2023 NEW YEAR IN JAPAN
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Who: Mr & Mrs Wanderlust together with the Fam
When: JAN 2023
What: NEW YEAR IN JAPAN
Hello and welcome to our family-friendly Tokyo Japan travel blog! We are excited to share our experiences and adventures with you as we explore one of the most vibrant and captivating cities in the world.
Tokyo is a city that has something for everyone, from its rich history and culture, to its cutting-edge technology and bustling streets. Whether you're traveling with young children or teenagers, there's no shortage of exciting activities and sights to see.
In this blog, we'll be taking you on a journey through some of the best family-friendly attractions that Tokyo has to offer. From theme parks and museums, to shopping areas and delicious food, we'll show you everything you need to make your trip to Tokyo an unforgettable one.
Additional and Important Note:
January in Tokyo can be quite cold, with temperatures averaging around 7Â°C (45Â°F) to 5Â°C (41Â°F). To ensure that you and your family are comfortable during your trip, it's important to pack and dress properly for the weather.
One of the most important items to bring is thermal underwear. This will provide a base layer of warmth and insulation, and will help keep you and your kids warm even on the coldest of days. Make sure to pack enough for everyone in your group, so that everyone stays comfortable throughout your trip.
In addition to thermal underwear, it's also a good idea to bring puffy jackets to provide an extra layer of warmth. These jackets are designed to trap heat and keep you warm, and can be easily removed if you start to get too warm. Make sure to choose jackets that are warm, waterproof, and windproof, as these features will help protect you from the elements.
When layering, it's important to consider the weather conditions and to choose clothes that can be easily removed if needed. Light, breathable layers are best, as they will allow your body to regulate its temperature and prevent overheating. Consider bringing a scarf, hat, and gloves to protect your extremities from the cold, and to complete your cold-weather outfit.
How We Got There:
To get to Tokyo, Japan from NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in Manila, Philippines with a Philippine passport and a valid Japan visa, you will need to take a direct flight to Haneda or Narita International Airport in Tokyo.
There are several airlines that offer flights from Manila to Tokyo, including Philippine Airlines and Japan Airlines. It is important to note that you must have a valid Japan visa before departing for Japan, which can be obtained from the Japanese Embassy in Manila. You will need to complete the necessary visa application forms, submit the required documents, and attend an interview with the embassy staff.
âOnce you have your visa and arrive in Tokyo, you can either take a taxi, train, or bus to your destination in the city. With proper planning and preparation, you can have a smooth and enjoyable trip to Tokyo.
Where We Stayed:
Finding accommodations in Tokyo can be challenging during peak seasons, especially around the New Year holiday when everyone is celebrating and the demand for hotel rooms is high. However, there are still a variety of options available to suit different budgets and preferences.
For high-end travelers, there are luxurious hotels in Tokyo that offer top-notch amenities and services. These hotels are typically located in upscale areas and offer stunning views of the city, spacious rooms, and a range of facilities such as spas, swimming pools, and fine dining restaurants.
For those who prefer a more affordable option, there are mid-range hotels that offer good value for money. These hotels typically have comfortable rooms, basic amenities, and are often located in convenient locations with easy access to public transportation.
As a big group of 14 people composed of 8 adults and kids, it makes sense that you opted for a mid-range hotel in Shibuya. Shibuya is a popular and bustling neighborhood that is known for its shopping, dining, and entertainment options. It is also well-connected to other parts of the city by public transportation, making it easier for you to get around and explore.
Mr & Mrs Wanderlust Hotel Review:
Cerulean Tower Shibuya
+ Big Rooms, Nice View of the city
+ Agoda booking was for family with xtra bed, but in hotel they insist to charge more due to a 5yo kid
+ Beautiful, Clean, Modern Rooms with the skyline view of the city
+ Bathroom was perfect, even has a view as well beside the tub, the toilet was a modern Japanese which the kids found amusing
+ Staff were friendly however,
+ Nice execitive lounge, free snacks and drinks over a nice skyline view of the city
- Some aren't considerate with the child, because we already paid for the booking with breakfast, lost the ticket of the child, they ask us to pay again
- Due to peak season they increase charge on rooms so have to book early
- The lobby needs to be more friendly have more seats to guests checking out waiting for their service as a group with kids we have no where to sit but on the stone wall thing
- Booking with other booking sires rather than direct will usually have hiccups and will cost you more
Shibuya, located in the heart of Tokyo, is a must-visit destination for families looking to experience the best of this bustling city. There's a plethora of fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy in Shibuya, so here are some of our top recommendations for things to do.
