The Ultimate Guide – Things to Do in Tokyo With Kids

Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids

We have just returned from travelling in Japan for four weeks with our three children, in addition to a previous trip three years ago when they were commensurately younger.  On our recent trip we explore Tokyo for 10 very busy days, in addition to 6 days in Tokyo on our previous trip.  Our daughter is currently 14 years old and our two boys are 13 and 10 years old, so we wanted to share what were their favourite things to do in Tokyo with kids across our two visits to help you choose the best options for your family.

A key thing to plan ahead is how many shrines and temples you visit in Tokyo.  With older children, doing too many of these will be exhausting rather than invigorating, so plan ahead which ones you particularly want to visit and get their buy in that the trip is for your interests as well as theirs, so compromise is required.

Tokyo has so many great activities to do with kids that it is difficult to decide where to start!  Here is our overview of our family’s favourite kids activities Tokyo.

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Disneyland and Disneysea Theme Parks in Tokyo

One of the top Japanese activities for kids is to visit Disneyland or Disneysea Theme Parks in Tokyo!  On our first visit to Japan we all visited Disneysea, and on our most recent visit we split up with the older children going with my husband to Disneysea, while I took our youngest son to Disneyland.  Disneysea has more thrilling rides than Disneyland, however our youngest prefers more sedate ride options so Disneyland was a better option.

Disneyland Tokyo is themed very similarly to Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland in LA, so if you have already been to other Disney theme parks then you should choose Disneysea which is unique to Japan.  If it is your first ever Disney theme park visit then you can choose either option.

While the crowds at the entry to Disneyland were quite large, they quickly cleared and spread through the park.  As a result we managed to get on most rides with only short wait times.  Please note that we visited on a weekday the week after Japan school holidays had finished – weekends and other peak periods will have much larger queues. 

We stayed in touch with each other via Whatsapp as we went through the two parks and we definitely had shorter queues in Disneyland than in Disneysea – to give you an idea, after being there early for park opening, by 2pm in Disneyland we had already done 5 rides and the Disneysea crew had only done 3 rides.  In Disneyland it was a bit crazy at the beginning – the queue to get a Fast Pass for the Monsters Inc ride was actually longer than the queue to get into the ride – so we just went straight in without bothering to get a Fast Pass – contrary to the advice provided on some of the websites we had read…  perhaps all of the other people had read those same recommendations…

We all had a great time and splitting up enabled us to give our children the different experiences they preferred.  We then met back up at Maihama Station in time to catch the shuttle bus for our night time helicopter flight over Tokyo (further details below).

Note that this activity was sponsored by Klook.

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Disneyland Tokyo Castle
Disneyland Tokyo Castle
Disneyland Tokyo River Views
Disneyland Tokyo River Views
Disneyland Tokyo Shooting Gallery
Disneyland Tokyo Shooting Gallery
Disneysea Tokyo Going Underground...
Disneysea Tokyo Going Underground…

How to Get to Disneyland and Disneysea Tokyo Theme Parks

Disneyland and Disneysea Tokyo Theme Parks are located near Maihama Station which is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.  From Maihama Station there is a monorail loop train which services the Disney resort area.

Tokyo Helicopter Tour

If you really want your family to get a feel of how big Tokyo is then a great option is to do a 15 minute helicopter flight over the city!  We loved our helicopter ride Tokyo, where we got to travel in a large circle from near the Disneyland Resort to Odaiba, Shibuya, Shinjuku the Tokyo Dome and the Skytree in Asakusa before returning to Maihama.

Our children really enjoyed the experience and were absolutely buzzing!  They really enjoyed the rare opportunity to fly in a helicopter, and we also had perfect weather to see the sights of Tokyo at night.  Urayasu Heliport is located beside the Disneyland Resort, so it is a great option to top a wonderful day out at the Disney Resorts.  The helicopter flight package includes return shuttle bus from and to Maihama Station, so it is very easy to get to the Urayasu Heliport.

