Andrea Urbinati

15 Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids

Di Andrea Urbinati

blogger, andrea urbinati, marketing, copywriting, seo
Uncover Tokyo's hidden gems for kids! From Disneyland magic to traditional arts and interactive museums, Tokyo promises a blend of fun, learning, and cultural immersion, making it a perfect family destination.
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Introduction

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking… What am I going to do with my kids in Tokyo?? 😀

Brace yourselves, because I’m about to hit you with the best things to do in Tokyo with your kids that’ll make this vacation unforgettable. Trust me, your little ones will be giggling with delight every step of the way!

Well, let me introduce you to my “hero” friend, Keiko. She’s a Tokyo local, a fantastic mom to two incredibly energetic children, and an amazing source of insider knowledge about everything “fun for kids” in Tokyo. 

Trust me, when it comes to finding family-friendly adventures in her hometown, she’s the real deal!

With Keiko’s experience, I’ve crafted this guide to help you navigate Tokyo like a pro.

My aim here? To connect you with the vibrant world of Japan and ensure that you and your family spend your holiday in the most enjoyable way possible!

From exploring the magical kingdom of Tokyo Disneyland to discovering local hidden gems that kids will love, this guide is bursting with exciting ideas. 

Spoiler alert – it’s not just the kids, but you’ll also find yourselves swept away by Tokyo’s charm!

And if you are looking for a list of the best things to do in Tokyo I wrote an article about that! Click here to read it!

 

japanese girl student in tokyo

 

Visit Ueno Zoo

Next on our list is Ueno Zoo, and oh boy, is it a treat! Just imagine spending a whole day in Tokyo with your kiddos, surrounded by over 3000 animals, representing 400 different species. Yeah, it’s a real Noah’s Ark!!

You will find it inside Ueno Park. this zoo is not just the oldest in Japan, but it’s one of those things you can’t miss if you love your child 😀 

From elephants, tigers, and gorillas to cute red pandas and captivating marine life, there’s an animal friend for every little explorer. And let’s not forget the special Children’s Zoo area… 

This is where your kids are going to play with real amazing animals from all over the planet! Now that’s something to tell their friends about!

But the fun doesn’t stop at meeting the animals. With various fun activities available, such as animal feeding, shows, and informative talks about wildlife conservation, your kids will not only have a blast but also gain some great knowledge along the way. If you ask me, that’s a day in Tokyo well spent!

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zoo in japan, tokyo with kids

Explore teamLab Borderless

Have you ever wished to step into a world where art, science, technology, and creativity meld into one incredible experience? 

Well, you can stop wishing because teamLab Borderless in Tokyo is exactly that! Think of it as Tokyo Joypolis but on artsy steroids!

Tucked in the futuristic neighborhood of Odaiba, this digital art museum is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s a labyrinth of rooms filled with stunning interactive digital art installations that transcend boundaries.

 And by that, I mean the artworks literally move between rooms without borders. One minute you’re in a forest of resonating lamps, the next you’re amidst a universe of floating lanterns. 

Sounds crazy, right?

But wait until you hear about the kid-friendly things in this place. There’s a whole section called “Athletics Forest” that’s designed as a ‘body immersive’ space. 

Here, kids can jump on trampolines that create constellations when they bounce, climb on multi-colored slopes, and play with life-sized, balloon-like shapes. This is where the magic of art and the joy of physical play combine to create an unusual, unforgettable experience.

Honestly, teamLab Borderless is less of a museum and more of a mesmerizing digital playground that tickles your senses in the most delightful ways. 

You should go for it and thank me later ahah

Click here to learn more.

 

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Try traditional Japanese arts at Odaiba

It’s Odaiba time! This is an artificial island in Tokyo Bay that’s pretty much the definition of “I love you mum” moment. Between the futuristic architecture, high-tech attractions, and gorgeous seaside parks, there are plenty of things to keep a family of four (or more!) thoroughly entertained.

However, amidst the modern marvels, there’s an unexpected gem that your older kids, especially, will appreciate. Ready to take a break from the theme park vibes? Try your hand at some traditional Japanese arts. Yes, you heard it right! In the heart of Odaiba, you can find workshops where you and your family can learn age-old Japanese crafts.

