Traveling in Japan with kids is a great way to learn about the unique customs, culture, traditions and people. If you’re looking for what the land of the rising sun can offer, then there are plenty of attractions to keep your crew busy, whatever their age. Here are my top 6 entertainment spots that will have special appeal for visitors, especially families visiting Japan with kids in tow.
1. Ghibli Museum: Mitaka, Tokyo
The Ghibli Museum transports you into the fantasy world of Hayao Miyazaki, known for his My Friend Totoro, Nausicaa, and many other wonderful anime films. From the building’s rooftop to its delightful surrounding park, the museum is both magical inside and out.
Please note that advance reservations are necessary. Tickets for each month (up to three months in advance) will be on sale from the 1st of every month.
2. Cup Noodle Museum: Yokohama
This museum is dedicated to the creative genius of Momofuku Ando, founder of chicken ramen and Cup Noodles. Learn about the history of instant ramen, make chicken ramen by hand, or create your very own “Cup Noodles” inside the widely popular “My CUPNOODLES Factory”.
The “My CUPNOODLES Factory” is a part of the Cup Noodle Museum and, because of its popularity, seats are limited so make sure to check availability upon entering the museum to reserve your spot.
3. Sanrio Puroland: Tokyo
This is a Sanrio fantasyland, complete with boat rides, hello kitty, mini-factories, hello kitty, theater shows, hello kitty.. and more. All fans of Sanrio characters will want to pay a visit to this kawaii spot!
4. The Railway Museum: Saitama
This great educational Railway Museum is where children and adults alike can learn about the history of railways in Japan and what the future holds for them. Rail train cars and exquisite miniature models are all on display.
5. Nikko Edo Wonderland: Nikko, Tochigi
Nikko Edo Wonderland is a theme park that is a recreates life during Japan’s Edo period. Children can enjoy role playing, dressing up in costumes such as ninja or police, and adults can also don costumes such as warrior, merchant, courtesan, etc. There is a haunted temple, ninja mansion, traditional teahouse, and lots more!
6. Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama: Arashiyama, Kyoto
130 wild Japanese macaques live at the Arashiyama Monkey Park, and visitor can enjoy watching them chow down during their three daily feeding times. Visitors may also purchase bags of food and feed the monkeys themselves. There is also a beautiful hiking trail that has spectacular spring and autumn vistas.
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