Japan fact sheet
Flights Flights with one connection from €847.26 for two passengers via emirates.com.
Currency Japanese yen
Weather Tokyo is a good location to visit all year round as there’s a huge selection of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. However, July and August are their hottest and most humid months while December to February are coldest.
Things to do in Tokyo
KidZania is a city just for kids in which they can be leaders, try their hand at different jobs and learn about society in a unique and entertaining way. Recommended for kids aged 4-12, visitors will be able to play in different careers with the help of uniforms, accessories and props. After completing their work in their new jobs, kids will be paid in the city’s currency, kidZos, which they can use to shop and pay for services. Complete with shops, vehicles and a functional society, everything in this city is smaller than life size, truly making it a miniature world for little ones. Admission from 1950 yen (€15.67) per adult and 3250 yen (€26.11) per primary school child. kidzania.jp
Legoland Discovery Centre
Tokyo’s Legoland Discovery Centre is jammed to the brim with family fun. This indoor playground features various rides, 10 Lego build and play zones, a 4D cinema and much more. Take a look at the Miniland, a fun-sized Lego city built from over 1.5 million pieces of Lego. Rescue a princess aboard the magical Kingdom Quest ride, enter Merlin’s magical potion room aboard Merlin’s Apprentice Ride and test your reflexes in the Lego Ninja Go City Adventure. There is also a Duplo village for tiny tots, as well as tour of the Lego Factory, a Lego Shop and a café on site. Admission from 1,700 yen (€13.66) per person. Tokyo.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp
Established in 1882, Ueno Zoo is Japan’s oldest zoo and is home to over 3000 animals of 400 different species. Elephants, tigers, lions, bears and monkeys are just some of the incredible animals who call Ueno Zoo home, and kids can get up close and personal with all of these amazing species here. This zoo’s natural surrounding echo the wild which the animals come from to ensure these species feel at home here. The zoo is quite large and is divided into 63 main sections, with a monorail available to bring guests from the East Garden to the West Garden for a small charge of 150 yen (€1.21), or 80 yen (€0.64) for children. There’s a children’s petting zoo as well as a Birdhouse and Vivarium which is home to turtles and reptiles. Admission from 600 yen (€4.82) per adult, 200 yen (€1.61) per child aged 13 to 15 and FREE for children up to the age of 12. Tokyo-zoo.net
There is nowhere in the world quite as magical as Disneyland, and Tokyo’s branch of the wonderland is no different! Spellbinding rides and attractions, magical parades and shows, top class events and globally recognised characters can all be found here, as well as all of the shops and restaurants you could need. The DisneySea area of the park has a load of unique thrills including daredevil rides and the opportunity to take a ride on a gondola. Tokyo’s Disneyland also includes a variety of hotels to choose from for those who wish to make the theme park a base for their stay. One Day Passport from 7400 yen (€59.46) per adult, 6400 yen (€51.42) per child ages 12-17 and 4800 yen (€38.57) per child aged four to 11. tokyodisneyresort.jp
While museums may not always be a child’s favourite attraction, Tokyo has a huge selection of exciting and entertaining museums to choose from, ensuring kids can have a lot of fun while learning about new things. For kids interested in science there is a huge variety of options, such as the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and the Museum of Maritime Science. Each of these museums have exciting exhibitions and interactive aspects to ensure kids are kept interested. The Fire Museum allows kids to dress up as firemen and play in fire trucks and helicopters. The Cup of Noodles Museum is a unique one, as it gives kids a chance to make their own noodles and ramen and also features an indoor playground. Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation: Miraikan.jst.go.jp . Museum of Maritime Science: Funenokagakukan.or.jp . Cupnoodles-museum.jp .
Universal Studios Japan
The Universal Studios in Japan are jammed to the brim with rides and attractions inspired by some of your kids’ favourite movies and characters. Find magic and wonder in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can try spellbinding rides, learn some wand magic and visit places from the films such as Zonko’s Joke Shop. Tiny tots will love Universal Wonderland, a vibrant and exciting area with areas inspired by Hello Kitty, Snoopy and Sesame Street. Jurassic Park, Spiderman and The Minions have their own attractions too, among other familiar faces. The park also has various shows, parades and events that are well worth seeing, so check out their website to see what’s going on during your visit. Two-day pass from 13612 yen (€109.37) per adult and child aged over 12, and 9260 yen (€74.40) per child aged four to 11. usi.co.jp