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…]

Taxis in Tokyo

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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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Fujinomiya Trail: Your Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji from Suruga Bay

Climbing Mt. Fuji is difficult; this tallest mountain in japan has constantly-changing weather, a short climbing season, and decreased oxygen levels at the higher altitudes. However, there are several paths to the summit of Fuji-san, such as Yoshida trail and Fujinomiya trail, and making the right choice has an incredible impact on the level of difficulty.  [Read more…]

Your 2015 Tokyo Hanabi Taikai Guide

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Rooted deeply in Japanese history, fireworks have been an integral part of celebrations and festivals within Japan. Japanese firework shows, known as ‘hanabi taikai’ in Japanese, are nothing short of extraordinary; lasting up to several hours with certain shows consisting of thousands of fireworks, with one firework show in particular that has a 900 lb super-firework and blooms to over 2,400ft, Japanese fireworks are truly astonishing.

These festivals can draw hundreds of thousands of spectators, and often times there are several events every weekend during the summer season.
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Fukuoka to Osaka: Where to Stay and What to do in Osaka

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Osaka has long been one of the major cities in Japan, and the gateway of trade and culture for centuries. As a result, people from this area are regarded to be fast-talking and straight-shooting. This is in complete opposition to those from Tokyo, who tend to be more reserved (they both even stand on different sides of the elevator)!

Rooted in rich history, as well as being launched into modernity by their close connection with trade, Osaka is bright in culture, history, and especially delicious Kansai food! [Read more…]