Family Fun in Japan – Take a trip to the world’s friendliest country for kids!
A few years ago, Time published a list of the World’s Top 10 Kid-Friendly Nations, and surprisingly, the U.S. wasn’t even on it! The list was made by Save the Children, a non-governmental organization devoted to improving the lives of children across the globe. Looking at health, education and nutrition factors, Save the Children creates a Child Development Index every few years, which ranks the countries of the world based on the quality of life children will experience when staying in those countries.
Japan topped the list, proving that its advanced state of childhood education and medicine are the best in the world. But Japan isn’t just a great place for kids who live there; rather, there are loads of fun things for families and their children to do when visiting the country.
Essentially Japan’s own Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland lets kids experience life with Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, and friends. There’s a wonderful parade of Sanrio characters that lasts about 30 minutes, a participatory live show, roller coasters, a musical play, and even boat rides. Image credit
Hayao Miyazaki captivated the world with his great works such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Parents who grew up watching these will be glad to know that a theme park has been erected in honor of the great producer, manga artist and director. The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka transports tourists into the wonderful fantasy world of Miyazaki’s creations. At the entrance of the museum waits a giant Totoro which shows you the way into the museum, and inside, tourists are treated to various memorabilia from the movies Miyazaki has produced. Guests are also treated to an exhibition of how animated films are produced, a ride on an actual Cat Bus, and a chance to meet the giant Robot Soldier waiting atop the Ghibli Museum.
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to live in Japan’s Edo period, now’s your chance to find out. Edo Wonderland allows children to dress up as personalities living in the Edo period, and to participate in reenactments of some of the more significant moments of the time. Children can dress up as police officers and ninjas, and participate in parades and live shows, as well as concerts and seasonal events.
Arashiyama Monkey Park
For a more relaxed atmosphere, tourists can also visit the Monkey Park in Japan’s Arashiyama region. There are over 100 wild Japanese macaques living in the park, and tourists can watch them chow down on food, or feed them themselves with bags of food purchased at the park. Tourists can also take a walk along the beautiful hiking trails and see the surrounding springs and vistas. (image by Claudia Gabriele)
Japan is surely the place to be for families who want to experience a different kind of culture, but still feel at home. Several airlines also offer discounted flights to Japan, but as with any long-haul flight, be wary of these! As industry professionals Parking4less warn, most “discounted” flights usually have hidden charges — especially for long trips! Watch out for misquotes on taxes and surcharges for in-flight meals.
Don’t worry about spending too much on your flights, as the technologically-advanced country is one that everyone can enjoy, and the cost of living isn’t all too bad either. It’s a great choice for an inexpensive overseas trip with the kids! Japan has also waived the Visa requirement for 61 countries, so it’s a great choice for short vacations. With great food, great people, and great parks, tourists are sure to experience great family fun in Japan.
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