Best Fall Activities for Families with Kids in Tokyo for 2021
Summer was long. But fall is here and things are looking up.
Need some weekend options for your can’t-sit-still kids? Here’s a wide array of activities for families with kids in Tokyo in 2021—from fishing to Segway to niche amusement parks and more!
Bookmark this list for when you need a grab-bag of ideas before the weekend hits.
Adventure awaits at Legoland® Discovery Center
Legoland® Discovery Center is an indoor theme park where kids can go wild with LEGO®, located on Odaiba’s Tokyo Beach Deck. Lots to do with kids here: Aside from playing with blocks, there’s a 4D cinema plus a LEGO classroom where children can learn how to make specific LEGO creations. An on-site store gives you access to limited edition products. And a café allows parents to take a break from all the fun. Additionally, there are attractions that are suitable for small children, such as the Duplo® Village, where kids can play with large blocks. Make sure to reserve your tickets in advance as only those with reservations are allowed to purchase tickets.
Location: Island Mall 3F, Decks Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-0091
Price: Adult: ¥3400; Children: ¥2500
Go on a Segway tour of Showa Memorial Park
Fans of Arrested Development will know of Segways as Gob’s favorite means of transportation. Segway tours are available in Tokyo at Showa Memorial Park, but you must book in advance. The tour time runs between 2 to 2.5 hours and takes you around the vast park with lots of gorgeous scenery stops. Mid-tour, you’ll get a little tea and cake break included in the package price. Tour groups can host a maximum of 6 people per group, so that should accommodate your family. The tour guide communicates in Japanese, so you will need a basic understanding of Japanese as a requirement. (Need help with making your booking? Ask your TokyoMate Assistant!)
Location: 3173 Midoricho, Tachikaway-shi, Tokyo 190-0014
Price: ¥9,000 per person
Burn excess energy at one of the largest indoor playgrounds in Tokyo
Asobono, conveniently located near Tokyo Dome, is a large indoor play facility where children can engage in a variety of activities. Play areas have themes, such as an ocean area, a forest area, etc. Each space has play equipment based on the theme, and there’s even a space dedicated to children 0 to 24. If your children have excess energy to burn, this spot might be perfect for you and young’uns.
Location: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Price: Adults entrance fee ¥950; Children: ¥950 for 60 minutes
Purchase tickets at the entrance
Do a zero-planning required BBQ in Koto City
Come empty-handed, leave delightfully satisfied. WILD MAGIC is a man-made nature spot in the middle of Koto City, open year-round from 10 AM to 10 PM. Choose between teepee-style tents, the fire pit area, the family deck area, or the beach and lagoon area. This popular BBQ spot allows you to enjoy BBQ-ing with all food provided and prepared by the WILD MAGIC crew, bypassing the need to shop for groceries or to track down BBQ supplies. You can also select an all-you-can-drink plan, which should keep you occupied as your children run about.
Location: 6-1-23 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0061
Price: ¥5,500 per person
Go to Japan’s oldest amusement park in Taito City
Established in 1853, Hanayashiki first opened as a flower park and in 1872, the park included an exhibit of exotic animals and Western moving pictures that boosted the park’s popularity. Today, it is still in operation as an amusement park with 20 attractions that are still in operation. Aside from the amusement park rides, there are various shops and restaurants where you can eat and browse. Typically less congested than some of Tokyo’s other amusement park places.
Location: 2-28-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku 111-0032
Price: ¥500 for under 12s; ¥1000 for 13 and up
Purchase tickets at the entrance
Book a fishing cruise and catch some tall tales
If you are in Chiba, this fishing cruise departs from Katsuura Port in Chiba and can be entirely reserved for you and your friends (up to five people). Since reservations are for private tours, you can enjoy fishing at your own pace and based on a schedule that is perfect for you. Boat staff will provide bait and rods (separate fee) as needed and can also help tutor beginners. (English-speaking staff can help if you don’t speak Japanese) If you are living in Tokyo, here are some other fishing charter options that set sail from Tokyo Bay.
Price: Most plans start from ¥66,000 for a 5- to 7-hour fishing trip.
Go fishing without having to leave Tokyo
Ichigaya Fishing Center is located in downtown Tokyo, so you don’t have to travel far to experience the delight of a skillful catch. There are bigger ponds with large carp, and smaller ponds that are popular with children. As a coronavirus safety measure, temperatures are checked at the reception area, and fishing chairs are spaced 2 meters apart. The fishing center does not have a BBQ space, but you can bring your own food and drinks. Open on holidays from 9AM to 7:30 PM.
Location: 1-chōme-1 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 162-0843
Price: Adult 1-day ticket: ¥2910; Children 1-day ticket: ¥1660
Booking page: Purchase tickets at the entrance.
Indoor amusement park with a snow play area
Tokyo Asobi Mare is one of Japan's largest indoor amusement parks, located on the second floor of the new Via Nagaike building, directly connected to Keio Horinouchi Station. Rides include a Western Train, Shinkansen, London Bus, and go-karts. The facility also has a food court, so you’ll have lots of options for eating and resting, but you can also pack an obento if that’s more your style. A year-round “snow” area where kids can play is also part of the facilities. The one-day pass allows you to leave and re-enter throughout the day, making sure kids are thoroughly exhausted by the time you’re ready to go.
Location: 2-1 Bessho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 192-0363
Price: ¥1500 per adult or child
You can purchase tickets at the entrance.
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