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Travel With Children

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.

Pop Culture

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.

  • Godzilla

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.

Amusement Parks

  • Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort is an obvious kid-pleaser, but be prepared for long lines.

  • Tokyo Dome City

In the city centre, Tokyo Dome City has thrill rides (plus more sedate rides for little ones), a Ferris Wheel with karaoke-equipped gondolas and a baseball stadium.

Hands-on Culture

  • Woodblock prints

Young artists can learn the Japanese art of making woodblock prints at Mokuhankan.

  • Ink-wash paintings

Get a taster of sumie, the delicate art of ink painting on washi (Japanese paper) at Toyokuni Atelier Gallery.

Outdoors

  • Explore parks

Book a cycling or kayaking tour, or just enjoy one of Tokyo's great parks: Inokashira-kōen and Yoyogi-kōen are two family favourites.

  • Robot playground

Small neighbourhood park Sakurazaka-kōen has robot-themed play equipment.

Interactive Museums

  • teamLab Borderless

At teamLab Borderless kids can interact with digital artworks and even create their own.

  • National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation (Miraikan)

At this museum in Odaiba they can see humanoid robot ASIMO in action.

  • TenQ

TenQ, part of Tokyo Dome City, is all about outer space.

Rainy Day Ideas

  • Arcades

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.

  • Karaoke

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.