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My Detailed Household Journey Information — WildJunket Journey Weblog

Final Up to date on June 27, 2022 by Nellie Huang

Japan is a superb household journey vacation spot, with its neon streetscapes and kid-friendly facilities. That is my detailed information to touring Japan with children.

There’s nowhere else like Japan. It’s extremely trendy but conventional, and extremely urbanized but stuffed with nature. The multi-faceted nation is actually distinctive in each sense of the phrase.

We’ve lately returned from a two-week journey to Japan with our 3.5-year-old daughter. This was our second journey to Japan, however a primary for Kaleya. It seems Kaleya is simply as loopy about Japan as we’re.

Japan is a superb vacation spot for teenagers. The nation is house to psychedelic neon cities, weird themed cafes, and historical cities. The nice infrastructure within the nation means it’s simple to get round and discover with out worrying on your children’ security. For these planning to journey Japan with children, I’m sharing particulars of our journey that will help you plan your Japan household journey.

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Japan with Children

On the whole, touring Japan with children is straightforward and enjoyable due to the good infrastructure and kid-friendly facilities. The entire nation is organized, clear and environment friendly.

Ryokans (conventional Japanese inns) are nice locations to stick with children. The tatami rooms have loads of area for teenagers to run round. You get to all sleep on futons laid out on the ground, which is a enjoyable expertise for teenagers (although a back-breaking one for adults). Many ryokans have their very own onsens (scorching springs), that are tremendous enjoyable for each children and adults alike.

Tokyo is an exception although: Many izakayas (bars) are typically tiny and never appropriate for teenagers. Most subway stations don’t have elevators, and the Tokyo subway is presumably the deepest underground subway I’ve ever seen. That mentioned, nearly in every single place else in Japan is straightforward and very good for journey with children.

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Methods to Get Journey Insurance coverage for Children

It’s essential to have journey insurance coverage for journey through the pandemic. Security Wing is the most well-liked journey insurance coverage firm for COVID19-coverage. They cowl children at no cost so long as you’ve obtained a plan with them. I exploit their Nomad Insurance coverage plan, which covers COVID-19 as another sickness so long as it was not contracted earlier than the protection begin date. Seek advice from my journey insurance coverage information for extra particulars.

japan with kids - posing with sumo apprentices

When to Journey Japan with Children

Spring (March-Might) and autumn (September-October) are the most well-liked months to journey Japan as a result of delicate climate and reasonable humidity.

Some spots can get overcrowded, particularly through the cherry blossom season. Every year, the sakura season varies (normally round April), so be sure you examine the expected dates earlier than you e book your flights.

We traveled to Japan in late September and nonetheless discovered many locations fairly crowded, notably Kyoto. Throughout our journey, we skilled principally heat days of 21-25 deg C, with some wet days. Within the mountainous areas like Takayama and Nagano prefectures, temperatures ranged round 10-15 deg C, however a lightweight jacket was sufficient.

Winter (December-February) is fairly chilly with temperatures dipping to freezing level. However Japan has a lot of nice ski stations and it’s time to see snow monkeys in Nagano.

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How Lengthy to Journey Japan with Children?

Japan is a giant nation and there’s simply SO a lot to see and do, whether or not your loved ones prefers nature, cities, tradition or meals. We solely had 5 days on our first journey to Japan and it undoubtedly left us wanting extra.

Two weeks in Japan are good; although you’ll in all probability need to have much more time to see and expertise it. In two weeks, we managed to see the most effective of Japan, however I’ll admit I packed in an excessive amount of into the itinerary. 

If you wish to discover Japan off the crushed path, then you definately would want at the least three or 4 weeks. Tokyo is a must-see; try my detailed Tokyo itinerary.

Right here’s a abstract of our Japan itinerary:

  • 3 Days in Tokyo — to expertise all of the wacky enjoyable experiences
  • 2 Days in Hakone — with a keep at a scorching spring resort and water park
  • 2 Days in Okuhida — to expertise nature within the Japanese Alps
  • 1 Day in Kanazawa — to eat the freshest seafood
  • 3 Days in Kyoto — with day journey to Nara to see the deers
  • 1 Day in Shibu Onsen — to see snow monkeys in Jigokudani
  • 1 Night time in Narita — to catch our flight house

japan with kids - Okuhida in the Japanese Alps

Methods to Get Round Japan with Children

By Automotive

We selected to lease a automobile in Japan as we wished to discover Japan off the crushed path and see extra pure sights. It was additionally much more handy when touring with our 3.5-year-old daughter who nonetheless wants the stroller occasionally. 

