Fun Activities For Children in Japan

Planning a trip to Japan with the whole family? Or thinking about summer activities for your children? There are so many things to do in Japan you will never be bored, but to get you started, here’s a look at some exciting activities that cater to all interests:

Coto Academy is a Japanese language school located in Tokyo and Yokohama. With its small class sizes and flexible course schedule, we ensure the students find their community here in Japan and learn practical and useful daily-life Japanese by focusing on conversational practice.

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Aquariums

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Japan has some of the coolest aquariums in the world. Here, you’ll be able to see animals you won’t find anywhere else, as well as tanks that are artworks.

Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium

Immerse yourselves in a breathtaking underwater journey at this world-class aquarium. Witness the majesty of whale sharks, explore the Pacific Ocean tank, and be amazed by the diverse marine life.

  • Address: Kaiyukan
  • Hours: Range by date from 9:00 am- 8:00 pm to 10:30 am -8:00 pm
  • Price: Range by age from free to 2,700 yen

Art Aquarium Museum

While there is no diversity in sea creatures at this aquarium, all the tanks are intricate art installations.

  • Address: Art Aquarium
  • Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Price: Range by age free to 2,300 yen in advance and 2,500 yen a same day

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Glimpse the Ryukyu Islands’ unique ecosystem, including vibrant coral reefs and fascinating sea creatures.

  • Address: Churaumi
  • Hours: Range by season from 8:30 am-6:30 pm to 8:30 am-9:00 pm
  • Price: Range by age from free to 2,180 yen

Learn Japanese

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The best way to experience to experience Japan is to be fully immersed! There are Japanese courses just for children! Check down below!

Coto Academy

Coto offers many different Japanese language courses for all ages. The kids and teens summer program includes not just standard courses but also teaching children Japanese through crafts and taking them on field trips to the Tokyo Toy Museum, Aqua Park Shinagawa, and Minato Science Museum.

You can learn more about the course details here in the Kids and Teens Summer Course

Amusement and Theme Parks

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Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea

The undisputed kings of theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, offer classic Disney magic with a Japanese twist. Meet beloved characters and experience exhilarating rides you can’t find elsewhere!

  • Address: Disneyland DisneySea
  • Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Price: For adults, 7,900 yen on weekdays; price varies on weekends, generally 10,000 yen; for kids: 4,700- 5,600 yen

Legoland

This park is for all the Lego Lovers! Here, your children can walk around Lego City, interact with their favorite characters, build custom Lego minifigs, and more!

  • Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Price: 2,250 yen (adults must be accompanied by a child to visit)

Sanrio Puroland

If your child is a fan of Hello Kitty, this is the place to go! Only 2 rides at the park make it a much more family-friendly and laid-back experience. The parades are breathtaking, and the photo opportunities create great memories to look back on.

  • Hours: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Price: 2,800 yen can vary on weekends and holidays 

Universal Studios Japan

Calling all movie buffs! Universal Studios in Osaka brings your favorite films to life with thrilling rides. Here, you can enter the worlds of Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Minions, and Super Nintendo! Given the different age demographics of these cinematic universes, there is something for every age group!

  • Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm on weekdays, 8:30 am-9:30 pm on weekends
  • Price: For adults 8,600 yen, for kids: 5,600 yen

Playgrounds and Parks

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Kasai Rinkai Park

This massive park in Tokyo features a giant playground with slides, climbing structures, and sandpits to keep kids entertained for hours. There’s even a water play area for those hot summer days!

Nihon Maru Memorial Park

Located in Yokohama, this park boasts a unique “ship” playground with climbing nets, slides, and tunnels. It’s a great spot for imaginative play and burning off any extra energy.

Ueno Park

Tokyo’s largest park offers a variety of attractions. Here you can rent a swan boat to take on the lake, visit the zoo, or some gorgeous museums or shrines! The zoo is open 9:30 am -7:00pm and costs 600 yen for adults, children 12 and under get in free!

Engaging Museums

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Ghibli Museum

Step into the fantastical world of Studio Ghibli for an interactive experience. Explore exhibits based on iconic films, marvel at hand-drawn animation techniques, and let your imagination soar.

  • Hours: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Price: Ranges by age from free-1,000 yen

National Museum of Nature and Science

This Tokyo museum is a treasure trove of scientific wonders. Kids will love the dinosaur exhibits, the giant globe, and the interactive displays that spark curiosity.

  • Hours: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
  • Price: Ranges by age from free-630 yen

Unko Museum

Japan has a lot of interesting attractions that may seem a bit odd, like this one! The Unko or Poop Museum is something you can’t find anywhere else that you’re bound to get a kick out of!

  • Hours: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
  • Price: Ranges depending on age and date but generally, adults: 2,600 yen and kids: 1,600 yen

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