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Guide to Strollers in Japan – Brands, Types and Where to Buy

Guide to Strollers in Japan – Brands, Types and Where to Buy

You can find a wide variety of strollers in Japan – both domestic and imported brands are equally popular here. It can be difficult finding the right stroller for you and your needs, but strollers in Japan are divided into two categories: Type A (A型) and Type B (B型).

Type A strollers are designed for an extended use, from the time a baby is one month old up until they are 3 or 4 years of age.

Pros:

  • Some models allow for a baby to be facing their parent.
  • Reclining strollers can lay flat, making it useful for babies who can’t support their neck or perfect for nap time.

Cons:

  • Although stable, they tend to heavy and bulky.
  • Are not priced as favorably as compared to Type B strollers.

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Type B strollers are typically used from 7 months or when an infant is able to sit unsupported. Some Japanese mothers prefer baby-wearing until their baby is old enough to use a Type B stroller.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and compact, its simple design makes them easy to fold and store.
  • May not offer the stability found in Type A strollers.

Cons:

  • Limited reclining angle.
  • Are not as versatile as Type A strollers.

 

Type A are sold the most in Japan, but the demand for B style strollers is growing. Both A and B type strollers are featured in this list.

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Combi Mechacal Handy Stroller Available on Amazon – 39, 800 yen

The Combi Mechacal Handy Stroller is lightweight and offers one handed folding. Its multi is 55 cm from the ground. A full range hood keeps your child protected from the elements while its multi-position, well-ventilated, shock absorbent reclining seat is 55 cm off the ground with a 5 point harness system. Additional features include a reversible and adjustable handle and 4-caster wheel function

 

  • Weight: 4.7 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W498×D885~1035×H1030~1125 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W498×D410×H920~1010 mm
  • Age range: 1 to 36 months
  • Made in China

Aprica Optia Stroller  Available on Amazon – 69,660 yen

The Aprica Optia Stroller has a full range hood with UV cut and offers one handed folding. Its 7 position, reclining seat is 50 cm off the ground, ventilated, and comes with a cushion to properly support baby. Comes with 5 point harness system and auto 4 caster wheel function.

  • Weight: 6 Kg
  • Dimensions: W485xD690~950xH860~10350 mm
  • Age range: 1 to 36 months
  • Made in China

Combi Diaclasse Stroller Available on Amazon – 51,516

The Combi Diaclasse stroller is made of a frame designed to give users optimal maneuverability with auto 4-caster wheels. The seat cushion is well-ventilated and is easily removable and is machine washable. Comes with reversible and adjustable handle, 5 point harness and foot cover.

  • Weight: 7.4 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W491xD940~1000xH920~1125 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W491xD430xH898~1010 mm
  • Age range: 1 to 36 months
  • Made in China

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Aprica Magical Air Plus Stroller Available on Amazon – 29,160 yen

Guide to Strollers in Japan - Best Living JapanThe Aprica Magical Air Plus Stroller is lightweight and compact, with 2-wheel castor that makes pushing easy. Its 3D Mesh seat is 52 cm from the ground and can be reclined in multiple positions. Additional features include an extended sunshade and a basket with 20L capacity.

  • Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W445xD760~790×H1025~1045 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W445xD315xH950 mm
  • Age range: 7 to 36 months
  • Made in China

Combi F2 Stroller Available on Amazon – 27,000 yen

Guide to Strollers in Japan - Best Living JapanThe Combi F2 Stroller is a sleek, stylish, lightweight stroller that can be pushed and folded with one hand. The reclinable mesh seat is 50 cm from the ground and is covered by a UV cut shade.

  • Weight: 3.7 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W495xD730~795xH1060 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W495xD350~385xH895 mm
  • Age range: 7 to 36 months
  • Made in China

Quinny Yezz 3.0 Stroller Available on Amazon – 32,400 yen

Guide to Strollers in Japan - Best Living JapanThe Quinny Yezz stroller is made of a lightweight performance plastic and features an innovative 3D folding system. It is water and dirt repellent is easy to clean.

  • Weight: 6 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W750xD560xH1050 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W680xD270xH230 mm
  • Age range: 6 to 36 months
  • Made in China

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Air Buggy Coco Brake Stroller Available on Amazon – 43,200 yen
Guide to Strollers in JapanThe Air Buggy Coco Brake Stroller features a stylish compact design that makes it easy to pass through train station ticket gates. Its hand brakes are similar to that of a bicycle, and comes with a storage basket, drink holder, rain cover, air pump, and wrist strap.

