Tokyo is a great city for families and children to have a good time. There are many children-friendly entertainment options all over the city. There are many amusement parks, museums, sightseeing landmarks, fun transportation options, other fun ideas, and Tokyo touring options. Here is a list of Children Friendly Entertainment Options in Tokyo.
Children Friendly Entertainment Options in Tokyo
The Disneyland & DisneySea amusement parks are the most popular theme parks in Japan. Disneyland and the newer DisneySea is always a special place for children and the parks are very busy on weekends and holidays. The weekdays are a much better time to visit! DisneySea is unique to Tokyo and has more rides that are aimed at older kids. Location: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba Train Access: Maihama Station Google Maps
Tokyo Dome City is the area all around the Tokyo Dome Stadium. There is an amusement park filled with exciting attractions and many fun rides. There are also special children play areas that are filled with various activities to keep the kids happy. Location: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Korakuen Station, Kasuga Station, and Suidobashi Station, a few min walk Google Maps
Hanayashiki Park is the oldest amusement park in Japan and it opened in 1853. It is located next to the famous Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. This amusement park is small but packed with many fun attractions suitable for children. Location: 2-28-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Asakusa Station, 5 min walk Google Maps
Toshima-en Amusement Park is an amusement park that is a bit old and dated. But it has an assortment of older style rides and various other entertainment activities. It is very kid-friendly and is a fun place for the family. Location: 3-Chome-25-1 Koyama, Nerima City, Saitama Train Access: Toshimaen Station, 4 min walk Google Maps
Sanrio’s Puroland is an indoor theme park that is based around the Sanrio famous “Hello Kitty” and the assorted characters (friends). This theme park is great for the family and children of all ages. The theme park is conveniently located right at the train station. Location: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo Train Access: Tama-Center Station Google Maps
The Anpanman Museum is a celebration of the world of Anpanman, the famous character of popular TV animation series and children’s book, developed by book illustrator Takashi Yanase. The Anpanman shows theme is love, courage, kindness and to do the right thing and come to the aid of those in trouble. The museum showcases Anpanman and a host of other loveable characters. There are daily shows, various kinds of attractions, hands-on exhibits and visitors can meet Anpanman and friends. Location: 6 Chome-2-9 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama Train Access: Yokohama Station, 14 min walk Google Maps
The Doraemon Museum is an animation and art museum based on the work of Fujiko F. Fujio. This is the creator of “Doraemon”. This is a very popular children’s cartoon (animation) robotic cat that comes back from the 22nd century to play with a group of children. This museum is a celebration of all things “Doraemon” and this is a children-oriented museum that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Location: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Train Access: Mukogaoka-Yuen Station 7min walk, Mukogaoka Yuuen Eki Iriguchi, Fujiko F Fujio Museum Google Maps
The Ghibli Museum is the animation and art museum of Hayao’s Miyazaki. This is one of Japan’s most famous animation studios. The museum is designed around the studio’s films, and its many famous characters are there in some form, including a life-sized robot from “Castle in the Sky” in the rooftop garden. There is a theater showing short films and various museums, all dedicated to the art of animation. This studio has produced many internationally released films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Location: 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo Train Access: Mansukebashi Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
The Samurai Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the famous Japanese warriors from long ago. Here you can learn about the Samurai warriors weapons, armor and the life of the samurai warriors. The museum has Samurai helmets and clothing that can be used to take photos. A live Samurai music show, Calligraphy lessons, and sword performances and lectures. Location: 2-25-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station, 8 min walk Google Maps
The Miyamoto Unosuke Drum Museum is a great place to learn about the long history of drums in Japan, and from all over the world. They have a fantastic collection of drums and there are even selected drums that visitors can play on. They have a nice display of drums and noisemakers that can be used to recreate a storm or the sounds of bugs during different seasons that are used in kabuki performances. Location: Nishi-Asakusa Bldg 4F, 2-1-1 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Tawaramachi Station, A few min walk Google Maps
The Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower. It is the newest and tallest structure in the Tokyo region, and it is currently the third tallest structure in the world. It has 2 observation decks and the view of the city is amazing. The bottom of the Skytree is an entertainment zone with an aquarium, shopping mall, and various dining options. Location: 1-Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Skytree Station Google Maps
The Tokyo Tower has 2 observation decks at 150m and 250m (The top deck needs to be reserved in advance). This is the original observation sightseeing place in Tokyo and It has great views of the city. There is also a shopping, dining and entertainment area at the bottom of the Tokyo Tower. Location: 4-Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Akabanebashi Station, 5 min walk, Onarimon Station, 6 min walk, Kamiyacho Station, 7 min walk Google Maps
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decks are a free observation area open to the public. This location is 202 meters above the ground in the Metropolitan Government building in West Shinjuku. Location: 2-8-1, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station, 10 min walk Google Maps
Fun Transportation Options
The Water Bus boat ride is a great sightseeing and transportation method, where you can see Tokyo from the water. The Water Bus has many stops on the river and the Tokyo Bay, and you can choose how far you want to go.
The Yurikamome Train Line is Tokyo’s first fully automated transit system that is controlled entirely by computers and there are no drivers on the train. This is a great train ride to take to get a nice view of the southern area of Tokyo, and the islands in Tokyo Bay. Train Stations: Shimbashi Station to Toyosu Station
The Yamanote Line travels around central Tokyo and its one of the most popular train lines. The train runs in a circle and takes about an hour to go around the city of Tokyo, and it’s a great way to get a view of the city. The peak early morning hours and late evening hours can be very busy. Train Station: Any Yamanote Line Train Station
Ganso Shokuhin (Make your own food replica)
At Ganso Shokuhin it’s possible to make your own fake food replica or buy a wide range of other food copies. At the Kappabashi store in Asakusa, you can make a lettuce and shrimp tempura replica. This is a fun activity that will keep the whole family entertained. Call the store in advance to book your visit. Location: 3-7-6 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Kappabashi Station, A few min walk Google Maps
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Tokyo Live offers a wide range of guided tours of the city of Tokyo. The tours are guided by a local English speaking long term resident of Tokyo. Learn all about the city of Tokyo and have all your questions answered.
One of the best ways to see the city of Tokyo and its many landmarks is to book a guided bus tour. These guided tours are professional and there is a large variety of different kinds of tours of Tokyo to choose from. Below are the two biggest Tour Bus operators in Tokyo. The Hato Bus Tours, and H.I.S. Group Tours.
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