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Children’s Tokyo – Where to Take the Kids

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Tokyo with children – a tiring and expensive experience, but with plenty of money and lots of energy you won’t be short of things to do.

Theme Parks and Attractions

Tokyo Disneyland

In terms of entertainment and relative value for money, number one on the list has to be Tokyo Disneyland. One day passport tickets are 6,200 yen for adults; 5,300 yen for 12 – 17 year olds and 4,100 yen for under 11′s. Kids aged 3 and under, get in for free!

Open 08:00am – 11:00 pm daily.

How to get there

From Tokyo Station take the Keiyo Line to Maihama Station.

Further Information

See our page on amusement parks in Tokyo.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland

“Hello Kitty” AT Sanrio Puroland

A must buy book for families visiting Tokyo

A must buy book for families visiting Tokyo

On the face of it rather bad value for money. But with Hello Kitty and friends performing a number of cheerful if not ecstatic shows, and a boat ride through the Sanrio Kingdom, who can argue that the experience isn’t Japanese? Very small children may find some of the attractions frightening, but anyone over the age of five should have a good time.

They have two types of tickets, “entrance” and “passport”. The passport ticket includes entrance fee and all attractions. The entrance ticket only includes entrance and the free shows. A discount ticket is available on their website.

A pamphlet in English is available from the information counter. Open: 10:00am to 6:00pm.

How to get there

Sanrio Puroland is situated in Tama Center, a satellite city to the west of Tokyo. From Shinjuku Station take the Keio Line Express or Special Express train (bound for Hashimoto) to Tama Center Station. Once at Tama Center Station leave via the central exit (the exit closest to the Odakyu line platforms), walk up the steps and continue until you reach a crossroads. At this crossroads turn left and Sanrio Puroland is then straight ahead.

Further Information

Sanrio Hello Kitty Website (link points to English section of the site)

Namja Town (unfortunately no English explanations inside)

Namja Town is a typical Japanese style theme attraction (incomprehensible for non- Japanese speakers) based on the adventures of a cat called Najavu. Throughout the day there are puppet and stage shows, interactive activities and games. Passport tickets cost 2,900 yen for adults and 2,300 yen for children. You can also just buy an entrance ticket and pay for attractions individually – adults 500 yen and children 300 yen. Open 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily (last entrance at 9:00 pm).

How to get there

Namja Town is situated on the second floor of the World Import Mart Building (part of the Sunshine City Complex) in Ikebukuro (JR Yamanote Train Line).

Further Information

Namja Town Website (Japanese only).

Tel: 03 398 3331

Lego land Discovery Centre Tokyo

Lego land Tokyo is located in Decks Mall, Odaiba. It features a number of attractions and rides including a 4D cinema, laser shooting cars and hands on activities like the build and race test.

Admission

Kids (3 and over) and adults are 2,000 yen. Kids 2 and under get in for free. Check their website for special online prices.

Hours

Open 10am – 9pm, everday (avoid weekends if possible!)

Further Information

Website: http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp/tokyo/en/ (English version)

Kidzania Tokyo

Kidzania is an educational and fun place for kids to experience what it is like to be an adult in a safe environment. Kids can “work” in various jobs and earn money to spend in the stores or on entertainment. It is aimed at kids from 3 – 15 years of age.

Hours

There are two shifts, one in the morning 1st 9:15am – 2:30pm and a second in the afternoon: 4:15pm – 8:30pm.

Kidzania Tokyo

Getting there

Kidzania is located in Urban Dock LaLaport (3rd floor). Take the train to Toyosu station (Yurakucho or Yurikamome line) and from there it is approximately an 8 minute walk.

Department Store Play Centers

On the upper floors of many department stores, suitable for the under 5′s you’ll find small merry-go-rounds etc. The rides cost between 50 and100 yen a time. Odakyu Halc department store and Isetan, which are both in Shinjuku, have play areas on their roofs.

Game Centers

For older children, Sega Joypolis in Odaiba (Yurikamome monorail to Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station) is a fun theme park for game enthusiasts. General admission is 800 yen for adults and 300 yen for children.

They have a passport ticket which includes entrance and unlimited rides for 3,900 yen for adults and 2,900 for kids.

Open 10:00am to 11:00pm.

Further Information

Tokyo Joypolis (in Japanese)

Cinemas

Tokyo Imax Theatre shows films in 3-D. Tokyo’s only IMAX cinema is located in 109 Cinemas Grandberry, in Machida. While Machida is still in Tokyo, it is about an hour train ride from Shinjuku on the Odakyu Line.

More information here: http://109cinemas.net/grandberrymall/

Zoos and Aquariums

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo is famous for Giant Pandas, but if you’re not keen on animals in cages it’s best avoided.

Open 09:30 am to 05:00 pm (last admission 04:00 pm) Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays or Tuesday if Monday was a national holiday).