Whereas the Japanese public transport system has a formidable protection throughout the nation, there are nonetheless some locations which are solely accessible by automobile or foot. The quaint villages and mountainous areas that we went, similar to Okuhida within the Japanese Alps, occurred to be my favourite elements of Japan. I like to recommend driving the Golden Northward route if you happen to’re searching for a scenic route that brings you off the well-trodden path.

It was surprisingly simple to drive in Japan. Most highway indicators are in each Japanese and English. We might discover our manner simply utilizing Google Maps since we had a cell WiFi dongle. Automotive rentalin Japan is sort of inexpensive. We booked from Uncover Automotive rental and paid US$565 for our two-week rental of a compact Japanese automobile and a toddler seat. 

Learn all about driving in Japan!

traveling japan with kids - our car rental

By Intercity Prepare

Japan is well-known for bullet trains (shinkansen) which are ridiculously quick and environment friendly. I personally assume taking a shinkansen is a must-try expertise when in Japan! We did it on our first journey to Japan and have been blown away.

It’s really sooner to journey round Japan by bullet trains than by automobile. For instance, it takes 4 hours to get from Tokyo to Kyoto by prepare, nevertheless it takes seven hours by automobile.

If you happen to’re touring Japan for greater than per week, I recommend getting a JR Go to get limitless journey on JR transportation (together with bullet trains, native trains, buses, monorails and ferries).

A 7-day JR Go prices round US$265 whereas a 14-day cross prices US$420. Getting a JR Go will certainly prevent cash, as particular person trains are tremendous costly. Children underneath 6 journey at no cost.

You’ll be able to examine particular person prepare costs with the price of the JR Go utilizing the useful Japan Rail Go Calculator.

Get your JR Go right here!

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By Public Transport

If you happen to’re taking public transport, I’d suggest getting the Pasmo / Suico cross. It’s a pay as you go good card that lets you use most public transport (metro, trains, buses, monorail) in Japan.

The cardboard additionally features as an digital pockets. You should buy issues on trains, in merchandising machines, comfort shops and eating places that settle for the cardboard. Suica and Pasmo playing cards could be bought by means of ticket machines at any JR stations.

Extra information right here.

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Language in Japan

English isn’t generally spoken in Japan. On our first journey to Japan nearly 10 years in the past, it was fairly difficult to journey Japan with none data of Japanese as all indicators on the road and public spots have been proven solely in Japanese.

This time spherical, we discovered it a lot simpler as most indicators are actually in English as properly. Japan has undoubtedly develop into extra travel-friendly previously decade.

Additionally, free WiFi is definitely out there in lots of public locations in Japan and you should utilize Google Translator to translate indicators and so forth. It’s additionally inexpensive and handy to lease pocket WiFi router. We rented our router from GetYourGuide for US$71 that offered us limitless WiFi for 2 weeks. 

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What to Eat in Japan with Children

Many individuals have the misunderstanding that Japanese meals is all about uncooked seafood and sushi. That may’t be removed from the reality. The megadiverse delicacies consists of an enormous array of meals varieties: from totally different sorts of noodles to rice bowls, grilled meat to effervescent stews.

EVERY meal we had in Japan was nice — even ramen from merchandising machines tasted superb. You actually can’t get dangerous meals in Japan. My 3.5-year-old daughter, who’s normally a fussy eater, completely cherished the meals in Japan. Her favorites have been edamame (steamed peas) and onigiri (triangular rice balls) in addition to udon noodles.

Take a look at my detailed Japanese meals information, together with 40 finest Japanese dishes to strive.

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The place to Eat in Japan with Children

Yow will discover meals in every single place in Japan and so they’re surprisingly inexpensive. A meal in a normal sushi restaurant prices round 800-1500 yen per particular person, not together with drinks. Each restaurant/diner offers free iced water or tea along with your meal.

There are additionally total eating places dedicated to meals that appears like characters similar to Hi there Kitty or Rilakkuma. Different themed eating places like Kawaii Monster Cafe and Maid Cafe are additionally nice enjoyable for teenagers.

If you happen to’re on a funds, search out the merchandising machines. You’ll be able to simply get a ramen or katsu rice bowl for round 500-800 yen. Even comfort shops like 7-11, Household Mart, and Lawson’s have low-cost and scrumptious yakitori (meat skewers), onigiri (triangular rice buns) and bento units.

In case your children aren’t adventurous eaters, there are many fast-food eating places, western cafes and bakeries in Japan. The comfort shops additionally inventory sandwiches and different meals which are acquainted to them.

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Listed below are a few of the locations we ate at and actually loved:

Sushi Dai, Tokyo — Positioned outdoors the well-known Tsukiji Market, that is indisputably probably the greatest locations to take pleasure in sushi in Tokyo. You’ll get an inexpensive style of the freshest and most interesting seafood for under a fraction of the value of upmarket sushi eating places. But it surely’s a tiny place and won’t be appropriate for these with strollers/infants. Reserve your desk right here!

Kisoji, Tokyo — Our Japanese pal introduced us to this shabu-shabu (hotpot) restaurant and we had a few of the finest wagyu beef I’ve had. You’ll be able to e book a tatami room and cook dinner the shabu-shabu or sukiyaki your self. Ebook a desk right here.

Sengoku Buyuden, Tokyo — This samurai-themed restaurant is sort of an attention-grabbing place to have a good time a special day. Alberto booked a seven-course dinner right here for my birthday and the meals was actually good. Ebook your desk right here.

Sakura Tei, Tokyo — We completely cherished this restaurant chain that allows you to make you personal okonomiyaki and monjayaki (pan-fried pancake batter). It’s low-cost and informal, and stuffed with character. Reserve a desk right here.

Tenka Chaya, Kawaguchiko — Whereas driving across the Mount Fuji space, we chanced upon this beautiful roadside teahouse and had an incredible meal there. All of its tables are on tatami ground and the menu is conventional scorching broth pot.

Kaseidon Ichiba, Kanazawa — Contained in the Omichi market, you’ll discover the most effective spots to strive contemporary sashimi that the town is legendary for. This place serves superior salmon roe, oysters, scallops and excellent sushi. Learn evaluations right here!

Sakaguchi-Ya, Takayama — Housed in a Samachi conventional constructing, this restaurant serves the well-known Hida beef within the type of handrolled sushi or beef rice bowl. Somewhat expensive however properly value for the standard meals and environment! Ebook a desk right here.

Hokkyokusei, Kyoto — Proper subsequent to Yasaka Shrine is that this cute ‘Western’ cafe that specialises in omurice (Japanese omelette rice), which is one among our favourite Japanese dishes. Child-friendly and good service. See evaluations right here.

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The place to Keep in Japan with Children

Resorts in Japan get booked up fairly quick, particularly through the peak interval (March to Might). I strongly recommend reserving early and confirming your resort keep a number of days earlier than arriving in Japan.

One other factor to notice is that many accommodations don’t appear to answer emails promptly – even prime rated accommodations. So you’ll be able to typically wait a day or two for a response to a easy query relating to your lodging.

Conventional Ryokan

One of many experiences I believe each customer should strive in Japan is staying in a standard ryokan. A ryokan is a standard Japanese inn that normally has tatami flooring, futons as beds, and an onsen (hotspring).

Staying in ryokans provides you the prospect to expertise how the Japanese historically used to stay. Plus, they are typically spacious, which makes it nice for households who need to share one room.

Each ryokan offers yukata (easy Japanese gown) so that you can put on to the onsen or as pyjamas. In scorching spring cities like Shibu Onsen, you’ll be able to even put on the yukata out to city. Examine our keep on the finest ryokan in Hakone.

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What You Ought to Know About Ryokans

Nonetheless, there are some issues it’s essential find out about staying in a ryokan. Firstly, ryokans are typically the identical value and even pricier than trendy three-star accommodations in Japan. We paid a median of round $80-120 per evening for a room.

Secondly, you sleep on skinny mattresses or futons which are laid out on the tatami ground. We discovered it fairly exhausting to sleep at first and had backaches after our second evening. (I do know we sound so spoiled!).

One of many ryokans we stayed at had such dangerous soundproofing partitions that we have been saved up all evening due to noisy neighbors. It felt like we have been staying at a hostel regardless of the excessive value we paid.

