6 of the Best Tourist Attractions in Japan Related to Children's Hobbies

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As parents, you surely want to offer the best experiences for your children and this  also applies when traveling. Naturally, you want to create experiences that your children love and cherish for life. Taking children to tourist attractions that are relevant to their hobbies and interests can be an interesting idea that they will definitely love.

In this article, Tourist Note offers some recommendations for the best tourist attractions in Japan based on particular interests and hobbies. You might want to consider the following places if you plan to visit Japan in the upcoming school holidays.

For comic and anime fans

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Opened in 2006 in Kyoto, this manga museum has become one of the must-visit places for Japanese manga or comic enthusiasts. It has an extensive collection of manga and comics (up to around 300,000 books), with most of the books in Japanese. However, this museum also has a collection of Japanese manga that have been translated into various languages, including English.

The museum offers plenty of facilities, including the "Children's Library”, and if you come on the weekends, you can see how manga artists perform their craft in the Manga Studio. Visitors can also read any manga in the museum.

The museum is closed every Wednesdays (or if Wednesday is a national holiday, the following Thursday) and during the New Year's holidays.

Access:  A 2-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike Subway Station.
Admission Fees: 800 yen
Website: https://www.kyotomm.jp/en/

Ghibli Museum

If your child is a fan of animated films by the Ghibli Studio, such as "My Neighbour Tottoro", "Princess Mononoke", or "Spirited Away", bringing them to this museum is a “must”. They will surely be impressed and appreciative being transported into this storybook world! The museum is situated in Inokashira Park, Mitaka, which is around 45 minutes by train from Tokyo. In addition to seeing the Ghibli filmmaking process, visitors also have the opportunity to watch an exclusive Ghibli short film, which is only screened in the mini theater of this museum.

Tickets to the museum are only sold online and can be purchased at any Lawson in Japan.  No tickets are sold at the museum and please keep in mind that tickets can quickly sell out, so be sure to order them well in advance. Tickets sold at Lawson can be purchased from the 10th of the month for the following month's admission (e.g. tickets for 1-31 October can be purchased from 10 September).

Access: A 15-minute walk from Mitaka Station or take the loop bus from Mitaka Station to the museum.
Admission Fees: ages 4-6: 100 yen, 7-12: 400 yen, 13-18: 700 yen, >19: 1000 yen
Website: http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

Tokyo One Piece Tower

It’s no exaggeration to call this place a true paradise for fans of the internationally acclaimed “One Piece” series. Tokyo One Piece Tower is a theme park with a variety of “One Piece” themed rides. In addition to the exciting rides, Live Show performances are also held almost every hour. Still want more? Go to the 5th floor and take pictures with your favorite “One Piece” characters. Last but not least, exclusive and original items can be purchased as souvenirs.

Access: A 15-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station or a 5-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station, Toei-Oedo Line.
Admission Fees: starting from 500 yen to 3,200 yen
Website: https://onepiecetower.tokyo/?lang=en

For robot enthusiasts

Unicorn Gundam Statue, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

Taking a picture with the giant Gundam robot statue in front of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is probably on the bucket list of every robot fan visiting Tokyo. In March 2017, the classic RX-78-2 Gundam statue was removed and replaced by the RX-O Unicorn Gundam statue in September 2017. Rising to a height of 19.7 meters, the Unicorn Gundam is 1.7 meters taller than the previous Gundam statue.  Interestingly, the Unicorn Gundam has two modes, namely the Unicorn mode and the Destroyer mode, and the transformation can be viewed at certain times. If your child is a robot enthusiast, be sure to take them here!

Access: A 5-minute walk from Yurikamome Daiba Station
Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/divercity-tokyo/en/

Miraikan National Science Museum

This museum is one of the best places in Japan for family outings, especially if you're a fan of science and robots! Miraikan offers the experience of seeing and interacting with robots up-close, including a demonstration of the Asimo - humanoid robots that can walk, jump on one leg, and even dance. Or why not take a closer look at the Android - a human-like robot with amazing expressions.

Access: A 5-minute walk from Fune-no Kagakukan Station, Tokyo Waterfront New Transit Yurikamome.
Admission Fees: 18 years old and under: 210 yen, adults: 620 yen
Website: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/

For train enthusiasts

The Railway Museum, Saitama

Train enthusiasts should prepare to be amazed by the collection of trains showcased at this museum! Its exhibits range from the first classic steam engine train in Japan to the modern Shinkansen bullet train and visitors can also go inside the trains to explore them. A train simulation ride is available in the Simulator Hall, with authentic scenery displayed on the front screen. Want to experience being a train driver? This museum also has a Miniature Driving Train where you can do just that!

Access: A 1-minute walk from Tatsudo Hatsubutsukan Station
Admission Fees: 1000 yen
Website: http://www.railway-museum.jp/en/

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