Note that this activity was sponsored by Klook.

Click here to book your Tokyo Helicopter Scenic Flight through Klook

Tokyo Helicopter Tour Family Photo
Tokyo Helicopter Tour Family Photo
Views over Tokyo during our family helicopter flight
Views over Tokyo during our family helicopter flight
View of Tokyo Tower during our Helicopter Flight over Tokyo
View of Tokyo Tower during our Helicopter Flight over Tokyo
View of the Tokyo Skytree during our Family Helicopter Flight over Tokyo
View of the Tokyo Skytree during our Family Helicopter Flight over Tokyo

How to Get to the Tokyo Helicopter Tour

The Tokyo Helicopter Tour operates near the Disneyland and Disneysea Resorts.  The helicopter flight package includes a return shuttle bus transfer from and to Maihama Station which is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

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Taiko Drumming

A surprise hit activity for our children was to participate in a Taiko Drumming lesson in the Sumo district of Ryogoku, which is close to Asakusa.  The class consisted of our instructor, three of his regular students and two families. 

Our instructor progressively took us through activities to learn how to use the drums, interspersed with practise sessions by his regular students, creating an effect of a combined taiko drum performance and lesson.  It was wonderful to see what is possible with the drums, which also led to us having a greater appreciation of the Robot Restaurant taiko drumming set which we did later in our trip (further info below).

By the end of our two hour lesson we had been taught our first simple piece to play and we actually sounded like we might know what we were doing.  Our children really enjoyed participating in a great physical activity and learning about Japan by doing rather than watching!

Note that this activity was sponsored by Voyagin.

Click here to book your Taiko Drumming Lesson through Voyagin

Taiko Drumming in Tokyo
Taiko Drumming in Tokyo

How to Get to Ryogoku

The Taiko Drumming class is located near Ryogoku in Tokyo.  Ryogoku is easily accessible by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine the best option to get there.

Sumo Wrestling Activities

Sumo Wrestling Tournament

Depending on when you visit Japan you may have the opportunity to attend a Sumo Wrestling Tournament, which are held six times every year for a period of 15 days each.  On our first trip to Japan we attended a sumo wrestling tournament, which was a great activity for both us and our children to experience.  A key tip to making a sumo tournament kid friendly is to not go too early – while the tournament goes all day from around 8am to 6pm, plan to arrive no earlier than 3pm to only watch the professional matches which occur at the culmination of the day.

We have a detailed article to enable you to purchase your sumo wrestling tickets, so please check it out here for more information on sumo wrestling tournament dates and how to book your tickets.

Sumo Throwdown!
Sumo Throwdown!

Sumo Stable Tour

When a sumo tournament is not on, a great option to still have a sumo wrestling experience is to attend a sumo stable tour and watch a training session.  For children, this can be a challenging activity as they must stay quiet for the whole duration of the training session – so this activity is only suitable for older children who are able to sit still and quietly for a longer period of time.

Our children really enjoyed this experience on our more recent visit to Japan as the sumo wrestlers worked through their training routine – which started with strength and core exercises (stomping much!), and then progressed on to battering practise to learn how to fall safely, and then moving on to actual bout practise which was fascinating to watch.  We also saw the stable master come out to watch the practise, and the respect given to him in the stable.

At the end we were able to take photos with the sumo wrestlers before saying our farewells.  Overall our children were very positive and found it to be a fascinating experience to see just how hard sumo wrestlers need to train!

Note that this activity was sponsored by Voyagin.

Click here to book your Sumo Stable Tour through Voyagin

Sumo Stable Tour - Strength Exercises
Sumo Stable Tour – Strength Exercises
Sumo Stable Tour - Practise Wrestling
Sumo Stable Tour – Practise Wrestling
Sumo Stable Tour - Family Photo with the Wrestlers
Sumo Stable Tour – Family Photo with the Wrestlers

Chanko Nabe Sumo Style Lunch

While in Ryoguku you also have the opportunity to experience a sumo style lunch called Chanko Nabe.  After seeing the options we chose to visit one of the closer options which was called Chanko Tomoegata.  It is a surprisingly massive restaurant with many levels and we had a lovely lunch. 

