All posts tagged "Day Trippers"

  • Super cool things you can do as a family in Ueno

    Did you know that with just a handful of yen, you can walk with the animals, talk with the dinosaurs and see some of the worlds’ treasures, all within shouting distance of each other, in downtown Ueno?...

    • Posted January 23, 2018
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  • Japan’s Fish Therapy

    Sticking your feet in a pool of water and allowing them to be eaten by a shoal of fish sounds like a scene from some straight-to-DVD B-movie, but in our exhaustive search for soul-enhancing treatments, anything goes....

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Kagurazaka, a charming mix of French and Japanese culture

    Head for the slopes and alleys of Kagurazaka for a French-flavoured outing. The little enclave of narrow streets and bistros nestled on the slope might not quite be Montmartre but with its narrow alleyways from old Edo...

    • Posted October 26, 2017
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  • The Best of Tokyo Edutainment: AQUARIUMS AND WATER PARKS

    A voyage of discovery

    • Posted August 1, 2017
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  • Summer Days: Soak up some sun!

    In a former incarnation, Tokyo’s ex governor, Ishihara Shintaro wrote the award winning novel “Season of the Sun” (Taiyo no Kisetsu) depicting the hedonistic lifestyle of young sun worshipers who hung out on Kanagawa’s long stretches of...

    • Posted July 30, 2017
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  • Play, get dirty and have fun at Tsudayama

    If you have one free day to get dirty and have fun, hop on the train and go to Tsudayama. Tsudayama is about 20 minutes away from the center of Tokyo. You will find KAWASAKI KODOMO NO...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • Yokohama Sankeien Garden: Beauty, Tranquility, History

    Sankei-en is the legacy of Yokohama silk trader Tomitaro Hara, more widely known by his pseudonym, Sankei Hara. The expansive outer gardens, originally Hara’s private residence, were opened to the public in 1906, keeping true to Hara’s...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Our Family Routine: Exploring Japanese Architecture

    See the city at its best and enjoy a great day out with your family through a visit to these architectural marvels.

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • There’s a new attraction at Tokyo Disney Sea that kids will love

    Tokyo Disney Resort has many new things lined up for the year.  It starts off with Nemo & Friends SeaRider at Tokyo Disney Sea,  its newest attraction in Port Discovery which is now open,  followed by “Disney...

    • Posted May 12, 2017
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  • A visit to Sony ExploraScience

    As a working dad in Tokyo, it’s not unusual that I want to spend all of my weekends with my two boys. I decided to take them to Sony ExploraScience at Aqua City in Odaiba. We drove...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • All-you-can-eat 5-7 varieties of strawberry

    trawberry picking is gaining momentum and has muscled its way into one of Japan’s essential seasonal activities, alongside cherry blossom viewing, and autumnal foliage watching. However, rather than being a passive pastime, it’s a great family activity,...

    • Posted March 12, 2017
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  • Kappabashi Dori, Japan’s Kitchen Town

        When we lived in the U.S., we had one set of dishes for every day, and then our china for special occasions. Sure, we had the odd one or two other dishes, but for the...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Tired of outdoor parks? Ditch the park and get your kids a job at Kandu!

    Kandu is an indoor theme park for kids (similar to Kidzania only twice smaller) with edu-tainment value. Let the kids pick their dream job and roleplay all day while you parents take a break at Kandu’s  inhouse...

    • Posted March 11, 2015
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  • A great indoor play area for kids in Diver city

    I was on my way for an outdoor play with my two-year old when it suddenly rained.  Not wanting to spoil the day, we ran for cover at a nearby cafe where I made a quick online...

    • Posted October 28, 2014
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  • Daytrippers: Kichijoji

    Go to Kichijoji! This is my advice to anyone already living in or merely taking visiting relatives around town. As much as all the popular spots such as Shibuya, Harajuku, Ginza, Akihabara and Shinjuku continue to hold...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • State-of-the-art planetarium now open

    Spaced Out To keep its street credibility up to par Tokyo Dome opens the city’s latest museum, the Space Museum TeNQ. This exciting state-of-the-art new space with an unimaginative name is basically a new style planetarium with...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Out and about

    If your idea of a weekend morning is going out and about on a bicycle, Kagurazaka and Iidabashi are two areas close to each other that are worth a tour.       With 16 Parks and...

