Exploring Japan with kids is one of my favorite things to do. My kids were born in Japan and we lived in Tokyo from 2001 to 2013. Then after 6 years of slow traveling, we’re back and living in Osaka. 

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living 7

Enjoy Japan…With Kids or Without

Half of our family lives in or around Osaka, Keiko’s hometown, and now we’re exploring the Kansai region and beyond. I still co-write a column for the Japan Times about family fun in Japan.

Japan is safe, culturally rich and full of fun, educational and fascinating activities for kids (and parents) of all ages. Family travel in Japan is easy and not nearly as expensive as you might think.


Japan with Kids: Travel Guide to Japan

Japan Family Travel

Below you’ll find a list of all my posts on Japan. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, then contact me and I’ll see what I can do.

The JR Rail Pass Buyer’s Guide

shinkansen where to buy a Japan Rail pass

If you’re considering buying Japan Rail passes, then this buyer’s guide is for you!

Hotels in Japan

Where are the Best Family Hotels in Kyoto? Kyoto hotels breakfast

Osaka Japan with Kids

My wife’s hometown and where we call home since the summer of 2019. 

Kyoto Japan with Kids


Nara Japan with Kids

deer Things to Do in Nara Temples & Nara Tours Day Trip to Nara-min

Tokyo Japan with Kids

How to Spend 48 Hours in Tokyo with Kids - Japan Family Travel Ameya Yokocho Ameyoko

Living, working, and raising children here for 13 years, I certainly have the most to say about this amazing city.


things to do in Yokohama at night

Japan’s second-largest city is a vibrant and exciting place for a day trip and more.


Hakone Japan best daytrips from tokyo with kids

Known best for hot springs and spectacular views of Mount Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular retreats for Tokyo’s urban jungle. 


what to do in okayama food

Other Japan posts

Must-Eat Food in Japan for Kids — 29 Foods They'll love yaki imo asagiri food

A few other Japan-related posts worth reading.

Have You Been to Japan with Kids?

Or have you lived in Japan with kids? I’d love to hear your tips, your advice, and your stories, too. Tell me in the comments, or contact me directly.

Japan with Kids: Family Travel to Japan

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