Japan in Winter – 13 Things to Do, See & Eat During Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan. Like every season in this amazing country, Japanese winter has its own specific sights, smells, and sounds. Here’s what to see, do and when visiting Japan in winter. What to Do, See, and Eat During Winter in Japan I’ll be honest: winter is not our family’s favorite season. Indeed, after leaving our […]

Christmas in Japan – How to Enjoy Christmas Traditions in Japan

Christmas in Japan: it’s an interesting time to visit, but Christmas traditions in Japan are probably different than you’re accustomed to. Do they celebrate Christmas in Japan? Well, yes and no. While not a national holiday, you’ll see lots of Christmas decorations in Tokyo, in Osaka and in other Japanese cities. That said, the food […]

The Best Hiking in Japan — Hiking Near Tokyo, Kyoto & Beyond

Hiking in Japan offers loads of options, but hiking near Tokyo is easier than you may think. No matter the season, there are loads of options for hiking near Tokyo, and in my column for the Japan Times this month, I mention a few of my favorites. All of these Tokyo hiking opportunities are possible […]

Things to Do in Tokyo with Kids or Without — Tokyo Travel Blog

Tokyo travel blog: the best things to do in Tokyo with kids. If going to Japan with kids isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. I lived in Tokyo for 13 years. My kids were born there, and our family returns regularly. And I can tell you that there are more things to do […]

Things to Do in Harajuku & Yoyogi Park with Kids — Tokyo Family Travel Tips

If you’re looking for things to do in Harajuku and Yoyogi Park with kids, then read on. The Harajuku area and neighborhood around Yoyogi Park are two of my favorite areas to explore in Tokyo with kids or without, and I bet you’ll find this to be true for your family as well. Things to […]

Our Top Things to Do in Kyoto with Kids or Without: Japan Family Travel Tips

Things to do in Kyoto with kids — Visiting Japan? Travel in Kyoto with kids will be an amazing experience. There are so many kid-friendly things to do in Kyoto. If you plan on seeing a lot of the most famous sights, make sure that you give yourself enough time for some of what’s listed below, as well. […]

Best Family Hotels in Osaka: Where to Stay in Osaka – Japan Family Travel

Where to stay in Osaka — looking for the best family hotels in Osaka for your next trip? Below we share some of the best hotels in Osaka to base yourself when exploring Kansai with kids. Our list of Osaka hotels has something for everyone: from luxury hotels in Osaka to the best hostels in […]

Six of the Best Playgrounds in Tokyo & Playgrounds Near Tokyo

For my latest column in the Japan Times, I recommended six of the best playgrounds in Tokyo. Well, let’s say my favorite playgrounds in and best playgrounds near Tokyo. There are hundreds — perhaps thousands — of playgrounds in Japan. Some of the best playgrounds in Japan are world-class, but I kept it close to […]

Best Family Hotels in Tokyo – Japan Travel with Kids

The best hotels in Tokyo — and the best family hotels in Tokyo — can be hard to find. Many Tokyo hotels have small rooms and single beds. In fact, even some of the best Tokyo hotels don’t have family rooms or rooms for groups. That’s why we’ve written about the best hotels in Tokyo […]

Best Tokyo International Festivals for Kids — Tokyo Family Travel

When we lived in Tokyo, one of my favorite things to do with the kids was to hang out at one of the city’s many, many festivals. We loved the traditional Japanese festivals of course. That should be a post (or posts) all of its own. However, many people are unaware of just how many […]

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