1. Be a ninja for the day
Delve deep into the art of Japan’s legendary, lethal assassins at the Ninja Trick House, where kids have the opportunity to wield katanas and fling shurikens – all under careful supervision, of course. The photo opps are endless and there are more than a few educational moments woven into all the fun.
2. Play with bricks
Tons of interactive exhibits and games make the Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo a hit with kids ranging from tots to teens. These toys encourage children to think critically and use their problem-solving skills, all while having a blast.
3. Learn about science the fun way
Japan’s fascination with technology has resulted in not one, but three science museums spread across the metropolis. Although each has its plus points, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation wins for its interactive, English-language exhibitions. Stay for a science workshop or watch one of the four daily live demonstrations of ASIMO, a walking automaton.
4. Dine at a candy-coloured cafe
It may be bizarre, but the luridly coloured Kawaii Monster Cafe is pure Harajuku and a whole lot of fun. Each of the four areas has its own trippy theme and serves an assortment of rainbow-hued dishes perfect for kids who love to play with their food.
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5. Stay with Godzilla
If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with Japan’s most famous monster of the deep, now’s your chance. At Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, fans can book a Godzilla-themed room, which features a giant replica of the beast’s claw, and movie posters.
6. Step into the magical world of Ghibli
From animated films such as Kiki’s Delivery Service to Spirited Away, the fantastic mind of Hayao Miyazaki has captured the imaginations of kids and their parents all over the world. Meet your favourite characters at the Ghibli Museum.
7. Discover Japanese history – in miniature
Pore over detailed scale models of the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, as well as a life-size replica of Nihonbashi, an important bridge in Tokyo. It’s one of the best ways to make the country’s past come alive for a younger audience.
– TEXT BY DIANA HUBBELL
PHOTOS: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION, NINJA TRICK HOUSE, LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER TOKYO, KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, GRACERY SHINJUKU CITY CENTER, INSTAGRAM
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.