It might be difficult to find places where both parents and their children can enjoy when going on a family trip. This article introduces some recommended spots for families visiting Tokyo.
1. Ninja Trick House in Tokyo, Karakuri Yashiki
First on the list is the Ninja Trick House, Karakuri Yashiki. It is located in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. Anyone who enters this trick house is sure to experience exciting and thrilling ninja-like experiences that will get you into a daze!
You will be able to touch several weapons, such as Japanese swords, ninja swords (both of which are practice swords), and calthrops. You can also experience throwing dirks and actually handling swords! You may also enjoy the feeling of slicing something up using a sword. You will be able to feel the thrill of finding hidden secrets within the room to protect yourself from enemies! This spot is enjoyable not just for kids, but for adults as well.
※Simple instructions in English are provided
Entrance Fee: 1,000 JPY (incl. tax)
2. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba is a spot where you can experience the latest science and technology.
The permanent exhibitions at the museum include themes such as world-searching, future-creating, and connecting with the earth. The programs here have content that both parents and their children can enjoy, such as the "Geo-Cosmos" movie that shows how the earth looks like from outer space, android performances, and programs that show how certain things are seen in a scientific way. In the planetarium (300 JPY for adults, reservation only), you will be able to enjoy a tele-existence projection, where it feels like you are floating in outer space.
(Adults) 620 JPY
(18 Years Old and Below) 210 JPY
3. Arakawa Yuen
It is also recommended to check out Arakawa Yuen, which is located along Sumida River. This place is great for those who have young kids, since they can relax and play.
Within the park, you will find 6 types of attractions, such as a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and coffee cups. They are all perfectly sized for small children to enjoy. You may also find other spots within the park – such as the "Doubutsu Hiroba" (Animal Plaza) – where you can look at cute animals like goats, sheep, and rabbits.
Weekdays: (Adults) 200 JPY
Weekends, Holidays, Spring/Summer/Winter Break:
(Adults) 200 JPY
(Elementary and Middle School Students) 100 JPY
※Additional tickets (starts from 100 JPY) are required for the attractions
4. KidZania Tokyo
Next up is KidZania Tokyo, where kids from the age of 3 to 15 can learn about how society works through play. Here, kids can enjoy about 60 types of pavilions, such as the bank and police station, where they can experience around 100 different types of jobs and services.
KidZania Tokyo has an English program called "E@K Activity" that is held every day, so it is not necessary to know Japanese. It would be better to reserve a ticket in advance, as it is sometimes not possible to purchase one on the day itself.
(Elementary School Students) 3,250 JPY
(Middle School Students) 3,350 JPY
(Adults) 1,950 JPY
※All prices do not include tax
5. Tokyo Trick Art Museum
Last but not the least is the Trick Art Museum in Odaiba Decks Tokyo Beach.
“Trick art” refers to pictures that look 3D, as well as mysterious works that look different depending on the angle you choose. You will be able to find different areas with varying themes, such as the Edo period, ninjas, and haunted houses, as well as artwork reminiscent of Japan. It is a good idea to bring a camera, as there are certain spots where you can take interesting pictures!
(Adults) 1,000 JPY
(Children) 600 JPY
Each of the places introduced here are popular spots. Please come visit and have a good time as a family. Make some good memories of your Japan trip!
*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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