Things to do beyond Tokyo with kids

The INTERACTIVE Samurai and Ninja Museum (Kyoto)

Japan with kids

It’s the #1 ranked family-friendly museum in Kyoto and it’s amazingly INTERACTIVE! With a visit to this famous museum, you’ll get a guided tour in English as well as learn what makes the katana in Japan special compared to the Western blades. 

Furthermore, there are swordsmanship and ninja throwing lessons inside the museum. Of course, a visit here won’t be complete without trying on some Samurai and ninja clothes

  • Tip: Not fond of Japan’s mighty warriors? Guess what? You can still have a blast at Maikoya, thanks to its kimono photo opportunities for the entire family. And, you can request to do it a different scenic location too. 
  • FREE for children below 3 years old
  • Opening hours: 10:30 AM to 08:00 PM
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Kyoto Aquarium 


Opened in 2012, the Kyoto Aquarium wows visitors with its charming marine residents that are endemic to Kyoto’s waterways as well as other saltwater creatures. Perfect for kids and adults, the aquatic museum aims to entertain and educate guests about aquatic ecosystems.  Main exhibits include fur seals, Asian giant salamanders, penguins, coral reefs and dolphin shows. 

Iwatayama Monkey Park 


This park, located near the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, is home to 120 friendly Japanese macaques. These monkeys are native to the country and are the kinds of monkeys that you often see in well-known photos wherein they are bathing blissfully at a hot spring in winter. 

Universal Studios Japan 

No trip to Japan with kids is complete without a visit to the Universal Studios Japan. Known as one of Asia’s best theme parks, USJ has a plethora of mind-blowing attractions and rides for teenagers and adults, like Jurassic Park, Spider Man and Jaws. Moreover, the park brims with child-friendly attractions featuring characters from Sesame Street and Hello Kitty. 

Nara Deer Park


Nara Deer Park is set right next to the world’s oldest pagoda and a couple of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here, you get to explore beautiful grounds and more importantly, get an up close encounter with the tamed and friendly deer roaming around the park. 

  • Tip: Buy biscuits that are made specifically for these animals, so you can easily mingle with the park’s deer. There are plenty og vendors nearby that sell these biscuits. 
  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day 
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Ready to explore Tokyo with kids? Don’t forget to visit Maikoya to make your vacation in Tokyo with kids memorable and super fun. 

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