Children Entertainment Options
Legoland Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more! This place is simply amazing and full of fun, as there is three play areas with LEGO of all colors, shapes and sizes for kids to build with. It has a miniature model of the Tokyo’s city scape made from nearly 1.5 million bricks; a LEGO-themed laser shooting ride, a Fire Academy & Construction Site with crawl spaces, slides, a LEGO theme park-like ride, and so much more.
Location: Island Mall 3F, Decks Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku,Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Teleport Station, 5 min walk Google Maps
Hello Kitty is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is loved by children all around the world. As soon as you arrive at Tama Center Station you will notice that the whole town is geared up to support Kitty in her role as a mascot for Japan and you can step into the world of Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters at Puroland. Sanrio Puroland is an indoor wonderland dedicated to all the Sanrio characters. This is the center of the world for all things Hello Kitty!
Location: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo Train Access: Tama Center Google Maps
ASOBono at the Tokyo Dome is one of the largest indoor play centers in Tokyo with areas for babies six months old through elementary. There is a massive climbing and sliding area that has balls for the kids to slide and play on. If you have a 6-24-month-old, you will enjoy the baby exclusive area with mini ball pit. There is also a library, building structure area, an enormous area with cars, trucks, tracks and battery operated trains, and much more.
Location: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku-en, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Suidobashi Station, Korakuen Station, Kasuga Station, a few min walk Google Maps
Aneby Trimpark is a great place for babies to teens. It is conveniently located in a giant mall, The Venus Fort. You can easily spend the day shopping, dining and touring, and the kids can enjoy a couple hours in the indoor play park. The facility offers trampolines, extensive climbing gyms, a pedal go-cart area, play food area, and many other activities for kids.
Location: Venus Fort 1F, Aomi 1-3-15 Koto-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Teleport Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
This is in the Venus Fort area on Odaiba island that is a combination of shopping mall, attractions and a massive Ferris Wheel that provides great views of the city of Tokyo and its surrounding areas.
Location: 1 Chome-3-15 Aomi, Koto City Train Access: Tokyo Teleport Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
Trampoland is an indoor trampoline center that is safe and fun for elementary aged kids and up. The Trampoland workers are very helpful and will help the children learn how to play and teach them some simple tricks. Trampoland expanded with a Trampoland in Saitama, which is nine times bigger than this Itabashi branch. You can also rent the space out if you have a group of 12 or more for parties.
Location: Itabashi 2-46-3 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Itabashi-kuyakushomae Station, 4 min walk, Shimo-Itabashi Station, 6 min walk, Itabashi Station, 10 min walk Google Maps
Location: Tokyo Bayside 279-0013 Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture Hinode 5-7-7 in the Marina Garden Train Access: Shin-Urayasu Station, 10 min by bus Google Maps
Location: Saitama 3-Chome-13-35 Nobitome, Niiza-shi, Saitama Train Access: Niiza Station, 20 min walk Google Maps
KidZania is an indoor theme park, it is a city founded by the children of the world where they can be leaders and learn about society while having fun. The park is a city built to scale for children complete with buildings, shops, paved streets and vehicles that look like everyday workplaces in Japan. Children aged 3 to 15 years old perform jobs and are paid for their work. Jobs include a fireman, doctor, vet, pilot, police officer, model in a fashion show, dancer, cook, baker and many others. There are over 90 jobs to choose from! It’s an excellent place to see how society works and just have fun.
Location: Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu, North Port 3rd floor, 2-4-9 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Toyosu Station, Yurakucho Line and Yurikamome Line, 8 min walk Google Maps
PEKIDS Climbing Center in Shibuya is a great spot to let your kids burn off energy by climbing the walls for a few hours. The PEKIDS Climbing Center is designed for ages 3 through elementary. There is also a little zone for 0-2 year olds to enjoy while siblings are climbing. This is also a great place to rent for a private birthday party.
