It’s クリスマス･イヴ (Xmas Eve) in Japan now.
My wife and I went to the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest tower, which was illuminated in green for Xmas.
メリー･クリスマス (Merry Xmas).
Today my wife and I went to Iidabashi Station in Tokyo.
From there we walked to Yasukuni Shrine to see the 銀杏 (Ginkgo trees) autumn foliage.
The Budokan can be seen from the entrance to Yasukuni Shrine entrance.
It says 「靖国神社」 (“Yasukuni Shrine”).
“TV Tokyo” was there filming.
And then we walked to the Budokan:
The world-famous 武道館 (Budokan) in Tokyo.
A beer vending machine at the Budokan.
Last weekend we went to the Tokyo Sky Tree.
(We didn’t go inside the tower. I have done that before).
The Sky Tree is illuminated at night in various colors every evening.
When we went it was lit up orange for the start of autumn.
We did go in the adjacent 「空町」 (“Sola-machi“) (lit. “Sky City“) shopping center.
Drinks in a traditional Japanese candy store.
Retro Japanese toys.
Japan’s “Hello Kitty” meets American rock band “KISS”.
From there, we walked to the nearby neighborhood of Asakusa.
「みくじ 百円」 (“Fortunes, ¥100”)
Today is 「ひな祭り」 (Hina-matsuri (“Princess (Doll) Festival“)) in Japan.
It’s sometimes still called “Girls’ Day” because families with daughters set-up special elaborate doll displays of Japanese royalty and eat a special sushi dinner.
The city of Katsuura in Chiba Prefecture is known for their huge Hina-matsuri display.
This year’s display could be seen there until today (2014 March 3rd).
Even if you can make it to that area to see their big doll display, Katsuura is still a very beautiful place to visit.
Japan is beautiful in January … and every other month!
I’m often contacted by parents in various countries who are planning to visit Tokyo with their children…and ask me for suggestions for places to take them in this city.
So I thought it would be helpful for people who are planning to visit Tokyo with kids if I wrote a post with some places that are popular with kids in Tokyo.
So, in no particular order, here is a brief list of places in Tokyo to take kids:
– Tokyo Disneyland and/or Tokyo Disney Sea
– Kiddyland – One of the giant toy stores in Tokyo. In Omotesando, near Harajuku.
– Yamashiroya – Another giant toy store. Near Ueno train station.
– Hakuhinkan – This giant toy store is in Ginza.
– Odaiba – A driverless train takes you to this part of Tokyo. Has a shopping center, cat-cafe, bicycle rental, a Statue of Liberty like the one in New York…but smaller, and a life-size “Gundam” robot.
– Children’s Castle
– Zoos and/or Aquariums – There are many excellent zoos and aquariums in and around Tokyo. This site tells the government-owned ones in Tokyo limits…there are more than these.
– Tokyo Tower
– Tokyo Sky Tree – At 634 meters tall, it’s the world’s tallest tower. It’s within walking distance of Asakusa.
I also sometimes give inexpensive (not much more than the cost of my train fare) walking tours of Tokyo to foreign visitors, when my schedule allows.
Feel free to contact me with this form if you need more information: