Dreaming of a family trip to Japan (once it’s safe!)

by Natalie
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Japan is one of the most vibrant and diverse holiday destinations on the planet. It has everything, from futuristic cities full of high-tech attractions to peaceful villages and beautiful, unspoiled countryside.

Japan is also a very family-friendly nation, with lots for children of all ages to do.

Here are a few places to visit on your family trip to Japan…

Futuristic Tokyo

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As the capital of Japan, Tokyo has become synonymous with high technology and cutting-edge entertainment.

You and your family will have an amazing time investigating the many top-notch amusement arcades and exciting stores selling the latest must-have games and toys.

You can visit Studio Ghibli, the studio behind family films like My Neighbor Totoro, with its museum, tour and roof garden, or just relax with the kitties in a cat cafe.

Tokyo Disneyland

You can’t visit Tokyo without taking a trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

The park holds 115 acres of rides and attractions, where children can meet their favorite Disney characters and enjoy a range of performances.

Be aware that all the performances will be in Japanese, although interpretation and subtitles are available for some.

Adventures by Rail

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Japan is famous for its high-speed, high-tech bullet trains.

In a few years, the Chuo Shinkansen will be launched and it’ll be an advanced system that carries passengers at speeds of over 500mph.

Another famous bullet train is the Tokaido Shinkansen, which can take you from Tokyo to Kyoto in a couple of hours.

Experience culture in Kyoto

Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is the ideal place to learn more about the country’s history and culture.

One of Kyoto’s most impressive landmarks is the golden Kinkakuji Temple, a historic pavilion temple surrounded by landscaped gardens. With its parks and green spaces, Kyoto is ideal for family picnics and leisurely strolls.

Just outside the city, you can meet the monkeys of the Iwatayama monkey park or take a kayak ride down the rapids of the Hozu river.

Moominvalley Saitama

The cuddly Moomins are hugely popular in Japan. Tove Jansson’s illustrations have been lovingly recreated in Moominvalley Saitama, including the three-story Moomin House.

The park boasts attractions like the Ocean Orchestra, an immersive theatrical experience with projections and animated props, or the Lonely Mountain adventure playground.


Osaka is a real hotspot for tourism, especially for families. The city is steeped in history and culture, with museums, Osaka Castle, and many other highlights.

Osaka is also home to Universal Studios Japan. Here, guests can watch performances and enjoy rides like Minion Mayhem. Don’t miss The Wizardry World of Harry Potter, where you can take the Forbidden Journey ride and sample a Butterbeer.

These are just some of Japan’s highlights. From Hokkaido’s ski resorts in the winter to beach fun in Okinawa, Japan has something for everyone.

Have you been on a family trip to Japan? Where did you visit? And where do you plan to travel to when we’re free to fly again? Please share in the comments!

Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Mary Davis.

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