Location: 6 Chome-19-14 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo Train Access: Shibuya Station, 2 min walk, Harajuku Station, 10 min walk Google Maps
Asobi No Sekai from Bornelund is an indoor play center for ages 6 months – 12 years. For the small ones there is a baby area, but most of the other spots have kids running around. The most popular play areas are the ball and climbing pit, and the inflated bouncing road and ball. If you need a little slow time there are also great creative spaces to build and design.
Location: Grand Tree Shopping Mall 4F, 3-1135-1 Shinmarukohigashi, Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Train Access: Musashi Kosugi Station, 4 min walk Google Maps
Playground Shibuya Kids is an indoor play space that is safe comfortable and fun. This is a great baby and toddler indoor play area. The space is compact but filled with a great selection of colorful hands-on toys, climbing and bouncing equipment.
Location: Konami Sports Club Building 9th Floor, 18-11 Shinsen-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shibuya Station, 14 min walk Google Maps
Little Planet is a permanent digital exhibition that combines digital technology and experiences to keep children active and engaged. The sand party area is where kids use special tools to locate digital treasures in a sand box. There is a digital spray paint wall and rubix cube-like game where each player competes for the most points and more.
Location: 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, 5F Tokyo Diversity Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Teleport Station, 3 min walk, Daiba Station, 5 min walk Google Maps
Hamley`s toy store is a fantastic spot to spend a couple hours. Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world. Their playroom is open to babies and kids up to 12 years and is equipped with toys, playground equipment, slide and digital wall.
Location: 2-2-1, Shinkou, Naka-ku, Yokohama Train Access: Minatomirai Station, 12 min walk Google Maps
Amazing World is an indoor play center created for kids ages 0 to 12 years old. Amazing World has a good selection of inflatable castles, climbing equipment, slides, educational and building blocks. They also have large drawing walls, kitchen town, crafts, baby room and nursing area.
Location: 2-Chome-2-1 Nakagawachuo, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama Train Access: Center Minami Station, 7 min walk Google Maps
Kandu Indoor Theme Park is very similar to Tokyo`s Kidzania where kids aged 3-16 years old can role play and work a variety of jobs. Some of the jobs include a JAL Airlines pilot, JAXA Space engineer, architect, takoyaki chef, soup maker, cold stone ice cream maker and more. The main differences between Kandu and Kidzania are lower pricing and fewer activities to select from, 30 jobs versus 90 at Kidzania and Kandu is cheaper and more suitable for younger kids.
Location: 1−5 Toyosuna, Mihama Ward, Chiba Aeon Mall 3F Train Access: Kaihin Makuhari Station, Take the Keisei Bus to AEON Mall Google Maps
This is an indoor theme park at the Sunshine city mall that combines fun, foods and lots of interesting attractions that are aimed at children but is great family fun. There are 3 separate entertainment towns. A western style town Dokingham Plaza that has various kinds of fun games, an old Japanese town modeled after the Showa period that has the Namja Gyoza Stadium and Deserts area and the haunted Mononoke town. This is a really fun place for everyone.
Location: 3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 2F Train Access: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station, 3 min walk, Ikebukuro Station, 8 min walk Google Maps
The Ikebukuro Pokémon Center is the largest in Japan and has the widest selection of merchandise. You can also take some photo shots with the life-size statue of Pikachu and other characters. Weekends can get very crowded! Weekdays are a bit slower.
Location: Sunshine City Alpa, 3-1-2 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Ikebukuro Station, 5 min walk, Higashi Ikebukuro Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
Pokemon Store Tokyo Station
This is a smaller Pokemon Store store in Tokyo Station underground Character Street shopping area which is filled with all kinds of Japanese characters.
Location: Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Station, JR Yaesu Underground Central Exit Google Maps
Pokemon Store Yokohama
This is a smaller version of the Tokyo Mega Center version. This compact store is a great stop if in the area and need a Pokemon fix!
