5 Things To Do In Odaiba With Kids

Things to do in Odaiba with kids

So the much-anticipated weekend or holiday is approaching, and the kids are asking you to take them to Disneyland, Fujikyu Highland or perhaps even Universal Studios – but you don’t fancy the idea of travelling out of Tokyo and paying premium entry ticket prices just to spend time lining up just for a ride or two. You just want to go to a shopping outlet, or explore downtown Tokyo at wallet-friendly prices. Fortunately there are plenty of things to do in Odaiba, an entertainment island in Tokyo Bay that will save the day for everyone, providing a fun-filled weekend for adults and kids alike.

This man-made islet has its roots as a fort built near the end of the Edo period to ward off any gunboat diplomacy from the West, so it’s not surprising that “Odaiba” literally means fort. Today, it is known for having a Gundam Cafe as well as other bold and futuristic establishments such as the Fuji TV Building and Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center. With a whole array of cutting-edge theme parks, the only problem you may have is not what to do in Odaiba, but what not to! Here is an overview of the various types of activities available in Odaiba for kids.

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Hostels in Japan: Everything you need to know

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When it comes to finding accommodation, Japan is actually one of the most expensive countries in the world. While you may try to avoid steep prices by booking through a travel site rather than directly through a hotel, many of the best deals can only be found on Japanese websites—meaning that you would have to read Japanese to access them! More traditional accommodation such as ryokans are great, but they are both expensive and often even less likely to accommodate English speakers. Even Airbnb, although certainly convenient for the solo traveler, is far from the cheapest alternative. For travelers visiting Japan on a budget, youth hostels may actually be the best option. Here’s what to know about hostels in Japan to make the best of your trip.
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What to see in Kyoto: From Arashiyama to Kiyomizudera

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Kyoto, Japan’s former capital, has long been the center of traditional Japanese culture. At the same time, it is a modern and vibrant major city. Kyoto is packed with attractions, and is the quintessential marriage of old and new, tradition and innovation. There are thousands of shrines and temples in Kyoto, seemingly on every street corner and tucked into every alley. Don’t miss the charms of Kyoto’s old streets, traditional crafts, and historic temples mixed with modern design and city conveniences. [Read more…]

Traveling to Japan Alone: Savvy Tourist Tips for Solo Women

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At its best, traveling solo allows you to have complete freedom with your schedule, the chance to be spontaneous, and the opportunity to meet other travelers that you might not have interacted with had you been with a group. It is also an opportunity to do some soul-searching and discover what travel style suits you. If you are a woman who is thinking of traveling to Japan alone, take heart: It is one of the best places to do all of the above! Here are a few pieces of advice when planning your solo trip to Japan. [Read more…]

Onsen Guide: Hot Springs in Japan

Have you ever experienced taking a bath facing to strangers? Have you ever taken a bath outside? If both or either of your answers are no, you might feel embarrassing about soaking in a public bathtub when a person next to you is an unfamiliar dude or girl. However, it is not really unusual for Japanese people to go to a public bath.

Traditionally, Japanese people love to go to hot springs, or onsen. This is true for not only humans. Even monkeys in Japan love an onsen!

Onsens in Japan
Monkeys love onsen as well!

For geographical reasons, there are thousands of onsen spots throughout the country. If you live in or come to Japan, you may want to visit at least one of the spots, but at the same time, you may have no idea about where to go. This article introduces things to know about Japanese onsen, focusing on,

  1. Major onsen spots in Japan
  2. Manners at an Onsen in Japan
  3. Benefits to go to an Onsen in Japan

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Currency Exchange in Tokyo

Money in Tokyo

Japan is very much still a cash based society. You will find that many restaurants, retailers and taxis will not accept credit card as a form of payment. It is always advised to carry cash with you. Using large notes, even for small transactions does not seem to be a problem at most retailers, so it is vital to exchange your currency while in Tokyo. In regard to the safety of carrying money in Japan, not to fear; Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world so you don’t need to be concerned about carrying large amounts of cash on you. [Read more…]

Taxis in Tokyo

Taxi speeding through Tokyo

Tokyo is so well connected by its public transport network that needing a taxi is not very common for most people. However it is sometimes a necessity, especially when the trains have stopped running after midnight or when in a great hurry to get somewhere. [Read more…]

Yoshida Trail: Your Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

Yoshida trail

One of the most iconic symbols of Japan is Mt. Fuji; this mountain has captured the wonder and imagination of people for thousands of years. The challenge of reaching the summit of Mt. Fuji has drawn individuals to this challenge for nearly just as long. This journey is indeed difficult, but has been made much easier as the mountain has become a major tourist destination. There are several paths to the summit when climbing Mt. Fuji, such as Yoshida trail and Fujinomiya trail. Making the right choice has a large impact on the level of difficulty encountered when hiking.  [Read more…]

Getting Around Osaka: Transportation Guide

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What do you know about Osaka? How far is it from Tokyo? How are  people in Osaka like?

I was born in Osaka, so, naturally this place always gives me a feeling of intimacy and warmth. Though I have moved to another prefecture in Japan as well as the United States, Osaka still is my favorite place to be. While Yokohama is a larger city in terms of population, I would say that Osaka is still the second capital of Japan. However, it is definitely the biggest city in Western Japan.

Osaka has many particular characteristics that distinguish them from the rest parts of Japan (Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyushu.) It is preferable to know and understand them for those who are planning to visit Osaka in the future.

Are you ready for your journey to Osaka? Let’s discover it!

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