If your child wants to become a ninja or samurai when he or she grows up, or a manga artist, then you are in the right place. There are introductory lessons to ninja tricks and samurai swashbuckling available for kids. For the artistically-inclined, take up a crash course in manga drawing, experience the art of paper folding or origami, wind chime making or let them try playing the Japanese harp or drums. For a really memorable encounter, how about fielding your child against a sumo wrestler and then fueling up on the traditional sumo meal of chanko nabe, a tasty and hearty hotpot meal? Getting the whole family in the same boat for a river rafting tour also makes a great photo for the family album.
A visit to the Studio Ghibli Museum, where one can enter the whimsical world of Totoro and Spirited Away, is sure to delight the whole family, so secure your ticket here! If your child is a fan of the popular anime One Piece, there’s an amusement center dedicated to Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates at the Tokyo Tower, with character-inspired food at the pirate-themed restaurant. Speaking of which, there are too many themed cafés to visit - from Gundam to Final Fantasy and Alice in Wonderland. Or bring your child to a rabbit, cat or owl cafe for some furry fun. Other wildlife are also within easy reach, with numerous zoos and aquariums scattered around Tokyo. For an out-of-this-world experience, head to Tokyo’s newest Space Museum where you can try space food and wear a space costume. Or do some family bonding over a baseball or soccer match and see how the locals cheer on their favorite team!
Tokyo is home to some of the best theme parks in the world. For a start, it has not just one, but two Disney theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. The latter is acclaimed as one of the best theme parks in the world, realistically recreating various ocean tales, legends and port towns for a truly immersive experience for kids and adults alike. If your daughter loves Hello Kitty, she will be thrilled by Sanrio Puroland, which also has attractions based on other Sanrio characters such as My Melody and Kiki & Lala. Toshimaen offers exhilarating water sliders at its water park during summer, an outdoor skating rink during winter and various fun rides at its amusement park all year round.
Tours are a convenient way to see attractions in Japan without having to worry about transport logistics or kids getting tired of walking or complaining about getting lost. The excellent transport network from Tokyo allows you to take your family out on day trips to pick strawberries in the countryside, climb Mt. Fuji, dip in an onsen at Hakone Hot Spring resort, visit Edo Wonderland in Nikko City and acquire some ninja skills, or go trekking up a mountain for a dose of Mother Nature. Or bring your family on an educational tour of Edo past and Tokyo present, covering the areas from Asakusa to Odaiba. A unique Japanese experience not to be missed is, of course, taking a dip in a natural hot spring!