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My Detailed Household Journey Information — WildJunket Journey Weblog

Final Up to date on June 27, 2022 by Nellie Huang

Japan is a superb household journey vacation spot, with its neon streetscapes and kid-friendly facilities. That is my detailed information to touring Japan with youngsters.

There’s nowhere else like Japan. It’s extremely trendy but conventional, and extremely urbanized but crammed with nature. The multi-faceted nation is actually distinctive in each sense of the phrase.

We’ve not too long ago returned from a two-week journey to Japan with our 3.5-year-old daughter. This was our second journey to Japan, however a primary for Kaleya. It seems Kaleya is simply as loopy about Japan as we’re.

Japan is a superb vacation spot for teenagers. The nation is house to psychedelic neon cities, weird themed cafes, and historical cities. The good infrastructure within the nation means it’s straightforward to get round and discover with out worrying in your youngsters’ security. For these planning to journey Japan with youngsters, I’m sharing particulars of our journey that can assist you plan your Japan household journey.

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Japan with Youngsters

Generally, touring Japan with youngsters is simple and enjoyable because of the nice infrastructure and kid-friendly facilities. The entire nation is organized, clear and environment friendly.

Ryokans (conventional Japanese inns) are nice locations to stick with youngsters. The tatami rooms have loads of house for teenagers to run round. You get to all sleep on futons laid out on the ground, which is a enjoyable expertise for teenagers (although a back-breaking one for adults). Many ryokans have their very own onsens (scorching springs), that are tremendous enjoyable for each youngsters and adults alike.

Tokyo is an exception although: Many izakayas (bars) are typically tiny and never appropriate for teenagers. Most subway stations don’t have elevators, and the Tokyo subway is probably the deepest underground subway I’ve ever seen. That stated, virtually in every single place else in Japan is simple and very good for journey with youngsters.

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The right way to Get Journey Insurance coverage for Youngsters

It’s essential to have journey insurance coverage for journey through the pandemic. Security Wing is the preferred journey insurance coverage firm for COVID19-coverage. They cowl youngsters at no cost so long as you’ve acquired a plan with them. I exploit their Nomad Insurance coverage plan, which covers COVID-19 as every other sickness so long as it was not contracted earlier than the protection begin date. Check with my journey insurance coverage information for extra particulars.

japan with kids - posing with sumo apprentices

When to Journey Japan with Youngsters

Spring (March-Could) and autumn (September-October) are the preferred months to journey Japan because of the gentle climate and reasonable humidity.

Some spots can get overcrowded, particularly through the cherry blossom season. Annually, the sakura season varies (often round April), so be sure you verify the anticipated dates earlier than you e book your flights.

We traveled to Japan in late September and nonetheless discovered many locations fairly crowded, notably Kyoto. Throughout our journey, we skilled principally heat days of 21-25 deg C, with some wet days. Within the mountainous areas like Takayama and Nagano prefectures, temperatures ranged round 10-15 deg C, however a lightweight jacket was sufficient.

Winter (December-February) is fairly chilly with temperatures dipping to freezing level. However Japan has plenty of nice ski stations and it’s a very good time to see snow monkeys in Nagano.

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How Lengthy to Journey Japan with Youngsters?

Japan is a giant nation and there’s simply SO a lot to see and do, whether or not your loved ones prefers nature, cities, tradition or meals. We solely had 5 days on our first journey to Japan and it positively left us wanting extra.

Two weeks in Japan are excellent; although you’d in all probability wish to have much more time to see and expertise it. In two weeks, we managed to see one of the best of Japan, however I’ll admit I packed in an excessive amount of into the itinerary. 

If you wish to discover Japan off the crushed path, you then would want at the least three or 4 weeks. Tokyo is a must-see; take a look at my detailed Tokyo itinerary.

Right here’s a abstract of our Japan itinerary:

  • 3 Days in Tokyo — to expertise all of the wacky enjoyable experiences
  • 2 Days in Hakone — with a keep at a scorching spring resort and water park
  • 2 Days in Okuhida — to expertise nature within the Japanese Alps
  • 1 Day in Kanazawa — to eat the freshest seafood
  • 3 Days in Kyoto — with day journey to Nara to see the deers
  • 1 Day in Shibu Onsen — to see snow monkeys in Jigokudani
  • 1 Night time in Narita — to catch our flight house

japan with kids - Okuhida in the Japanese Alps

The right way to Get Round Japan with Youngsters

By Automobile

We selected to hire a automotive in Japan as we wished to discover Japan off the crushed path and see extra pure sights. It was additionally much more handy when touring with our 3.5-year-old daughter who nonetheless wants the stroller every now and then. 

Whereas the Japanese public transport system has a formidable protection throughout the nation, there are nonetheless some locations which can be solely accessible by automotive or foot. The quaint villages and mountainous areas that we went, akin to Okuhida within the Japanese Alps, occurred to be my favourite elements of Japan. I like to recommend driving the Golden Northward route in the event you’re in search of a scenic route that brings you off the well-trodden path.

It was surprisingly straightforward to drive in Japan. Most street indicators are in each Japanese and English. We may discover our means simply utilizing Google Maps since we had a cell WiFi dongle. Automobile rentalin Japan is sort of reasonably priced. We booked from Uncover Automobile rental and paid US$565 for our two-week rental of a compact Japanese automotive and a baby seat. 

Learn all about driving in Japan!

traveling japan with kids - our car rental

By Intercity Practice

Japan is well-known for bullet trains (shinkansen) which can be ridiculously quick and environment friendly. I personally suppose taking a shinkansen is a must-try expertise when in Japan! We did it on our first journey to Japan and had been blown away.

It’s truly quicker to journey round Japan by bullet trains than by automotive. For instance, it takes 4 hours to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by prepare, but it surely takes seven hours by automotive.

If you happen to’re touring Japan for greater than every week, I recommend getting a JR Go to get limitless journey on JR transportation (together with bullet trains, native trains, buses, monorails and ferries).

A 7-day JR Go prices round US$265 whereas a 14-day go prices US$420. Getting a JR Go will certainly prevent cash, as particular person trains are tremendous costly. Youngsters beneath 6 journey at no cost.

You’ll be able to examine particular person prepare costs with the price of the JR Go utilizing the useful Japan Rail Go Calculator.

Get your JR Go right here!

japan with kids - shinkansen

By Public Transport

If you happen to’re taking public transport, I’d suggest getting the Pasmo / Suico go. It’s a pay as you go good card that lets you use most public transport (metro, trains, buses, monorail) in Japan.

The cardboard additionally features as an digital pockets. You should buy issues on trains, in merchandising machines, comfort shops and eating places that settle for the cardboard. Suica and Pasmo playing cards will be bought by means of ticket machines at any JR stations.

Extra data right here.

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Language in Japan

English isn’t generally spoken in Japan. On our first journey to Japan virtually 10 years in the past, it was fairly difficult to journey Japan with none data of Japanese as all indicators on the road and public spots had been proven solely in Japanese.

This time spherical, we discovered it a lot simpler as most indicators at the moment are in English as properly. Japan has positively change into extra travel-friendly up to now decade.

Additionally, free WiFi is well out there in lots of public locations in Japan and you should utilize Google Translator to translate indicators and many others. It’s additionally reasonably priced and handy to hire pocket WiFi router. We rented our router from GetYourGuide for US$71 that supplied us limitless WiFi for 2 weeks. 

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What to Eat in Japan with Youngsters

Many individuals have the misunderstanding that Japanese meals is all about uncooked seafood and sushi. That may’t be removed from the reality. The megadiverse delicacies consists of an enormous array of meals varieties: from totally different sorts of noodles to rice bowls, grilled meat to effervescent stews.

EVERY meal we had in Japan was nice — even ramen from merchandising machines tasted superb. You actually can’t get unhealthy meals in Japan. My 3.5-year-old daughter, who’s often a fussy eater, completely cherished the meals in Japan. Her favorites had been edamame (steamed peas) and onigiri (triangular rice balls) in addition to udon noodles.

Take a look at my detailed Japanese meals information, together with 40 greatest Japanese dishes to attempt.

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The place to Eat in Japan with Youngsters

Yow will discover meals in every single place in Japan and so they’re surprisingly reasonably priced. A meal in a normal sushi restaurant prices round 800-1500 yen per individual, not together with drinks. Each restaurant/diner supplies free iced water or tea together with your meal.

There are additionally total eating places dedicated to meals that appears like characters akin to Howdy Kitty or Rilakkuma. Different themed eating places like Kawaii Monster Cafe and Maid Cafe are additionally nice enjoyable for teenagers.

If you happen to’re on a funds, search out the merchandising machines. You’ll be able to simply get a ramen or katsu rice bowl for round 500-800 yen. Even comfort shops like 7-11, Household Mart, and Lawson’s have low-cost and scrumptious yakitori (meat skewers), onigiri (triangular rice buns) and bento units.

In case your youngsters aren’t adventurous eaters, there are many fast-food eating places, western cafes and bakeries in Japan. The comfort shops additionally inventory sandwiches and different meals which can be acquainted to them.

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Listed below are a number of the locations we ate at and actually loved:

Sushi Dai, Tokyo — Positioned exterior the well-known Tsukiji Market, that is indisputably top-of-the-line locations to get pleasure from sushi in Tokyo. You’ll get an reasonably priced style of the freshest and best seafood for less than a fraction of the worth of upmarket sushi eating places. However it’s a tiny place and won’t be appropriate for these with strollers/infants. Reserve your desk right here!

Kisoji, Tokyo — Our Japanese good friend introduced us to this shabu-shabu (hotpot) restaurant and we had a number of the greatest wagyu beef I’ve had. You’ll be able to e book a tatami room and cook dinner the shabu-shabu or sukiyaki your self. E-book a desk right here.

Sengoku Buyuden, Tokyo — This samurai-themed restaurant is sort of an fascinating place to have a good time an important day. Alberto booked a seven-course dinner right here for my birthday and the meals was actually good. E-book your desk right here.

Sakura Tei, Tokyo — We completely cherished this restaurant chain that permits you to make you personal okonomiyaki and monjayaki (pan-fried pancake batter). It’s low-cost and informal, and crammed with character. Reserve a desk right here.

Tenka Chaya, Kawaguchiko — Whereas driving across the Mount Fuji space, we chanced upon this attractive roadside teahouse and had a tremendous meal there. All of its tables are on tatami ground and the menu is conventional scorching broth pot.

Kaseidon Ichiba, Kanazawa — Contained in the Omichi market, you’ll discover one of the best spots to attempt recent sashimi that town is legendary for. This place serves superior salmon roe, oysters, scallops and excellent sushi. Learn critiques right here!

Sakaguchi-Ya, Takayama — Housed in a Samachi conventional constructing, this restaurant serves the well-known Hida beef within the type of handrolled sushi or beef rice bowl. A bit of expensive however properly price for the standard meals and environment! E-book a desk right here.

Hokkyokusei, Kyoto — Proper subsequent to Yasaka Shrine is that this cute ‘Western’ cafe that specialises in omurice (Japanese omelette rice), which is one in every of our favourite Japanese dishes. Child-friendly and good service. See critiques right here.

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The place to Keep in Japan with Youngsters

Resorts in Japan get booked up fairly quick, particularly through the peak interval (March to Could). I strongly recommend reserving early and confirming your resort keep just a few days earlier than arriving in Japan.

One other factor to notice is that many resorts don’t appear to reply to emails promptly – even high rated resorts. So you possibly can typically wait a day or two for a response to a easy query relating to your lodging.

Conventional Ryokan

One of many experiences I feel each customer should attempt in Japan is staying in a standard ryokan. A ryokan is a standard Japanese inn that often has tatami flooring, futons as beds, and an onsen (hotspring).

Staying in ryokans offers you the prospect to expertise how the Japanese historically used to reside. Plus, they are typically spacious, which makes it nice for households who wish to share one room.

Each ryokan supplies yukata (easy Japanese gown) so that you can put on to the onsen or as pyjamas. In scorching spring cities like Shibu Onsen, you possibly can even put on the yukata out to city. Examine our keep on the greatest ryokan in Hakone.

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What You Ought to Know About Ryokans

Nevertheless, there are some issues you have to find out about staying in a ryokan. Firstly, ryokans are typically the identical value and even pricier than trendy three-star resorts in Japan. We paid a mean of round $80-120 per evening for a room.

Secondly, you sleep on skinny mattresses or futons which can be laid out on the tatami ground. We discovered it fairly laborious to sleep at first and had backaches after our second evening. (I do know we sound so spoiled!).

One of many ryokans we stayed at had such unhealthy soundproofing partitions that we had been saved up all evening due to noisy neighbors. It felt like we had been staying at a hostel regardless of the excessive value we paid.

