100 Things To Do With Kids in Tokyo

100 Things To Do With Kids in Tokyo

The Best Living Japan Moms have pulled their favorite 100 Things to Do with Kids in Tokyo. How many of these things have you done? Whether you live in Tokyo or Japan or are just traveling to Japan with kids, this is a great checklist! There are thousands of other places, but these are our 100 favorite places to take our children in Tokyo! We hope you agree. The list is ranked by area to make your planning easier! Wishing you many exciting and safe adventures. Learn, Live, Love! The Best Living Japan blog moms

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SHIBUYA/OMOTESDANDO/HARAJUKU AREA WITH KIDS – 100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO

Family Tokyo Bucket List Hachiko1. SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE AND HACHIKO STATUE – Shibuya train station is the second busiest train station in the world (following Shinjuku). Just outside the station is a large crossing where at every light change up to 2,500 people cross. Get lost in the excitement of crossing or gain a high view location at the Starbucks 2nd floor on the corner. To see a very crowded crossing best time to visit M-F is 8:30 – 9:30 and 7:30-8:30.  While experiencing the crossing also stop and say your greetings to Hachiko (statue of the loyal dog who waited 9 years at the station for his owners return). History about Hachiko is here. The new Shibuya Scramble Building (above Shibuya Station) just opened, and is a great place to shop, grab lunch and see an amazing view of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji from the roof. After visiting Shibuya early in the morning head up the hill to Meiji Jingu which is open 24 hours.

Family Tokyo Bucket List2. MEIJI JINGU SHRINE– Open from dawn to dusk (Opening and closing times change depending on the sun and the season). You should visit Meiji Jingu early in the a.m. to escape the crowds and enjoy the morning sounds under the huge trees. The walk to the actual shrine takes about 15-20 mins and is a lovely escape from the hustle of Tokyo. If you want to see one of the hundreds of weddings held each year in Meiji Jingu the best time to visit is between noon and 15:00. Check out some cool Meiji Jingu Shrine Trivia here.

3. YOYOGI PARK to burn off some energy! Kids love watching the 1960 rock and roll dancers near the main entrance (usually facing eery weekend). Take a 30 min walk around the park look or rent bikes or visit the Yoyogi ponies.  The park is very poplar in Spring for Cherry blossom viewing and also almost every weekend there are international festivals  on the Shibuya side of the park. 

4. TAKESHITA DORI – Takeshita Dori is every teenage
girl’s dream street with accessory, clothing and make-up shops. Check out the great clothing stores, candy stores and  Daiso 100 yTokyo One Day with Kids - Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, and Aoyama areasen store (great place to buy value-priced Japan souvenirs). A must do is to buy a crepe at one of the 10 stores that sell them – our go to is the chocolate banana with cream – quality and price are similar at all stores. Also Rainbow Sweets and Totti Candy Factory for Rainbow Cotton Candy larger than your head and Rainbow Ice cream made with Hokkaido Ice Cream. Right around the corner form Takeshita Street is the Micro Pig Cafe if you want to hold mini pigs. However, it is not stroller friendly so if you have little ones put them on your shoulders.

5. BACK STREETS OF OMOTESANDO DORI – Omotesando Dori is known for the high-end western brands, but more interesting for teens are the back streets which house sports brands and Japanese brands and resell shops. Most stores open at 11:00 so enjoy your a.m. visiting Shibuya Crossing and Meiji Jingu. The roof-top Starbucks @ Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku is a great place to relax before stores open; address is 4-30-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo (opens at 8:30).

6. KIDDY LAND TOY STORE – There are lots of great toy stores in Tokyo – here are our top picks. But Kiddy Land is famous offering the best of Japanese and Western brands. Swarming with young and old people watching can be as fun as shopping for your favorite character. Tip – don’t try to take the elevator unless you have a stroller; it takes forever. Open every day 11:00 – 21:00. Address 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

7. TONKATSU LUNCH AT MAISEN – Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten is the mecca for Tonkatsu lovers. If you are in Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama HontenHarajukuOmotesando or Aoyama, it is the perfect place to enjoy the traditional meal of Japanese breaded fried pork. Tonkatsu (豚カツ, とんかつ, pork cutlet), is a popular Japanese dish often eaten at home made by deep-frying a breaded pork cutlet.

Nezu Museum Garden, Best Living Japan8. NEZ MUSUEM AND GARDEN  -The Nezu Museum and Garden is one of my favorite escape relaxation locations in Tokyo. I visited the other day with all four kids, and the iris plants were in full bloom (May). However, regardless of season or exhibit the Nezu Museum & Garden is a great 1-2 hour period of escape from the busy pace of Tokyo. Spring is beautiful with cherry blossoms and azaleas, late spring iris, and the beautiful foliage.

9. GLOW IN THE DARK BOWLING – A fun after dinner activity @ EST Shibuya Bowling and Game Center. EST Shibuya Bowling and Game Center has 37 bowling lanes for awesome family fun. This nine-floor complex can deliver hours of entertainment.  There are 25 regular lanes and 12 glow in the dark lanes. There is also a Sega Game Center on the 1st floor with plenty of arcade games and photo booths.Tokyo family friendly sushi restaurants

10. ROTATING SUSHI RESTAURANT– You don’t go to a rotating sushi bar for high-quality sushi but rather for convenience, fun, and budget. At Genki Sushi in Shibuya you can order all the sushi you want via iPad then sit back and watch it delivered directly to your seat on the speedy conveyor belt.  Genki Sushi is open 11:00 – midnight every day. Address: 24-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

11. SHIBUYA VIRTUAL REALITY PARK – The VR Park Tokyo located near Shibuya Station is an excellent virtual reality park for kids 7+ years. You can reserve your spot for 110 mins of an unlimited experience of action fighting and thrill sports games. We arrived at 10:00 and were second in line to buy tickets on a Monday a.m.  You can also buy online. The VR Park Tokyo allows about 25 people in for each 110 min slot so were never had to wait long to try a game, and got to do all the games at least once. You have to enter 20 minutes before your time for a safety overview. If you are looking for a fun activity at night with teens, this place is one of our recommendations.
VR Park Tokyo

12. KARAOKE – Plenty of Karaoke places in Japan,  but our favorite is Karaoke Pasera Shibuya, which is also child-friendly. It has baby and toddler-friendly rooms and meal sets. Located right before Tower Records as you walk from Shibuya station. Address: 1-22-9 Jinan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

13. MEGA DON QUIJIOTE SHIBUYA– The Mega Don Quijote in Shibuya is the the largest branch of the famous discount chain with locations all over Japan. Like all the Don Quijote stores, also known as Donki (ドンキ), Mega Don Quijote is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and offers everything from raw meats to alcohol, Japanese souvenirs, clothing, household items, electrical appliances, and more.

14. GET YOUR PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE BEAUTY PHOTO BOOTHS – PURIKURA-  (SHIBUYA AND HARAJUKU) – PuriKura photo centers are every where in Japan. Get some funny photos taken as souvenirs in super big-tech photo booths where you can change your skin color, hair, make your eyes bigger and so much more. Usually costs 500-1,000 yen. Have fun! 

15.  PLAY FOR AN HOUR AT ONE OF THE MANY GAME ARCADES (SHIBUYA) – Our two favorites game arcades are in the basement of the EST BUILDING where Glow In the Dark bowling (listed above is), or on the 1st floor of the Shibuya Virtual Reality Park (also listed above).

16. SHOP AT TOKYU HANDS – COOLEST AND TRENDIEST STUFF IN JAPAN  (Shibuya, Shinjuku or Ginza & others)  – Shibuya calls itself the “one stop creative shop” and I agree. I LOVE Tokyu Hands and probably go once a week for some sort of arts and craft s materials. But they also have great travel items, pet stuff, home gear and more. Our favorite Shibuya store is the flagship in Shibuya. There is a new satellite store in the Shibuya Scramble store but it is tiny compared to the flagship. Your kids will love it!SHOP AT TOKYU HANDS - COOLEST AND TRENDIEST STUFF IN JAPAN, 100 places to take your kids in Tokyo

 

ASAKUSA / RYOGOKU/ UENO/ AKIHABARA AREA WITH KIDS – 100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO

Tokyo water bus

17. WATER TAXI TO ASAKUSA  – Try traveling on the Tokyo Water Bus (水上バス, Suijō Basu) for a fun and relaxing method of Tokyo travel.  If you are traveling to Odaiba, locations on the Bay in Minato-ku, or up the Sumida River to Asakusa, I recommend you try a Tokyo Water Bus especially between April – November when the temperatures are lovely on the boats. A bonus is that you can pay a small fee to take your bicycle on the boats.

18. SENSOJI TEMPLE (ASAKUSA)– This Buddist temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo and the most popular. Enjoy the long approach (Nakamichi Dori) stopping to buy warm bean paste Sensoji Temple sweets and gifts for folks at home. As you near the temple get your fortune, ward off bad luck and spirits with smoke and then make an offering at the temple.  Throw a five yen coin into the temple offering. “Go en” (five yen) is said to bring good luck. If you have time, it is also fun to take a rickshaw ride around the Asakusa neighborhood. Before you approach the temple I highly recommend you visit the Asakusa Culture Tourism Information Center -2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo – the view from the 8th floor is perfect to see the entire temple complex from above. The washrooms are also very clean so take a break before venturing on. The Asakusa Center is open every day from 9:00 – 20:00.

19. TOKYO SUMO VIEWING (RYOGOKU) – If you want to attend a Sumo Tournament (Basho) in Tokyo you have three chances each year. Tickets for each basho go on sale approximately one month in advance. Tickets sell out very quickly so buy the 1st day they are offered online at Pia Sumo Tickets.  Learn about sumo and how to purchase Tokyo Sumo tickets at the official sumo website.  Sumo Tournaments are January (Hatsu Basho), Tokyo sumoMay (Natsu Basho) and September (Aki Basho). Each tournament lasts for 15 days and runs from Sunday to Sunday. If you are able to secure tickets or not in town during the tournament season you can still view beya practice by standing outside of one of the many beya between 7:30 – 9:30 in the Ryogoku area. When the Tournaments are taking place they are not practicing. Check the sumo website for the tournament schedule. Here are two recommended Stables. Tokyo Arashi Beya, 2-47-2, Hama-cho Nihonbashi Chuo-ku Tokyo and Dewanoumi-Beya Sumo, 2-3-15 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.  If you are a die-hard Sumo lover you may also enjoy the Sumo Museum in Ryogoku (next door to the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

20. EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM  – Great museum to understand Tokyo history from hundreds of years of ago to present day. The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) in Ryogoku is one of our favorite edutainment (education-entertainment) and we attend at least once a year.  Opened in 1993 the permanent exhibitions include; the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, the Nakamuraza theatre, and scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Shōwa periods.

21. EAT RAMEN FOR LUNCH – If you are crazing ramen Ichiran Ramen in Asakusa Ichiran is a large family friendly shop with awesome ramen. Ichiran is located at HK Asakusa Bldg. B1F, 1-1-16 AsakusaTaito-ku, Tokyo.

22. HANAYASHIKI AMUSEMENT PARK (ASAKUSA) – If you have “templed out” the kids visiting Sensō-ji in the morning, a 2-3 hour visit to Hanayashiki Hanayashiki Amusement Park, AsakusaAmusement Park is the perfect afternoon. Located immediately behind Sensō-ji  (a top 3 place to visit on most Tokyo trip lists) it is the oldest amusement park in Japan. The Hanayashiki Amusement Park offers over 20 rides and amusements which are sure to please toddlers to teens. The space is small, but it is jam-packed with retro rides, festival games, haunted houses and even a BBQ area for lunch. It is pay-per-ride so stay for 30 mins or a few hours.

Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Best Living Japan

23. KAPPABASHI (KITCHEN TOWN) & 20. MAKE PLASTIC FOOD (KAPPABASHI)- Kappabashi Kitchen Town, Tokyo is a cook’s shopping paradise. There are over 180 cooking, kitchen and restaurant supply stores extended over six blocks. Here even the kitchen sink is for sale – every pot and pan, serving dish, utensil and kitchen appliance that a cook can imagine. Kappabashi is located between Ueno and Asakusa so you can combine it with a temple or museum visit and have an exhausting but wonderful day!  Have you ever wondered how to make plastic food samples? You can enjoy making food samples the old fashioned way with wax at Ganso Sample in Kappabashi, Tokyo. Spend an hour taking a class and take home some fun plastic food. Details here.