We found Chanko Nabe to be quite delicious and very healthy with a lot of meat and vegetables served quite plainly with the main dish a hotpot of meat and vegetables in broth, accompanied by rice, pickles and other accompaniments.  You could also add on items such as sashimi to suit your personal tastes.  Our children really enjoyed their meals and it was a great opportunity to try a different kind of Japanese food for kids.

Chanko Nabe Meal in Ryogoku Tokyo
Chanko Nabe Meal in Ryogoku Tokyo

How to Get to Ryogoku

Ryogoku is the sumo area within Tokyo, and is the central location for all of the activities mentioned above.  Ryogoku is easily accessible by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine the best option to get there.

Kappabashi Street to buy Kitchen Knives and Equipment

If any of your children love food then ensure you plan to visit Kappabashi Street in Asakusa during your visit to Tokyo.  There are a huge number of kitchenware and Japanese knife shops, as well as shops which specialise in making fake food.  We purchased our 13 year old son his first proper kitchen knife which he is very excited about (although I will note that he managed to cut himself the first time he tried to use it after returning home!).

It is also a great area to purchase a souvenir of your trip to Japan, by purchasing Japanese plates, bowls and other utensils – we always find these are great options as every time you use them at home it brings back memories of your Japan family vacation.

Shops in Kappashi Dori Kitchen Street
Shops in Kappashi Dori Kitchen Street
Knife Shop in Kappabashi Dori Kitchen Street
Knife Shop in Kappabashi Dori Kitchen Street

How to Get to Kappabashi Street in Asakusa

Kappabashi Street is located in Asakusa and is very easy to access via public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Asakusa Culture Food Tour

Guided tours are a great option for families to learn more about the Japanese culture, rather than just visiting a tourist attraction and trying to understand what you are observing.  While in Tokyo on our Japan family holiday we participated in the Asakusa Culture Food Tour conducted by Adam from Washoku Club Tours which our family really enjoyed.

A key feature was that the tour included getting dressed in kimonos and then participating in the tour in local dress.  Just getting dressed in a kimono is an experience in itself, to see all of the different layers and how they all come together to provide the final polished effect – along with styling of our hair to suit!

After we were all dressed up we were then guided by Adam to learn all about the local area, including more about Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street.  We also had two main food experiences, being a wonderful sushi restaurant, followed by a yakaniku grilling restaurant, where we very much enjoyed their beef set which we cooked ourselves on the grill!  These meals were followed by several tasty treats as we walked through Nakamise Street.  Overall a great Japanese culture for kids option.

Note that this activity was sponsored by Washoku Club Food Tours.

Click here to book the Washoku Club Asakusa Culture Food Tour

Asakusa Cultural Tour with Washoku Club Food Tours
Asakusa Cultural Tour with Washoku Club Food Tours
Asakusa Cultural Tour with Washoku Club Food Tours
Getting dressed in kimonos!
Asakusa Cultural Tour with Washoku Club Food Tours
Our family dressed in kimonos!
Asakusa Cultural Tour with Washoku Club Food Tours
BBQ Beef in Asakusa on the Asakusa Cultural Tour

How to Get to Asakusa

Asakusa is very easy to access via public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Japanese Baseball Match

A great family activity in Tokyo which we have done on both of our family trips to Japan is to attend a Japanese baseball match.  Last time we went to see the Yomiuri Giants vs. the Hanshin Tigers in the Tokyo Dome on the northern side of Tokyo.  Most recently we went to see the Yakult Swallows vs. Hiroshima Carp at the Meiji Jingu Stadium.