So take my recommendation, e book simply 1-3 nights at a ryokan (as a substitute of seven nights like we did!).

japan with kids - wearing a yukata in the ryokan


Just lately there was a authorities crackdown on using residential lodging as Airbnb in Japan. In consequence, all hosts should be issued with a allow to supply Airbnb companies. This has seen many travellers left with out lodging when their Airbnb was cancelled.

Trendy Resorts

There are a number of trendy resort chains in Japan which can be reasonably priced and have high quality services. APA Resorts and UNIZO have branches throughout Japan and nice places. Nevertheless, most of those have tiny rooms the place you’ll barely have house to stroll.

I recommend paying extra and reserving twin rooms or household rooms if you wish to be a bit extra comfy. The APA Lodge we stayed in Tokyo even had an onsen and a rooftop out of doors pool

We wished to attempt the capsule resorts, however they turned out to be costlier than funds resort rooms (as we must pay $30 per capsule and get three capsules). Plus the capsules are divided between women and men, so Alberto must be separated from us.

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Our Lodge Suggestions in Japan

Listed below are the locations that we stayed at and might suggest to household vacationers:

APA Lodge Tokyo Nishishinjuku, Tokyo — A contemporary three-star resort centrally situated in Shinjuku and steps from a subway station. Good high quality services, together with an onsen (scorching spring) and rooftop swimming pool. The small double room is tiny; go for a twin or household room as a substitute. Test newest charges right here.

Hakone Kowakien Tenyu, Hakone — Opened in April 2017, this spectacular five-star scorching spring resort is a worthwhile vacation spot by itself. Learn my detailed evaluate of the resort right here! All of its rooms have tatami flooring, open-air stone bathtub and mountain views. The resort additionally has an connected scorching spring themed park that’s excellent for teenagers. Test the most recent charges right here.

Fujino Kirameki Fujigotemba, Gotemba — Probably probably the most household pleasant resort we stayed at in Japan, this glamping web site has fantastically furnished cabins remodeled from cargo containers and large play areas for households to hang around. Better of all, it has a stunning setting excessive up above Gotemba, with Mount Fuji within the backdrop and a thick cypress tree forests surrounding it. E-book right here!

Konji Ryokan, Gifu prefecture — Positioned within the Okuhida scorching spring villages, this conventional ryokan is situated within the Japanese Alps and near mountain climbing trails. Sadly it rained the entire time we had been there and the close by Shin-Hotaka Ropeway was closed. Nonetheless a stunning space to go to. It’s a 1-hour drive to Takayama from right here. E-book right here!

Kaneki Lodge, Shibu Onsen — This ryokan within the village of Shibu Onsen is clear, cute and reasonably priced. It has a pleasant and model new non-public onsen which you should utilize in your personal (which we actually recognize as most different resorts don’t have that). You’ll additionally get a key to enter the 9 onsens that the village is legendary for. It’s the closest village to the Jigokudani Snow Monkeys Park. Test the most recent charges right here.

Seek for Japan resorts right here!

traveling japan with families - hakone kowakien tenyuOur keep at Hakone Kowakien Tenyu was unbelievable!

Finest Issues to Do in Japan with Youngsters

There’s no scarcity of issues to do in Japan with youngsters. You’ll be able to select from themed cafes, distinctive museums, cultural experiences and excursions, however these are greatest booked upfront earlier than your journey to keep away from disappointment.

There are additionally plenty of free issues to do, as an example most temples in Japan are free to go to. Listed below are a few of our favourite issues to do in Japan with youngsters:

Go to the Robotic Restaurant 

This over-the-top leisure present is nice enjoyable, and children beneath three go at no cost. Take observe that it may be very loud and vivid for younger youngsters, although they supply noise-cancelling headphones.

Our daughter actually loved the loopy present. Notice that it’s extra of a present than restaurant. You do have to e book your tickets upfront (they’re cheaper on-line as properly) as they’ll promote out.

E-book Your Tickets right here!

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Go to the brand new MORI Digital Museum in Tokyo

Undoubtedly make a while in your Tokyo itinerary to go to this museum! The newly opened museum is massively in style because of social media, so e book your tickets means upfront. In an enormous three-dimensional 10,000 sq. meter house, artworks created by computer systems transfer out and in of the rooms freely, creating magical formations.