24. THE DRUM MUSEUM (TAIKOKAN)– This one room Drum Museum (Taikokan) in Taito-ku, Tokyo is a drum lovers dream. There are 900 items on rotation and display from all over the world, including Japan. Most of the drums can be played, so come have some fun!.Address: 2-1-1 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

25. UENO ZOO – Ueno Zoo is Japan’s oldest and most famous zoo having opened its gate to the public in March 1882. The Ueno Zoo is conveniently located in Ueno Park which is near both Ueno Station and Nezu Station. It is one of our families favorites for 2-3 hours. Not only do they have a great selection of animals but the Ueno Zoo is free for kids under 12.Shitamachi museum, Top places to take kids in ttokyo

26. SHITAMACHI MISUEM (UENO) -The Shitamachi Museum in Ueno was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the Shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. By touring the Shitamachi Museum, you will gain an understanding of life in the shitamchi pre-WWII. The Shitamachi Museum has many hands on exhibits including old Japan toys, a public bath stand and old living room. Kids and Adults will enjoy! Plan for 30-60 mins.

27. AMEYOKOCHO DEAL SHOPPING STREET (UENO) – If you are a bargain shopper, Ameyokocho is a must visit in Tokyo. Always crazy busy with shoppers negotiating deals on crab, tuna, sneakers and bags. Ameyokocho (アメ横) is one of Tokyo’s busiest
market streets located along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations

28. YAMASHIROYA TOY STORE (UENO) – If you are looking for Japanese or International toys and collectibles you will not be disappointed. Yamashiroya Toy Store is a one minute walk from Ueno station so you can add on to your trip to Ueno Zoo, Ameyoko shopping, the Shitamachi Museum or the visits to the Museums in Ueno Park.

29. AMESHIN, OSHIAGE – Realistic Hand-made Candy Animals Looking for a unique gift to give to friends and family? Visit Ameshin – a candy shop which sells astoundingly realistic hand-made candy animals. Japanese confectioner Shinri Tezuka, owner of the candy shop Ameshin, uses a 1300-year old traditional art called Amezaiku.Address: 4F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo

ODAIBA AND TOYOSU AREA WITH KIDS – 100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO

30. Bike or WALK OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE TO ODAIBA – I recommend you consider a Tokyo Rainbow Bridge crossing if you have a goal of visiting the Odaiba area. The bridge is approximately 800 Meters in length so it can be walked easily in about 30 mins taking time to enjoy the views and read the information signs along the way.  The Rainbow Bridge is open to the public (bikes, joggers, and walkers) from 9:00 -21:00 in the summer, and 10:00 – 18:00 in the winter.

31. OEDO ONSEN MONOGATARI – Oedo Onsen Monogatari is one of our favorites family onsen spots. It`s one of the ultimate tourist attractions in Tokyo. However, even long-term foreigners and Japanese can have fun! It is the Disneyland of Onsens. The Oedo Onsen Monogatari translates to Oedo Onsen Story. It is an onsen, dining and entertainment centre. The facility is multilingual in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese

32.TOKYO LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER (ODAIBA) -Tokyo Legoland is one of our favorite indoor theme parks on our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan. Tokyo Legoland Discovery Center is a great spot to escape the brutal heat, bitter cold or pouring rain. Located in Odaiba they offer a wealth of attractions.

 

teamLab Planets TOKYO (Toyosu) and teamLab Borderless (Odaiba)33.TEAMLAB PLANETS TOKYO (TOYOSU) & TEAMLAB BORDERLESS (ODAIBA) – teamLab Planets TOKYO (Toyosu) and teamLab Borderless (Odaiba) “experiences” both opened last summer (2018) and are running at least for the next two years. Both installations are the brain children of teamLab and provide a 360 degree immerse light and environment experience. Although both are created by the same company …children of teamLab and provide a 360 degree immerse light and environment experience. Although both are created by the same company …

34. KIDZANIA TOWN (TOYOSU) –  The play center which ia a city built to scale for children complete with buildings, shops, paved streets and vehicles that look like everyday workplaces in Japan. Children aged 3 to 15 years perform activities and are paid for their work. Kidzania Tokyo (Toyosu, Tokyo), Tokyo with kids

35.THE TOKYO WATER SCIENCE MUSEUM (TOYOSU) The Tokyo Water Science Museum is a great FREE hands-on, educational museum – a great spot to take the kids on a hot, rainy or cold day. The museum takes about 60 – 90 minutes, and you can learn all about how water is managed in Tokyo.

 

36. GAS SCIENCE MUSUEM (TOYOSU) -If you are looking for an educational, hands-on and FREE museum in Tokyo to take the kids on a hot or rainy day head to the Gas Science Museum in Toyosu. The museum is located in beautiful modern building right near the LalaPort shopping mall, Toysou pier and park. Great overview of where gas comes from and how we use it! If you are in the Toyosu area we also highly recommend visiting the Kuritsu Toyosu Playground, Kidzania and LaLaport for great shopping and meal options.

37.TOYOTA MEGA WEB RIDE STUDIO (TOYOSU) – Kids` Indoor and Outdoor Driving Track – Toyota Mega Web Ride Studio is located in the Toyota Mega Web Theme Park, in Koto-ku near Odaiba. Toyota Mega Web is split into 3 sections; The History Garage; Toyota City Showcase and the Ride Studio. Toyota Mega Web Ride Studio -100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO

38. THE FUKUGAWA-EDO MUSEUM (SHIRAKAWA) – The Fukagawa-Edo Museum (Koto-ku, Tokyo) is a very hands-on gem of a museum in Tokyo to visit for 1-2 hours. The Fukagawa-Edo Museum is a large hall with about 12 Edo-period houses reconstructed in a village environment.  Located near the Kiyosumi Gardens.

39. KIYOSUMI TEIEN GARDENS (KIYOSUMI) – Traditional Japanese Garden Kids & Adults Love. One of my family’s favorite Japanese gardens to visit in Tokyo is the Kiysoumi Teien Gardens (清澄庭園) in Koto-ku. Free for kids and only 150 yen for adults.  Make a day trip and visit the Fukugawa-Edo Museum.

POOP MUSEUM (UNKO MUSEUM) -100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO40. POOP MUSEUM (UNKO MUSEUM) – This small amusement facility all about poop will make you laugh. Quintessential Japan! I found humor more in the adults that were screaming poop and running through the museum to get the “best shots” of poop exploding volcanoes. The museum is an Joyoplos -100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYOInstagram heaven with pop shots everywhere. You can play “crappy games,” draw poop in whiteboard toilets, run around smashing poop, see how loud you can scream “UNKO” to make an Unko jump on a screen.

41. TOKYO JOYPOLIS (ODAIBA) – Tokyo Joypolis is an SEGA branded indoor entertainment center where you can experience coasters with gaming, virtual rides with motion simulators, frightening VR experiences, arcade and more. A fantastic spot for thrill seekers and gamers. We recommend for kids 130cm and taller to experience most attractions and rides.

42. SONA AREA (ARIAKE) – Earthquake & Disaster Prevention Experience Learning Facility is a free educational center for individuals or groups to come and learn about how to survive the first 72 hours after an earthquake. The Sona Area Tokyo is a disaster space which is prepared for an actual Tokyo direct hit earthquake with an operations center, evacuation space, and helicopter landing space.

ROPPONGI, MIDTOWN AND SHIBA AREAS – 100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYOMORI ART MUSUEM AND OBSERVATORY

43. MORI ART MUSUEM AND OBSERVATORY – Within Roppongi Hills is the Mori Art Musuem and Roof top observatory. With a museum exhibit ticket you will be able to get a nice skyline view if blue skies. If you want to go to the roof you have to pay more. The Mori Art musuem does not have a permanent exhibit but hosts some
of the most among exhibits from Japanese and International artists. Check out the latest Exhibits here. 

44. SABU ZEN (ROPPONGI) – ALL YOU CAN EAT SHABU SHABU – One of our favorite place to dine with visitors to Tokyo is Shabu zen (details in English here), an all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki restaurant that serves premium Japanese beef. They offer table seating or private tatami rooms – great for families with young kids and for large dinner parties. Aoba Roppongi Bldg. B1F, 3-16-33 Roppongi, Minato-ku.

45. DESIGN 21 21  SIGHT (MIDTOWN) Is a  design museum which was designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando, and fashion designer Issey Miyake. “The idea was to create not only a museum that shows exhibits,” says Ando, “but also a place for researching the potentiality of design as an element that enriches our daily life.” The museum does not have a permanent exhibit but curated new design exhibits on a 2-3 month rotating cycle. I have really enjoyed the exhibits I have visited. The building is also a work of art its-self. See exhibit now. General Nogi Residence Roppongi

tokyo midtown

46. TOKYO MIDTOWN – A Family Friendly Paradise– Tokyo Midtown (東京ミッドタウン) is one of our favorite family-friendly spots to spend the day. It is home to several art museums, family-friendly seasonal events, a spacious green park and lush Japanese garden, medical center, services, restaurants and shopping.