Location: Marui City Yokohama 8F, Takasima 2-19-12 Nishi-ku, Yokohama Train Access: Yokohama Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
Children Friendly Parks
Niko Niko Park has a variety of fun options for children up to 12 years of age to play on. They have a large Jungle Tower with a rolling pin slide, a smaller Wonder Jungle & Sandpit for smaller children, a mountain to climb and slide down, a waterfall, rope slide and more.
Location: 1-7-5 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinanomachi Station, 5-min walk, Aoyama Iitchome Station, 10-min walk Google Maps
Sakurazaka Park or “Robot Park” is located next to the Roppongi Hills mega complex. This is a small fun park filled with many contoured plastic slides, robot-designed spring-riders, climbing stairs and a long rolling-pin slide to entertain the kids.
Location: 6-16-46 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Roppongi Station, 5-min walk, Azabu Juban Station, 8-min walk Google Maps
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the most popular parks and gardens in Tokyo. This park is beautiful in every season. This park is great for kids of all ages and the park is always clean, quiet and thereby perfectly fit for family picnics. There is a small entrance fee to enter.
Location: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station, 5-min walk Google Maps
Inokashira Park is popular with families with kids. There is a lake and visitors can choose from three different types of child-friendly paddle boats to journey through the long narrow pond and enjoy the scenery with the kids. There is a small zoo and many cherry blossom trees.
Location: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi, Tokyo Train Access: Inokashirakoen Station and Kichijoji Station, a few min walk Google Maps
The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace is open to the public, but the palace is not. This is a great place to visit with the kids and view the beautiful gardens. You can easily spend a few hours walking around the gardens and enjoying the scenery. This is a great example to see how a fortress was set up in the past.
Location: Chiyoda 1-1 , Chiyoda 100-0001, Tokyo Train Access: Nijubashi-Mae Station, 7 min walk, Otemachi Station, 13 min walk Google Maps
This popular family park has a playground, bouldering walls and plenty of empty space for children to run and play freely. This park also has a nice Japanese garden with ponds and waterfalls and is a nice place for the whole family.
Location: 1-16-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Futako Tamagawa Station, Den en toshi Line 8-min walk Google Maps
Known among local kids as the “Monster Park,” this lovely playground/park has eight life-size dinosaur monuments in addition to a number of other playground equipment. The kids can freely climb on the dinosaurs, hop on dragon boats and play with mist showers during the summer.
Location: 3-10-13 Kita Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Oimachi Station, 14 min walk Google Maps
Ueno Park is a very large public park and one of the most popular parks in Tokyo. There is a good playground (just outside the zoo) with slides, play structure and swings. A nearby amusement park has a small collection of rides for kids aged 2 to 8. Inside the park there are many of the city’s main attractions including the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Zoo and the National Museum of Western Art. Ueno Park is also popular in spring for its many cherry blossom trees.
Location: 5 – 20 Uenokoen, Taito Train Access: Ueno Station, a few min walk Google Maps
One of the best parks for active kids is Heiwa no Mori Park in Ota-ku. This park has been one of our family’s favorites for years. The kids can run, climb and get wet, burning off hours of energy! All kids and active adults will love Heiwa no Mori Park, but ideal age range is 6-14 years.
Location: 2-1 Heiwanomori Park, Ota-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Osaki Station, 10 min walk, Oimachi Station, 14 min walk Google Maps
Arisugawa Park It is built into a hill, so it has several tiers. There is a wooded area at the bottom with streams, waterfalls, bridges, and a pond. On a tier above, there is a large plaza with an adjacent children’s playground. There is also an open ground area if you want to play with the kids. This park is a great break from the busy city.
Location: 5-7-29 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Hiroo Station, 2 min walk Google Maps
Himonya Park is good park that is set around a lake with rowboats that you can ride in summer. There is a small petting zoo for the kids with guinea pigs, rabbits and dogs. The park has a playground and sandbox and is filled with cherry blossom trees that come alive in the spring.