    • Posted May 8, 2014
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  • A visit to Tokyo Tower as told by an eight-year-old girl

    I have lived in Tokyo for almost 5 years, and wanted to tell readers about Tokyo Tower, which I like to visit often. Tokyo Tower is a fascinating place to spend a Saturday afternoon. You can enjoy...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • Tokyo Joypolis

    Tokyo JOYPOLIS Spend a day of fun and amusement with loads of attraction at the Tokyo Joypolis •    Let’s go Jungle – Shooting at the Jungle   ¥500 •    The House of the Dead 4 Special –  Shoot...

    • Posted May 8, 2013
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  • Blast from the Past: Ichibangai

    It’s easy to get swept away by the glitz and glamour of present-day Japan with its blinding neon lights and trendy fashion quirks; so easy, that many tend to overlook the allure of Japan from simpler times....

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • A daytrip to Olinas Mall

    Much has been said about Tokyo’s sharp contrast between modernity and tradition. One example is Sumida ward’s largest urban shopping arcade, Olinas located in a typical traditional downtown area in east Tokyo called Kinshicho.  While Kinshicho is...

    • Posted September 28, 2012
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  • 11 fun activities that kids will enjoy

    As spring makes its presence known, there's no denying that the season of hibernation is finally over. What better way to welcome brighter days than to planning fun activities for the brood?

    • Posted February 29, 2012
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  • Family ski day trips

    Yes, day trip skiing from Tokyo is possible. Don’t let language barriers stop you from enjoying a fun day. Go out and discover what there is to see and experience while you are in Japan.Gala Yuzawa is...

    • Posted November 2, 2011
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  • Walk though history at the Edo Tokyo Tatemono En

    Walk though history at the Edo Tokyo Tatemono En Spend a family day at the Edo Tokyo Tatemono En, an open air architectural museum, located in western Tokyo’s expansive Koganei Park.  Here you will experience a leisure...

    • Posted September 29, 2011
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  • A day trip to Kawagoe

    After an onslaught of springtime visitors this year, I was keen to find a new day trip  to add to my “excursions from Tokyo” portfolio.  Having been to (and thoroughly enjoyed) trips to Hakone, Nikko, Yokohama and...

    • Posted August 31, 2011
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  • Day trippers to Mother Farm

    With warmer temperatures felt all over the country from the last week of February, there is no doubt that spring has arrived. My family’s first outdoor experience in Japan happened a month after arriving here last year....

    • Posted February 28, 2011
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  • Deco’s Dog Cafe

    The Tokyu Square Garden Site in Denenchofu is home to this canine hot-spot! Deco’s Dog Cafe is a one catering to the furry, four-legged members of our family, offering a varied fresh, health-conscious doggie menu sure to...

    • Posted May 8, 2010
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  • Pokemon Center

    Pokémon Center Crazy about Pikachu?  Hop on the train and promise your kid a day of fun at Nintendo’s Pokemon Center,  still very popular and the longest-selling anime series in Japan and all over the world. Pokémon...

    • Posted May 8, 2010
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  • Yokohama with kids

    On September 27th, Yokohama wound down its events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the port’s opening, which is a pity for those who’ve missed the opportunity to see the giant mechanical spider and displays of the...

    • Posted October 1, 2009
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  • Budget browsing

    So what can one coin buy in these days of global economic meltdown? Plenty! Does a Japanese buck still have any bang left in it? Yes! If you have the time and the eye, you can usually...

    • Posted February 1, 2009
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  • Camp it up!

    The first experience can be tough, so take things slow. Get the lifestyle and the outdoor sprit without the headaches of bugs and dirty toilets. If you are new to the outdoor scene, have no camping equipment...

    • Posted August 5, 2008
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  • Arcadia: get your game face on!

    Photo © Elena Derevstova Has fun in the sun become a bit too wild for you, given the rough Tokyo climate? Take advantage of Japan’s exceptional technology, and let video games remedy that. Sure, getting really into...

    • Posted June 30, 2008
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  • Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum

    Building knowledge with a walk through time! Koganei Park brings out the explorers in your family.

    • Posted April 4, 2008
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