After seeing the more restrained Japanese culture on the trains and as you visit, it is great to see the locals let loose a bit when they support their favourite baseball teams!  Think chants, taiko drums and each supporter group have their own unique style to cheer when they score!  The Yomiuri Giants supporters all have orange scarves which they wave above their heads as they sing their team song.  By contrast the Yakult Swallows supporters all have small team umbrellas which they point to the sky and move up and down while also singing their team song!

Click here for detailed information on how to book your tickets to see a Japanese Baseball match.

Baseball Match at Meiji Jingu Stadium
Baseball Match at Meiji Jingu Stadium
Baseball Match at Meiji Jingu Stadium
Baseball Match at Meiji Jingu Stadium

How to Get to the Tokyo Dome and Meiji Jingu Stadium

The Tokyo Dome and Meiji Jingu Stadium are both very easy to access via public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Tsukiji Market

You may be aware that recently the main Tokyo Wholesale Seafood market relocated from Tsukiji to Toyosu.  The outer market of Tsukiji which sat around the wholesale market has been well known as a major tourist attraction for many years, and the great thing is that even though the market has relocated, the Tsukiji Market is still there and is a great option for families.  The new Toyosu Market is fascinating, however there is now a high degree of separation from the viewing windows to see what is actually happening inside. 

By comparison, Tsukiji Market is very colourful and you are up close with the vendors to see what they sell which is great for kids.  Tsukiji market has a great selection of restaurants and shops selling street food, as well as many other shops such as kitchenware and cooking ingredients.

Tsukiji Market is a great option to wander with the kids and just see what takes you and their fancy.  We really enjoyed eating fresh sushi at Sushizanmi sushi train – which is a great option for kids as you can choose your own food off the conveyor belt to suit their tastes.  We also enjoyed freshly seared scallops and a yummy soft serve icecream…

Sushi Zanmi Restaurant in Tsukiji
Sushi Zanmi Restaurant in Tsukiji
Sushi Zanmi Restaurant in Tsukiji
Sushi Zanmi Restaurant in Tsukiji
Street Scallops in Tsujiki Market
Street Scallops in Tsujiki Market
Ice Cream in Tsukiji Market
Ice Cream in Tsukiji Market

How to Get to Tsujiki Market

Tsukiji Market is located very centrally in Tokyo and is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Kawaii Monster Café

Themed cafes are a big thing in Japan, so during our trip we aimed to visit several of them!  We started with visiting the Kawaii Monster Café which is located in Harajuku.  We had a lovely meal and enjoyed the sheer craziness of the café!  We enjoyed sitting in a themed booth, and having front seats to watch the live entertainment show on the biggest cake you have ever seen!

We also enjoyed wandering around the restaurant just to see the level of kawaii throughout – even the bathrooms are kawaii crazy!  The food was also themed and tasted good and overall we had a great family night out.

Note that this activity was sponsored by Voyagin.

Click here to book your Kawaii Monster Café Reservation and Meal Package through Voyagin

Kawaii Monster Cafe Show
Kawaii Monster Cafe Show
Kawaii Monster Cafe Very Cute Burger and Fries
Kawaii Monster Cafe Very Cute Burger and Fries
Kawaii Monster Cafe Awesome Desserts
Kawaii Monster Cafe Awesome Desserts

How to Get to the Kawaii Monster Cafe

The Kawaii Monster Café is located in Harajuku and is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Pokemon Centre and Café

Our children are major Pokemon fans, so an essential activity for our recent trip to Japan was to visit the Pokemon Centre and Café in Tokyo.  We quickly learned that you have to book ahead to get into any of the themed cafes, as they are so popular!  As a result we watched the Pokemon Café online reservations dates closely and booked as soon as our dates became available, approximately one month before our planned date to visit.  Here is the website to make your Pokemon Café bookings.

After spending way too much money on plushies in the Pokemon Centre, we entered the café and had a lovely themed meal which finished with a visit by a very large Pikachu!  Our children loved the experience, and I would definitely recommend it if your children also love Pokemon.

Pokemon Centre near Nihonbashi Tokyo
Pokemon Centre near Nihonbashi Tokyo
Pokemon Cafe Pikachu Hamburger
Pokemon Cafe Pikachu Hamburger
Pokemon Cafe Themed Dessert
Pokemon Cafe Themed Dessert
Pokemon Cafe - Meeting Pikachu!
Pokemon Cafe – Meeting Pikachu!

How to Get to the Pokemon Centre and Cafe

The Pokemon Centre and Café is located in Nihonbashi and is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum is a very popular attraction in Japan for anime lovers, with a very family friendly set of classic movies such as ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ whcih you can check out on Amazon.  The Ghibli Museum celebrates all of the wonderful Ghibli movies as the museum is themed throughout. 

There are several standing exhibitions which are wonderful, including a section which provides the history of anime in Japan with awesome machines which show how early animation developed.  Our children were fascinated by this section of the museum.  There are other exhibitions which show the story and character development process, as well as the option to see a short Ghibli movie.

While the Ghibli Museum is located on the outskirts of Tokyo, our children really loved the experience and it was one of their highlights for our recent visit to Japan.

Note that this activity was sponsored by Voyagin.

Click here to book your Ghibli Museum Tickets through Voyagin

Ghibli Museum tickets are quite challenging to purchase, so you can also check out our detailed article on How to Purchase Ghibli Museum Tickets to see the options.

Ghibli Museum from the Outside
Ghibli Museum from the Outside
Ghibli Museum on the Roof - our family with the Robot
Ghibli Museum on the Roof – our family with the Robot

How to Get to the Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum is located near both Kichijoji Station and Mitaka Station which are both very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.  Between Mitaka Station and the Ghibli Museum is a regular dedicated bus service.  From Kichijoji Station you can easily walk through the lovely Inokashira Park before arriving at the Ghibli Museum. 

Nakano Broadway

On your way back from Ghibli Museum, a great option for an anime or manga loving child is to stop in at Nakano Broadway.  It is on the same train line which makes it a really easy option to visit in conjunction with the Ghibli Museum.

Nakano Broadway is only a short walk from the train station, and is a multi storey building which has a huge number of small anime merchandise dealers.  If you or your child have a specific interest, the biggest issue is working out which shop to visit!  Our daughter is a big fan of anime and really enjoyed exploring the stores and purchasing special items for herself and her friends back in Australia.

While we only visited for a short time period, we could have easily spent several hours exploring – and trying their famous very tall soft serve ice creams! 

Pathway to Nakano Broadway
Pathway to Nakano Broadway
Nakano Broadway Entrance
Nakano Broadway Entrance
A cool shop in Nakano Broadway
A cool shop in Nakano Broadway

How to Get to Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway is located near Nakano Station and is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Robot Restaurant

A surprise favourite for the trip was the Robot Restaurant!  I expected it to be an overhyped tourist show, but actually it is a really fun show which we and our children really enjoyed.  We went to the 5.30pm session, and I can confirm that this session is suitable viewing for children – but perhaps skip the pre-show in the lounge as the dancing show had performances which were definitely not appropriate for children.

Be aware that the show is quote loud, however they supply earmuffs for children.  Our youngest wore the earmuffs and really enjoyed the show, however without them I think would have been not OK.  So either bring ear plugs or use the supplied earmuffs if you have a child who is noise sensitive.

Overall we had a great time and would definitely recommend the experience to other families!

Note that this activity was sponsored by Voyagin.

Click here to book your Robot Restaurant Tickets through Voyagin

The very bright entrance to the Robot Restaurant
The very bright entrance to the Robot Restaurant
The Robot Restaurant Taiko Drumming Set
The Robot Restaurant Taiko Drumming Set

How to Get to the Robot Restaurant

The Robot Restaurant is located near Shinjuku Station and is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Akihabara Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour

Further following the theme of anime and gaming that our children love, while we did spend time previously in Akihabara on our previous trip, we felt that doing it ourselves that we had probably missed out on a lot. 

