5 Great Places to Visit With Children in Tokyo
There are a lot of families that bring their children with them when they visit Tokyo. Here, in this article we are going to introduce some famous places in Tokyo that children can enjoy as well as adults.
1. Tokyo Skytree (R)
Tokyo Skytree is Japan’s tallest structure and the tallest radio tower in the world, and has become a popular spot for domestic and overseas tourists. The spectacular view from the two observatory floors can be enjoyed by both children and adults. From the 350m high observation deck called the TEMBO DECK, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the capital, and at the observation gallery called TEMBO GALLERIA at 450m, you can experience a sensation like you are floating in mid-air from the cylindrical glass gallery. In addition, the connected commercial facilities, known as Tokyo Solamachi, has all sorts of amusement facilities and restaurants for children, offering a varied children’s menu suitable for children with allergies, making it an ideal spot to spend a whole day at. We really recommend visiting here as a family!
Tokyo Skytree TEMBO DECK (350m) - adults 2,060 JPY, junior high school students 1,540 JPY, children 930 JPY (bought on the day).
Tokyo Skytree TEMBO GALLERIA (450m) - adults 1,030 JPY, junior high school students 820 JPY, children 510 JPY.
TEMBO DECK opening hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (last entry 9 pm).
Please note that the opening hours may change due to bad weather and inspections.
2. Tokyo Tower
This elaborately lit up tower is recognizable even from far away. While now the second tallest structure in Japan following Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower held the title for many years until Tokyo Skytree was completed. The view from the observation desk is fantastic, and is still a popular sightseeing spot. If you’re visiting Tokyo Tower as a family, why not first go to the Tokyo Tower Aquarium (about 900 different species of fish from around the world) or the official goods store for the popular One Piece manga, Mugiwara Store Tokyo One Piece Tower Branch, on the first floor? You can enjoy the world of One Piece at the Cafe Mugiawa or SANJI'S ORESAMA RESTAURANT+H168. Talking about the One Piece world with your children while looking out over the spectacular view of Tokyo can be great fun!
Tokyo Tower Observation Deck and Special Observation Deck - adults 1,600 JPY, elementary school/junior high school children 1,000 JPY, children 800 JPY (all prices incl. tax).
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm (last entry is by 10:30 pm), 365 days a year
3. Edo-Tokyo Museum
The Edo-Tokyo Museum was established in 1993 to teach the history and culture of Edo, the old name of the capital. The museum introduces the vibrant history and fascinating traditional culture of Edo Tokyo that was particularly unique. The museum has been a popular Tokyo tourist spot since it was built in a unique building made in the style of a traditional Takayuka high-floored house. The museum features a wide range of documents and models from the Edo period (1603-1867), and the Nakamuraza Kabuki Theater which introduces the famous Kabuki culture of Edo through all sorts of different models is particularly popular. In addition, in the “Shibai to Yuri” corner, there are exhibits with moving models and mechanical dolls that recreate scenes from for example the story of Oiwa-san, a female ghost from the Tokaido Yotsuya Kaiden ghost stories, where Oiwa-san appears and disappears in such a way that it is difficult even for people today to understand the mechanism behind it. You’re sure to enjoy seeing a different side of the capital at the museum.
Permanent and planned exhibitions - adults 600 JPY, university/college students 480 JPY, high school/junior high school students (from outside Tokyo)/65 years and older 300 JPY (all prices incl. tax), free entry for all children under junior high age residing in Tokyo.
Opening hours: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (open until 7:30 pm on Saturdays). The museum is closed on Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, in which case the museum will be closed on the following day).
4. Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio famous around the world for its works such as My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Spirited Away, and The Wind Rises. In Mitaka in Tokyo, there is a museum where you can enjoy the world of Ghibli. In the museum, you can see some original short animation pieces that are only shown in the museum, as well as read books recommended by Ghibli in the Tri Hawks library. There are lots of fun and interesting things to enjoy at the museum, especially for those who have seen Ghibli movies, such as taking a ride on the cat bus from the popular anime My Neighbor Totoro. This magical place that starts with Totoro greeting you at the entrance is fun for both children and adults.
Entrance fees: Adults and university students 1,000 JPY, junior high school students 700 JPY, elementary school students 400 JPY, children 100 JPY.
Opening hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Booking in advance is required. Long term maintenance is also planned, during which the museum will be closed, so please check before you visit.
5. Sunshine City
Located in Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Sunshine City is a large commercial complex with leisure facilities, such the Sunshine 60 Observation Deck, Sunshine Aquarium, Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten, NAMJATOWN amusement park, as well as two shopping centers called "alpa" and "ALTA", making it a fun place for the whole family. For children, we recommend visiting the Pokemon Center MEGA TOKYO. Here, as well as the usual card games and video games, you can find all sorts of limited edition original products and goods, so children (and adults) who love Pokemon are sure to enjoy themselves. With both leisure and shopping facilities, you can spend a day without getting bored.
Aquarium opening hours:
April 1 - October 31 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
November 1 - March 31 10:00 to 6:00 pm
Sunshine City is open all year round. The opening hours of each facility varies, so please be sure to check in advance.
"Well what did you think? There are all sorts of sightseeing spots in Tokyo where families can enjoy themselves together. Why not visit one of these places next time you are in Tokyo?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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