Top 10 Family Holiday Destinations in Japan

Japan is an island nation famous for its dense cities, imperial palaces, thousands of beautiful shrines and temples, mountainous national parks, and delicious cuisine.

As one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world, Japan is easily on everyone’s “must-visit” list because of its massive beauty where modernism and traditionalism meet. Japan also supports excellent family accommodation. Your children will be stress-free and will have a spectacular holiday in Japan and have wonderful stories to tell to their friends, so fear not when you bring your kids to Japan for an amazing holiday experience.

So, where should you go in Japan with your family? We list the top 10 family holiday destinations in Japan that could be your inspiration when you create your Japanese itinerary. We include everything, including visits to theme parks, museums, beautiful parks, shopping districts, and Tokyo’s landmarks.

    1. Universal Studios
      This year, Universal Studios Japan officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you and your family are fans of this magical series, you have to go here. Universal Studios also offers other attractions such as The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man: The Ride, Jurassic Park: The Ride, and many exciting live shows, flat rides, carousels, and roller coasters. What a great place to spend time with your family, right?family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-universal-studios
      Source: Japan Guide
    2. Tokyo Disneyland
      Let’s meet the Disney Princesses! Tokyo Disneyland is the first Disney theme park built outside the US. There are 7 themed lands you and your family can enjoy, which also feature seasonal decorations and parades just like in California Disneyland and Florida Magic Kingdom. We are very sure your inner child will come out along with your kids because every theme is based on Walt Disney’s’ famous cartoons and movies.family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-tokyo-disneyland
      Source: Japan Guide
    3. DisneySea
      Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, and American Waterfront… these myths and legend of the sea can be found at Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo Disney Resort! Moreover, DisneySea not only offers its stellar attractions but also its transportive sense of place, great ambience, and spectacular dining experience. Disney Resort is surely the happiest place on earth!
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      Source: Japan Guide
    4. The Ghibli Museum
      Have you ever heard about Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, or Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea? Oftentimes, Studio Ghibli is known as the Disney of Japan. Therefore, there is a museum about this most famous animation studio in Japan. Let’s meet Ghibli’s notorious characters, such as Totoro, No-Face, Ponyo and also the life-size Castle in The Sky robot! You can also watch exclusive showings of Studio Ghibli movies in the museum. Sadly, photos are not allowed as the museum wants you to enjoy the exhibition rather than take photos.family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-the-ghibli-museum
      Source: Japan Guide
    5. Shopping Hopping
      Shibuya, Ginza, Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro are the most famous places to shop in Japan, especially in Tokyo. As we’ve said before, Japan is like the meeting point of modernism and traditionalism, so when you do shopping hopping you can find everything you want. Be very careful to always have your eyes on your children since those places can be very crowded, especially on the weekend.family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-shopping-hopping
      Source: Japan Guide
    6. Jigokudani Monkey Park
      The next family holiday destination in Japan is seeing Snow Monkey in Jigokudani Monkey Park located in Yamanouchi, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture. If you want to go here—and it’s a must—we suggest you visit this place during winter. Here, your family will have a unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in natural hot springs. Pssst… please do remember that you cannot feed or touch the monkeys because it’s prohibited.family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-jigokudani-monkey-forest
      Source: Japan Guide
    7. Leisure Time in Kyoto
      Kyoto is the best place for a taste of Japanese tradition. Make sure you pay a visit to castles that have been standing since the time of the Japanese empire, ethnic temples and shrines of Buddhism and Shintoism, interesting museums such as Kyoto Manga Museum—an attractive option for children—and also lovely parks. Don’t forget to have a bite of Japanese traditional food!family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-leisure-time-in-kyoto
      Source: Japan Guide
    8. Hakone
      Famously known for its hot springs, natural beauty, and the view of Mt. Fuji, Hakone should also be included in your bucket list when traveling in Japan with family. Besides the hot springs, you have an open air museum that you can visit while enjoying the fresh mountain air while taking photos with your family. Furthermore, you also can visit the Botanical Garden, Art Museum, and Grass Field.family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-hakone
      Source: Japan Guide
    9. Tokyo Skytree
      We thought it would feel incomplete if you didn’t visit the Skytree in Tokyo while you have a family holiday in Japan. Known as the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion, Tokyo Skytree has a large shopping complex with aquarium area located at its base. In here, you can go to its two observation decks which offer spectacular views of Tokyo. Don’t forget to take beautiful pictures with your family!family-holiday-destinations-in-japan-tokyo-skytree
      Source: Japan Guide
    10. Nara Park
      We know that Japan has so many beautiful parks, but you have to go to this specific park named Nara Park. Located at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa, Nara Park is the home of hundreds of tame deer. And yes… you can freely feed the deer, but be careful because they might be a little aggressive although they have learned to bow when you feed them.
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      Source: Japan Guide