  • Weight: 13 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W530xD960xH1040 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W530xD400xH820 mm
  • Age range: 3 to 36 months
  • Made in China

Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller Available on Amazon – 29,999 yen
Guide to Strollers in Japan - Best Living JapanThe collapsible design of Joovy Caboose Stand On Tandem Stroller makes it a compact and maneuverable tandem stroller. Features a large storage basket and child tray with 2 cup holders. Comes with a universal infant car seat attachment.

  • Weight: 12.7 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W940xD1050xH550 mm
  • Age range: 3 to 36 months (supports combined weight of 40 kg)
  • Made in China

Nihon Ikuji Duo City Tandem Stroller Available on Amazon – 27,866 yen
Guide to Strollers in Japan - Best Living JapanThe Nihon Ikuji Duo City Tandem Stroller is similar in size to single use strollers. It is designed to pass smoothly through train station ticket gates. Comes with shopping basket, UV cut rain cover, and cup holder.

  • Weight: 13 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W870xD520xH1070 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W1160xD300xH540 mm
  • Age range: Front Seat – from 6 months; Back seat – from 3 months
  • Made in China

Air Buggy Coco Double Stroller Available on Amazon – 75,600
Guide to Strollers in JapanAt 71.5 cm wide, the Air Buggy Coco Double Stroller can pass through standard doors and elevators with ease. Both seats are able to recline independently of each other. Comes with a full-length rain cover with front open/close function.

  • Weight: 13 Kg
  • Dimensions (Opened): W710×D900×H950 mm
  • Dimensions (Closed): W710×D450×H820 mm
  • Age range: 3 to 36 months
  • Made in China

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Tips for choosing a stroller
Given their bulky nature, it is natural that you would opt to purchase a stroller on-line. However, it is best to physically check out models at brick-and-mortar-stores such as Babies ‘R Us, Akachan Honpo or Nishi Matsuya. There are three stores in the Daikanyama Area where you can test out strollers as well; La Fuente, Air Buggy and Blossom 39.

Tips for navigating Japanese train stations
Japanese train stations are notoriously crowded and with a stroller, maneuvering through ticket gates and on the platforms can be difficult.

With multiple rail operators across Japan, there is no set uniform size for the width of ticket gates. A standard automatic gate has a width of 55 cm but can be as wide as 59 cm in some stations. On the other hand, wheelchair accessible ticket gates (which are typically located on the far end of ticket gates near a manned window) have a width of 90 cm. If planning to use the train as your main method of transportation, we recommend purchasing a stroller with a max width of 55cm.

Once through the ticket gate, you’ll make your way to the platform. In some instances there are no physical barrier, but keep in mind there may be a flight of stairs between the ticket gate and platform.

Most stations have elevators which are narrow and generally only have the capacity for one or two strollers at a time. Give yourself ample time to navigate through the train station and to make it onto the platform. Additionally, give yourself extra time if you need to transfer.

Here is a handy guide listing all the metro lines with elevator access. We recommend riding the train car closest to the elevator for an easier commute and less stress.

If there is no elevator available or if you have difficulty maneuvering through the ticket gate or on the platform, contact station staff. There are “call buttons” at every station. Push the call button and say: “Bebi- ka- ga arun desu kedo.” The staff will ask your location (state closest exit) and the staff will meet you  and carry your stroller up the stairs. Note, they may ask you to remove your baby from the stroller.

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Tips for riding the bus
Bus fleets throughout Japan have been updating their fleets with low floor and low step buses (indicated by ノンステップバス / non-step bus) on the side of the bus.

Most buses allow for at least two strollers. Subsequent strollers should be folded.

Seats in the wheelchair space may have auxiliary belts which you can use to secure the stroller to your seat. Ask the bus driver if you are unsure of how to secure the seat belt by saying, “Bebi- ka- wo kotei sasetain desu kedo.”

Bus and train Fares
Fares vary by operator, but child (小児) fares apply to children 6 to 11 years of age and includes 12 year-old children who are still elementary school students. Up to 2 preschoolers (幼児) can ride with an adult for free. Infants (up to 12 months) are also free.

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Written By: Teni Wada – Originally from the Southeastern United States, Teni Wada now resides in Tokyo, her home of ten years. She writes about her experiences as a new mom on her blog
babykaiju.com.

 

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  1. Thanks for the guide to elevator access in English! There are multiple resources for barrier-free access in Tokyo in Japanese, but every time I would ask a station master for something in English for my husband, they said there were none.

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