Personally, the MORI Digital Museum is a MUST-see in my view and notably fascinating for teenagers. There are a number of areas designated to infants and younger youngsters and many interactive artworks for adults.  however be ready to attend in line even when you’ve got tickets (we solely waited for half-hour to enter). Learn critiques and ideas right here!

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Eat on the Kawaii Monster Cafe

Brilliant, whimsical and weird, the Kawaii Monster Cafe is a themed cafe is certainly designed for teenagers. Moreover its psychedelic interiors, the meals right here additionally is available in rainbow colours.

There’s an entry payment of 500 yen (US$4.40) and you need to order at the least 1 meals and 1 drink per individual. We ended up spending round $40 right here for the three of us, twice of what we often spend. In my view, it’s means overpriced and solely appropriate for younger youngsters. E-book your desk right here!

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Strive rainbow meals in Harajuku

Harajuku is Tokyo’s wacky playground for individuals who love various stuff. There are many cartoon comedian shops, cutesy boutiques and big-chain way of life retailers right here. Better of all, it’s house to Tokyo’s most modern foodie experiences.

We extremely suggest making an attempt the rainbow-colored cotton sweet at Totti Cotton Manufacturing facility, and rainbow grilled cheese sandwich on the close by Le Shinier. Youngsters (and adults) go loopy over these items!

Join a Harajuku Tour!

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Go to a scorching spring themed park

Yunessen scorching spring park in Hakone isn’t just any typical water park: right here you possibly can dip in swimming pools with wine, sake, espresso and tea. It’s plenty of enjoyable for each youngsters and adults alike. All of the swimming pools are fed with pure scorching spring water, so that they keep heat even in winter. 

Tickets are fairly low-cost and you may simply spend a complete day right here. Entry tickets value 2900 yen (US$3.30) per grownup and 1600 yen (US$1.80) per baby. Reserve your ticket right here.

japan with kids - yunessen themed park

Wander across the Omicho Market in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is greatest recognized for its recent seafood and out-of-this-world sashimi. The Omicho Market is a great spot to deliver the household and get a very good introduction to Kanazawa’s seafood. You’ll see big Japanese crabs right here in addition to larger-than-life oysters, shrimps and sea urchin.

In case your youngsters are adventurous eaters, see in the event that they wish to style some! It prices round 600 yen ($5) to attempt an oyster or two huge shrimps. There are additionally some fascinating issues to attempt like blue beer and gold-leaf icecream!

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Strive on a kimono in Kyoto 

What an expertise it was to attempt on the Japanese nationwide costume! We acquired to see the sophisticated means of placing it on after which skilled carrying it throughout Kyoto. Even Kaleya cherished placing on the kimono.

To seize the particular second, we even booked a pictures session with Flytographer. The outcomes turned out nice and we now have attractive household photographs.

If you happen to’re keen on reserving a pictures session, use this hyperlink and the code “NELLIEHUANG” to get US$25 credit. You too can mix your kimono rental with a tea ceremony to have a full cultural expertise. 

E-book your kimono rental right here!

Traveling Japan with Kids

Discover the Arashimaya bamboo groves in Kyoto 

Within the outskirts of Kyoto, you could find lovely bamboo forests in addition to massive gardens and mountain climbing trails in and across the Katsuragawa River. The Path of Bamboos is full of vacationers nowadays, but it surely’s nonetheless an attractive space to go to particularly for households.

You’ll be able to even rent a rickshaw to deliver you round elements of the bamboo groves which can be unique to rickshaw riders. Extra data right here.

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Feed deers in Nara

Nara park is house to a whole lot of freely roaming deer. Thought of in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s practically 1200 deer have change into an emblem of town.

Deer crackers are on the market across the park, and a few deer have discovered to bow to guests to ask to be fed. The park is huge and dotted with temples, shrines and many greenery. 

japan with kids - deers in Nara

See the snow monkeys in Jigokudani

The Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is greatest visited in winter when the Japanese macaques are sometimes seen dipping within the scorching springs. Nevertheless, the monkeys are fed by park employees, so that they do hand around in the park yr spherical.

Even when the monkeys don’t curiosity you, the world is price visiting for an opportunity to hike and expertise Japan’s nature. Learn extra about it right here. 