So take my recommendation, e book simply 1-3 nights at a ryokan (as an alternative of seven nights like we did!).

japan with kids - wearing a yukata in the ryokan


Just lately there was a authorities crackdown on using residential lodging as Airbnb in Japan. Because of this, all hosts have to be issued with a allow to supply Airbnb providers. This has seen many travellers left with out lodging when their Airbnb was cancelled.

Trendy Resorts

There are a number of trendy resort chains in Japan which are inexpensive and have high quality amenities. APA Resorts and UNIZO have branches throughout Japan and nice areas. Nonetheless, most of those have tiny rooms the place you’ll barely have area to stroll.

I recommend paying extra and reserving twin rooms or household rooms if you wish to be a bit extra snug. The APA Lodge we stayed in Tokyo even had an onsen and a rooftop out of doors pool

We wished to strive the capsule accommodations, however they turned out to be dearer than funds resort rooms (as we must pay $30 per capsule and get three capsules). Plus the capsules are divided between women and men, so Alberto must be separated from us.

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Our Lodge Suggestions in Japan

Listed below are the locations that we stayed at and might suggest to household vacationers:

APA Lodge Tokyo Nishishinjuku, Tokyo — A contemporary three-star resort centrally positioned in Shinjuku and steps from a subway station. Good high quality amenities, together with an onsen (scorching spring) and rooftop swimming pool. The small double room is tiny; go for a twin or household room as an alternative. Examine newest charges right here.

Hakone Kowakien Tenyu, Hakone — Opened in April 2017, this spectacular five-star scorching spring resort is a worthwhile vacation spot by itself. Learn my detailed evaluation of the resort right here! All of its rooms have tatami flooring, open-air stone bathtub and mountain views. The resort additionally has an connected scorching spring themed park that’s good for teenagers. Examine the newest charges right here.

Fujino Kirameki Fujigotemba, Gotemba — Probably essentially the most household pleasant resort we stayed at in Japan, this glamping website has superbly furnished cabins remodeled from cargo containers and large play areas for households to hang around. Better of all, it has a stunning setting excessive up above Gotemba, with Mount Fuji within the backdrop and a thick cypress tree forests surrounding it. Ebook right here!

Konji Ryokan, Gifu prefecture — Positioned within the Okuhida scorching spring villages, this conventional ryokan is positioned within the Japanese Alps and near climbing trails. Sadly it rained the entire time we have been there and the close by Shin-Hotaka Ropeway was closed. Nonetheless a stunning space to go to. It’s a 1-hour drive to Takayama from right here. Ebook right here!

Kaneki Lodge, Shibu Onsen — This ryokan within the village of Shibu Onsen is clear, cute and inexpensive. It has a pleasant and model new personal onsen which you should utilize on your personal (which we actually respect as most different accommodations don’t have that). You’ll additionally get a key to enter the 9 onsens that the village is legendary for. It’s the closest village to the Jigokudani Snow Monkeys Park. Examine the newest charges right here.

Seek for Japan accommodations right here!

traveling japan with families - hakone kowakien tenyuOur keep at Hakone Kowakien Tenyu was unbelievable!

Greatest Issues to Do in Japan with Children

There’s no scarcity of issues to do in Japan with children. You’ll be able to select from themed cafes, distinctive museums, cultural experiences and excursions, however these are finest booked prematurely earlier than your journey to keep away from disappointment.

There are additionally a lot of free issues to do, as an illustration most temples in Japan are free to go to. Listed below are a few of our favourite issues to do in Japan with children:

Go to the Robotic Restaurant 

This over-the-top leisure present is nice enjoyable, and children underneath three go at no cost. Take word that it may be very loud and vibrant for younger children, although they supply noise-cancelling headphones.

Our daughter actually loved the loopy present. Observe that it’s extra of a present than restaurant. You do have to e book your tickets prematurely (they’re cheaper on-line as properly) as they’ll promote out.

Ebook Your Tickets right here!

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Go to the brand new MORI Digital Museum in Tokyo

Undoubtedly make a while in your Tokyo itinerary to go to this museum! The newly opened museum is massively common due to social media, so e book your tickets manner prematurely. In an enormous three-dimensional 10,000 sq. meter area, artworks created by computer systems transfer out and in of the rooms freely, creating magical formations.

