With so many child-friendly activities you can put down on your itinerary, it’s no wonder that Tokyo is a popular destination for families. We tell you where to check-in with the kids while you’re there.
When one plans a trip to Tokyo with the kids in tow, it’s Disneyland that undeniably takes top spot on the list of child-friendly attractions to visit. But you might be surprised to discover that Tokyo offers so much more for kids apart from the famed theme park. Believe us when we say that you’ll be needing more than just a single trip to the capital city of Japan in order to take in all the sights and sounds catered to families travelling with children.
For starters, if your little ones are animal lovers, you’ve got to visit Ueno Zoo. It’s the oldest zoo in Japan and is nestled within Ueno Park where you can find temples, shrines and the National Science Museum – little science geeks can get up close with dinosaur fossils here. The park is a hit with folks of all ages during the cherry blossom season. Fans of the animal kingdom should also consider dropping by Sumida Aquarium and Tokyo Sea Life Park.
Are your children Sanrio or Doraemon enthusiasts? If your answer is yes, you’ll be pleased to know that Tokyo is home to Sanrio Puroland and the Doraemon Museum which is officially known as Fujiko F Fujio Museum. Following Disneyland, Sanrio Puroland is the second most popular theme park in Tokyo. Your tots will find all their favourite Sanrio characters here – including Hello Kitty, of course.
So you are now convinced that a trip to Tokyo with the kiddos will be jam-packed with activities that they’ll love. But where will you stay in Tokyo? One of these 10 family-friendly hotels should suit your fancy.
1. Hilton Tokyo Bay
Located on the eastern shore of Tokyo Bay, this luxury hotel combines ocean views with ease of access to central Tokyo – just a half an hour drive away. Delight the kids with the whimsical Happy Magic Room or Happy Magic Suite that are decorated in a wonderland style. The hotel also offers Magic Forest themed floors and rooms which are exclusive to Hilton Tokyo Bay. These rooms come with child-friendly interactive features, park or ocean views and thoughtful amenities.
Children who are under the age of six and are sharing a room with their parents stay for free. Oh, and have we mentioned that the hotel is situated within Tokyo Disney Resort? That’s right – Disneyland is just a stroll away. Hilton Tokyo Bay is twenty minutes away from Tokyo Station and the Marunouchi Financial District.
1-8 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba 279-0031, Japan | Website
2. Four Seasons Marunouchi
Within a stone’s throw from Tokyo Station, Ginza and the Imperial Palace is Four Seasons Marunouchi. This is a luxury hotel that truly makes its little guests feel welcome. Prior to your stay, simply provide the hotel with the names and ages of your children so that they can prepare child-size bathrobes, baby and children’s toiletries, bedtime snacks and milk, and children’s menus for in-room dining. Babysitting services can be arranged within a 24-hour notice period.
Children can also enjoy complimentary access to English storybooks, colouring books, crayons, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo games. Cribs and even baby strollers can be provided upon request – subject to availability.
1-11-1 Pacific Century Place, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6277, Japan | Website
3. Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome
The Superior Twin rooms at Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome are perfect for a small company comprising two adults and one child. Though this hotel is located in a quieter part of Tokyo, it is still easily accessible by train – Ginza, Tokyo Station and Odaiba are all nearby. For mums and dads who are looking to get an authentic onsen experience, good news – there’s a large public bath at the Vasca Garden located on the thirteenth floor!
2-14-24, Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 105-0021 | Website
4. Asakusa View Hotel
We absolutely love that Asakusa View Hotel offers Quad Rooms – perfect for a family of four! They come in two sizes – Standard (26.1 sqm) and Deluxe (37.5 sqm). Both room sizes offer stunning views of the Tokyo Sky Tree and Sensoji Temple. Enjoy complimentary Mikimoto skincare products and bath amenities when you stay in an Executive, Universal or Premier Room. How accessible is this property, you ask? Asakusa Station is directly connected to the entrance of the hotel.
111-8765, 3-17-1 Nishiasakusa Taito Tokyo-to, Japan | Website
5. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Toyocho
If you’re trying to cover Tokyo with your family on a budget, the Sotetsu Fresa Inn Tokyo-Toyocho is the perfect accommodation choice for you. The Economy Quadruple Room is great for a family of four as it comes with two single beds and a bunk bed – the kids will be delighted! This is another one of those properties nestled within a quieter neighbourhood in Tokyo. But fret not for Disneyland is just 20 minutes away from the hotel by train.
Do book your stay as soon as possible though – the Economy Quadruple Rooms are usually snapped up quickly during holiday season!
4-4-3, Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-0016 | Website
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6. Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel
Here’s another great option for families who wish to see Tokyo on a budget. Khaosan World Asakusa Hostel is the biggest there is in Tokyo and is a walking distance from the famous Sensoji temple. If you think that the rooms here are going to be very cramped since it is a hostel, you couldn’t be more wrong. The rooms are ultra spacious – the Superior Japanese Rooms come with up to SIX beds! Travelling with four kids? You know where to book your stay now.
Asakusa Station is just a minute away from the property. Laundry facilities and a communal kitchen are also available for your use.
3-15-1 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan 111-0035 | Website
7. Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku
Located right next to NIshi Shinjuku Station, this hotel offers Triple and Quadruple Rooms which are suitable for small families. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and Sensoji Temple are just a few of the attractions near the property. Be sure to dine at Kurikichi while you’re staying at Hotel Rose Garden. Boasting a rich history spanning more than a century, the restaurant offers first-time visitors to Japan an authentic dining experience by using only quality seasonal ingredients. Be prepared for a gastronomical adventure!
8-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 160-0023 | Website
8. Hotel Edoya
Located away from the hustle and bustle of Central Tokyo, Hotel Edoya offers its guests a public hot bath, a terrace and spacious Japanese style rooms for an authentic experience. The rooms here come with seating area, tatami mat flooring and comfortable futon bedding. The hotel provides coin-operated laundry facilities and even serves free tea and coffee at the lobby! Something tells us you’ll be needed that extra caffeine since you’ll have to keep up with excited little humans.
The daily breakfast buffet offers both local and Western fare and is served at Umejaya Restaurant. As for accessibility, Yushima Station is just three minutes away by foot.
113-0034 Tokyo Prefecture, Bunkyo -ku Yushima 3-20-3, Japan | Website
9. Shiba Park Hotel
Shiba Park Hotel is a two-minute walk from Onarimon Station and a four-minute walk from Daimon Station. You can check out sightseeing options for the family at the hotel’s friendly tour desk and unwind with a traditional Japanese Shiatsu massage at the end of a long day – those tired feet will be thanking you! Baby and child amenities such as diapers, wet wipes, bibs and bed guards will be provided at no additional charge upon request.
The hotel’s Quadruple Room is the largest and can accommodate up to four people. Children under the age of six get to stay for free if they are using existing bedding.
1-5-10 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 105-0011 | Website
10. Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro
If you’re a family of five searching for accommodation in Tokyo, look no further. The Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro offers Japanese style rooms that can fit up to five people. There are also Western style rooms and dormitory rooms that come with bunk beds. All private rooms are equipped with a flat-screen television, fridge and en suite bathroom. Hairdryers and irons can be borrowed from the hotel’s front desk. If your kids have dietary restrictions or are simply fussy eaters, feel free to whip up something they’ll like in the communal kitchen.
The property also has an eatery – Sakura Cafe & Restaurant – that runs 24 hours. What’s nearby? Popular entertainment and shopping districts like Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya are short fifteen-minute rides away by train.
2-40-7 Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan | Website
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