It is easy to see why Tokyo is one of the world’s best travel destinations. The Japanese capital is endlessly fascinating, impossibly chic and home to scores of excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes. It is also getting quite cheap for visitors from Singapore due to the exchange rate.
For families visiting with kids or babies, it is also one of the most enchanting places to travel to thanks to the presence of Tokyo Disneyland.
But if the hospitality of the Japanese is anything to go by, there’s a lot more to love about Tokyo than just Disneyland. Here are some of the best and friendly places to take the kids to in Tokyo. We hope your kids will love this fun-filled itinerary.
Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
No family should miss a chance to visit Tokyo Disneyland. Aside from the Disney magic that’s capable of moving both kids and adults to tears, Tokyo’s version of the legendary theme park displays elevated levels of kawaii, unique merchandise and a clientele with infectious enthusiasm.
If you’d like to explore the park over more than a day, there are various on-site hotels that enable you to stay immersed in the world of Disney around the clock.
Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
Tokyo DisneySea is Disneyland’s sister park. If you wish to visit Tokyo DisneySea as well as Tokyo Disneyland, there are several park hopping tickets or passports that enable you to visit both parks over 1 to 6 days.
This type of promotion can save you money as opposed to booking tickets for the two parks separately.
DisneySea is a water-inspired theme park with Disney elements that exist only in Japan. It’s filled with water rides and of course Disney mascots walking around to take pictures with little fans.
Jigokudani Monkey Park
Address: 381-0401 Yamanouchi, Hirao, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture
The meaning of “Jigokudani” is “Hell Valley”, but that doesn’t mean that Jigokudani Monkey Park isn’t a place the kids will not love. This is a hot spring zone people flock to watch monkeys bathing in the hot water.
While the monkeys get fed by employees at the park, they are essentially wild animals and are free to come and go as they please.
You can visit the park on a day trip from Tokyo by taking the Shinkansen on a journey that lasts about 1.5 hours. Alternatively, the park also has accommodation where you can spend the night as an alternative place to stay this holiday
Ueno Zoo and Ueno Park
Address: 9-83 Uenokoen, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan
Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Tokyo, and also a pleasant way to spend the day with the kids. The zoo is very well laid out and makes for a nice place for a stroll.
It is located in Ueno Park, which is an exceedingly popular location for cherry blossom viewing during the sakura season and also home to a couple of museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum. The park is free to visit and thus makes for a nice, cheap day out.
Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844, Japan
This Mountain can be explored easily from the city center of Tokyo as it is connected by a subway. It is just 599 m tall and there are many footpaths as well as a cable car to the top, so it is suitable for children.
Yakouin, a temple located close to the summit, is a nice spot for a few photos. But kids might be more interested in the monkey park, which houses forty macaques and also hosts performances from time to time.
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By Joanne Poh
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