8 Memorable Things To Do With Family In Tokyo
Here we take a quick look at the tourist attractions that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Being one of the busiest and largest cities in the world, one might think that Tokyo isn’t the place to bring your family for a vacation. But despite the glowing lights and endless walking, Tokyo offers a peaceful side to help you capture more happy moments with your family and put them in picture frames. Here are 11 of them.
1. Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo
Suitable for families with young children, the Legoland Discovery Center offers numerous attractions for kids from brick-building workshops and rides to factory tours. Despite catering to a younger audience, the Discovery Center also provides entertainment for the whole family. Housing a cafe and a 4D cinema, it will ensure that everyone in the family gets to have fun. The Legoland Discovery Center also caters to celebrations, with rooms allotted for the children who want to celebrate parties with a Lego theme. It can be found on the 3rd floor of Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall.
Weekdays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (last admission at 6 pm)
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (last admission at 7:00 pm)
Explore educational activities and kids attractions inside the biggest box of LEGO® at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Tokyo. Best prices guaranteed
2. Tokyo Disney Resort
Divided into Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the Tokyo Disney Resort is one of the biggest attractions you can find in the city. The resort houses numerous rides like the Pirates of the Caribbean in Tokyo Disneyland and the Venetian Gondolas in Tokyo DisneySea. Along with numerous shops, glamorous parades, and themed restaurants, Tokyo Disney Resort will surely ask you for more than one day but it will definitely give you countless memories in return.
Disneyland and DisneySea: Usually 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Eating, shopping, enjoying attractions, staying at a hotel – whatever you do it’s all entertainment at Tokyo Disney Resort’s twin theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. /Tokyo Disney Resort Website
3. Ueno Zoo
The 35 acre zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan, opening up in 1882. With major exhibits like the Sumatran Tigers, the Western Lowland Gorillas, and the Giant Pandas, the Ueno Zoo will surely please the whole family. With Portable Information Systems available for rent, it’ll be easy to find your way and take good quality family photos. The nearness of the zoo to public transportation stations also add to its convenience.
9:30 am - 5:00 pm (last admission at 4:00 pm); Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays (if Monday is a holiday)
4. Imperial Palace East Gardens
Another one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace’s East Gardens promises scenery and architecture. It’s the perfect place to enjoy nature, weather, or simply each other’s company. The gardens are a perfect place to have family photos that encapsulate the Tokyo experience. Admission is free, so the only drawback to the gardens are the number of people in it.
5. Tokyo Sea Life Park
Similar to the allure of the Ueno Zoo, the Tokyo Sea Life Park focuses on aquatic life. The aquarium provides a view of what’s it like under the sea. With swimming animals like penguins, stingrays, and obviously fishes, the wonderful aquatic sight will be a treat to the whole family.
9:30 am - 5:00 pm (last admission at 4:00 pm); Closed on Wednesdays
6. Tokyo Dome City
The Tokyo Dome City is exactly what its name suggests. Located in the very heart of Tokyo, the Dome City promises one thing, pure entertainment for everyone. The gigantic theme park houses a ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a super viking ride, a carousel, and many more. It guarantees to provide the whole family with laughs, screams, and smiles.
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tokyo Dome City is an extensive entertainment city located in the heart of Tokyo. Consiting of Tokyo Dome, Laqua , spa complex, and an Amusument park with a variety of attractions and facilities, it offers various forms of entertainment and amusument.
7. Ghibli Museum
The Ghibli Museum showcases Japanese Animation, specifically from Studio Ghibli. Aside from the displays and exhibits, the Ghibli museums also has a cafe, a rooftop garden, and a bookstore, to make sure that every family member enjoys. Most of the museum is in Japanese, but a short trip is definitely worth it.
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The official site of Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Japan
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or the Miraikan, will make you say wow without fail. Inside the museum you can find a high resolution globe display that can show near real-time weather events. Aside from this, robotic demonstrations and other space exhibits will keep your family’s eyes all over the place.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is Japan's major science center located in Daiba, Tokyo. This website introduces Miraikan's interactive exhibits on cutting-edge science and technology; event guide; general and other information. Director is Dr. Mohri, the first Japanese astronaut to go into space.
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