The closest city, Shibu Onsen, is a cute scorching spring village that I extremely suggest visiting. If you happen to keep at one in every of their related ryokans, you’ll get a key to enter all the 9 onsens within the village at no cost. These usually are not scenic onsens, however are fairly public baths that villagers use for his or her day by day baths. 

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Price of Touring Japan with Youngsters

Let’s face it, Japan IS costly (particularly if you wish to do every kind of actions) however there are methods to journey the nation on a funds.

The most affordable technique to journey Japan with youngsters is to make use of native transport and e book funds resorts. Transport was the largest value for us and we spent round US$1050 on our automotive rental, toll charges, parking and fuel.

You may spend much less in the event you go for the JR Go — bear in mind youngsters beneath 6 journey at no cost and children aged 6 to 11 get pleasure from half value on the JR transportation.

As for lodging, count on to pay at the least US$65 per evening for a tiny 3-star resort room and round $100 for a conventional ryokan room. Lodging in small cities (e.g. Shibu Onsen and Kanazawa) are typically cheaper. Hostels and capsule resorts are across the similar value for households as you’ll be paying round $20-35 per individual. 

Actions can add up too in the event you’re planning to e book experiences just like the Robotic Restaurant and sushi-making courses.

Here’s a breakdown of our bills in USD (not together with airfare):

Transport: $1050

Lodging: $1400

WiFi rental: $100

Meals: $500

Miscellaneous: $200


  • Robotic Restaurant: $64 x 2
  • Harajuku Owl Cafe: $5 x 2
  • MORI Digital Artwork Museum entrance: $28.25 x 2
  • Kimono rental: $100
  • Kawaii Monster Cafe: $40
  • Yunessun scorching spring themed park: $10

TOTAL: $3600

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Packing for a Journey to Japan with Youngsters

The largest tip I’ve for these touring Japan with youngsters is to pack as mild as doable. Japan may be very urbanized and also you’ll in all probability be doing plenty of strolling, utilizing public transport and shifting between locations. Packing frivolously will make getting round simpler, particularly with youngsters.

Most cities in Japan are busy and crowded. The subway is usually packed and commuters are in a rush. It may be a problem strolling round with a toddler who can’t sustain with the tempo. Determine if a stroller is beneficial as it may be a ache getting strollers out and in of the subway and alongside busy walkways. 

On this two-week journey in Japan, we traveled with simply our day-packs, Kaleya’s Pockit light-weight stroller and our Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32 wheeled suitcase.

Because it was September and the climate was nonetheless heat, I packed principally t-shirts, skinny pants, clothes, and leggings. I additionally had a cardigan and a skinny leather-based jacket for the chilly days. For Kaleya, it was the identical — principally long-sleeved tshirts, just a few clothes and thin denims.

Make sure you pack comfy strolling sneakers as you’ll be strolling quite a bit. Because it will get fairly wet in autumn, we solely packed waterproof jackets for us and a raincoat and rain boots for Kaleya.

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Last Suggestions for Touring Japan with Youngsters

The very first thing you’ll discover when arriving in Japan is that the Japanese are extremely well mannered and respectful. They don’t count on foreigners to observe their etiquette, however they do recognize it if you make some effort and mix in.

Listed below are some essential issues for households to bear in mind:

  • The Japanese bow rather a lot to point out their gratitude. You don’t have to do the identical in the event you’re uncomfortable with that. Be sure that to study some primary Japanese phrases and specific some courtesy. “Thanks” is one phrase you’ll hear rather a lot: “Arigatō gozaimash ta”. “Howdy” is “Kon’nichiwa” and “Excuse me” is “Sumimasen”.
  • Japanese bogs are the best — each youngsters and adults are certain to be amused by them! There are many buttons on the facet of the bathroom, every with a special perform (heating, drying, washing and many others). Nevertheless, some locations nonetheless have the squat rest room (gap within the floor), so get your youngsters ready for that.
  • Youngsters would love the truth that it’s customary to slurp noodles loudly in Japan to point out that you simply’re having fun with it. My daughter utterly embraced it and had slurping competitions with us!

japan with kids - slurping noodles

  • Remember the fact that inserting chopsticks upright in your meals, crossing them or passing meals with them are what folks do at funerals. Simply place your chopsticks on the facet of your plate if you end up not utilizing them.
  • Breastfeeding is usually not completed in public, although you could find a quiet nook and use a scarf to cowl. Many shops have nursing rooms in addition to spacious baby-changing services the place you possibly can breastfeed in non-public in the event you choose.
  • Keep in mind to deliver any medicine that your baby takes repeatedly (or might have), as Japanese pharmacies don’t promote overseas drugs.
  • At all times take away sneakers when getting into a personal house, temple or conventional ryokan. Some eating places with tatami mat seating additionally require you to take away your sneakers and use their slippers. Notice that they’ve totally different slippers for lavatory use, so be certain to not confuse them.

traveling japan with kids - slippers for outdoor wear

  • Japan runs totally on bank cards, however some locations don’t take worldwide playing cards. It’s greatest to have some Japanese yen at hand always. Many ATMs don’t take worldwide playing cards both — one of the best locations to withdraw money are the 7-11 shops.
  • There isn’t a tipping in Japan, although in fact you’re free to present some spare money if you wish to present your appreciation for his or her good service.
  • No consuming, ingesting or speaking on the cellular phone within the prepare or subway. The Japanese are very thoughtful to different folks, so please attempt to do the identical.
  • At all times stand on the best facet of the escalators.
  • It’s extraordinarily impolite to blow your nostril in public. Strive to do this in the bathroom.
  • Don’t be shocked to see many individuals strolling round with hygienic masks. Individuals who have a chilly or sickness typically put on these to forestall spreading their germs.

japan with kids - inside the tokyo subway

Phew! That’s it from me for now. Thanks for studying all the way in which to the top.

On an ending observe, I’d prefer to remind you to not plan an excessive amount of when touring Japan with youngsters. As a result of there’s SO a lot to do, many individuals find yourself making an attempt to pack too many locations into their itinerary. We made the identical mistake and positively wished we weren’t so bold in seeing so many locations.

Remember the fact that you’re there to have enjoyable and discover, so decelerate and benefit from the lovely nation with your loved ones in a soothing tempo! I hope this information has been helpful. Be at liberty to depart me any questions or feedback you’ll have under.


Through the years (and touring to 140+ international locations), I’ve discovered a factor or two about journey planning. I’ve put collectively this record of journey assets that I personally use to search out one of the best offers and e book journey! For extra particulars, take a look at my journey ideas useful resource web page.

  • Reserving Flights: Kayak is sensible for locating one of the best dates to fly because it lets you seek for the bottom airfares inside a 3-day interval. Then I exploit Skyscanner as they’ve constantly given me the bottom airfares. 
  • Lodging: I at all times use to e book resorts, primarily due to the versatile cancellation coverage and good customer support. You too can discover short-term rental residences there (I choose to not use Airbnb because of the additional expenses).
  • Journey Insurance coverage: It’s essential to have journey insurance coverage, no matter whether or not you’re touring for just a few days or months. Security Wing is the preferred journey insurance coverage firm for COVID19-coverage. I exploit their Nomad Insurance coverage plan, which covers any healthcare bills I’ll have worldwide. Check with my journey insurance coverage information for extra particulars.
  • Well being Recommendation: I at all times consult with the journey guides on the CDC web site for really helpful drugs and vaccines. You will get them at your journey physician’s workplace or a walk-in pharmacy.
  • Excursions: If you happen to’re in search of all-encompassing excursions, I like to recommend small-group journey tour clothes shop, G Adventures. I’ve traveled with them to Antarctica, Mongolia, Svalbard, and Nepal, and cherished each single journey. For day excursions, I at all times e book with Viator and GetYourGuide; they’ve straightforward reserving programs and free cancellations.
  • Automobile Rental: I at all times e book automotive leases on Uncover Vehicles, as they’ve constantly given us one of the best charges and customer support (with free cancellations). We’ve used them in Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Peru, and Mexico.
  • Transportation: Every time doable, I e book native transportation on-line utilizing Bookaway and Busbud. They’re extra dependable than many native transport web sites and canopy trains, buses, and automotive rent. 
  • Eating places: TripAdvisor is my go-to useful resource for restaurant critiques and bookings. I additionally make restaurant reservations on OpenTable.
  • Journey WiFi: I at all times journey with my Journey WiFi Sapphire 2 machine; it’s probably the most handy technique to get web knowledge on the go. As an alternative of getting a neighborhood SIM card in each nation I journey, I get an web knowledge bundle on-line and the machine works instantly once I land.

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