There are so many fun things to do in Tokyo with kids. Whether you are here to visit Tokyo Disneyland, learn about the Japanese culture or dig into the famous Japanese cuisine, here we give you our selection of the best things to do in Tokyo with kids.
Hang out with all your favourite Disney characters at Tokyo Disneyland. There are six different lands to explore, each featuring a plethora of Disney-themed rides and shows. Don’t miss the parade and fireworks too. Japanese Disney-goers love to dress up so make sure you look the part too!
Check out our link below for discounted tickets. Children 3 and under are free.
That’s right – Tokyo boasts not one, but two Disney parks! DisneySea has seven themed lands, with rides representing Disney movies as diverse as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Indiana Jones and Aladdin.
If your kids have already done other Disney parks, then DisneySea is a great unique alternative. Children 3 and under are free.
Travel to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding tower and take in the sights of Tokyo from the TEMBO Deck at 350m, or travel even higher to the TEMBO Galleria at 450m. On a clear day you can see as far as Mount Fuji.
Be warned that these observation decks have glass floors, so this is strictly not for the feint hearted!
Click below to buy tickets online and skip the queue on arrival.
Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour
A rickshaw tour is a fun and unique way to see the vibrant and quirky neighbourhood of Asakusa. Take in sights such as the iconic Kaminarimon Gate, the Senso-ji temple and Tokyo Skytree, while your friendly guide shares facts about the city with you as you ride.
Senso-ji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest and most famous temple. It dates back to the 6th century and is the most visited temple in the city, as a visit here is believed to bring good fortune.
A fun thing to do with kids is to shake the fortune sticks and have your fortune told.
Save some time to explore Nakamise-dori, the street leading to the temple, which has lots of stalls for buying fun souvenirs and gifts.
Another option for fabulous views over Tokyo is the Tokyo Tower. Modelled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this communications tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan. The Observatory offers 360-degree views over Tokyo and into the distance as far as Mount Fuji.
Don’t miss the ‘lookdown windows’ where you can stand on a glass floor to admire the view below your feet!
Shibuya Food Walking Tour
There is so much more to Japanese cuisine than sushi and ramen! Getting to know the food in Japan is a huge part of learning about the culture, and taking a food tour is the best way to immerse yourself in all the culinary delights Tokyo has to offer.
This 3-hour walking food tour will take you exploring the back alleys of Shibuya in search of the best Japanese delicacies.
Tsukiji Fish Market & Sushi class
Check out the freshest catch of the day at the world’s most famous fish market, where a tuna was once sold at auction for a record-breaking $1.8million!
You need to arrive at around 3am to catch the tuna auctions, but a more child-friendly approach is to take a tour of the market followed by a sushi making class. (Sushi class is for ages 6+ only).
Studio Ghibli Museum
The Studio Ghibli museum is full of interactive fun centred around one of Japan’s most famous animation studios. There’s a small theatre showing a selection of the movies, and plenty of hands-on displays and gadgets centred around the animation process.
Small kids will love the Cat Bus play area and the rooftop garden with its giant robot.
Sumida River Cruise
A fun way to see Tokyo is to board a river cruise boat. These water buses travel many routes, but a popular one with tourists is from Asakusa to Hamarikyu Gardens (or vice versa). The cruise takes around 40 minutes, and includes 13 bridge crossings along the way.
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