5 Awe­some things to do in Japan with kids

Out & About with Kids - - VANUATU COMPETITION -

Mori Art Mu­seum

6-10-1 Rop­pongi My guts feel quiv­ery when my kids lean against the glass look­ing down 35 ver­tig­i­nous floors, but this is my must-see for lovers of art. Al­ways thought-pro­vok­ing, this mod­ern space has no per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, just ro­tat­ing ex­hibits fo­cus­ing on mod­ern Asian. Ticket prices also in­clude en­try to the SkyDeck.

Visit the fa­mous Shibuya Cross­ing

It’s clichéd, but you have to do it just for the sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence of cross­ing the world’s most fa­mous in­ter­sec­tion. While you’re there, get a photo with Hachiko’s statue, honour­ing a pro­fes­sor’s fa­mously loyal dog, who con­tin­ued to wait faith­fully for his owner for ten years af­ter his death, at the same time ev­ery day at Shibuya Sta­tion, and be­came a hero to Ja­panese peo­ple as a sym­bol of per­se­ver­ance and loy­alty.

Shop­ping and Eat­ing in Shimok­i­tazawa

Yazawa Yakiniku, 2-chime-10-12 Ki­tazawa, Se­ta­gaya-ku, Tokyo The groovi­ness has mi­grated away from Hara­juku and can be found in this hip­ster neigh­bour­hood, where the shop­ping is fan­tas­tic and the food op­tions are lim­it­less. Look out for the best yakiniku bar­be­cue you will ever eat in your life in a cosy, mad place fre­quented by tourists and lo­cals alike.

Photo booth

It used to be a phe­nom­e­non for teens but now ev­ery­one clam­bers into these ¥ 400 (AUD$5) photo booths for a unique and hi­lar­i­ous sou­venir. Many have an auto-en­hance fea­ture that makes your eyes eerily big. Find them ev­ery­where.

Dress up in a ki­mono in Ky­oto

The Gion shop is a 1-minute walk from Ko­dai-ji Tem­ple Tel: 0755317890 There’s a whole in­dus­try around get­ting dressed up in beau­ti­ful ki­monos, and for around ¥8000 (AUD$100), you can join in. Look out for long-suf­fer­ing men dress­ing up in the an­cient male ver­sion of the ki­mono to ap­pease their part­ners and, re­mem­ber, if you do get dressed up, only you can bring the ele­gance and grace that should go with the out­fit.

Dee Dee and Anouk dressed in tra­di­tional ki­mono in Ky­oto

Left: We queued for 10 mins to pose in front of the fa­mous Hachiko statue

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