12. Joy ride
Perfect on a rainy day, the HEP Five shopping mall (hepfive.jp/language) is easy to spot: just look for the giant red Ferris wheel protruding from the roof. Teens will enjoy the shopping options, while younger children will love the Ferris wheel, Sega game centre and full-size red whales hanging from the lofty ceiling.
13. Oodles of noodles
Ramen-lovers shouldn’t miss the CupNoodles Museum (cupnoodles-museum.jp), a tribute to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant CupNoodles. The theme carries through the entire museum with fun and interactive exhibits for kids. The best part is the chance to create your own CupNoodles; there are 5460 possible flavour combinations.
14. Rhythm of life
In just one hour, you can learn to play the taiko (a traditional Japanese drum) with tuition in English. At the Taiko Center (taiko-reserve.com), children as young as three can join so it’s a great family activity to learn about Japanese culture and bang out some stress at the same time.
15. Wonderful wizard
There’s a lot of family fun to be had at Universal Studios Japan (usj.co.jp). And around Halloween, the theme park gets genuinely scary at night when zombies roam the streets. But let’s face it – you’re here for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter...