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Travel Destination: Tokyo

Tokyo
Written by Jane Sophia

Tokyo is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world and for good reason. It is a vibrant city that has much to offer. It is also ideal for families. Apart from Tokyo Disneyland, Japan’s metropolis has zoos, museums, and entertainment centers that kids can explore.

In order to fully enjoy the sights and sounds of the city it is best to stay for at least a week. Below are some places of interest if you are planning a family getaway.

Where to stay?

The Telegraph has a list of someof the best hotels to stay in while in Tokyo. However, if you’re the adventurous type, there are also a lot of unique places to stay. Remember to book early for your lodgings in order to save money.

Minshuku

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Minshuku Inns are family operated, Japanese-style bed and breakfasts. Some of them have been successfully operating for decades, and it is because of their cozy, traditional feel that tourists are drawn to them over modern, high-rise hotels. These types of inns are famous for allowing tourists to mingle with local families, as well as experience a traditional Japanese lifestyle. Minshukus are usually located near hot springs, making them the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate after a long journey. There are several of these inns dotted around Tokyo.

Capsule hotels

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Japan is also famous for popularizing capsule hotels, which were created due to the lack of space in the city. Leesa claim that capsule hotels were designed to simulate the feel of a very small room for those who just need a bed to sleep on. This is perfect for travelers who don’t want to spend a fortune on lodgings, especially if you are going to be out during most of the day. Capsule hotels have group locker rooms for storing personal items, as well as showers that are open 24/7. Staying in a capsule hotel is a great way to educate the family on how other cultures live.

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What to do during the day?

Tokyo Disneyland needs no introduction. It is a popular tourist destination that is recommended for kids and the kids at heart. However, there are many attractions beyond this popular theme park.

Ueno Zoo

The Ueno Zoo is a great destination for tourists who like nature, as it is home to over 400 species of animals. The zoo is home to some of the rarest animals on the planet. These include giant pandas, white rhinoceros, Sumatran tigers, and white tail eagles.

Legoland Discovery Center

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Legoland Discovery Center is perfect for families looking for an interactive day out. The park offers lots of different activities for children to engage in, including theme park rides, and Lego workshops.

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Imperial Palace & Gardens

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One of Tokyo’s top destinations is the home of Japan’s royal family. The grounds and gardens make a great open-air destination for families. The palace and inner grounds are closed all year round except on January 2 and December 23. However, the grounds and gardens are open for public viewing on most days. This is a great place to learn about Japan’s rich heritage.

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If you need more ideas then Tommy Ooi has many more interesting places to explore in Tokyo.

Where to eat?

Japan is renowned globally for their ramen and sushi. However, Japan’s culinary scene is much more than that. Tokyo has many restaurants that serve delicious food. If you want to make your stay unforgettable, below are some restaurants that you should consider adding to your itinerary.

Ninja Akasaka

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If you have ever asked yourself what it’s like to be a ninja, then you can find out at Ninja Akasaka. Disappear through doors, enter dark rooms, and uncover hidden bridges while finding a table in this Ninja-themed restaurant. The restaurant’s hidden fortress has a waterfall that separates rooms for guests. You can order Japanese, French, or Chinese cuisines from the menu.

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Zauo

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Simply speaking, Zauo is a restaurant that not only serves people fresh fish, but also teaches them how to fish. It has a large tank filled with different kinds of fish that customers can catch using a fishing rod. The chef will then cook according to the customer’s preference. Zauo’s vibe is merry and fun, making it a great place for the entire family.

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There are many more great restaurants in Tokyo and Eater has a detailed list that will help visitors find whatever they are after.

Tourists can visit Tokyo at any time of the year because the weather is quite temperate. However, the best times to visit are between September and November as it’s not too humid to walk around the city.

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