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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

Fukushima – Support Through Sightseeing

Fukushima, View from Hekizantei in Dake Onsen

Support Fukushima through Sightseeing! Although life has returned to normal for most people living in Fukushima, tourists are still avoiding the prefecture.  Radiation levels are no higher than any average city in the world, but ignorance still keeps many people from visiting and many sightseeing spots are barely surviving. For travelers who …

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White Beach Hotel Shimoda (Shizuoka-ken)

White Beach Hotel in Shimoda is less than a 2 hour Shinkansen train ride from Tokyo and is right across the street from beautiful Ohama beach (Kisami beach). The hotel is owned and run by Americans so everything is in English, it has super-friendly staff, is family-friendly and attracts a …

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Kabutoyama Nagashi Somen, Yamanashi

Kabutoyama Nagashi Somen bamboo

Eating Nagashi Somen is a summer tradition in Japan, and it’s often seen at festivals or in restaurants. What is Somen (素麺)? Somen are very thin, white noodles made from wheat flour usually served cold and accompanied by tsuyu or a dipping sauce made from soysauce and dashi. What is Nagashi Somen …

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Cherry Picking at the Horiuchi Garden in Yamanashi, Japan

Cherry Picking

Yamanashi Prefecture, home to Mount Fuji, is a beautiful area to camp and take in the fresh mountain air, soak in natural onsens, sip on the area wine and go fruit picking. We stayed in the Koshu area about an hour and a half drive from Tokyo (about an hour from Fujikawaguchiko) …

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Top Five Ways to Protect Baby this Summer

Summer in Japan is hot and humid, but it brings plenty of opportunity for kids to go out and enjoy themselves. Here are our top five ways to protect baby this summer from bugs, heat, UV and dehydration. While kids take advantage of school vacations and longer day light hours, …

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Sayama Berry Picking Farm (Saitama)

Sayama Berry Farm

Sayama Berry Land (Saitama-ken) (狭山ベリーランド) has one of the largest blueberry farms in the Tokyo area with over 50 types of berries and 2,000 bushes. The blueberry bushes are in covered mesh houses. Here are other great places to visit in Saitama with kids They have two parking areas; one …

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Zoorasia (Yokohama)

japan tiger

Zoorasia Japan is by far our favorite zoo outside Tokyo. It`s more like a walking safari than a zoo. It`s spacious and beautifully maintained with a variety of animals from around the world. For 800 yen per adult, 300 yen for middle & high school aged kids, 200 for elementary and …

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Kodomo no Kuni (Yokohama) – BBQ, Pony Ride and Zoo

On our first visit to Kodomo no Kuni (Children`s Land) we explored the various rides and numerous playgrounds. On our second visit we BBQ`d, went on a pony ride, fed the cows and sheep, and explored the zoo. This place is huge so multiple visit are highly recommended. Every season offers something different from outdoor pool …

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How to Pack a Toddler Travel Bag

Toddler Travel Bag

If you have a toddler and are traveling soon, empower your toddler to be independent by pulling their travel bag, here are some tips on How to Pack a Toddler Travel Bag.  Our four year old started carrying her travel bag (carry-on) travel bags last year, and responsibly pulled it …

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Kamogawa Sea World (Chiba)

Kamogawa Sea World, Top Japan Aquariums

If you are looking for a great day or weekend trip from Tokyo, I highly recommend Minami Boso (the southern area of Chiba) and the Kamogawa Sea World. Kamogawa Sea World is a 1.5-2 hour trip from central Tokyo where you can enjoy the sea breeze, beach and learn about …

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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 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. (This …

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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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