Japan for Kids
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Here are a few ideas for kids in Japan. We did some of these when we travelled here in 2011 with our two children aged 1 and 4 years.
- Try new foods. Most kids like noodles and rice, which there is plenty of. There are good ice-cream shops for treats.
- Try your hand at paper crane making. You may give the kids some small origami objects as gifts.
- Stamping - when you visit a site in Japan there is often an ink stamp that you can collect
- visit a garden, you might see jumping carp, turtles and other wildlife.
- Iwatayama Monkey Park
- Play in a park: Umekoji park is a large park near the train station
- Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum (behind Umekoji park)
- Toei Movie Studio (Samurai Movie Studio)
- visit Miyajima island which is an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. The island is most famous for its giant torii gate, but the kids will like the free roaming deer the best.
- Hiroshima Castle - you can try on a Kimono and Samurai outfit.
- Himeji Castle
- go to the zoo just inside the Himeji Castle walls.
- puppet museum.
- Hida Folk Village - feed the carp, try the flying fox, bring the big bell, trying out making crafts.
- Disneyland, just like the one in LA but Japanese.
- deer roam freely in the park. You can buy food biscuits to feed them
- Floating Garden Observatory with its surreal views.
- Osaka Castle (a remake, but impressive nonetheless).
- Osaka Museum of History.
- Osaka Aquarium (bigger and better than Beppu's).
- Sega Amusement Theme Park.
- Universal Studios Japan - almost a carbon copy of its U.S. counterpart.