Where to Buy a Japan Rail Pass: Our Ultimate Guide to Buying a JR Pass

Looking for where to buy a Japan Rail Pass? You probably have lots of questions. For example, what’s today’s JR Rail Pass price? Can you buy a JR Pass in Japan or do you need to buy JR Passes online ahead of time? Should you even buy a Japan Rail Pass at all? Is a […]

Mummies, Mermaids & Monsters at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka

Winged horses. Blood-sucking fiends. Mysterious movements in the water, or footsteps in the forest during a full moon. No matter what culture you come from, there are stories about the unexplained, and about the creatures that live beyond what we know is real. At Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, you can learn about […]

What to Eat in Japan – The Best Food in Japan for Kids & Picky Eaters

What’s the best food in Japan? Wondering what to eat in Japan? For people like me, the answer to these questions is EVERYTHING. However, not everyone is willing (or able) to try whatever’s on offer. Some kids and picky eaters have particular tastes or digestive issues. Some people have allergies or other dietary restrictions that […]

Fairy Tale Day Trip – Hans Christian Andersen Park Funabashi Japan

HC Andersen Park Funabashi — it may not be the first place you’d think to look for fairy tales come to life, but Hans Christian Andersen Park east of Tokyo is a fantastic day out for families in Japan.  Hans Christian Andersen Park Funabashi Japan As part of my bi-monthly column for the Japan Times […]

Things to do in Ryogoku with Kids that aren’t Sumo or Ryogoku Kokugikan

Out of all the fun things to do in Ryogoku with kids, watching the sumo together at the Ryogoku Kokugikan has to be our top recommendation. But are there other things to do in Ryogoku beyond the Ryogoku Kokugikan and Sumo? You bet. This old-school East Tokyo neighborhood has plenty more to offer if you […]

Tokyo Day Trips: Our Top 10 Day Trips from Tokyo & More

Day trips from Tokyo to Mount Fuji. Tokyo day trips by bullet train. Or how about the best day trips from Tokyo in winter, spring and other seasons? These are some of the questions our readers ask when making their Tokyo travel plans. You asked, so here goes. Read on to learn about our top […]

Motegi Twin Ring: A Kids Park for Fans of F1 & Moto GP in Japan

Motegi Twin Ring is a great place for Formula One (F1) and Moto GP racing fans in Japan. But if you have kids, it’s a great place to visit year-round. In my Japan Times column this week, I talk about some of the best things to do at Motegi Twin Ring, and all the family […]

Things to do in Osaka with Kids or Without: Osaka Travel Blog

I have spent many school and work holidays looking for things to do in Osaka with kids. My wife grew up there, and her family still lives there now. I love Osaka. During many family visits since 1997, I’ve explored what to do in Osaka Japan. And I’ve found a lot! Read on for more […]

Tokyo Airport Tours – The Haneda Airport Tour That Puts You in the Hangar

If you’re interested in airport tours, factory tours or airplane tours, then this post will be of special interest to you. At Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, two airlines have their own special tours that combine airport tours, factory tours or airplane tours into an interesting aviation experience.  Haneda Airport Tours in Tokyo In this week’s Child’s […]

Things to Do in Ginza: Fun & Culture In the Famous Tokyo Shopping District

While known mostly as an old-school shopping area, there are lots of fun things to do in Ginza without pulling out your wallet. Here are our tips for getting the most out of a visit to Ginza with kids (or without). Things to Do in Ginza with Kids (or Without) Ginza is one of Tokyo’s […]