In the ever-bustling city of Tokyo, there’s no end of options for a family day out — from educational exhibits to amusement parks and outdoor fun. Whether you’re planning on a quick afternoon activity or a full day trip, you will find a wide variety of family-friendly experiences for you to enjoy with your kids. Here’s a list of destinations in and around Tokyo that will appeal to adults and children alike.
Kidzania is a kid city over 80 pavilions where kids can experience real life. They can do different “jobs” to earn KidZos that can be spent at stores in Kidzania or even deposited in a bank. There is no end of what children will learn here.
Tokyo Dome City is a large entertainment complex with many attractions suitable for children. There are several different areas to enjoy with lots of rides and other activities that can occupy kids all day long.
Children up to age 6 can enjoy this large indoor playground in Tokyo located in Tokyo Dome City. Babies who are 0-25 months have their own play area where they can be safe. Taking your kids to ASOBono is a wonderful idea on a rainy day!
Sanrio Puroland is a wonderland of all things Sanrio (the makers of Hello Kitty). Your children can enjoy boat rides, plays and other performances, and shopping for Sanrio merchandise, among other options.
Ghibli Museum is all about the magical films of Hayao Miyazaki. It is so popular that tickets can only be purchased in advance. See here for how to do so.
Mother Farm is located in Kano-san, Chiba prefecture on the Boso Peninsula. This is the most famous entertainment farm.
Kandu is an indoor theme park for kids located in the AEON Makuhari Mall in Chiba, where children can experience working in a variety of occupations from airline pilot to weathercaster. Using the electronic system, your child can sign up for a number of jobs where they’ll earn Kandu bills, which they can redeem for face painting or spend in the gift shop.
Tokyo Summerland is a massive indoor and outdoor water park located west of Tokyo. Younger children will enjoy the smaller kiddie pools, play areas, and the 650-meter-long lazy river while older kids and teens will want to check out the roller coaster and the massive 40-meter freefall waterslide.
Yomiuriland Amusement Park, located in western Tokyo, offers traditional attractions like a carousel and carnival games, as well as thrill rides, go karting, and a waterpark during the summer. Their Goodjoba!! area includes “factories” where kids can play while they learn about four of Japan’s major manufacturing industries: automotive, food, fashion, and stationery.
In addition to its 360-panoramic view, Sky Circus Observatory located on the 60th floor of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro offers a number of attractions that older kids will enjoy, including an aerial VR experience and a selfie-friendly kaleidoscope tunnel.
Take fun and memorable family photos at the Tokyo Trick Art Museum in Odaiba. The museum is home to 3D paintings and optical illusions themed after a ninja mansion, Japanese ghosts and ghouls, and classical art.
Younger children will enjoy the Anpanman Children’s Museum in Yokohama, dedicated to the Japanese cartoon hero. Play among sets modeled after the animated world, meet Anpanman and his friends, and shop for cute character goods.
Another good option for parents with young children, the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum in Kawasaki City is dedicated to the creator of the beloved Japanese character Doraemon.
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