All the Family-Friendly Spots You Should Check Out in Japan

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In
Odaiba, there are a lot of amusement centers, parks, commercial facilities, and playgrounds where families can have fun and spend quality time with their kids. 


Odaiba was born when the Edo Shogunate, which felt crisis upon Perry’s arrival, built a battery or
daiba. After this, the reclamation of Tokyo Bay proceeded, which then led to the development of Odaiba. Today, large facilities and new spots have popped up, one after the other, gaining popularity in the Tokyo Bay area.  


With its wide range of amusement facilities, you won’t run out of choices to go to with your family. Since most of the spots in this article are indoor facilities, you can still visit them when it’s raining. Still planning your family’s itinerary? Here are some family-friendly spots you should consider: 


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo


There are plenty of attractions where you can play with LEGO blocks. 


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo is an indoor playground that has more than three million LEGO blocks. The facility offers tours around the LEGO block factory, classes where LEGO works can be made, and a duplo playground where small children can play safely. 


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo is located at 3/F Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for weekends and Japanese holidays. It is a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line.


Tokyo Joypolis


There are more than 20 attractions inside.


Tokyo Joypolis
is an indoor theme park within Decks Tokyo Beach. There are over 20 types of attractions there, including a roller coaster that runs through the park and an interactive space room where families can enjoy digital projections of space for free. 


Tokyo Joypolis is located at 3-5/F Decks Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-3-5500-1801. It is a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line.


MEGA WEB


MEGA WEB is located in Odaiba Palette Town.


MEGA WEB
is an experience-based theme park developed by Toyota. In addition to the exhibition area, there are outdoor attractions such as the "Ride One,” where you can take a car for a test ride, and the "History Garage,” where local and foreign historic cars are lined up. The "Ride Studio,” on the other hand, offers electric cars which children can drive, while the "Petit Ride One" allows preschoolers to ride on small cars.

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MEGA WEB is located at 1-3-12 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Toyota Showcase and History Garage, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Ride Studio, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Ride One, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Welcab Test Drive. You may contact them at +81-3-3599-0808. It is connected to the Aomi Station on Yurikamome Line. 


Madame Tussauds Tokyo


More than 60 life-sized figures are on display here!


Madame Tussauds Tokyo
is an indoor facility showcasing life-sized figures of world-famous celebrities, historical figures, and athletes. There is also a family-friendly area here, where both adults and children can experience making their own wax figures. 


Madame Tussauds Tokyo is located at 3/F Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-800-100-5346. It is a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line.
 


Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari


The Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari is a hot spring theme park inspired by the downtown atmosphere.


Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari
has a variety of baths including open-air baths, saunas, and a natural hot spring that’s drawn 1,400 meters underground. Besides this, there are stalls and game areas in the park, as well as 50-meter-long foot baths in the outdoor Japanese garden. At the hall, you can wear yukatas (light cotton summer kimonos) and spend a relaxing stay with your family. 


Odaiba Tokyo Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari is located at 2-6-3 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-3-5500-1126. It is a 2-minute walk from Telecom Center Station on Yurikamome Line.


Odaiba also has parks where you can cook barbecue and go fishing during sunny days and admire the spectacular view of Odaiba facing Tokyo Bay.


Odaiba Marine Park


Rainbow Bridge and seabirds can be seen from Marine House.


At
Odaiba Marine Park, fishing is also possible in the Isohama area. There are lots of sightseeing spots here such as the sandy beach and the observation deck, which offer a view of the Odaiba Statue of Liberty, the Rainbow Bridge, and Yurikamome Line among others. The west side is adjacent to Shiokaze Park.


Odaiba Marine Park is located at 1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open daily except from December 29 to January 3. It is a 3-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line
.

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Symbol Promenade Park


Night view from the Daiba Deck (West Promenade)


Symbol Promenade Park
is a boardwalk park that links facilities in the Aoumi, Ariake, and Daiba areas. From the West Promenade, you can view the Odaiba Statue of Liberty and Rainbow Bridge. Meanwhile, Mt. Fuji can be seen from the Ohashi Bridge of Center Promenade.


Akatsuki Futo Park


At this park, you can cook barbecue in an open space that overlooks the sea.


Akatsuki Futo Park
has patches of grass and a seaside promenade where you can relax and take a break. There is also an area where you can go fishing and cook barbecue there. From this spot, you can easily see the landfill inside the central breakwater, as well as, the huge windmill of Wakasu Park on the other side. 