Personally, the MORI Digital Museum is a MUST-see in my view and notably attention-grabbing for teenagers. There are a number of areas designated to infants and younger children and many interactive artworks for adults.  however be ready to attend in line even you probably have tickets (we solely waited for half-hour to enter). Learn evaluations and suggestions right here!

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Eat on the Kawaii Monster Cafe

Brilliant, whimsical and weird, the Kawaii Monster Cafe is a themed cafe is certainly designed for teenagers. In addition to its psychedelic interiors, the meals right here additionally is available in rainbow colours.

There’s an entry price of 500 yen (US$4.40) and you need to order at the least 1 meals and 1 drink per particular person. We ended up spending round $40 right here for the three of us, twice of what we normally spend. In my view, it’s manner overpriced and solely appropriate for younger children. Ebook your desk right here!

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Strive rainbow meals in Harajuku

Harajuku is Tokyo’s wacky playground for many who love various stuff. There are many cartoon comedian shops, cutesy boutiques and big-chain way of life retailers right here. Better of all, it’s house to Tokyo’s most revolutionary foodie experiences.

We extremely suggest attempting the rainbow-colored cotton sweet at Totti Cotton Manufacturing unit, and rainbow grilled cheese sandwich on the close by Le Shinier. Children (and adults) go loopy over these items!

Join a Harajuku Tour!

japan with kids - rainbow grilled cheese sandwich

Go to a scorching spring themed park

Yunessen scorching spring park in Hakone isn’t just any typical water park: right here you’ll be able to dip in swimming pools with wine, sake, espresso and tea. It’s a variety of enjoyable for each children and adults alike. All of the swimming pools are fed with pure scorching spring water, so that they keep heat even in winter. 

Tickets are fairly low-cost and you’ll simply spend a complete day right here. Entry tickets price 2900 yen (US$3.30) per grownup and 1600 yen (US$1.80) per little one. Reserve your ticket right here.

japan with kids - yunessen themed park

Wander across the Omicho Market in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is finest identified for its contemporary seafood and out-of-this-world sashimi. The Omicho Market is a great spot to deliver the household and get introduction to Kanazawa’s seafood. You’ll see large Japanese crabs right here in addition to larger-than-life oysters, shrimps and sea urchin.

In case your children are adventurous eaters, see in the event that they need to style some! It prices round 600 yen ($5) to strive an oyster or two massive shrimps. There are additionally some attention-grabbing issues to strive like blue beer and gold-leaf icecream!

japan with kids - omichi market


Strive on a kimono in Kyoto 

What an expertise it was to strive on the Japanese nationwide costume! We obtained to see the sophisticated strategy of placing it on after which skilled carrying it throughout Kyoto. Even Kaleya cherished placing on the kimono.

To seize the particular second, we even booked a pictures session with Flytographer. The outcomes turned out nice and we now have beautiful household photographs.

If you happen to’re desirous about reserving a pictures session, use this hyperlink and the code “NELLIEHUANG” to get US$25 credit. You may as well mix your kimono rental with a tea ceremony to have a full cultural expertise. 

Ebook your kimono rental right here!

Traveling Japan with Kids

Discover the Arashimaya bamboo groves in Kyoto 

Within the outskirts of Kyoto, you will discover lovely bamboo forests in addition to giant gardens and climbing trails in and across the Katsuragawa River. The Path of Bamboos is filled with vacationers lately, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an attractive space to go to particularly for households.

You’ll be able to even rent a rickshaw to deliver you round elements of the bamboo groves which are unique to rickshaw riders. Extra information right here.

japan with kids - arashimaya bamboo grove

Feed deers in Nara

Nara park is house to a whole bunch of freely roaming deer. Thought-about in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s practically 1200 deer have develop into a logo of the town.

Deer crackers are on the market across the park, and a few deer have realized to bow to guests to ask to be fed. The park is massive and dotted with temples, shrines and many greenery. 

japan with kids - deers in Nara

See the snow monkeys in Jigokudani

The Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is finest visited in winter when the Japanese macaques are sometimes seen dipping within the scorching springs. Nonetheless, the monkeys are fed by park workers, so that they do hand around in the park yr spherical.

Even when the monkeys don’t curiosity you, the realm is value visiting for an opportunity to hike and expertise Japan’s nature. Learn extra about it right here. 

The closest city, Shibu Onsen, is a cute scorching spring village that I extremely suggest visiting. If you happen to keep at one among their related ryokans, you’ll get a key to enter all the 9 onsens within the village at no cost. These are usually not scenic onsens, however are slightly public baths that villagers use for his or her each day baths. 

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Price of Touring Japan with Children

Let’s face it, Japan IS costly (particularly if you wish to do every kind of actions) however there are methods to journey the nation on a funds.

The most cost effective approach to journey Japan with children is to make use of native transport and e book funds accommodations. Transport was the most important price for us and we spent round US$1050 on our automobile rental, toll charges, parking and fuel.

You may spend much less if you happen to go for the JR Go — keep in mind children underneath 6 journey at no cost and children aged 6 to 11 take pleasure in half value on the JR transportation.

As for lodging, anticipate to pay at the least US$65 per evening for a tiny 3-star resort room and round $100 for a conventional ryokan room. Lodging in small cities (e.g. Shibu Onsen and Kanazawa) are typically cheaper. Hostels and capsule accommodations are across the identical value for households as you’ll be paying round $20-35 per particular person. 

Actions can add up too if you happen to’re planning to e book experiences just like the Robotic Restaurant and sushi-making lessons.

Here’s a breakdown of our bills in USD (not together with airfare):

Transport: $1050

Lodging: $1400

WiFi rental: $100

Meals: $500

Miscellaneous: $200


  • Robotic Restaurant: $64 x 2
  • Harajuku Owl Cafe: $5 x 2
  • MORI Digital Artwork Museum entrance: $28.25 x 2
  • Kimono rental: $100
  • Kawaii Monster Cafe: $40
  • Yunessun scorching spring themed park: $10

TOTAL: $3600

japan with kids - fushimi inari

Packing for a Journey to Japan with Children

The largest tip I’ve for these touring Japan with children is to pack as gentle as attainable. Japan may be very urbanized and also you’ll in all probability be doing a lot of strolling, utilizing public transport and transferring between locations. Packing flippantly will make getting round simpler, particularly with children.

Most cities in Japan are busy and crowded. The subway is usually packed and commuters are in a rush. It may be a problem strolling round with a toddler who can’t sustain with the tempo. Determine if a stroller is beneficial as it may be a ache getting strollers out and in of the subway and alongside busy walkways. 

On this two-week journey in Japan, we traveled with simply our day-packs, Kaleya’s Pockit light-weight stroller and our Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32 wheeled suitcase.

Because it was September and the climate was nonetheless heat, I packed principally t-shirts, skinny pants, clothes, and leggings. I additionally had a cardigan and a skinny leather-based jacket for the chilly days. For Kaleya, it was the identical — principally long-sleeved tshirts, a number of clothes and thin denims.

You should definitely pack snug strolling footwear as you’ll be strolling rather a lot. Because it will get fairly wet in autumn, we solely packed waterproof jackets for us and a raincoat and rain boots for Kaleya.

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Last Suggestions for Touring Japan with Children

The very first thing you’ll discover when arriving in Japan is that the Japanese are extremely well mannered and respectful. They don’t anticipate foreigners to observe their etiquette, however they do respect it once you make some effort and mix in.

Listed below are some essential issues for households to remember:

  • The Japanese bow lots to indicate their gratitude. You don’t have to do the identical if you happen to’re uncomfortable with that. Be sure that to be taught some fundamental Japanese phrases and specific some courtesy. “Thanks” is one phrase you’ll hear lots: “Arigatō gozaimash ta”. “Hi there” is “Kon’nichiwa” and “Excuse me” is “Sumimasen”.
  • Japanese bathrooms are the best — each children and adults are certain to be amused by them! There are many buttons on the facet of the bathroom, every with a distinct perform (heating, drying, washing and so forth). Nonetheless, some locations nonetheless have the squat bathroom (gap within the floor), so get your children ready for that.
  • Children would love the truth that it’s customary to slurp noodles loudly in Japan to indicate that you just’re having fun with it. My daughter fully embraced it and had slurping competitions with us!

