Tokyo for Kids : Top 10 Attractions

Tokyo for Kids
Want to spend a holiday at Tokyo with kids but do not know where to start?
We spend a week in Tokyo last December and managed to squeeze in 10 attractions specifically for kids during our short stay there. It may not be the definitive list of things to do in Tokyo, but from a tourist point of view, it is one that is attainable for a one week trip to Tokyo with kids!
Best of all, all attractions listed are easily accessible via the subway. A day trip out to anyone of them would be a breeze.

Let the fun began!

1. Disneyland Tokyo
Nearest subway : Disney Resort Line

Disneyland Tokyo
Disneyland is billed as ' The happiest place on Earth '. How could we resist a visit especially since they have a double celebration of 30th anniversary and Christmas. Best time to visit Disneyland would be during the theme holidays as you would get to enjoy the special parades during these periods.

Disneyland Tokyo is highly popular, especially amongst the locals, so do expect a huge crowd. On a good day, you would probably be able to squeeze in 5 rides with kids. Otherwise expect queues up to 120 minutes long!

Tip : Plan a 2 day pass if you want to explore the whole Disneyland attractions. Otherwise for just 1 day, we suggest skip the long queues and get a good seat for the awesome parades and shows throughout the day.
Sleeping beauty castle
2. Disneysea Tokyo
Nearest subway : Disney Resort Line
Disneysea Tokyo
The little sister to Disneyland. Disneysea is more ride oriented and cater to older kids or adults. However young tots do have their pockets of play space. The shows are based in the sea and it is best to get a seat near the water for a better view. Grab your seats early as it fills up fast.

Tip : Head straight to Mermaid lagoon if you have kids below 3. For a complete Disney experience, grab a three day pass.
Genie r us
3. LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Nearest Subway - Odaiba-kaihinkoen (Yurikamome Line) Tokyo Teleport (Rinkai Line)
Legoland discovery center
Yearning for your Lego fix?

Head to Legoland discovery center located at Decks Tokyo Beach @ Odaiba for everything Lego. The place is not as big as Legoland itself, but they do have a few rides and an indoor playground that would work their magic on kids. It's a unisex attraction with a corner for fans of Lego Friends.

Tip : Suitable for children under 10. Anyone older might get bored after 10 minutes.
Meet our friends
4. Odaiba Ferries Wheel
Nearest Subway - Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line) Tokyo Teleport (Rinkai Line)
Odaiba is a large artificial island on Tokyo Bay. Initially build for defensive needs in 1850, it had since developed into a destination for everything fun for the family. Amongst the numerous shopping center, tourist attractions and arcades , is a giant Ferris wheel located at Palette town. For a glimpse of Tokyo skyline , we recommend you to take this ride!
Tip : Mix your trip with a visit to one of the amusement centers or a visit to Megaweb nearby. 

5. Madame Tussauds Tokyo
Nearest Subway - Odaiba-kaihinkoen (Yurikamome Line) Tokyo Teleport (Rinkai Line)

Mdm Tussads Tokyo
Located just next to Legoland discovery centre at Decks Tokyo Beach, Madame Tussads is the place to be if you want to spot local and Japanese stars. Granted they are not real, their lifelike appearance may make one believe otherwise.
Tip : Plan this trip with Legoland. Book your tickets online to skip the queue and get in cheaper with the combo tickets.

WE are Champions!
6. MegaWeb Toyoto City Showcase
Nearest Subway - Aomi Station (Yurikamome Line) Tokyo Teleport ( Rinkai Line )

Megaweb Toyota
Are you familiar with Toyota?
Toyota has been the bread and butter car for families. Grandpa used to own one for about a decade. Megaweb Toyota is located at Palette Town. Here you can see the latest and future of Toyoto products. There are some stimulator rides and a mini playground for kids on site. If you are familiar with Tokyo Drift, this place would be the perfect hang out for you and the kids.
Tip : Take the Ferris Wheel after visiting Megaweb. It is located at the back of Megaweb.

Let's drive!
7. Taikokan (Drum Museum)
Nearest Subway : Asakusa Station ( Ginza Subway Line)

Drum museum
If you love drums , you will love Taikokan. Located in Asakusa about 200 meters from the popular Sensoji Temple, this will make a good diversion trip while you are in the vicinity. It is a rather smallish museum and you need to pay an admission fee for it. However once you are in it, about 80% of the drums displayed are for your indulgence. Drums from all over the world are displayed in this space.
Tip : Photography within the premises are not allowed, but the staff would be willing to take one for you if you wish. Don't forget to pen your thoughts on their signature books thereafter!

Look out for this on the Signature book
8. Sumida Aquarium
Nearest Subway : Tokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Isesaki Line) Oshiage Station ( Asakusa Line)

Sumida Aquarium
Tokyo latest aquarium is located at Tokyo Skytree Town. Sumida Aquarium was opened in May 2012, it is a modern medium size aquarium that houses over 10,000 sea creatures. It is located on the 5th and 6th floor. The highlights of the aquarium are the Jellyfish display and the largest open indoor tank that houses dozens of penguins and fur deals.
Tip : Great little space to visit on a rainy day. If the weather permits, you can even take a ride to the top of the Tokyo Skytree for a 360 degree view of Tokyo

Jellyfish @ Sumida Aquarium
9. Amusement Centers

Amusement Centers
Stuck in a shopping center?
No Fear, there are amusement / arcade centers located in almost every major shopping center in Tokyo! ( At least in Odaiba) That means Mom can do the shopping while the boys ( including Daddy) can have their fun at claw machines, mini playgrounds and arcade games.
Tip : Aim for claw machines that 'give' away prizes. Just observe which are the popular machines. You may want additional tips here.

Look who we have save!
10 Sightseeing Tokyo

Sightseeing Tokyo
Last but not least, take a visit to the major attractions within Tokyo. Attractions like Sensoji temple, Tokyo Skytree, Uneo Park., Imperial East Gardens, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya and more are worth a visit. Most are easily accessible via the subways.
Tip : Be careful on the subways, it is quite easy to lose things on it! (Check out Little Lou's shoe!)

Frankly a week is not sufficient to cover all these hotspots. There are more to discover in Tokyo. For us this is one choice location given its variety of attractions and the unique Japanese culture.
We will be back for more!
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  1. I LOVE Odaiba! Looks like you had a wonderful fun-filled week there :) Hope you got the shoe back for Lil Lou heh

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    1. We were at Odaiba for almost half the trip. It probably has the highest concentration of fun stuff for the kids. Oh yeah, we got the shoe back. They were kind enough to retrieve it the next day :)

  2. I think not only kids adults will also enjoy.

    1. Shh.. The kids r not suppose to know that :)

  3. There is also a great Fire Museum. Free on top of that !

  4. Thanks for sharing, looks fun! Where did you stay in Odaiba?