Tokyo is a parent’s dream: clean, safe and with every mod con. Though crowds can be overwhelming and many top attractions won't appeal to younger ones, there are plenty of sights and activities that will. Odaiba and Tokyo Dome City (in Kōrakuen) are two areas designed especially for families.
Kids (and kids at heart) will get a kick out of Tokyo's pop culture.
- Unicorn Gundam
This robotic suit from a popular anime is truly an only-in-Tokyo sight.
Don't miss your chance to take a photo with Godzilla, the famous monster of Japanese cinema.
- Ghibli Museum
A highlight for visitors of all ages (parents included) is the Ghibli Museum, a portal to the magical world of famed animator Miyazaki Hayao (Ponyo, Spirited Away).
- NI-Tele Really Big Clock
Check out this animated timepiece designed in collaboration with Miyazaki in the middle of downtown.
Rainy Day Ideas
Tokyo has some fun indoor attractions like the arcade Tokyo Joypolis, with virtually enhanced video games and rides.
- Virtual reality attractions
At Sky Circus you get 'shot' out of a cannon; it's part of a large mall complex with easy eating options.
Another great way to spend a rainy day: a few hours singing at a karaoke parlour. Ubiquitous chains offer great daytime rates.
Need to Know
- Nappy changing and nursing Department stores and shopping malls always have nappy-changing facilities; newer ones have nursing rooms.
- Transport Avoid trains during the morning rush (7am to 9.30am); prams won't fit and small children may feel overwhelmed. Major stations (and many smaller ones, too) have elevators.