9 Best things to do in Tokyo with a baby
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Where to stay in Tokyo with a baby
Things to do in Tokyo with a baby tip: lots of hotels in Tokyo have coin operated laundry on site and we loved having the flexibility to do some laundry especially as we were on a multi country trip. We brought baby sensitive detergent with us but the detergent was often automatically included in the washing cycle.
Our Tokyo hotel picks
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Koyobashi: close to both Tokyo Station and the Koyobashi Metro Station as well as within walking distance of Ginza, the Mitsui Garden Hotel is a great base for exploring the city. We opted for a standard room which was a decent size and we appreciated the hotel's coin-operated laundry - Check prices here!
- Shibuya Excel Hotel, Tokyu: close to Shibuya Station the hotel's 25th-floor restaurant level offers the best views of Shibuya and the location is excellent for exploring the city – Check prices here!
The 9 best things to do in Tokyo with a baby
1 | Shibuya Crossing
Tokyo with a baby tip: On exiting Shibuya Station don’t forget to check out the statue of Hachikō. Hachikō was the loyal dog who awaited his dead master’s return for nine years, nine months and fifteen days at Shibuya.
2 | Visit a themed restaurant
We booked our tickets for the Monster Café in advance through Voyagin. We highly recommend you use Voyagin as they are the official partner for Kawaii Monster Café tickets and have live availability on their website. You can book your seat/booth type and time slot via their booking system and have your tickets send via email. We used them and it was super easy and reliable – click here to book now!
Tokyo Essentials: Sim Cards, Internet and Subway Passes
One of the best investments you can make for your trip to Japan is to buy/rent a sim card or 4G hotspot. This will give you internet access while on the go. We have used both sim cards and 4G hotspots during our trips to Japan. A sim card is perfect if you just have your phone while the 4G hotspots are great if you have multiple devices that need internet or if you’re travelling a group. They also avoid any compatibility issues with installing a sim card.
We used the Klook app to order our sim cards for our last trip. The app is great as you can order in advance and pick up on arrival or from various departure cities.
- The best 4G hotspot on offer is provided by URoaming with unlimited data - check prices now!
- The best sim card is from Docomo (who we used) - check prices now!
Depending on the duration of your stay, a 24, 48 or 72 hour subway pass is invaluable for navigating the city. We saved so much yen by using our 3 day subway pass for sightseeing trips rather than paying for each individual journey. The passes can be picked up at one of the designated arrival airports in Japan. The pass works for unlimited rides on Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines - check prices now!
3 | Harajuku
4 | Capture memories at a Purikura photo booth
5 | Mori Building Digital Art Museum
We highly recommend you book your ticket for the Digital Art Museum by Team Borderless well in advance as tickets regularly sell out days in advance. Again, we purchased with Kook, who we highly recommend and used for countless activities on our travels.
Tickets are not time allocated during the day, so we also recommend arriving for the opening to have the best experience. We were one of the first to have access when we visited and it was really enjoyable. It got very busy after an hour or so! – click here for prices!
Things to do in Tokyo with a baby tip: The Digital Art Museum frequently sells out. Make sure to book a ticket well in advance of visiting. We recommend visiting first thing in the morning as it tends to get more crowded throughout the day.
6 | Sensoji Temple
7 | Explore Tokyo's Parks
Things to do in Tokyo with a baby tip: Yogogi Park comes to life at the weekends so try and visit on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon if your itinerary allows. Ueno Park and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are great to visit on any day of the week.
8 | Escape the city in Hakone
Tokyo with a baby tip: Hakone is easily accessible via the Odakyu Electric Railway which runs from Shinjuku Station and there are tourist passes available which include sightseeing buses and a boat ride. We had J's car seat and decided to rent a car and drive ourselves - driving was straightforward and there was plenty of parking but make sure to pick up an International Driving Permit, or IDR, before you travel to Japan.
9 | Wander through Shinjuku
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