First, visit the famous Shibuya Crossing, a busy pedestrian scramble that is one of the largest in the world. Cross the street with the crowds and take in the vibrant atmosphere of the neighborhood. Then, head to the nearby Hachiko statue, a famous meeting spot and symbol of loyalty, for a photo opportunity.
For a fun and interactive experience, check out the Tociyo Discovery Center, a science museum with hands-on exhibits and activities that are perfect for families. Or, take a walk through Yoyogi Park, a large green space in the middle of the city where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.
For those interested in shopping, explore the busy shopping streets of Takeshita-dori, lined with unique and quirky shops selling everything from fashion to souvenirs. After a day of exploring, treat the family to a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants in Shibuya serving a variety of cuisines.
1. Sunset at Shibuya Sky
Shibuya Sky Tower is a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Tokyo. Located in the heart of Shibuya, this towering skyscraper offers breathtaking views of the city from its observatory deck. With its panoramic views of Tokyo's iconic skyline, it's the perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of this bustling city.
âThe tower offers a range of facilities and attractions, including a cafe, a shop, and interactive exhibits, making it a perfect destination for families and tourists alike. So be sure to add a visit to Shibuya Sky Tower to your list of things to do while in Tokyo.
2. Shop Around and EAT!!!
Shopping in Tokyo is a unique and exciting experience, offering a range of shopping options from high-end boutiques to bustling street markets. Whether you're looking for high-quality fashion, unique souvenirs, or the latest electronics, you'll find it all in Tokyo. However, during the New Year, shopping in Tokyo can become very busy as people flock to the stores to buy gifts for their friends, families, and themselves. The busy atmosphere can add to the excitement of shopping, but it can also make it a bit overwhelming. â
3. Tokyo Disneyland
A trip to Tokyo is not complete without a visit to Disneyland. This magical theme park is the perfect destination for families with kids, or even for adults who are young at heart. Disneyland Tokyo offers a range of exciting attractions, from thrilling rides to beautiful parades, making it an ideal place to spend a day with loved ones.
With its classic Disney characters, charming atmosphere, and world-class facilities, Disneyland Tokyo is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Tokyo. Whether you're a fan of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, or any of the other beloved Disney characters, you'll find something to love at Disneyland Tokyo
Just make sure you dress and your kids properly as it is cold, and still masks are strictly enforced still in Japan, especially in the theme park, so make sure you have some on to avoid any hassle.
4. Hachiko Statue, and the obligatory Shibuya Crossing
A visit to Shibuya is not complete without a walk around the neighborhood and a visit to the iconic Hachiko statue. Hachiko was a loyal dog who waited for his owner at Shibuya Station every day, and today, the statue of Hachiko serves as a symbol of the love and devotion that this faithful dog showed. Standing beside the statue is a must-do for anyone visiting Shibuya, and it's a great place to take photos and remember this special part of Tokyo's history.
After visiting the Hachiko statue, be sure to take a stroll around the busy streets of Shibuya. The area is famous for its vibrant atmosphere, and it's a great place to people watch, grab a bite to eat, or do some shopping. And, of course, no visit to Shibuya is complete without experiencing the famous Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world. With hundreds of people crossing the street in every direction, it's an unforgettable sight to see and a great opportunity to take photos and capture the energy of the city.
5. TEAM LABS in Tokyo
TeamLab is an interactive digital art museum located in Tokyo that is a must-visit for anyone traveling to the city. This unique and innovative museum offers a range of exhibitions and installations that use cutting-edge technology to create a truly immersive experience. With its combination of art, technology, and nature, TeamLab provides a magical and captivating experience for visitors of all ages.
âWhether you're a child or an adult, you'll find something to enjoy at TeamLab. From interactive light displays to flowing digital waterfalls, this museum offers an exciting and unforgettable experience that is perfect for families with kids or anyone looking for a fun and innovative way to explore Tokyo's vibrant art scene.
Protip: Lines are always long here so better have an online booking done thru diff booking apps.
6. Mini Lego Land in Tokyo?
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo is a must-visit for families traveling to the city with kids. This exciting indoor theme park is dedicated to the world-famous building blocks, and it offers a range of interactive exhibits, rides, and attractions that are perfect for children and families. From building and racing your own LEGO cars to exploring miniature LEGO cities, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo is an ideal destination for families who love LEGO and want to experience the joy of playing and creating with these iconic building blocks.
