Family Holidays in Tokyo

Family holidays are fun at the Ghibli Museum

The cat bus at Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan
Source: Comic-Con Geek

Looking for a unique family holiday that combines fun, culture, and history? Look no further than Tokyo, Japan – a city that has something for the whole family. Tokyo is very safe, and it’s network of trains and subways makes it incredibly convenient. Here are our top five places to visit on family holidays in Tokyo.

Disney Theme Parks

Tokyo has not one, but two Disney theme parks: Disneyland and Disney Sea. Both theme parks are fun for the whole family. Check out this behind the scenes video about Tokyo Disney Sea.

All your kids’ favorite Disney characters will be there, and Disney Sea has unique rides that you won’t find at other Disney theme parks. And don’t miss Disney Sea’s many shows – they are entertaining for adults and kids alike.

Ghibli Museum

If your children are fans of Hayao Miyazaki films such as “Spirited Away,” “Ponyo,” or “The Secret World of Arrietty” then the Ghibli Museum is a must. This whimsical museum delights parents and kids alike with it’s interactive displays, cozy movie theatre, and artist’s studio. Kids love the life-size cat bus (pictured above).

Visit the English language Ghibli Museum website for more information.

Meiji Shrine

If you like to enjoy cultural sights on your family holidays, then put Meiji Shrine at the top of your list. Meiji Shrine was built to honor the Meiji emperor. You enter through a large and majestic torii (shrine gate) and walk through a beautiful park shaded by cypress trees. When you reach the shrine you will see shrine maidens dressed in traditional red and white, as well as priests wearing blue and white. On the weekends you might catch a traditional wedding procession walking through the shrine. You can also buy good luck charms here for everything from finding love to passing school exams.

Tokyo Joypolis

If you or your children are video game fans, then don’t miss this massive indoor amusement park. Joypolis is Sega’s high-tech playland for the young and young-at-heart. It has everything from virtual reality rides to traditional video games to indoor roller coasters.

Shopping and Sight-seeing in Harajuku

If you have any interest in fashion, don’t miss Harajuku, the heart of Tokyo’s odd-ball youth culture. Takeshita Street is a bustling lane filled with everything from Gothic Lolita costume stores to shops selling every kind of sock imaginable. Even if you’re just window shopping, you’ll be treated to a never-ending fashion show on the streets.

Check out this website for more information on family holidays in Tokyo and around the world.