Family Fun: Omiya Railway Museum (Tokyo)

Japan is full of densha otaku (train fans), but you don't have to be one to enjoy this hands-on museum in the Tokyo "suburb" of Omiya dedicated to all things railway-related. The Omiya Railway Museum opened in 2007 in one of Tokyo's largest bedroom communities just across the border in Saitama Prefecture. The museum sprawls over... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Kodomo Miraikan (Kyoto)

Some travel professionals will try to convince you that there are a host of activities to do with kids in Kyoto. I have decided that these well-intentioned travel professionals don't have kids of their own 🙂 Kyoto is a city that has fascinating temples and shrines, beautiful gardens and delicious food. But in all honesty,... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Niko-Niko Park (Tokyo)

Last month, my lack of preparation for the September Silver Week holiday (a move, two major summer trips, a new apartment in Tokyo ... yup, totally slipped my mind!) saw me hanging out in Tokyo with my daughter for the duration while my husband was off hiking the Japan Alps. Normally I'd be jealous of... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Neputa Mura (Hirosaki)

When we were up north earlier this month, we were lucky enough to catch the Neputa Festival in Hirosaki, which I highly recommend to anyone of any age. But if you're in Hirosaki outside of the festival dates (August 1st-7th), make sure to swing by the Neputa Mura, the "village" that houses some former Neputa... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)

In the past few years, my family and I have been frequent visitors to Sasebo, a seaside city in Nagasaki Prefecture. In all that time, however, we had never once stopped into the Huis Ten Bosch complex, a Dutch-themed amusement park just a few kilometers below the city. "Dutch?", you may be asking yourselves? But in... Continue Reading →

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