All your travelling would be so much easier if you are connected to the internet. You can find all the information above, access other resources regarding directions or additional places to visit, or share your precious moments via social media with an internet connection. To overcome the lack of internet, Travel Recommends offers portable WiFi routers that you can use outside Malaysia. With Travel Recommends’ Pocket WiFi, you may now enjoy Unlimited Data abroad and stay connected without having to pay hefty data roaming bills.

So, are you ready to go to Japan with your family and stay connected? We bet you are. Happy traveling!

 

10 Tips for Finding Family-Friendly Hotels

When you’re on family vacation, we know you want to make sure your hotel is comfortable for you and your family. Even though you may spend more time outside the hotel, believe us: where you stay during you family vacation matters.

Fortunately, there are many hotels that offer family-friendly amenities now. Here are 10 tips for finding the best family-friendly hotels for your family vacation:

  1. Is the hotel located downtown?
    Booking a hotel downtown means you will be much closer to entertainment, food, and public transportation. When booking a hotel, you should also check for the closest bus or train station from your hotel.
  2. Is the hotel business-oriented or for family leisure?
    When searching for hotels online, you should definitely narrow your list down by ticking the “family leisure” filter before searching. Family-oriented hotels will provide more entertainment and comfort for your kids, which means a less stressful trip for you!
  3. Check the bed selections provided by the hotel
    Look carefully at the bed options available in your chosen hotel. You can have anything from single, double, queen, and king-sized beds. Pick the most appropriate bed for your family: If you have young children, sleeping on a large bed might be the best choice as they might want to have the same bed as you.
  4. Travelling with older children? Book a connecting room

    Older kids love their privacy. If you’re travelling together, you should ask the hotel if they can provide a connecting room for your family. Connecting rooms keep your children close, allowing you to easily check in on them while giving them plenty of space to enjoy.

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  5. Is the swimming pool suitable for your kids?
    Swimming with your children is one of the most delightful bonding experiences a parent can have. However, you need to make sure there are kid-friendly pools or floats for your children to ensure their safety. You should always accompany your kids at all times when swimming.
  6. Does the bathroom have equipment for suit your kids?
    Younger children often need special potty seats or a small bath tub for their hygiene needs. If you need the equipment to simplify your kids’ bath time, do ask the hotel if they provide such amenities.
  7. Does the hotel have a playground?
    Fun fact: kids love to play! Hotels with designated play areas will make travelling with kids much easier as there will be a safe place for your kids to enjoy. You should never leave your kids unattended even then, as children have a way of hurting themselves easily.
  8. Does the hotel have a kid’s menu?
    Feeding picky children are one of the many joys of parenthood. Hotels with a diverse, kid-friendly menu will keep your sanity levels in check while keeping your kids energised for the rest of the trip.
  9. (Optional) Check for rooms closer to the ground
    In the event of an emergency, having your family closer to the ground means easy, faster access to safety. Your family can quickly get out of the hotel to a safe place if there are not many stairs. If your room is high up, you should memorise the evacuation path from your room to the safe-zone.
  10. Does your hotel have an airport transfer service?

    A special hotel shuttle is great to hire if you want minimal fuss: Hotel shuttles will be expecting your arrival and will take you directly to the hotel. To ensure the highest comfort in transit, you can book an overseas airport transfer with Travel Recommends. You will need to fill in the names of the airport and hotel, as well as the pickup date, time and number of passengers in your party. Then voila! Your private car will be ready for you for a fuss-free journey.