About Us

TF Cover 1bTokyo families magazine was founded by a couple and former residents of Tokyo, Allan Wilson and Carin Smolinski who, together with a team of eager writers and contributors, launched the first issue in March 2005.  

Tokyo families started as a free bi-monthly lifestyle magazine to help families make living in Tokyo,  easier to navigate.

In 2008, the couple left the country and a new team of  parents, all long-term residents of Japan, took over to continue its mission of helping families navigate the day-to-day life in Tokyo and appreciate the beauty of  this bustling city we all call home.

What began as a bi-monthly magazine quickly evolved into a regular monthly publication with  new sections and columns added to the mix, for good measure.  In the same year, the circulation ramped up to 10,000 copies in order to  reach more families in the Kanto region. Today, its print edition alone reaches an average of 30,000 parents every month with a growing number of subscribers. Tokyo families’ re-designed  website is fully responsive,  reaching more tablet and smartphone users than ever before.

Tokyo families magazine is a free publication distributed monthly to 300+ locations throughout Tokyo and Yokohama and  is 100% supported by loyal readers and advertisers.

Our Mission Statement

Tokyo Families combines luxury and practicality, offering parents the only English-language guide to the best the city has to offer. This glossy monthly magazine showcases everything from family-friendly dining and travel tips to expert advice on raising children and navigating a new culture. It also includes a calendar of can’t-miss events, activities and cultural offerings around town. Tokyo Families is your family’s guide to the good life.

東京在住の外国からのご家族にお届けする、実用性とエンターテイ メント性を兼ね揃えた月刊誌です。ファミリー向けの情報に関して は、「食」や「トラベル」など娯楽性の強いものから、子育てに関 する専門家のアドバイス、また異文化での生活へのナビゲートなど、 多岐にわたって掲載しています。さらに、「注目!イチ押しイベン ト」カレンダーや、都内の医療・教育機関等のリストなど、手元に おいておきたい生活に根付いた情報にあふれています! お父さん、 お母さんへのファミリーガイドとして、より多くの家族の生活を豊 かにする雑誌です。