Tokyo Top 5. Thinking outside the box.

Tokyo Top 5. Thinking outside the box.
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Looking for 5 fun things to do in Tokyo with kids? Looking for something a little different than what’s in the guidebooks? Not looking at going to Disneyland? Then check out these 5 adventures my kids loved while in Tokyo.

  1. Hedgehog cafe

Where else but in Japan would you get to sit and play with a little hedgehog? This was our first animal cafe experience and is something the kids had on top of their list. This is the newest animal cafe in Tokyo following after owl, cat, bunnies and even goat cafes.

You choose your hedgehog and the staff place it in a little box for you to have on your lap. While sitting down you can take the hedgehog out and hold it in your lap/hands. Our experience was really positive and everyone was being very gentle and caring with the hedgehogs.

Hedgehogs are animals, they do poo and really long ones at that! and wee! They also like eating worms!

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Roppongi Station ( Hibiya Line exit 3)

Harezumi cafe

Reservations online or just turn up. We arrived at 1130 and there were 6 people in front of us. The cafe takes approx 12 people in each sitting.

Open hours 12-2100

30 mins sessions available 1300Y.

Please note: This cafe is not wheelchair accessible it is up a small flight of steps.

2. Puri Kura

The Japanese photo booths are so much fun! They can be found in game centres and are big machine crowded with teens and couples taking fun photos!

We loved testing them out and its a great thing for kids and big kids! I especially loved the child like complexion it gave me!

Each photo session is 400Y. Pop your money in and follow the onscreen prompts which are mostly in Japanese but the visuals give you a great clue to what you are pressing!

Jump in the booth and pose away. It can be for 1 person or we also did family shots too.

Next go in to the editing booth to add pictures to your pictures on screen! It took us a few turns to work out these screens and not put stamps all over our faces.

A great souvenir from your holiday.

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Please note: Machines are usually within gaming places which are loud and busy. ( not as noisy as the adult game of Pachinko!) The space in the machine can accommodate a wheelchair but we had to lift the little kids up to be seen on the screen. Yes we did this more than once!

3. Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens.

These amazing gardens are the perfect place for families to visit. They were completed in 1906 and are divided into an English, French and Japanese garden. We visited in Springtime and on a Saturday so many families were enjoying the grounds for picnics and relaxing. It is not a play park like Yoyogi so there are no games, bikes, games allowed.

We loved seeing the traditional Japanese gardens with large lake filled with fish and turtles.

Pepper enjoyed watching artists paint, Cooper loved the manicured trees and Woody liked playing hide and seek amongst the trees.

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Wheelchair access is good across most of the paths with plenty of accessible bathrooms. Make sure you get a map at the entrance to help you find your way around.

There are 3 entry points. We entered via the Shinjuku gate. Shinjuku Station ( south exit) is a ten minute walk.

Open 900-1700

Cost was 500Y for our family. ( 200Y Adult 50 Y kids over 6)

BYO Picnic or there are a few food stalls available.

4.Roppongi Hills.

TV Asahi headquarters is a fun way for kids to learn about some favourite TV characters of Japanese TV. Our kids loved posing with Power Rangers and Doraemon.

The Mori Garden is a lovely space to relax on the lawn ( or roll down it like Woody) amongst some cherry trees and Japanese landscaped garden.

On the top level of Hillside is a great free view of the Tokyo Tower or you can pay to enjoy the view from the observation tower.

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Roppongi Hills can be accessed by two train lines and 1 subway. We used the Odeo line from Shinjuku.

Wheelchair access: There are elevators up to each level and accessible bathrooms on each floor. Plan your train travel beforehand as we hit two stations with no lifts.

5. Food challenge.

Japan has an amazing variety of food and is such a great place for kids to try new and exciting foods!

Even heading down to the local 7/11 is a huge treat and so different to home.

Our kids loved trying lots of different ice creams and buying drinks from the vending machines.

Their favourite foods to eat were gyoza, yakatori and ramen. They loved ordering meals from little machines and sitting in little tiny spaces to eat.

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Stay tuned for Coopers food review from Tokyo, coming up soon!

Extra information:

We spent 12 nights in Tokyo, Japan in late April/early May with our family of 5. Our kids are aged 11,7,4.

We travelled to Tokyo from Melbourne which is a ten hour flight with Qantas’ budget carrier, Jetstar. We were able to get some flights last September during a fly back for free sale. Our flights cost $1500 AUD for the five of us. We travelled carry on only luggage and did not book food or seats.

We stayed in a great Airbnb 2 bedroom apartment  located in Setagaya a 10 minute walk to Shimokitawzawa. ( 7 stops from Shinjuku on the Odayku line)

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