If you’re taking a trip to Japan as a family, you’ll want to visit spots that everyone—both kids and adults—can enjoy. Places that are not too far away and have enough space to spread out are especially recommend if you’re bringing kids. This month, we introduce facilities within Tokyo that are a blast for kids and adults alike. From a theme park featuring characters created in Japan to a museum that’ll pique your intellectual curiosity, there’s plenty to see—why not visit them all?
Galaxcity is a complex facility in Nishiarai where kids can have fun while learning.
Here, kids can move about and explore to their hearts’ content while satisfying their thirst for knowledge.
Located just three minutes on foot from the east exit of Nishiarai Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, it’s easily accessible and a great place to stop by while sightseeing in Tokyo.
Energetic kids will love running around, clambering about, and playing freely on the Space Athletic playground, a three-story net structure that’s one of the largest of its kind in Japan.
To ensure the safety of its users, separate time slots are available for families, general users, and elementary school students.
Families with young kids can fully enjoy playtime without having to worry about being too loud or rambunctious.
At the Climbing Park, kids can boulder up and across a three-meter-high wall while being supported by adults.
Bouldering has received a lot of attention for being one of the disciplines in sports climbing selected to debut at the next Olympic Games.
Trying this sport together is sure to give you both a sense of accomplishment.
At the White Atelier, the entire floor surface has been converted into a canvas that inspires kids to be creative and encourages them to draw freely to their hearts’ content. Handicraft workshops and other events are also held here that allow you to participate together and create lasting memories in the form of handmade crafts.
*Please inquire with the facility about the dates, times, and content of workshops.
The Multi Experience Dome is the largest planetarium in Tokyo’s 23 wards.
Equipped with powerful, state-of-the-art projection equipment, this planetarium is not to be missed.
You can enjoy a wide range of content, including storytelling shows and programs that highlight the stars currently visible in the night sky along with live commentary.
Content varies according to the season and time of day, and because admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, it’s a good idea to check out the planetarium early if it’s the focus of your visit.
Whether they love animals and living creatures or are fascinated by the mysteries of the world around them, kids are always brimming with curiosity.
For these inquisitive kids, we recommend visiting Japan’s largest science museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, which is located in Ueno and is easily accessible from both Narita and Haneda airports.
It’s a facility where you can see, discover, and learn new things through various permanent exhibitions and limited-time events.
Even if you can’t understand Japanese, rest assured that you won’t miss out on important information about the exhibits.
Foreign-language pamphlets containing a map and descriptions of the main highlights of the museum are provided for free upon admission to the museum.
Those who want to know more can connect to the museum’s dedicated Wi-Fi network using their own smartphone or tablet and access complete explanations in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
You can learn about various subjects—including geography, biology, natural history, and science and technology—from the museum’s permanent exhibitions.
The taxidermy section is especially popular among kids.
Not only can you see animals currently found in Japan, but there are also examples of already-extinct animals on display.
The taxidermy specimens allow you to get a good look at large wild animals that are normally difficult to view in detail up-close.
It’s a different experience than watching live animals at a zoo that will allow you to discover details that you never noticed before.
You can also gaze up at impressive dinosaur skeletons displayed in a way that makes full use of the large space.
The museum contains full-body skeletal specimens of a wide range of dinosaurs, including the pterosaurs and plesiosaurs—it’s fun to search for your favorite one.
Sanrio Puroland is a theme park exclusively for Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Cinnamoroll.
You can meet all kinds of characters at Puroland.
If you see one, you can greet, hug, and take photos together to create memories that will last a lifetime.
The characters’ meet-and-greet schedule is available on the park’s official website, so be sure to check it if you have your eyes on a particular character.
All kinds of shows are held at Sanrio Puroland.
Kawaii Kabuki is a musical that incorporates elements of kabuki.
Using the “Omotenashi Guide” application, you can view the show’s dialogue on your smartphone in the form of subtitles in English, Chinese, or Korean.
*Please check our official website for the latest information about the performances.
Visitors are also drawn to the park for the variety of attractions it offers.
Mymeroad Drive is a ride that takes you through Mariland, the home of My Melody, while stopping at six photo spots.
After the ride is over, you can decorate these photos with digital stamps and pens and print them out as souvenirs.
Other popular attractions include Twinklingtour, where you can immerse yourself in Dream Star Cloud, the world where Kiki and Lala were born, and Gudetama Land, where you will pass through immigration to enter the world of Gudetama and enjoy various other attractions.
Photos courtesy of: Galaxcity – Children’s Future Creation Hall, National Museum of Nature and Science, Sanrio Puroland
This information is current as of November 18, 2020 and may be subject to change without notice.
For further details and the latest information, please inquire directly with the relevant establishments.