman Museum, Yokohama

I took my youngest daughter to the Anpanman Museum a few years, and she loved it. Ages 2-4 is the perfect age for Anpanman!   The museum has been closed but it reopened on July 7, 2019. Three floors of Anpanman characters in a sparkling new facility. All of my …

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Tokyo Area Blueberry Picking – June to early September

Tokyo Area Blueberry Picking Locations

Late June to early September is blueberry picking season in Japan. Here are our recommended Tokyo Area Blueberry Picking Locations for Summer 2019.  We have chosen six gardens for great half-day or one-day trips; two in Chiba-ken, two in Saitama-ken and two in Kanagawa-ken. Many of these gardens run through …

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Fuji Safari Park (Shizuoka) – Tokyo Day Trip

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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Tokyo Bike Rental – Fun, Easy and Cheap

Tokyo bike rental Japan bike 1

If you are living in or visiting central Tokyo, the Docomo Tokyo bike rental program is a great new solution to getting somewhere fast and cheap while having fun! We use it when our kids’ bikes are in for repairs, and when we have visitors.  My airBNB guests love them! The …

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Tips for Surviving Japan’s Rainy Season with Kids

Whether a first time or veteran mom, surviving rainy season in Japan can be a challenge with public transport and strollers. Below are some great tips and product recommendations to make your life a bit easier. Just remember, it will stop raining soon. Check our Japan protection guides on mosquitos, sunscreen and heat. Tips …

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Hakone – The Perfect Family Weekend Getaway

Hakone is a beautiful, mountainous area popular for it`s natural onsens, hiking and views. Only 90 min from Shinjuku, it`s a perfect long weekend getaway. Directions: Take the Romance Car from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station. Things to do: The Hakone Open Air Museum: A perfect place to spend the day enjoying …

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Mount Gozaisho Ropeway and Hiking Trails (Mie-ken, Japan)

Gozaisho

Mount Gozaisho (御在所岳) in Mie is a popular location for hiking, offers beautiful panoramic views year-round of the Suzuka Mountain Range between the Mie and Shiga Prefectures and is a popular tourist attraction year round. Visitors can view the Azaleas in Spring, Red Dragonflies in Summer, White-capped mountains in Winter …

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Japanese Overseas Migration Museum (Yokohama)

If you love history and are planning a trip to Yokohama please visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum is a hidden gem. I learned so much about a topic I knew nothing, and there is no cost of admission. Over 25 million Japanese have migrated overseas since the …

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Tokyo Area Clam Digging – May to late June

Clam Digging Tokyo, Bestlivingjapan

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 one hour for each member to dig about 2 Kilos of Asari clams (Japanese littleneck clams). Check out the four recommended clam digging recommendations below. Note: Clam digging is very …

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Kanazawa – Day Two of a Two Day Trip

Our family had a wonderful two day visit to Kanazawa last week. Wanted to share a recommended two-day itinerary. Below is the report for Day 2.  To read Kanazawa Day 1, please click here.   Hope you enjoy Kanazawa as much as we did! Kanazawa Day Two Begin your day with …

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Tokyo Nights with Kids

Tokyo Nights with Kids

Checkout our Tokyo nights with kids if you are looking for family friendly activities in Tokyo open between 7:00 – 22:00 or late at night.  It is super fun just walking through Tokyo at night, but if you are looking for a night activity with your kids we have listed …

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Day Trip to Kamakura

Jiji  (my 83-year old father-in-law) and I headed to Kamakura for a quick day trip on a lovely autumn day.  Jiji had not been to Kamakura in over ten years, I seem to go in two-year cycles. Kamakura is the type of place though that you never tire. Each season …

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Lake Biwa and Nagahama Japan with Kids (Shiga-ken)

Lake Biwa and Nagahama Japan with Kids. If you missed the cherry blossoms in Tokyo we recommend visiting Lake Biwa and the Nagahama Castle in Shiga Prefecture. Next week from April 9 – 17, 2018 the area will hold the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival. “The “Nagahama Hikiyama Festival” is a festival …

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Kanazawa Two Day Trip – Day 1

Kanazawa Two Day Trip – Day 1! Our family had a wonderful two day visit to Kanazawa last week. Wanted to share a recommended two-day itinerary. Below is the report for Day 1.  Read Kanazawa – Day Two here. Kanazawa is a lovely city in Ishikawa prefecture (on the west …

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Gifu Castle Area with Kids

Gifu Castle, originally named Inabayama Castle, was rebuilt in 1956 and in 2011 was designated a National Historical Site. Located on top of Kinka Mountain the castle contains a historical museum and observation deck with lovely views of Gifu city and neighboring Nagoya. There are two ways to get to there; …

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Iijima Flower Garden (Kanagawa) – Strawberry and Vegetable Picking

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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