Location: 6-9-11 Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Gakugei Daigaku Station, 5 min walk Google Maps
Naka Meguro Park is a popular grass park with a large variety of plants and flowers. Located within the grounds is a small playground, fitness and sports area, area to play basketball, a pond, water play area, and a “Flower and Greenery Learning Center” where visitors can learn about the flowers and plants in the park.
Location: 2-3-14 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Naka Meguro, 10 min walk Google Maps
This is a small park that is a great place for kids to have fun. They can enjoy the playground, maze, and play in a dirt park. There is a small plum orchard that looks great when in the blooming mode in the early spring.
Location: 4-38-52 Daita, Setagaya- Ku, Tokyo Train Access: Umegaoka Station, 5 min walk Google Maps
Kogai Park is a playground park that is great place for kids to have fun. They have a zip line, huge jungle gym, sandbox, swings, slide and some really great climbing equipment.
Location: 3-12-1 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Hiroo Station, 7 min walk Google Maps
Senzokuike Park has lush greenery, shaded walking paths, boating facility, large pond filled with koi, a Japanese Shrine, large library, playground and a free children`s playroom nearby. The park is beautiful every season.
Location: 2-3-6 Minamisenzoku, Ota-ku Train Access: Sensokuike Station, 2 min walk Google Maps
Parks with summer pools & water play areas
Komazawa Olympic Park is a fun park for children of all ages. It includes three different playgrounds for young children the squirrel, pig, horse-themed and a summer splash pond. This is a large park that has lots of room to play and have fun.
Location: 1-1 Komazawakoen, Setagaya, Tokyo Train Access: Komazawa-Daigaku Station, 13-min walk Google Maps
Setagaya Park is a great park for kids. They offer train rides on a Mini Steam Locomotive (Wednesdays, Weekends and Holidays only), pedal go carts in a traffic park with working traffic signals, 2 separate playgrounds equip with swings, spring riders, slides, monkey bars, sandpit and swimming pools.
Location: 1-5-2 Ikejiri, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Train Access: Ikejiri Ohashi Station, 15 min walk, Yutenji Station, 15 min walk Google Maps
This is good child friendly parks in Tokyo. The playground has a huge ship for the play equipment and is very baby and child-friendly. The water play area is open from July until the beginning of September. Swim diapers are allowed.
Location: 3-14-34 Kaigan, Minato 105-0022, Tokyo Train Access: Tamachi Station, 15 min walk Google Maps
The Shiokaze Park is located on Tokyo Bay. There is a large Pirate boat for the kids to play on, there are BBQs and picnic area and theres a great veiw of the City. There is a fountain for kids to play in during the summer.
Location: 1 Higashiyashio, Shinagawa City, Tokyo Train Access: Daiba Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
Kiba park is a nice park with a garden and lots of room. There is walking paths and there is a nice water splashing play area for children.
Location: 4 Chome Kiba, Koto City, Tokyo Train Access: Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station, 15 min walk Google
The Komatsugawa Sakaigawa Water Park is a a nice place that incorporates water in a number of ways, it is divided into five zones and there is a collection of waterfalls, streams, stepping stones, bridge and ponds, Children can swim or play in the various waterways in the summer.
Location: 4 Chome Central, Edogawa City, Tokyo Train Access: Kinshicho Station, 5 min walk, Kinshicho Ekimae Bus Stop, Higashikomatsugawa Ichichome Bus, 4 min walk Google Maps
Fun Food Places
This is an entertaining and educational museum that can be fun for everyone. Learn about the history of the world famous Cup Noodles. You can make your own personalized noddle cup container, create your own noodle flavor and enjoy a snack as well.