 

47. SUNTORY MUSUEM TEA CEREMONY  (MIDTOWN)- Beautiful Traditional Tea Ceremony for Only 1,000 JPY – I highly recommend the Suntory Museum Tea Ceremony if you have guests in town or have yet to experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony yourself. The Suntory Museum offers a great value for visitors. I have yet to find a 1,000 JPY tea ceremony in such a lovely environment. Only held a few times a month a year, and you must pre-buy a ticket.  The Museum exhibits focus on Japanese art and are of the highest quality.

48. GENRAL NOGI RESIDNENCE  (ROPPONGI) – Historical House in Central Roppongi – When one thinks of Roppongi bright lights, nightlife, and shopping come to mind. But in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was a sleepy residence area that General Nogi and his family set-up their home. You can not go inside but you can look into windows from outside and  walk through the garden. A beauty and rare historic building in Tokyo. FREE

49. SALVATORE CUOMO ITALIAN BUFFET– If your kids are hungry and want Italian try this joint. A great value buffet i recommend for lunch.

Tokyo Tower50. TOKYO TOWER (SHIBA) – A trip to Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) with the kids is a must do for visitors or newly arrived Tokyo expats. Not only is the view great, but the ride up is really, really cool!  The Tower opens at 8:00 so a great first stop of the day. There are two observation levels; one at 150 meters (490 ft), and the second at 249.6 meters (819 ft). You can buy a ticket to just the 1st level or a ticket to visit both.

Hamarikyu Garden and Park

51. HAMARIKYU GARDEN PARK CHUO-KU) – Picnic by the Bay Hamarikyu Garden Park (浜離宮恩賜庭園 Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien) is one of the largest and most diverse Japanese Garden Parks in central Tokyo. It is also one of the nine Metropolitan Cultural Heritage Gardens. Hamarikyu Garden Park is located on the original edge of Tokyo Bay in Chuo-ku (near Hamatsucho, Shinbashi, and Shiodome). The boat to travel up to Asakusa leaves from inside the park. Great way to travel up the Sumida River (info about the boot in this post). If you want to have a picnic, grab a sandwich or some bread from Le Pain Quotidian just below.

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden

52. KYU-SHIBA-RIKYU GARDEN (KAIGAN) – 2nd Oldest Surviving Park in Tokyo

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden is one of the oldest serving Japan parks in Tokyo. It a great place to spend 30-60 mins before a trip to the Hamarikyu Gardens or Zojoji. Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden (Kaigan, Minato-ku) – 2nd Oldest Surviving Park in Tokyo Picturesque Edo-era landscape garden with a pond & bridges.

53. HAVE BREAKFAST AT LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (SHIBA KOEN) Le Pain Quotidien is Shibakoen is a unique breakfast spot in Tokyo since it ZOZO-JI (SHIBA KOEN) - 100 great place to take your kids in tokyoopens early (7:30) and is nestled between cultural and sonic spots such as Shiba Park, Zojoji, Tokyo Tower, Daimon, and Hamarikyu.
54. ZOZO-JI (SHIBA KOEN) – Zōjō-ji, Buddhist temple,   is the main temple of the Jōdo-shū Chinzei sect of Buddhism in the Kantō region. It was founded in 1393. After the start of the Edo Period when the Tokugawa shogunate ruled Japan, Zojoji became the family temple of the Tokugawa family and an unparalleled grand cathedral was built. From the Meiji period it was converted to a public Temple and park. Great to visit any time of the year, but the Devil Day festivals (Setsubun) on Feb 3rd, and Tanabata (Takabata)  on July 7th are quite special at the temple.

IMPERIAL PALACE, GINZA, OLD DOWNTOWN –100 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO

IMPERIAL PALACE EAST GARDENS55. IMPERIAL PALACE EAST GARDENS – Open from 9:00 each day this green space is a good way to start the day. Spend about 45 mins wondering the garden while getting a brief overview of the moat and wall around the Imperial Palace. A beautiful garden but June with the irises is our favorite time to visit.

56. KABUKI VIEWING SHORT ACT  – In all my years in Japan I have attended Kabuki once and have to admit I found the four hours+ show a tad long for my attention. However, I did love the experience. I recommend to all visitors and residents that they should see Kabuki but Kabuki, Best Living Japantry a short act first which is both economical in yen and time.  Every day the Kabukiza Theater in Ginza sells one act or short act tickets which range between 18 – 45 mins in viewing time and cost 500-2,000 yen. The Tokyo Kabukiza schedule is here in English.