Adults: 600 yen. Teenagers: 13-15: 200 yen. Children (0-12) : Free

How to get there

The zoo is inside Ueno Park. Take the JR Yamanote Line to JR Ueno Station.

Further information on their website: http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/ueno/

Aquarium (and Planaterium)

Sunshine International Aquarium and Planetarium are on the tenth floor of the World Import Mart building in Ikebukuro (part of the Sunshine City Complex). Tickets are bought in various combinations – see our section on “Ikebukuro” or the Sunshine City web site (Japanese only) for details. (Open 10:00am to 08:00pm).

Open Hours:

April 1st – October 31: 10:00-20:00
August 10 – August 18: 09:00-21:00
November 1 – March 31: 10:00-18:00

Admission Costs

Adults: 1,800 yen
Children (elementary and junion high school): 900 yen
Under 4 years: 600 yen
Senior (over 65): 1,500 yen

How to get there

Take the JR Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro Station and then follow the signs to Sunshine City.

Sightseeing

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is open from 9am to 10pm, for the main observatory (150 meters) and until 9:30pm for the special observatory (250 meters).

Tickets for the main observation gallery cost 820 yen for adults and 460 yen for children. Also inside you’ll find Tokyo Tower Wax Museum (870 yen for adults, 460 yen for children), the Mysterious Walking Zone (410 yen for adults, 300 yen for children) and the Trick Art Gallery (400 yen for adults, 300 yen for children).

How to get there

The nearest station is Kamiyacho which is on the Hibiya Subway Line.

See our section on the Tokyo Tower for more information.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

For a fantastic view of Tokyo and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji, go up to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Building in Shinjuku.

Entrance is free.

Open: 09:30am – 05:30pm (07:30 pm on weekends); Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday was a public holiday), also December 29th -31st, and January 2nd to 3rd inclusive.

How to get there

Leave Shinjuku Station via the West Exit.

Bullet Trains (“Shinkansen”)

For a close-up look at the bulllet train, from the Shinkansen Ticket Office in Tokyo Station you can buy a special “niujyoken” platform ticket (pronounced: “new-jaw-ken”). The ticket costs 130 yen and allows you onto the platform for up to 2 hours.

Odaiba

Odaiba could be a good day out – first a ride on the Yurikamome Monorail then the world’s largest Ferris wheel (Daikanransha in Japanese). It is open from 10:00am to 10:00pm and until 11:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Japanese public holidays. The price is 900 yen per person (over 4 years of age). The Yurikamome monorail starts at Shimbashi Station (JR Yamanote Line).

Museums and Showrooms

The Science Museum

The Science Museum in Kitano Maru Park has all kinds of interactive activities. Open 09:30 am – 04:50 pm. Adults: 700 yen, 12 to 18 year olds: 400 yen; under 12′s, over 4: 250 yen. The nearest station is Kudanshita (Hanzomon Line, Shinjuku Line and the Tozai subway line).

Further information 03 3251 8481 or see their website: www.jsf.or.jp/eng/

Railway Museum

At the Railway Museum, you can climb in and out of various engines and carriages and have a go at driving your own train through simulated Tokyo.

The museum is located outside of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture. Take the train to Omiya station, then the Shuttle from JR Omiya Station and get off at “Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station”. The museum is a one-minute walk from “Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station”.

Admission is 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students.

Further information is available on their website: www.railway-museum.jp. Follow the links to the English section on their site.

Shopping

Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza (Chou Dori Avenue) and Kiddyland in Harajuku (Omotesando Dori Avenue) are the best toyshops in Tokyo. Harajuku is on the JR Yamanote Line. Ginza is on the Ginza Subway Line, the Marunouchi Subway Line and the Hibiya Subway Line.

Into the Countryside

Monkey Park – Mount Takao

Inside the Monkey Park the monkeys are roaming round free! (Very small children may be terrified). Open 10am to 4:00 pm. Adults: 400 yen. Children (4 years and under): 200 yen.

How to get there

Mount Takao is situated approximately 50 minutes to the west of Tokyo. From Shinjuku Station take the Keio Line Express Train to Takao San Guchi Station and then take either the cable car or the chair lift (chair lift/cable car 470 yen for adults and 230 yen for children one way).

More details can be found on their website: http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/takaotozan_eng1/index.htm (in English)

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2 Responses to Children’s Tokyo – Where to Take the Kids

  1. Kippy March 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi! If you can help me decide which area to book our hotel. Shinjuku or odaiba? Our 4 day trip will be the end of June with a 5 and 10 yr old girls. A full day to tokyo disney and Sanrio puroland is a must for us. Which area is better for us?

    • Michael Henry March 24, 2014 at 1:44 am #

      Odaiba is less busy than Shinjuku and a little more “kid friendly” with the large shopping areas. Shinjuku is probably more convenient though. Shinjuku station can be a little intimidating at first. You just need to check the exact exit you need to use to get to your destination. Shinjuku Park is worth visiting also. Enjoy!

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