From calligraphy classes, where you learn to paint characters with elegance and balance, to origami sessions that show you the magic of transforming a flat piece of paper into a three-dimensional object – the options are diverse and fascinating. 

You might even find a tea ceremony workshop that not only teaches you the ritual of serving Japanese green tea but also the philosophy of hospitality behind it.

These traditional arts offer a serene counterpoint to the high-energy activities in Odaiba and give your family a unique way to connect with Japanese culture. Plus, they make for a memorable keepsake that’s better than any souvenir you can buy! So why not give it a shot?

 

japanese girl doing art in tokyo

Spend a day at Disneyland Tokyo

Okay, how could we talk about things to do with kids in Tokyo without mentioning the happiest place on Earth? That’s right, it’s time to share the magic of Disneyland Tokyo, a place where every Tokyo family (locals and visitors alike) can’t help but feel joy and wonder.

Located just a short train ride from Tokyo Station, this fantastical place is brimming with the Disney enchantment we all know and love. 

From the iconic Cinderella Castle to the beloved character parades, the familiar sights and sounds will have the kids—and let’s be honest, you too—grinning from ear to ear.

But what makes Disneyland Tokyo truly unique is its neighbor, DisneySea. Yes, an entire theme park dedicated to nautical exploration and adventures! 

Now, for some tips to make the most of your Disney day. Start early to beat the crowds, use the FastPass system to skip lines, and don’t miss the evening light shows—they’re genuinely breathtaking. 

Also, pack some snacks for the day, because while the park’s popcorn in various flavors is a must-try, a little backup never hurts with hungry little adventurers!

So get ready, because a day at Disneyland Tokyo is a whirlwind of laughter, excitement, and memories that will stay with your family forever. Just remember to wear your most comfortable shoes – there’s a whole lot of exploring to do!

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kids in dysneyland tokyo

Learn at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Now, let’s shift gears a bit from the Disney park excitement and talk about something that’s as much fun as an indoor theme park, but also packs in a ton of learning! I’m talking about The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known locally as Miraikan.

Located in Odaiba (yes, the same place where you can learn traditional Japanese arts!), Miraikan is like a futuristic wonderland that just pulls you in.

Here, learning is not about staring at exhibits behind glass cases. Nope, Miraikan is all about interactivity. 

Children can have a hands-on experience with exhibits that span various scientific fields, from environmental science and robotics to space exploration. 

The best part? Most of the exhibits are bilingual (Japanese and English), so no worries about getting lost in translation!

One of the museum’s highlights is a massive Geo-Cosmos display, a globe that displays real-time data about the Earth’s conditions. And don’t even get me started on the life-size replica of the International Space Station’s module! It’s like being around Tokyo one moment and then – bam! – you’re exploring outer space.

Miraikan offers enriching family activities that can pique the curiosity of your little ones and turn them into mini Einsteins!

I also wrote an article about the best travel guide for Japan! Interest? Click here to read it!

 

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A thrilling day at Fuji-Q Highland

We’ve explored, learned, and now, it’s time to feel the rush of adrenaline! Get ready for Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park that’s not just within Tokyo but also right next to the magnificent Mt. Fuji. Can you imagine a more perfect backdrop for a day of thrill and fun? I can’t!

Fuji-Q Highland is known for its heart-pounding roller coasters, but before you worry that it might not be family-friendly, let me assure you—it has something for everyone! 

For your little ones, the park offers Thomas Land, an entire area dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine. Here, they can take a ride on Thomas-themed rides, meet their favorite characters, and even enjoy a picnic with a view of Mt. Fuji. How awesome is that?

For older kids, there’s the chance to step into the world of their favorite anime at the park’s “Naruto x Boruto” and “One Piece” areas. They can experience immersive 4D rides, interact with characters, and live out their anime dreams.

And of course, don’t forget to try the park’s haunted attractions. The “Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear” is an adventure the whole family can embark on together (if you dare!).

Overall, a visit to Fuji-Q Highland is undoubtedly one of the best things for families with kids to try in Tokyo. So, strap in and let the fun begin!

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Take a Boat Ride on the Sumida River

Ahh, the Sumida River! This scenic river flows right through Tokyo and offers a calm and soothing contrast to the city’s bustling, high-energy vibe. 

You can stroll along its banks, let your kids run in the nearby parks, and take in some beautiful views. But, to truly experience its charm, why not take a boat ride?