57.  VISIT A DEPARTMENT STORE FOOD BASEMENT  (DEPACHIKA)Depachika means Department store basement. Japanese basement floors are epicures of the finest bread, meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, beverages, and desserts. Pick-up a picnic or grab some dinner to take home. After 18:00 many of the items are deeply discounted. Here are some of our favourite depepachikas:

58. IYOYA STATIONARY STORE – The Itoya Ginza Flagship Store was redesigned in 2016 and now is not just one of the Tokyo Must Shop places to spend hours shopping for Japanese paper (washi) and stationary and home accessories but has a great restaurant and also in-house veritable garden. The Ginza Flagship Store  (located on Ginza Dori) and second building directly behind Itoya Ginza Store, Japanese stationarythe main building has 18 floors of some of the coolest items you will find in Japan. Be careful with time because once you start shopping you may not exit for hours!

59. MAKE JAPANESE PAPER AT OZ WASHI (NIHONBASHI)– The store carries the widest selection of washi paper, shodo paper, and sumi art paper. A 300+-year-old store that has always specialized in paper and art materials (brushes, string, and inks).  Kids will also find pre-packaged crafts to make origami and balloon washi animals. Adults and children can also participate in a one-hour washi class, or sign-up for other culture classes.

60. TOKYO POLICE MUSEUM (KYOBASHI) – Free Interactive Police Training for KidsTokyo Police Museum 警察博物館  – The Tokyo Police Museum 警察博物館 will inspire all youngsters to be a person in blue. If you are a fan of the Tokyo Fire Museum, the Police Museum is a must visit. The museum reopened in May 2017 following a one year remodel. Five floors of Tokyo police history, criminal investigation techniques ^ all FREE.

61. TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY (SHINBASHIi) – If you have a small or big child who loves building cars, battlefield displays or general construction models the Tamiya Plamodel Factory is one stop you should not miss while in Tokyo. The store has the entire line of Tamiya products (over 6,000 SKUs). 

62. THE SCIENCE MUSUEM TOKYO (CHIYODA-KU) -The Science Museum Tokyo is ideal for tweens and teens with hands-on learning covering topics from mechanics, CO2, and global warming to robotics. Younger kids can enjoy some of the exhibits, but most of the concepts they will not understand.54. 

64. MUJI FLAGSHIP STORE  (GINZA) – The new Muji global flagship store opened in April 2019 and is one of our favorite places to shop for food and home goods. The budding has a diner, store and also a Muji Hotel. Great place to also buy some organic veggies and obento.

65. HAKUHINKAN TOY STORE (GINZA)

Hakuhinkan Toy Store
Hakuhinkan Toy Store is the best toy store in Tokyo to shop for your kids or any kid in your life. Hakuhinkan has four floors jammed packed with wacky Japanese toys, gag and costume items. From traditional and educational toys to the world famous brands from Brio to Barbie. Read More »

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94. STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTRY (NAKAMEGURO) – World`s largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery. This four-story Starbucks Reserve houses more than 100 unique coffee and tea beverages and merchandise. As you enter you`re welcome to the delicious aromas of roasted coffee, freshly baked bread and sweets. The roastery is lofty and bright with floor to ceiling windows, neutral colors and stunning design. Grab a seat on their 3rd or 4th floor terrace with a bird`s eye view of the cherry blossoms in Spring. Take time to wonder up the Meguro River which has cure botiques and cafes along the trail.

95. KYU ASAKURA HOUSE (DAIKANYAMA) The Kyu Asakura House (旧朝倉家住宅, the literal translation is Old Asakura House) is a gem hidden in central Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku. I stumbled upon it the other day on my way from Ebisu to Nakameguro, and some magical force pulled me inside to discover this Important Cultural Property.

96. DAIKANYAMA T=SITE  (DAIKANYAMA)– Opened just last month, Daikanyama T-site is a low-rise complex of shops, eateries and a huge Tsutaya. This place is sure to attract a huge crowd due to the well-designed architecture, greenery, and places to shop, eat & socialize. Spend an afternoon shopping for music/books at Tsutaya, battery assisted bikes at Motovelo, specialty cameras, and toys.

