Travelling in Japan with kids

When you go to Japan, it sometimes feels as if you are entering a child's imagination or Alice's Wonderland, which is why kids, big and small, love it.
Itís not the first place that comes to mind when travelling with kids but, in fact, this is a big growth area for family travel. Itís the four Sís that seal the deal. It is Safe, Straightforward, Speedy and Stunning. And because rail travel is so easy in Japan (and most kids love a cool train journey) nothing is too hard to access either. Japan is a great place for travel with teenagers. Its history appeals to an enquiring mind, and its fashions satisfy the search for cool. And of course, if your kids are into Anime, the massive trend for Japanese animations, try keeping them away.

Activities for families in Japan

Little monkeys

As if the fabulous hiking, biking and hot springs arenít enough, Matsumoto is home to snow monkeys, a breed of macaque that escape the icy mountains by coming down to bathe in the Yudanaka Onsen hot springs.

Sumo wrestling

Not always easy to time, as they donít happen regularly, it is worth trying to find a tournament on your travels as this is a top thing to do in Japan with kids.

Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, such as having to grow their hair long enough to go in a knot, similar to the samurai warriors of the past.

Room at the inn

When you travel in Japan with kids, you will not only be given a royal welcome at their traditional inns, called ryokans, but children will also love the rituals of staying in one. Such as having to take off their shoes, sleeping in sparse rooms on futons, taking communal baths and taking tea. Itís like being given a mini Japan in a box.

Our top Japan family Holiday

Japan family 12 day tour

Japan family 12 day tour

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Travelling in Japan with kids

Ruth Hubbard, Product Manager of one of our suppliers, Inside Japan Tours highly recommends visiting Japan with kids: ďFamilies will love it because Japanese people love children, will treat them like celebrities and probably want to take lots of photos of them.Ē
Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Lance Shields] [Intro: Lance Shields] [Little monkeys: Fezbot2000] [Sumo wrestling: Aussie Assault] [Room at the inn: Bradley Eldridge] [Andrew Straw advice: Lance Shields]