7. Ginza Shopping and Art Aquarium Sidetrip
Ginza is a shopper's paradise and one of Tokyo's most famous and upscale shopping districts. From high-end designer boutiques to luxury department stores, Ginza offers a wealth of shopping options for visitors of all tastes and budgets. Whether you're in the market for designer fashion, jewelry, or cutting-edge electronics, you'll find what you're looking for in Ginza. And, with its vibrant atmosphere and bustling streets, this district is also a great place to simply take a stroll, people watch, and experience the energy of the city.
âIf you're looking for a unique and memorable side trip while shopping in Ginza, consider visiting the Art Aquarium, a one-of-a-kind exhibition that combines art, music, and technology to create a mesmerizing display of light, color, and movement. The Art Aquarium showcases a range of unique and interactive exhibits that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages.
Harajuku is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood in Tokyo that is a must-visit for families traveling to the city with kids. Known for its unique street fashion, eclectic shops, and charming cafes, Harajuku offers a one-of-a-kind experience that is sure to captivate visitors of all ages. From the colorful Takeshita Street to the stunning Meiji Shrine, Harajuku is a hub of creativity, energy, and excitement.
However, visitors should be prepared for crowds and a fair amount of walking, as Harajuku is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo. Despite the crowds, however, Harajuku is a fun and family-friendly destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression. So, if you're looking for a unique and memorable experience in Tokyo, be sure to include a visit to Harajuku on your itinerary.
9. Marvel Around Attractions around Fuji
A visit to Fuji and Kawaguchiko is a must for families traveling to Tokyo with kids. With stunning views of Mount Fuji and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, Kawaguchiko is a great place to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of Japan. One popular activity is visiting the Narusawa Ice Cave, where visitors can witness the breathtaking beauty of ice formations created by the cave's natural geothermal heat.
It's important to note that while the Narusawa Ice Cave is a fascinating and unique experience, the Aokigahara Suicide Forest, located nearby, is known for its high number of suicides and should be avoided, but we still went around for just a few photos and explored the eerie place.
After a day of exploring, families can enjoy a delicious meal at one of Kawaguchiko's many katsu restaurants. Katsu is a popular dish that consists of a breaded and deep-fried cutlet, often made with chicken or pork, and is a beloved comfort food in Japan. Eating a satisfying meal after a day of exploring is a great way to end the day.
10. Experience Snow and Snow Boarding at the Fujiten Ski Resort
Experiencing snow for the first time can be a magical and unforgettable experience for kids, and Fuji Ten Park in the Kawaguchiko area is the perfect place to do so. The park offers plenty of opportunities for families to play and enjoy the snow, including snowboarding and sledding. If you have prior experience with snowboarding, it can be especially fun to teach your kids and watch them enjoy this exciting winter sport. Sledding is also a classic winter activity that kids of all ages can enjoy, and is a great way to spend time together as a family
11. Traditional Village and Koyo Dai Viewpoint of Fuji
Visiting a traditional village while in Fujiten is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture and experience a different side of Japan. During your visit, take the opportunity to try a traditional Japanese lunch and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountain. On our trip, we were lucky enough to have a taxi driver who knew of a special, non-touristy place called Koyo Dai that offered the best views of Mount Fuji. At first, we were a bit wary of the extra 15-minute drive, but our driver was insistent and promised us the best view of the mountain. As we were in Japan, a country known for its honesty, we decided to trust our driver and were pleasantly surprised by the breathtaking views we were able to see. The peaceful atmosphere and stunning views of Mount Fuji made this detour a truly memorable experience and one that we would highly recommend to others visiting the area.
In conclusion, our family trip to Tokyo was truly a magical experience that we will never forget. From exploring the bustling city of Shibuya, to visiting Disneyland and Legoland, to experiencing the unique beauty of Fujiten, there was never a dull moment. The food was delicious, the people were friendly, and the sights were breathtaking. While it was peak season during New Year, the crowds didn't detract from our enjoyment of the trip. In fact, they added to the festive atmosphere. We were also grateful for the opportunity to layer up and stay warm in the chilly January weather. Whether you're traveling with kids or just looking for a new adventure, Tokyo is a destination that has something for everyone. We can't wait to plan our next trip back!
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