japan with kids - slurping noodles

  • Understand that putting chopsticks upright in your meals, crossing them or passing meals with them are what folks do at funerals. Simply place your chopsticks on the facet of your plate if you find yourself not utilizing them.
  • Breastfeeding is usually not completed in public, although you will discover a quiet nook and use a scarf to cowl. Many shops have nursing rooms in addition to spacious baby-changing amenities the place you’ll be able to breastfeed in personal if you happen to choose.
  • Bear in mind to deliver any remedy that your little one takes repeatedly (or may have), as Japanese pharmacies don’t promote overseas medicines.
  • At all times take away footwear when coming into a personal house, temple or conventional ryokan. Some eating places with tatami mat seating additionally require you to take away your footwear and use their slippers. Observe that they’ve totally different slippers for toilet use, so make certain to not confuse them.

traveling japan with kids - slippers for outdoor wear

  • Japan runs totally on bank cards, however some locations don’t take worldwide playing cards. It’s finest to have some Japanese yen at hand always. Many ATMs don’t take worldwide playing cards both — the most effective locations to withdraw money are the 7-11 shops.
  • There isn’t a tipping in Japan, although after all you’re free to present some spare money if you wish to present your appreciation for his or her good service.
  • No consuming, ingesting or speaking on the mobile phone within the prepare or subway. The Japanese are very thoughtful to different folks, so please attempt to do the identical.
  • At all times stand on the best facet of the escalators.
  • It’s extraordinarily impolite to blow your nostril in public. Strive to try this in the bathroom.
  • Don’t be stunned to see many individuals strolling round with hygienic masks. Individuals who have a chilly or sickness typically put on these to forestall spreading their germs.

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Phew! That’s it from me for now. Thanks for studying all the way in which to the tip.

On an ending word, I’d wish to remind you to not plan an excessive amount of when touring Japan with children. As a result of there’s SO a lot to do, many individuals find yourself attempting to pack too many locations into their itinerary. We made the identical mistake and undoubtedly wished we weren’t so formidable in seeing so many locations.

Understand that you’re there to have enjoyable and discover, so decelerate and benefit from the lovely nation with your loved ones in a calming tempo! I hope this information has been helpful. Be happy to depart me any questions or feedback you’ll have beneath.


Over time (and touring to 140+ international locations), I’ve realized a factor or two about journey planning. I’ve put collectively this checklist of journey assets that I personally use to seek out the most effective offers and e book journey! For extra particulars, try my journey suggestions useful resource web page.

  • Reserving Flights: Kayak is sensible for locating the most effective dates to fly because it lets you seek for the bottom airfares inside a 3-day interval. Then I exploit Skyscanner as they’ve persistently given me the bottom airfares. 
  • Lodging: I all the time use to e book accommodations, primarily due to the versatile cancellation coverage and good customer support. You may as well discover short-term rental residences there (I choose to not use Airbnb as a result of further expenses).
  • Journey Insurance coverage: It’s essential to have journey insurance coverage, no matter whether or not you’re touring for a number of days or months. Security Wing is the most well-liked journey insurance coverage firm for COVID19-coverage. I exploit their Nomad Insurance coverage plan, which covers any healthcare bills I could have worldwide. Seek advice from my journey insurance coverage information for extra particulars.
  • Well being Recommendation: I all the time check with the journey guides on the CDC web site for advisable medicines and vaccines. You may get them at your journey physician’s workplace or a walk-in pharmacy.
  • Excursions: If you happen to’re searching for all-encompassing excursions, I like to recommend small-group journey tour clothes shop, G Adventures. I’ve traveled with them to Antarctica, Mongolia, Svalbard, and Nepal, and cherished each single journey. For day excursions, I all the time e book with Viator and GetYourGuide; they’ve simple reserving programs and free cancellations.
  • Automotive Rental: I all the time e book automobile leases on Uncover Vehicles, as they’ve persistently given us the most effective charges and customer support (with free cancellations). We’ve used them in Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Peru, and Mexico.
  • Transportation: At any time when attainable, I e book native transportation on-line utilizing Bookaway and Busbud. They’re extra dependable than many native transport web sites and canopy trains, buses, and automobile rent. 
  • Eating places: TripAdvisor is my go-to useful resource for restaurant evaluations and bookings. I additionally make restaurant reservations on OpenTable.
  • Journey WiFi: I all the time journey with my Journey WiFi Sapphire 2 machine; it’s essentially the most handy approach to get web knowledge on the go. As an alternative of getting an area SIM card in each nation I journey, I get an web knowledge package deal on-line and the machine works instantly after I land.

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