Family Friendly Things to do in Tokyo | The Last One is a Must!


Travel / Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Family Friendly Things to do in Tokyo

It is our family’s first out of the country trip. We are traveling with our kids, so we have to make sure that everything runs smoothly. So we searched for family friendly things that we can do in Tokyo with our little monsters.

Japan seems to be a small country but to our surprise, just inside of Tokyo there are already a lot of things you can do. There are a lot of family friendly places you can visit. Laying out the plan we had in mind, made us realized that few days of stay is not enough. Though we still included all the things we wanted to do just in case we’ll have spare time.

So here you go here are the top family friendly things you can do in Tokyo. We have sorted it out by area, so you can simply plan on how to do your adventure.

Shin-okubo:

  • Shin-Okubo is the Korean town of Japan. Anyone who loves Korean drama and K-pops should drop by here. There are lots of Korean restaurants to choose from and as well as shopping area.
  • This is a good place where you can book your stay. In fact this is where we've stayed and we can say that it is family friendly. The place is just 5 minutes away from the JR Yamanote line, green train line.
  • Eat at a Korean restaurant. Indulge!

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Shinjuku:

  • Kabukicho - is an entertainment district, probably more known as a red-light district in Shinjuku during late nights. However, there are also amazing Arcades around like the Sega building and VR zone. It's a fun gaming for the kids with a variety of arcade machines from Super Mario to Claw Machines and Racing Simulators to First Person Shooting games.
  • Robot Restaurant - a themed restaurant and bar that features robot monsters performing pop-culture show.
  • Don Quijote - is a very popular discount shopping store in Shinjuku. A tax free store where you can buy all sorts of beauty products, food, medicine and more.

Ueno:

  • 7 floor Toy store building (near Ueno station) - All kids and kids at heart would definitely enjoy a stop in here. The store literally has every sort of toys.
  • Ameya-Yokocho - is the proper Japanese name of Ameyoko. The very popular busy street market in Tokyo. This famous shopping area is a one stop shop where you can buy souvenirs, clothes and food. You can even find locals who are doing auctions for chocolates! That's right! you read it correctly. That's why we put this on our list as a family friendly place to visit.
  • Ueno Zoo - of course a must go to place when you have kids with you is a local zoo. Experience a close encounter with Ri-ri the panda, vultures, bears, monkeys and so much more.
  • Ueno Park - Another family friendly place to go where we really appreciated nature. Since we went on winter season, we had experienced yellow leaves falling from the trees. It was a serene scenery while we were being entertained by street performers.
  • Starbucks in Ueno Park - Chilled from the weather? Stop by Starbucks to get a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. The store is located just before the gates of Ueno Zoo.
  • Toshogu shrine - an attractive golden shrine that some people consider as a hidden shrine inside of Tokyo. This shrine was dedicated to the memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Who is the first shōgun and founder of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. If you will visit Ueno park and zoo, do not miss out Toshogu Shrine. Coming out of the exit gate of Ueno Zoo, head to your right. Do not take the left as you would miss seeing the entrance of the shrine.

Asakusa:

  • Sensō-ji Temple - an ancient Buddhist temple and is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Every year this temple gets over 30 million visitors which makes it as the most visited spiritual site in the world. Have your picture taken under the kaminarimon gate.
  • Nakamise Dori - an approximately 250 meter shopping street with nearly 100 shops that connects the main gate of Sensō-ji Temple and the main hall.
  • Matcha madness - there a lot of matcha ice cream stores you can find here we got one from a store before entering Nakamise Dori . Real matcha at its finest, you would really taste the difference of it’s authenticity. Likewise there's also a store nearby where you can buy a melon pan. These 2 are perfect together.

Akihabara:

  • Thinking of buying some electronics? O accessories for your gadgets? Head on here as this is Japan’s electric city. Akihabara is a shopping hub renowned for it's electronic retailers. With a variety of options from small stalls to extensive stores like Akihabara Crossfield and Yodobashi Akihabara.
  • Gundam Cafe - A futuristic themed cafe designed to entertain you and revel in the Gundam World.
  • Gigo Sega Building - a gamer's paradise where you can find the ultimate collection of arcade machines, anime, manga and other electronics.
  • BookOff Akihabara - known as a second hand bookstore offering affordable books, manga, music, movies and even video games.

Shibuya:

  • Do the shibuya scramble- Experience yourself the world’s busiest street. Coming from all corners, people cross on however they like. Watch out for the traffic lights.
  • Pay a visit and take a picture with Hachiko - the most loyal dog who had waited years for his owner to come back.

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Harajuku:

  • Take a bite into the famous ice cream crepes - located here at harajuku
  • Shop for quirky and fashionable wears from this street.
  • Shop at daiso. A very wallet friendly store where you can purchase almost everything too.

Urayasu:

  • Disneyland & Disneysea - what’s being in Japan without going in to these places.

Minakami: Ski resort

  • This is not specifically in Tokyo but this last one is definitely a must! Play and play in snowwww. Yes early December the nearest ski resort in Tokyo is already open , located in Minakami.

I know what I have above is already a long list. In addition, here are some of the things that we have listed but was not able to do or visit due to lack of time.

  • Go kart - this is available in Tokyo and you must have a translated drivers license before you can do this activity. You have to have a local license of course! 🙂
  • Metropolitan government building - if you are wanting to have a 360 view of Tokyo, here’s the perfect place for you. the area is only open for a specific time, this were unable to visit as our activities are usually from sun up til sundown.
  • Meiji shrine
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Shinjuku gyoen Park
  • Relax on an Onsen
  • Visit a cat and owl cafe