Picture this: you and your family are gliding along the serene waters, the city’s iconic skyline unfolding around you. 

The kids are squealing with delight as they spot a towering Skytree or a quirky Asahi Beer Hall. Sounds like a perfect day, right? It’s like a storybook coming to life, and it’s right here in Tokyo!

Boat rides on the Sumida River are a big hit with kids. 

They not only offer a unique perspective on the city but also provide a fun, open-air space for them to just be kids. My friend, remember the one who inspired this entire post, well, her younger kids simply adored this ride! They were thrilled to be on a boat and kept pointing at and naming the landmarks they recognized. 

The memory of their happy faces still makes her smile.

All aboard for some family fun!

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japan river in the middel of the town of tokyo

Discover nature at Inokashira Park

Let’s take a deep breath from the high-tech excitement of Tokyo City and step into a world of tranquility and nature. Welcome to Inokashira Park, a natural haven nestled right in the heart of bustling Tokyo.

Visiting Inokashira Park is like finding a hidden gem during your trip to Japan. With tall trees providing cool shade, a large pond that mirrors the sky, and ample space to roam around, this park is a delightful escape for families.

You can rent rowboats or swan-shaped paddle boats and create your own family adventure on the water! The sight of the cherry blossom trees lining the pond during springtime is simply magical from this perspective.

For those with an artistic streak, the park also houses the Ghibli Museum. 

But, honestly, the simple joy of Inokashira Park is to stroll along its winding paths, enjoy a picnic under the trees, or watch the local artists sketching in the open.

It’s a chance for your family to slow down, connect with nature, and soak in the quieter side of Tokyo.

You can’t miss this one!

Thinking about going to Japan during the summer? Check my blog post about traveling during August!

 

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Shop and play at the Kiddy Land Toy Store in Harajuku

Every child’s dream (and let’s admit it, some adults’ too) is to be let loose in a massive toy store. That dream becomes a delightful reality at Kiddy Land Toy Store in Harajuku, where every corner is brimming with fun, color, and imagination!

Kiddy Land is more than just a toy store; it’s an adventure that rivals the Tokyo Skytree in excitement for the kiddos.

 Spread over five glorious floors, this toy paradise houses everything from classic Japanese toys to the latest international favorites. It’s like the United Nations of toys!

Each floor is a different universe. You’ve got the ‘Character Floor’ with beloved icons like Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma, the ‘Snoopy Town’ floor (yes, an entire floor dedicated to our favorite beagle), and even a floor bursting with the magic of Disney and Studio Ghibli.

Oh, and for all the Potterheads out there, don’t miss the Harry Potter section—it’s absolutely magical!

What makes Kiddy Land a standout is the hands-on experience it offers.

Best part? They let kids run wild, interact with the toys, and truly immerse themselves in the world of play.

If you need a break between exploring the store and deciding which toys to adopt, they even have a rest area on the top floor where you can recharge (quite literally, they have phone charging stations).

Located conveniently in Harajuku, which is super easy to get to with your Tokyo pass, Kiddy Land is a must-visit for families. 

 So, let’s embrace the child within us and jump into a world of joy and toys!

 

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Attend a Sumo Training Session

I’ve got a special treat that’s sure to add an extra pinch of authenticity to your Tokyo adventures. How about attending a sumo training session? 

Yup, you heard me right. 

Before you scratch your head wondering how sumo and kids mix, let me share a little personal story. 

The wrestlers were big and the atmosphere was intense. But as they started to watch the intricate rituals, the skillful moves, and the sheer dedication of the wrestlers, they were completely entranced.

Their favorite part was the sumo ring-making ritual called ‘dohyo-iri’. The wrestlers make the ring every morning, and the ceremony, which involves tossing salt for purification, had the kids wide-eyed and whispering excitedly. 

They even got to meet and take pictures with the wrestlers after the training session. Needless to say, those photos are now among their most prized possessions.

Visiting a sumo stable to watch a training session offers a rare glimpse into Japan’s traditional culture. It’s not something typically included in Tokyo tours, but it provides a powerful experience that’s educational, awe-inspiring, and fun.

It’s sure to be a Tokyo highlight that your kids—and you—will remember for a long time to come. Just remember, it’s important to show respect during the visit by remaining quiet and following the stable’s rules. 

It’s not just a tourist activity, but a deeply valued part of Japanese culture.

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Walk through Asakusa and Nakamise Shopping Street

One of my favorite ways to soak up the vibrant spirit of Tokyo is also one of its simplest: a leisurely walk through Asakusa and the bustling Nakamise Shopping Street. 

Asakusa is an enchanting blend of old and new, where traditional temples stand tall amidst modern shops and eateries. 

The heart of Asakusa is Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temple. It’s a breathtaking sight, with its massive red lantern and intricate carvings, but let me tell you—the kids will be most excited about the smoke! 

There’s a large incense burner in front of the temple where you can waft the smoke toward yourself for good health. My friend’s kids found this particularly amusing!

A stone’s throw away from Senso-ji is Nakamise Shopping Street, one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. It’s not just a shopping street—it’s a colorful, lively, and aromatic feast for the senses.

The street is lined with small shops selling everything from traditional Japanese souvenirs like folding fans and yukatas to a mouthwatering array of street food.

The kids (and let’s be honest, you too) will absolutely love the treats on offer here. 

From ‘ningyo-yaki’ (small cakes filled with sweet red bean paste) to ‘age-manju’ (deep-fried cakes with various fillings), there are enough options to satiate even the most stubborn sweet tooth. If your kids are adventurous eaters, it’s best to let them try different things—it’ll be a mini food adventure within your Tokyo adventure!

Walking through Asakusa and Nakamise Shopping Street, you get a sense of the beautiful contrasts that make Tokyo what it is: a city deeply rooted in its traditions yet always looking forward.

And trust me, it’s the moments like these—the laughs over a shared snack, the awe in your kids’ eyes when they see the temple—that become the highlights of your trip.

Thinking about going to Tokyo in Autumn? Check my guide for November in Japan!

 

Explore the Ghibli Museum

When it comes to kid-friendly attractions that mesmerize adults too, the Ghibli Museum is a sparkling gem. Nestled in Mitaka’s serene Inokashira Park, this whimsical wonderland is an absolute must-visit if you’re in Tokyo with kids in tow.

The architecture itself is a marvel, with unexpected stairways, a rooftop garden, and windows of different shapes and sizes that offer charming glimpses of the surroundings. 

Every detail, right down to the tickets (which are pieces of actual film from Ghibli movies), is a testament to the studio’s love for storytelling.

There’s the gigantic, friendly robot from “Castle in the Sky” on the rooftop garden, the life-sized Catbus for kids to play in, and the fascinating exhibits showcasing the animation process behind Ghibli’s iconic movies.

But the piĂšce de rĂ©sistance is undoubtedly the museum’s exclusive short film. Screened in the Saturn Theater, these films can only be seen here, adding an extra layer of magic to the visit. 

The kids will be utterly captivated (and so will you)!

There are no guided tours, no set routes; you’re free to explore Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum at your own pace and let the magic seep in.

 

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Learn and play at the Tokyo Toy Museum

Tokyo makes it incredibly easy to mix fun with learning, and the Tokyo Toy Museum is a shining example of that. 

Nestled in an old elementary school building in Yotsuya, this museum is a delightful place to let kids stretch their imaginations, learn through play, and have a boatload of fun.

When you walk into the Tokyo Toy Museum, it feels like stepping into a toy lover’s dream. The best part? Almost everything is touch-friendly! 

This means your little ones can freely explore and interact with the exhibits, making it a genuinely immersive experience.

One of the crowd favorites is the ‘Wooden Toy Forest,’ a room filled with over 200 wooden toys from around the world. It’s a joy to watch the kids (and who are we kidding, adults too!) marvel at the simple yet ingenious designs and lose themselves in play.

The ‘Toy Factory‘ section allows kids to see how toys are made and even try their hand at making their own. It’s a wonderful way to spark curiosity and foster creativity.

And let’s not forget the ‘Toy Square’—a spacious playroom where children can engage in kinetic play. From ride-on toys to a huge wooden slide, this room is all about physical fun. After a day of exploring Tokyo, this is the perfect place for your kids to let out some of that pent-up energy.

While it might not have the historical artifacts you’d find in the Tokyo National Museum, it boasts treasures of a different kind—those that inspire joy, wonder, and endless play.

