Make Your Children Smile! A Shinjuku Walking Course for Children and Adults
In order to enjoy your trip to Tokyo even more, today we would like to introduce you to a Shinjuku walking course. Today’s itinerary is a walking course for children and adults. There are a lot of places in Shinjuku that are sure to make children smile!
Start at the South Exit of Shinjuku Station
Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) Building
Only a minute from Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Subway Line is TMG Main Building No. 1. Coming from the subway station is a safe choice for those with children, as you do not need to be on the lookout for cars. There is an observation deck in Main Building No. 1 202m above ground where you can see Tokyo Skytree to the northeast and Tokyo Tower to the southeast. The view is especially good in the winter, and there are a lot of chances to see Mount Fuji to the west. If you use the Tokyo Sky Guide viewing guide, you will be able to hear explanations of the view from each direction in your native language. There are also booths selling goods where you can pick up a Tokyo souvenir. We also recommend checking out the Tokyo Tourist Information Center and Japanese Prefectural Tourism Promotion Corner on the first floor.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is about a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station's West Exit. You can see a sweeping panorama of Tokyo from the two free observatories 202 meters off the ground. The d…
- 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001
- Telephone number
Observatory phone number 03-5320-7890 (Weekdays 10:00–17:00)
- Hours of operation
- To get to the observatory, take the observatory elevator in Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No. 1.
Note: When the government offices are closed (weekends and holidays), the 2nd floor entrance is…
Tokyo Toy Museum
A former elementary school is the current location for the Tokyo Toy Museum in Yotsuya Hiroba. Visitors of all ages, from babies to the elderly, come to this memorable location to play with toys and make their own. The building layout is unchanged from its time as an elementary school, so each room has a focus on a unique theme. The toys in the museum are made with paper, wood, fabric and other materials that are great not just for the environment, but for people too. There is a nursing room, diaper changing area and washrooms with baby seats, so you can safely bring children of any age here.
Look out for the red brick walls of the building, and go through the gates. The garden just inside the gate is a place for anyone to play. The Tokyo Toy Museum is located inside a 74 year old building that was formerly an elementary school. There are special activities designed for 0-2 year olds and 3-5 year olds to enjoy. On the second floor of the museum is the gift shop Apty, which generally has 500 toys available for purchase, so pick up a souvenir while you are here!
Address: Yotsuya Hiroba, 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone Number: 03-5367-9601
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-4:00PM (Last entry at 3:30PM)
In Japan, there are many sweets that use anko, a sweet “paste” made of simmered red azuki beans. One of these treats is taiyaki, a sea bream-shaped bun typically filled with anko. It is in the shape of a sea bream, called tai in Japanese, because this fish is traditionally eaten to mark celebratory events. Sea bream can be expensive, so this bun made in the shape of one was a big hit - the simple taste has been loved for generations.
Taiyaki Wakaba is counted as one of the three famous Taiyaki shops in Tokyo, so it’s definitely worth waiting in line for! Craftsmen in the shop put the anko in between the shells made with flour one by one. The anko is hot in the freshly made taiyaki, so be careful! The anko itself is available to go, and it’s great for spreading on toast. Taiyaki Wakaba also serves dango (skewered rice dumplings) from April to October and shaved ice from July to September.
Taiyaki Wakaba is a Taiyaki shop alongside National Route 20 that was founded 66 years ago. The shop has a strong presence, from the noren curtain hanging over the entrance to the handwritten menu on the wall. The taiyaki mold used was inspired by one of famous western-style painter Shohachi Kimura’s color artworks, and each taiyaki is carefully grilled one by one. Takeout is available (a takeout box is available for an extra fee).
Address: 1-10 Wakaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone Number: 03-3351-4396
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-7:00PM
National Holidays, 9:00AM-6:30PM
Shinjuku may seem like a place where people go to enjoy the nightlife, however there are also many kid-friendly places where you can go. Follow this itinerary and enjoy Shinjuku to the fullest!
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