Location: 2-3-4 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama Train Access: Minatomirai Stations, Minatomirai Line, 8 min walk Google Maps
The Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum bills itself as a food themed amusement park. The Ramen Museum presents the history of Ramen noodles in Japan, including the very popular instant Ramen. There are displays the variety of noodles, soups, toppings and bowls used across Japan. Nine Ramen restaurants can be found there, each featuring a Ramen dish from a different region of Japan. For visitors who wish to try multiple Ramen dishes, every store offers “mini Ramen”, a small portion of the feature dish.
Location: 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama Train Access: Shin-Yokohama Station, 8 min walk Google Maps
Sweets Paradise (All-you-can-eat sweets)
Sweets Paradise has locations in various places across the city of Tokyo. It is a popular all-can-eat sweets buffet that is bound to satisfy your kids and adults as well. Featuring endless options of dessert and sweet drinks, your children will never want to go home. They also have a selection of pastas, salads and soups.
Location: Various Locations Throughout Tokyo Area
Go through hidden doors and enter the Ninja world. The waiters dressed in Ninja outfits will be waiting for you to dine with them. Choose from a variety of different course menus for a unique ninja restaurant experience that offers local Japanese, Sushi, Asian fusion and vegetarian dishes. This place is a good time for the whole family.
The Kawaii Monster Cafe is a fun place for kids to get a taste of the kind of Harajuku subculture that is unique in Tokyo, or in the world for that matter. Here you can visualize the wildness of the youth culture. There is a 90 minute lunch time table limit that allows for wait times of just 30 min or under, even on crowded weekends and the ‘Monster girls’ greeting you at the door are dressed in the latest Harajuku fashions. There are day and night shows that are entertaining and the place is very popular.
Location: 4-Chome 31-10 4 floor Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Harajuku Station, 5 min walk Google Maps
Harajuku is not only known for its youth culture, but also for its large variety of crepes shops that have crepes that are made to order. These crepes are filled with ice cream, cheesecakes, strawberries, jams, chocolates, meats and cheeses etc. You can find plenty of these crepe shops, with many of them along the famous Takeshita Street just outside the Harajuku train station.
Location: Along Takeshita Street Train Access: Harajuku Station Google Maps
Originating from the Kansai region, okonomiyaki is a vegetable and meat pancake with plenty of additional topping and ingredients may vary due to region. It’s cooked on a hot plate by the restaurant, or at your table guests can grill-it-yourself okonomiyaki restaurants. This is a great way to taste a unique Japanese dish and enjoy the fun of cooking it at the same time. There are various kinds of okonomiyaki locations across the Tokyo area region and they are easy to find. They are also family friendly priced.
Kaiten Sushi or conveyor belt sushi is a fun way to eat sushi and other Japanese food items in a relaxed and price friendly environment. This is a sushi restaurant where the plates with the sushi are placed on a rotating conveyor belt that winds through the restaurant and moves past every table, counter and seat. Customers may place special orders. The final bill is based on the number and type of plates of the consumed sushi, foods and drinks.
Other Fun Ideas
Ganso Shokuhin (Make your own food replica)
You’ve probably seen Japan’s extremely realistic food replicas at restaurant displays. At Ganso Shokuhin its 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 great activity that will keep the kids entertained and leave a fun memory of Japan in their minds. Call the store in advance to book your visit.
Location: 3-7-6 Nishi-asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Main store) and 2-25-9 Nishi-asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Annex) Train Access: Kappabashi Station, A few min walk Google Maps
Fun Transportation Options
This is a great way to see Tokyo from the water. There are many stops on the river and Tokyo Bay and you can choose how far that you want to go, and the water bus is a great touring transportation method.
The Yamanote Line basically 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. 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. Off peak hours is good.
Train Station: Any Yamanote Line Train Station
The Yurikamome is Tokyo’s first fully automated transit system, controlled entirely by computers with no drivers on board. This is a great train to take in the view of the city and the islands in Tokyo Bay.
Train Stations: Shimbashi Station to Toyosu Station
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