Do your kids speak some Japanese? They should if they want to make some friends 😀 Check my articles about the most useful phrases!

 

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Enjoy Japanese Food at Themed Cafés

One of the things I absolutely love about Tokyo is its penchant for quirky, fun, and irresistibly cute-themed cafĂ©s. From adorable character cafĂ©s to immersive fantasy settings, Tokyo is the city that truly caters to all your themed cafĂ© fantasies—and trust me, your kids will enjoy these culinary adventures as much as any trip on the Tokyo metro or visit to KidZania.

Kawaii Monster Café, Harajuku:

Stepping into the Kawaii Monster CafĂ© is like tumbling into a rainbow. This cafĂ© takes the concept of kawaii (cute) to an expert level. Vibrant, colorful, and a bit eccentric, it’s like a page taken out of a storybook. 

Their colorful pasta and “Colorful Poison Parfait Extreme” are not just Instagram-worthy but also incredibly tasty!

Gudetama Café, Ikebukuro:

If your kids are fans of Sanrio’s lazy egg character, Gudetama, then this cafĂ© is a must-visit. The whole cafĂ© is Gudetama-themed, from the dĂ©cor to the food. 

Gudetama’s adorable, slightly gloomy face adorns everything from burgers to desserts, making everything a fun treat to eat.

Pompompurin Café, Harajuku:

Another Sanrio character café, the Pompompurin Café is themed around the golden retriever dog, Pompompurin. 

The cafĂ© is cheerful and friendly, just like Pompompurin himself. With its doghouse booths and menu items shaped like Pompompurin, it’s a hit with younger kids.

Ninja Akasaka, Chiyoda:

For older kids (and kids at heart), Ninja Akasaka offers an immersive dining experience in a ninja village, complete with ninja waitstaff and magic tricks at your table.

The food is more traditional Japanese, with kid-friendly options.

Even though these spots might not be on the reclaimed land in Tokyo, they have created a world of their own that’s just as fascinating to explore. Bon appĂ©tit, or as the Japanese say, itadakimasu!

Experience Japanese Culture at a Local Festival

Japanese festivals, or “matsuri,” are deeply rooted in tradition and are an exciting spectacle of sights, sounds, and tastes.

The beauty of these festivals is that they are geared towards everyone—kids and it’s an excellent opportunity for adults too. They’re bustling with energy, music, color, food, and people dressed in traditional yukatas and happi coats. Trust me, the lively atmosphere is infectious, and your kids—no matter their age—will get caught up in the joy of the celebration.

At these festivals, your little ones can participate in traditional games like “yo-yo tsuri” (yo-yo fishing) or “Kingyo Sukui” (goldfish scooping). 

Every participant gets a small prize, so your kids are guaranteed to leave with a big smile and a little memento.

One of the best parts of any festival is, of course, the food. Kids can try “takoyaki” (octopus balls), “yakisoba” (fried noodles), and “watagashi” (cotton candy). These are festival favorites and a must-try.

But the highlight of any matsuri is undoubtedly the parade, usually involving a “mikoshi” (portable shrine) or large floats. 

The vibrant processions are a sight to behold, with intricate designs and lively performances. At night, many festivals feature “Hanabi,” or fireworks—an absolute treat for the eyes!

If you are looking for more ideas you should check my blog post with the best things to do in Japan!

 

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Conclusion

Well, my friend, we’ve journeyed together through this bustling, vibrant city that is Tokyo, discovering a treasure trove of experiences that the entire family can dive into. 

From the enchanting Disney magic to the towering Tokyo Tower, from the traditional arts at Odaiba to the interactive fun at the Tokyo Toy Museum, we’ve covered some pretty awesome ground.

Remember, every bit of this comes from the heart of a dear friend who has navigated the streets of Tokyo with two little adventurers in tow. 

The laughter, the excitement, the pure joy that her kids experienced – that’s what I wanted to share with you, because I know just how special family travel can be.

Whether it’s your first trip or you’re a seasoned family traveler, Tokyo is a city that welcomes kids with open arms.

I really hope these 15 experiences give you a solid starting point for your own family adventure in Tokyo!

So go on, pack those bags, round up the kids, and get ready to create a collage of unforgettable memories.

Safe travels, and enjoy every moment of your family adventure in Tokyo!

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