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Family Fun Attractions - Tokyo

by BJ Varghese on 1/10/2005 | Comments | Viewed 2501 time(s) | Full Page View
Tokyo Disneyland - Amusement Park
1-1 Maihama, Urayasu-Shi
Chiba-Ken, 279, JAPAN
81-4-73 54 0001, 81-33-366 5600, Fax: 81-473-545240
It is a re-creation of Disneyland in California. Open every day 9 am
to 10 pm April through August and from 10 am to 6 pm September through
March. (From September through November it closed on Tuesdays, and
from December through February it is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
except holidays.

Ueno Park
Surrounding the Tokyo National Museum and Ueno (Tokyo) Zoo, this park
encompasses true Japan in its temples, shrines and it even features an
aquarium. It is well known for being the prime cherry-blossom-viewing
spot.

Tokyo Sea Life Park (Kasai Rinkai Suizokukan)
6-2-3 Rinkai-cho,
Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
3869-5152.
Tokyo Sea Life Park is a giant aquarium that simulates life in the
depths of the ocean. Exhibits featured include the spectacular rooftop
glass shark tanks and much more.

Edo-Tokyo Museum
1-4-1
Yokoami, Sumida-ku
3626-9974.
Edo-Tokyo Museum is the newest and one of the best historical museums,
depicting life in Tokyo from the 17th century through the end of World
War II. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm (Thursday and Friday until
8 pm). Closed Dec 28-Jan 4.

Wild Blue Yokohama
Heian-cho, Tsurumi-ku,
Yokohama
045-511-2323.
Wild Blue Yokohama is an indoor beach that is open year round. It is a
perfect example of Japan's ability to harness the forces of nature in
new and innovative ways.

Drum Museum Taikokan
2-1-1 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku
3842-5622.
Drum Museum Taikokan presents a hands-on exhibit of drums from around
the world. Very small but interesting personal collection, housed
upstairs in a traditional festival costume-and-instrument store in an
old district of Asakusa.

Japanese Sword Museum
4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
3379-1386.
Visit the Japanese Sword Museum for a display of modern and ancient swords.

Kogeikan National Museum of Modern Art
3 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku
3214-2561.
The National Museum of Modern Art offers a collection of Japanese art
created since the Meiji era (AD 1868-1912). Nearby Crafts Gallery
displays Japanese handicrafts.

Doll Museum
8 Yamashitacho, Naka-ku
045-671-9361
The Doll Museum (Yokohama Ningyo no le) houses a large collection of
Japanese dolls and dolls from 130 other countries.

The Sony Plaza
3573-2371
Visit the fascinating showrooms of the Sony Building. Visitors can
test many products, as well as some products, which have yet to be
released

Children's Castle
3797-5666
Children's castle is an activities center for kids. Featured are
playrooms, AV rooms, a swimming pool (children only), library,
computer room, and so much more.

Nippon Budokan
2-3 kitano maru Koen
Chidoya-ku
03-3216-5100
The Budokan was built as a martial arts arena for the Tokyo Olympics
of 1964. It still hosts tournaments and exhibitions of judo, karate,
and Japanese fencing, as well, as concerts.

Kotsu Hakubutsukan Transportation Museum
1-25 Kanda Sudacho
Chidoya-ku
03-3251-8481
This is a great place for children! Exhibits explain the early
development of the railway system and include a miniature layout of
the rail services. This museum also features Japan's first airplane.

Kite Museum
1-12-10 Nihombashi
Chuo-ku
03-3275-2704
Kite flying is an old tradition in Japan, and the kites in this museum
include examples of every shape and variety. For the children, the
museum offers a special kite-making workshop.

Kokuritsu Kagaku Hakubutsukan (National Science Museum)
7-20 Ueno Koen
Taitoku
03-3822-0111
Everything from dinosaurs to moon rocks is on display at this
conventional natural history museum.

Goto Planetarium
2-21-12 Shibuya
Shibuya
03-3407-7409
The planetarium has daily shows displaying the movements of the solar
system, the constellations, and galaxies projected on a dome 65 ft. in
diameter. Adjacent to the planetarium, visitors can explore the museum
of astronomy.

Koraku-en Amusement Park
1-3-61 Koraku
Bunkyo-ku
03-3811-2111
This amusement park offers attractions that the kids are going to
love! The chief attractions of which are a giant roller coaster and a
"circus train".

Toshima-en
3-25-1 Koyama
Nerima-ku
03-3990-3131
This large amusement park has four roller coasters, a haunted house,
and seven swimming pools. It also features an authentic Coney Island
carousel, refurbished and rescued by a Japanese entrepreneur.

Tama Dobutsu Koen
7-1-1 Hodokubo
Hino-shi
0425-91-1611
This wildlife park gives animals freedom to roam, and most exhibits
are separated by moats. Visitors can also take an adventurous tour of
the Lions' Park on a minibus