Akatsuki Futo Park is located at 3/4 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. until sunset (for barbecue area) daily. It is a 20-minute walk from Telecom Center Station on Yurikamome Line. 


Shiokaze Park


The open space in the park is widely used for events.


The
Shiokaze Park is the largest area in Tokyo Water Front City, with views of the Rainbow Bridge, gantry cranes, container ships, and other unique features of Tokyo Bay.


Shiokaze Park is located at 1-2 Higashiyashio, Shinagawa District, Tokyo and is open daily. You may contact them at +81-3-5500-0385. It is a 5-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome Line.


Aomi Kita Futo Park


The reddish-brown hull of Soya contrasts with the white ship-shaped Museum of Maritime Science


Aomi Kita Futo Park
is an L-shaped park that connects Aomi Minami Futo Park and East Yashio Ryokudo Park. Container ships and cranes are lit up at night on the opposite container terminal.


Aomi Kita Futo Park is located at 2 Higashiyashio, Shinagawa District, Tokyo and is open daily. You may contact them at +81-3-5500-2455. It is a 3-minute walk from Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station on Yurikamome Line. 


Aomi Minami Futo Park


This park has a Japanese-style garden with promenade.


Aomi Minami Futo Park
is also an L-shaped park that bends toward the Aomi Chuo Futo Park from the observatory square facing the Oi Container Terminal on the other side. At the park, you can see the arrival and departure of container ships, luxury liners, and flying planes. There is also a Japanese-style garden there.


Aomi Minami Futo Park is located at 2 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open daily. You may contact them at +81-3-5500-2455. It is a 4-minute walk from Telecom Center Station on Yurikamome Line.

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Daiba Park


The past and present of Daiba coexist in this park.


The third
Daiba (gun battery), from among the six Daibas built during Perry’s arrival, is on display on the high grounds along the coast at Daiba Park. There are also ruins of encampments, gunpowders, and furnaces at the center of the park. 


Daiba Park is located at
1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open daily. It is a 5-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line. 


In addition to the parks, Odaiba also has indoor entertainment facilities where families can have unlimited fun without worrying about the weather. 


DECKS Tokyo Beach


Shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities are gathered at DECKS Tokyo Beach.


DECKS Tokyo Beach
is a shopping center at the entrance of Odaiba. The wooden terrace of Seaside Mall offers magnificent views of the Tokyo Bay. It also has entertainment facilities such as Tokyo Joypolis and Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo.


DECKS Tokyo Beach is located at 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for shops and cafes on the 1/F to 5/F and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for restaurants on the 5/F to 6/F. You may contact them at +81-3-3599-6500. It is a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line.


Odaiba Venus Fort


The fountain plaza inside the mall is a popular photo spot.


Venus Fort
is a large shopping destination that’s designed to look like a medieval European village. Although it is an indoor facility, a large fountain and a chapel can be found within the mall. 


Odaiba Venus Fort is located at 1-3-15 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for shopping and services and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for restaurants. You may contact them at +81-3-3520-0510. It is a short walk from Aomi Station on Yurikamome Line.


AQUA CITY ODAIBA


AQUA CITY ODAIBA is a one-minute walk from Daiba Station.


AQUA CITY ODAIBA
is a large shopping center located next to Odaiba Marine Park. You can enjoy shopping at more than 80 stores here. Its gourmet zone -- which is the largest in the Odaiba area -- and movie theater “United Cinema Aqua City Odaiba" are also must-visit spots for families. 


AQUA CITY ODAIBA is located at 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for shops and food court and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for restaurants. You may contact them at +81-3-3599-4700. It is a short walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome Line.

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Divercity Tokyo Plaza


It’s a complex facility where unique shops can be found.
 


Divercity Tokyo Plaza
is a complex facility consisting of three areas for playing, eating, and buying. Its indoor entertainment facilities include the Round One Stadium and the H.L.N.A SKYGARDEN (SKATEPARK), where you can learn how to skateboard. You can also enjoy cooking barbecue at the Tokai no Noen (City Farm) for a limited time only. 


Divercity Tokyo Plaza is located at 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for shopping and services and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the food court. You may contact them at +81-11-592-3333. It is a 5-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome Line.


Odaiba also has interactive indoor playgrounds, museums, and facilities that will stimulate your children’s curiosity. Some of them even grant free entrance!


MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless 


The flow of the water changes every time the artwork is touched. 


MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless is a permanent exhibition facility spanning 10,000 square meters. Inside are 520 computers and 470 projectors creating large-scale works. It is an experience-based facility that proves art has no boundaries. 


MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless is located at 2/F Odaiba Palette Town, 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mondays through Thursdays), 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Fridays and the day before a Japanese holiday), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturdays), and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sundays and Japanese holidays). They are closed on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. You may contact them at +81-3-6406-6606. It is a 3-minute  walk from Aomi Station on Yurikamome Line.


Tokyo Trick Art Museum


Strike a pose by the “Dracula snack” wall in the museum!


Tokyo Trick Art Museum
is an art museum that exhibits three-dimensional paintings. It is divided into five areas, including the Edo area and the Trick Art Masterpiece Gallery.


Tokyo Trick Art Museum is located at
4/F DECKS Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-3-3599-5191. It is a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line.


Miraikan-National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation


Deepen your knowledge of science while having fun at Miraikan-National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

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Miraikan
is a science museum where families can learn new knowledge from the 21st century. In addition to the permanent exhibition, which displays the cutting edge of science and technology, the facility also holds planning exhibitions. At the Gaia dome theater, you can appreciate the stereoscopic planetarium works alongside 3D images. 


Miraikan-National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is located at 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays (open if it’s a Japanese holiday) and December 28 to January 1. You may contact them at +81-3-3570-9151. It is a 5-minute walk from Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station on Yurikamome Line.


Sony ExploraScience


AR Henshin Mirror welcomes you at the entrance.


Sony’s experimental science museum consists of four zones and one studio. The sound zone lets you process your own voice and lets you listen to a variety of sounds. Meanwhile, the light zone allows you to perform video experiments using image recognition technology.


Sony ExploraScience is located at 5/F Aqua City Odaiba (EAST), 1-7-1 Daiba, Minato District, Tokyo and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays, December 31, and January 1. You may contact them at +81-3-5531-2186. It is a 2-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome Line.


Tokyo Water Science Museum


At the Aqua Laboratory, different kinds of experiments are performed right in front of you. 


Tokyo Water Science Museum
is a hands-on science museum that’s divided into five zones. Here, your family can learn more about the nature of water and its circulation. Water experiment shows are also one of the  attractions at this facility. 


Tokyo Water Science Museum is located at 3-1-8 Ariake, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Mondays (Tuesday if it falls on a Japanese holiday), and December 28 to January 4. You may contact them at +81-3-3528-2366. It is an 8-minute walk from Tokyo Big Sight Station on Yurikamome Line.


Museum of Maritime Science


Icebreaker "Soya"


Museum of Maritime Science
is a marine museum inspired by the themes of ocean and ship culture. In the annex, models of ships, such as the Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel and the Japan Self-Defense Force Aegis ship, and a model of the seabed topography in Japan are displayed. Aside from this, the "Soya," which is known as the nation's first icebreaker and Antarctic research vessel, is on display outside.

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Museum of Maritime Science is located at 3-1 Higashiyashio, Shinagawa District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Mondays (Tuesday if it falls on a Japanese holiday), December 28 to January 3. You may contact them at +81-3-5500-1111. It is a short walk from Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station on Yurikamome Line.


Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow”


The Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow” has an impressive modern facade.


Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow”
is a museum where visitors can familiarize themselves with the role of sewers and understand their importance in keeping the city’s water environment clean. The “Rainbow-town” is a sewerage town consisting of sewerage pipes, pumping stations, and a water reclamation center. On weekends and holidays, sewage station work experience tours are conducted for elementary and junior high school students.  


Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow” is located at 5/F Ariake Water Reclamation Center, 2-3-5 Ariake, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except on Mondays (Tuesday if it falls on a Japanese holiday), year-end and New Year holidays. You may contact them at +81-3-5564-2458. It is an 8-minute walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome Line.


Panasonic Center Tokyo


There are a number of great photo spots and all the past Olympic torches at Panasonic Center Tokyo.


Panasonic Center Tokyo
is an exhibition facility that makes use of Panasonic's latest technology. It holds various facilities, such as the experience-type museum "RiSuPia", whose themes revolve around science and mathematics, and a cafe.


Panasonic Center Tokyo is located at 3-5-1 Ariake, Koto District, Tokyo and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Mondays, year-end, and New Year holidays. You may contact them at +81-3-5717-9545. It is a 3-minute walk from Ariake Station on Yurikamome Line.


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (23 May 2019)


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