 

Zauo Restaurant Meguro

97. ZAUO FISHING RESTAURANT (MEGURO) – Zauo fishing restaurant is definitely one to put on your Tokyo Bucket List. Catch your food, tell them how you want it prepared then eat! It`s a spot the entire family will enjoy.

98. JAPAN  FOLK CRAFTS MUSUEM (MEGURO) -The Japan Folk Crafts Museum is a must see in Tokyo. Not only due to the crafts it houses but the buildings themselves.   The Japan Folk Crafts Museum is of Mingei style completed in 1936 built by carpenters from Tochigi prefecture. Ceramics, dyed and woven textiles, wood and lacquer.

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Tokyo Sea Life Park, Edogawa-ku - Bayside Tokyo Aquarium

99. TOKYO SEA LIFE PARK  (EDOGAWA) – Tokyo Sea Life Park is a modern Aquarium located on the border of Tokyo and Chiba on the Bay of Tokyo. You can study sharks, eagle rays, and penguins.  It is housed in Kasai Rinkai-koen Park which is a huge public park with a massive ferris wheel and food stalls.

Fun museum for train and transportation lovers. You will never think about the Tokyo Subway the same way again. Easy access from Tokyo Station area.

100. TOKYO SUBWAY MUSUEM (KASAI) – – If your children love trains, planes and cars than a visit to the Tokyo Subway Museum in Kasai will be a win. Adults will also learn about the 90-year history of the Tokyo Subway system. After visiting this museum, you will never ride a Tokyo subway again without thinking about the workings below your feet.

Sumida Aquarium Sky Tree, Tokyo with Kids

101. SUMIDA AQUARIUM AND SKY TREE  – The Sumida Aquarium (すみだ水族館) at the Tokyo Skytree Soramachi is a slightly expensive but creatively designed aquarium. If you are visiting the Skytree, the aquarium is a good add on if you have 30-90 mins.  It is a relaxed and cool environment where kids can see a variety of aquatic life …

102. DISNEY LAND AND DISNEY SEA– Disney Land and Sea are two very different experiences and you will need a full day to experience each. Disney Sea tends to be less crowded and I think more enjoyable on hot days. Families love both so enjoy! Check out our tips for visiting both Disney Land and Disney Sea.

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103. GHIBLI MUSEUM – Here is the official Ghibli website with directions on how to get tickets.

104. Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum (KOGANEI) – I highly recommend you visit the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum to see actual homes and businesses from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s preserved in a beautiful park. Unfortunately due to natural disasters, war and redevelopment much of Tokyo historical architecture has been erased, but at the Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural you can experience so ma y historical buildings.

105. MT. TAKAO HIKING – This time of year is perfect for a Mt. Takao Hike. The trip to Mt. Takao takes about one hour from Shinjuku station on the Keio Line. Mt. Takao has been a location of worship for more than 1,000 years. At the base of the mountain is also a lovely onsen.

Sanrio Puroland

 

106. SANRIO PUROLAND (TAMA) – Sanrio Puroland is an adorable indoor amusement park for Sanrio character fans, young children and adults who are kids at heart. You are surrounded by cute food and attractions, and dynamic, well-produced shows. Our favorites were the 10 minute boat cruise that goes through a cave filled with singing.

Showa Memorial Park 昭和記念公園, Tachikawa, Tokyo - Rent Bikes, Massive Playgrounds and Water Play

107. SHOWA KINEN PARK  (TACHIKAWA)On a sunny day escape central Tokyo and head for the huge Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園.  Showa Memorial Park is approximately a 50-70 min trip from central Tokyo via car or train. Biking, hiking, climbing nets, bouncing on huge white soft blobs and hiding from dragons can keep the little ones busy for hours. The park has a huge assortment of flowers and trees so plum blossoms in Feb, cherry blossoms in March, Tulips in April/May and more.

Tama Zoo Tokyo, Tokyo zoos with kids

 

108. TAMA ZOO  (HINO) – 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 visit.

Tokyo SummerLand (Akiruno-shi, Tokyo) - Pools, Water Slides & Rides

109. TOKYO SUMMERLAND  (AKIRUNO) – Pools, Water Slides & Rides – SummerLand is one of the biggest water parks in Japan. Located about one hour from central Tokyo it is a great day trip. Enjoy the indoor wave pool, the multiple outdoor pools, lazy river, water slides and water playgrounds, as well as retro amusement rides (loop roller coaster, free fall, …

 

 

 

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