As a result, second time around we decided to do the Akihabara Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour which is provided by Magical Trip, a local tour operator in Japan.  It turned out to be a very good decision, as our guide Rina took us to some amazing places which we had definitely missed previously!  Rina took us to visit a retro style video game shop, which had some great memorabilia (perhaps more recognisable by the parent than the children…!), we then went to anime merchandise shops, got to try out a Japanese style photo booth (the children loved this – so many options!).  We also went to our very first ever maid café – which was very child friendly!  We had a lovely experience being appointed as cats and enjoying the show put on by our maids, which was a real highlight of the tour for the whole family.

Overall we got a totally different insight into the Akihabara area and felt like we had really immersed ourselves in anime and gaming culture in a child friendly way.  We would definitely recommend this tour for other families.

Note that this activity was sponsored by Magical Trip.

Click here to book your Akihabara Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour through Magical Trip

Akihabara Street View
Akihabara Street View
Akihabara Maid Cafe Experience
Akihabara Maid Cafe Experience
Akihabara Photo Booth Experience
Akihabara Photo Booth Experience
Akihabara Gachapon Machines
Akihabara Gachapon Machines

How to Get to Akihabara

The tour starts from Akihabara Station which is very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Harajuku Food Tour

Another area of Tokyo that we were keen to explore was Harajuku – but again it is an area where if you just walk through without a guide you will definitely miss out on the full experience.  When we discovered the Crazy Cute Kawaii Food Tour offered by Arigato Food Tours we knew that we had found the perfect option!

After making the arrangements with Arigato Food Tours, we really enjoyed the tour and learnt so much more about the area.  Our tour guide Lauren was very knowledgeable, and we started the tour near Omote-Sando Station, and then progressively walked through to finish at Harajuku Station.  Along the way we got to see and learn more about the Japanese ‘wedding factory’ industry, and also learned that the best parts of Harajuku are actually in the back streets!  And with a lot less tourists than the ever popular and overly touristy Takeshita Street!

Along the way we learned about the regional food culture of Japan, and enjoyed tasting samples of food which is a speciality of Niigata – and this knowledge really helped us during the rest of our trip as we visited many more regional areas of Japan.  We also tasted the most awesome black sesame icecream, really enjoyed lunch at an okonomiyaki restaurant, and then feasted on dessert along Takeshita Street to finish up.  And yes, those crepes really did taste good!

Overall we really enjoyed the tour, and our children really enjoyed learning more about the Japanese culture and tasting many of the local treats!

Note that this activity was sponsored by Arigato Food Tours.

Click here to book your Crazy Cute Kawaii Food Tour through Arigato Food Tours.  Use coupon code pretraveller10 to get a 10% discount!

Harajuku Food Tour - Meeting our Guide Lauren
Harajuku Food Tour – Meeting our Guide Lauren
Harajuku Food Tour - trying the regional food of Niigata
Harajuku Food Tour – trying the regional food of Niigata
Harajuku Food Tour - Our Guide Lauren Cooking Okonomiyaki for Lunch
Harajuku Food Tour – Our Guide Lauren Cooking Okonomiyaki for Lunch
Exploring Takedori Dori Street with our Guide
Exploring Takedori Dori Street with our Guide
Beautiful Crepes on Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
Beautiful Crepes on Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
Beautiful Crepes on Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku
Beautiful Crepes on Takeshita Dori Street in Harajuku

How to Get to Harajuku

The tour starts from Omote-Sando Station and finishes at Harajuku Station, both of which are very easy to access by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Ramen Tasting Tour

One of the foods were were really keen to try on our recent visit to Japan was ramen noodles.  For some reason we did not try any ramen on our previous visit to Japan, so it was definitely time to rectify that deficiency!  We arranged with Frank from Tokyo Ramen Tours to do their Ultimate Ramen Tasting Tour, where you get to try six different types of ramen.

