Ryokan in Tokyo: The Best Tokyo Ryokan with Private Onsen & Without

Looking for the best ryokan Tokyo can offer? Staying at a Tokyo ryokan hotel can be one of the most interesting experiences you have in Japan. Kyoto ryokan may be the most famous, but some of the best ryokan in Tokyo are just as appealing. Not only that, but the Tokyo ryokan hotel experience can […]

How, Why & Where to Buy Tokyo Robot Restaurant Tickets 2019

Wondering what to expect if you buy Tokyo Robot Restaurant tickets? Well, there are mechanical dinosaurs. There are chrome-plated saxophonists. Don’t forget the video-game phantasms, golden-snail lounge chairs, kaleidoscopic lighting, bikini-clad drummers, and oh, yeah…robots. The Tokyo Robot Restaurant is one of the craziest things to do in Tokyo, and we’re here to tell you […]

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 […]

Cherry Blossoms in Japan with Kids: Bring on the Hanami!

Cherry blossoms in Japan. When spring is on its way, ever wonder where to see cherry blossoms in Japan? Let me tell you about the best places to be for Japan’s cherry blossom season. Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan  I’ve talked about skiing in Japan and all the other great things to do […]

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 […]

Things to Do in Odaiba with Kids: Odaiba Japan Travel

There are so many things to do in Odaiba with kids. If you’re planning some Tokyo family travel, then plan on spending an entire day in Odaiba Japan. Maybe even two days depending on your interests. Downtown Tokyo is an amazing place to explore, but eventually, you may want some sea air and open space. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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