Visiting Toyko is a dream of mine, so I was thrilled when Tiffany of AsiaTravelBug offered to share her top ten things to do in Tokyo with kids. If you’re planning on making a trip to Tokyo with your family, make sure to put a few of these activities on your itinerary!
Tokyo is one of the world’s largest cities, and it is full of many exciting adventures for you and your kids. With so many things to do, it may be overwhelming to try and narrow down your list of adventures. But one of the best things about the city is that there are so many different activities available, rain or shine. Whether you are visiting for a day or a week, there are plenty of attractions to keep you and your little ones happy and entertained. Here are ten great ideas to get you started!
Enjoy a Full Day at Hanayashiki
This amusement park is the oldest one in Japan. There are entertainment aspects for both parents and kids. The park is located near a temple, and there are numerous restaurants and souvenir shops within the park. You can visit for a couple hours, or make a full day out of this one location. This park is great for small children because it is rather small, and they won’t have to walk nearly as much as in other amusement parks in Tokyo.
Partake in Obstacle Courses at Heiwanomori Park
If your kids are full of energy and you are trying to find a place to wear them out, this park is perfect. It is full of obstacle courses, climbing nets, bridges, and zip lines. Think American Ninja Warrior for kids, and you’ll have a perfect representation of this park. There aren’t many playgrounds like this that you can access all the time. Your children can play for fun or challenge themselves in different ways. Parents can even partake in the obstacles with their kids! Heiwanomori Park is a family affair.
The happiest place on Earth is a great option for entertainment. Parents and kids will both appreciate all that Disneyland has to offer. Even if you have been to other Disney parks, you should definitely make time for Tokyo’s version. It offers a unique, fun-filled experience for all members of the family. It is best to venture here during the off-season because it tends to get very crowded.
Ride the Water Bus
If you are looking for an alternative way to see the city, what better method for the whole family than using a bus on the water! Kids will get a thrill from being on the water, and not having to walk around to see all the sights. Parents can sit back and relax as they enjoy seeing some of Tokyo’s famous locations.
Create Noodle Bowls at the Cup Noodle Museum
This is a very popular museum that combines learning with fun. Your kids will be able to engage in a variety of fun activities and even create their own one-of-a-kind noodle bowl! This is a perfect adventure for a rainy day.
Play Games at the Taito Station
Another rainy-day option, this station is open 24 hours. Inside, your kids will find their own personal wonderland of fun. There are many arcade games to choose from, and even bowling and fishing! This is a great place to go for hours of arcade-style entertainment and a never-ending party.
Get Creative at Legoland Discovery Center
No matter where in the world you venture to, Lego is a known commodity. Your kids will have the option to build their own creations among the company of large Lego sculptures. This really is a land of Lego, there are life-size people and even large buildings. It is a great place for some creative fun.
See the Animals at Ueno Zoo
This is Japan’s most popular zoo and also its oldest. Your kids can be entertained here for hours as there are about 3,000 different animals to see. There are even some rare finds like the giant panda! There’s a reason this is Japan’s most recommended zoo.
Don’t Forget the Pokémon Center
Pokémon is an extremely popular thing in Japan, and it has made a major comeback since the recent “Pokémon Go” app for smartphones. By taking your children to the Pokémon Center, you will probably earn the title of parent of the year. This center is one of the megastores, so make sure you bring your wallet!
Have a Fun-Filled Adventure at Tokyo Skytree
What better way to experience Tokyo than from above? The sights from this tower are absolutely breathtaking. On a clear day, you can even see Mt. Fuji from the observation deck. The fun doesn’t end at the observation deck, the lower levels also have a lot to offer. You can easily make this location an all-day affair. There are numerous restaurants and gift shops, plus museums and aquariums; all on-site! The location provides fun for the entire family, so this is definitely a must-see adventure.
No matter your children’s wants and needs, Tokyo has something amazing to offer. There are so many exciting things to do that your kids should never be bored. And exploring a new city is a great way to make precious memories as a family! No matter how much time you have, visiting a museum, theme park, or scenic location, will help you make the most of you and your children’s Tokyo experience.
Tiffy, a.k.a. AsiaTravelBug, is a travel planning freak, an ex-finance manager and currently a digital marketing ninja. Traveling has kept her sane during all the hustles and bustles of corporate life. Despite being a nervous flyer, Tiffy’s wanderlust has led her to visit Japan 6 times (and counting). Her favorite cities are Kyoto and Tokyo, and she would choose to visit Japan over Paris in a heartbeat!