Frank met us promptly at Naka-Meguru Station near Shibuya, and then guided us through his three recommended ramen restaurants.  At each restaurant we had the opportunity to eat two quite different ramen options.  The ramen was delicious, and Frank did a great job to explain the history of ramen as well as explaining the different options.  Our kids really enjoyed trying all of the different types of ramen which were amazing! 

During our trip to Japan we also visited both of the popular ramen chains to try both Ichiran Ramen and Ippudo Ramen, but while good they were not as good as the ramen we tasted with Frank!

Note that this activity was sponsored by Tokyo Ramen Tours.

Click here to Book a Ramen Tasting Tour with Frank from Tokyo Ramen Tours

Frank, our guide from Tokyo Ramen Tours providing an explanation about Ramen
Frank, our guide from Tokyo Ramen Tours providing an explanation about Ramen
Ramen Three Ways
Ramen Three Ways

How to Get to Naka-Meguro Station

The Ultimate Ramen tasting Tour starts from Naka-Meguro Station and finishes at Shibuya Station.  Both stations are easily accessible by public transport, so use Google Maps to determine the best option to get there.

Teamlab Planets Digital Art Exhibition in Toyosu

One of our children’s favourite Tokyo attractions for kids was to visit the teamLab Planets Digital Art Exhibition in Toyosu.  You have a fully immersive experience of sensation, lights, sounds and much more.  See some of our photos below to see a taste of what you will experience.

You have to remove your shoes and socks as this exhibit also includes wading through calf deep water on two occasions, so also bring a change of clothes for smaller children as there is every chance they will get wet!

You need to book ahead to get timed entry tickets for a fully immersive experience.  Tickets can only be booked online through the teamLab planets website, they are very popular and book out early so keep checking regularly at least 6 weeks ahead of your planned visit date to ensure you are ready to book as soon as your dates open up for bookings.  They hold strictly to the allocated timings so ensure you arrive for your timeslot.  teamLab Japan Planets has a one way flow through the exhibition, does not get busy like teamLab Borderless mentioned below, and takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete the course.

teamLab Planets - The Crystal Room
teamLab Planets – The Crystal Room
teamLab Planets - The Crystal Room
teamLab Planets – The Crystal Room
teamLab Planets - Reflections
teamLab Planets – Reflections
teamLab Planets - the Water Room
teamLab Planets – the Water Room
teamLab Planets - the Ball Room
teamLab Planets – the Ball Room

How to Get to teamLab Planets in Toyosu

teamLab Planets is located right beside the new Toyosu Seafood market.  The area is easy to access via a range of public transport including trains and buses, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Teamlab Borderless Tokyo

We also visited the teamLab Odaiba art exhibition, which is called teamLab Borderless.  The full name (which is a bit of a mouthful) is the Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless !  teamLab Borderless Tokyo consists of digital art and music, and is set up so that each room progressively changes over time, and some displays move from one room to the next so you will always have a different experience. 

teamLab Borderless is a much larger exhibit than teamLab Planets, so you really need to plan to visit for at least 3 hours to get the most out of your experience.  It also gets a lot busier as it is set up to be borderless – literally you can wander from one room to the other in any direction you choose, and take as long as you want.  As more people enter the exhibit it can become very busy and crowded, so for this option it is important to plan to visit either early or late to get the best experience.

You need to book ahead to get an entry ticket as they regularly sell out, or if you do not pre-book you may have to stand in a large queue to purchase your tickets.  You have two options to book, the first option is to book directly on their website at this link.  Ensure you keep an eye out for the release date for your tickets to ensure you do not miss out. 

Alternatively you can also order your teamLab Borderless tickets through Voyagin at this link, this is a great option as they provide instant booking confirmation, which means that you should receive your confirmation straight away after booking.

teamLab Borderless fun with lights
teamLab Borderless fun with lights
teamLab Borderless - The Floating Lamp Room
teamLab Borderless – The Floating Lamp Room

How to Get to teamLab Borderless in Odaiba

teamLab Borderless is located in Odaiba and is very easy to access via public transport, so use Google Maps to determine which option will best suit your location.

Family Hotel Tokyo

A common question from families is where to stay in Tokyo with kids.  Key features that we look for in a family hotel Tokyo is a room with enough beds for each family member, proximity to local train stations, safety and amenities in the area, the comfort level of the hotel and the cost.

Here is a quick summary of our recommended areas and accommodation options for where to stay in Tokyo with family.

Asakusa, on the northern side of Tokyo

We stayed in Asakusa for the first 4 days of our visit to Tokyo and we absolutely loved the area!  There is so much to see and do in the Asakusa area and we felt really comfortable walking around the area both in day and night time.  And it has easy proximity to so many different attractions!

Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Food Street are the centre of the area you want to visit, along with easy access to Asakusa Station and Tawaramachi Station on the Ginza Line, as well as Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa at Night
Sensoji Temple in Asakusa at Night

Luxury Asakusa Family Accommodation.   The Asakusa View Hotel is a great family friendly hotel in Tokyo as they have rooms which can accommodate up to four people with three single beds and one sofa bed with a private bathroom in a great location with amazing views of the Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa.  The area is fantastic for restaurants and easy access to Senso-ji Temple and the Nakamise Street, as well as being right beside Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Line.

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Mid Level Asakusa Family Accommodation.  The Hotel Gracery Asakusa is a great option for families as they have options for adjoining double or twin rooms – so you can have some level of separation from your children, as well as an additional bathroom which is very handy.  It is in a great location and close to Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line, with easy access to Nakamise Street through to Senso-ji Temple. 

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Budget Friendly Asakusa Family Accommodation.  We stayed at the Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan and Hostel, and it was a great choice as a kid friendly hotel Tokyo!  We had a private room which could fit up to five people, with two bunk beds and one single bed, with our own private shower and toilet. 

The room was small but had enough room for us to stay in reasonable comfort for several days.  The location was amazing, we were over the road from the Don Quixote store and so many food options you could not count!  There was also a good grocery store just down the street, and it also had easy access to Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Line, which made it very easy to travel around Tokyo. 

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Khaosan World Ryokan and Hostel Asakusa Family Room
Khaosan World Ryokan and Hostel Asakusa Family Room
Khaosan World Ryokan and Hostel Family Room Bathroom
Khaosan World Ryokan and Hostel Family Room Bathroom

Akasaka, on the western side of Tokyo

Akasaka (not to be confused with Asakusa) is a great area to stay on the western side of Tokyo.  While the big name areas on the western side are Shinjuku and Shibuya, they are also more expensive and do not have a lot of family friendly hotel options.

We stayed in Akasaka on our recent visit to Tokyo and really loved the area!  It is on the cross road of the Maranouchi and Chiyoda Subway lines which make is a great location to easily get around Tokyo.  There are lots of great restaurant options in the area between Akasaka Station and Asakasa-Mitsuke Station.

Luxury Akasaka Family Accommodation.  Hotel Risveglio Akasaka is a great option for families as they have a Suite with two double beds, where you can add up to two additional single beds, so suitable for families of up to 6 people.  It is located close to Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, and is close to many restaurants as well as the Bic Camera Department Store. 

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Mid Level Akasaka Family Accommodation.  We stayed at The Centurion Classic Akasaka Hotel, and were very happy with our choice!  We booked the King Suite which could fit up to five people, with our own bathroom, washing machine and drying room.  We also had a small balcony with seating, and you could also leave the window open if you wished.

The room was large enough to have a separate coffee table and couches and a big screen TV, as well as a fridge and coffee making facilities.  The location was awesome, with so many restaurants just outside our door, and only a short walk to the two main stations.

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The Centurion Classic Hotel Akasaka King Suite
The Centurion Classic Hotel Akasaka King Suite
The Centurion Classic Hotel Akasaka King Suite Lounge Room
The Centurion Classic Hotel Akasaka King Suite Lounge Room

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