Travel Tips: Tokyo for Kids

Planning a trip to Tokyo with kids, at first it might seem more difficult than visiting other foreign cities. We don’t read Japanese, how can we order in restaurants? I’ve heard about toilets that squirt water. How do we buy tickets for the subway and get around Tokyo? Here’s answers to those questions and more.

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Myths and Legends: Real places to visit

See if you can spot ghosts of two young princes, playing in the Tower of London. Visit Tokyo Senso-ji temple, established with miraculous appearance of Kannon and a golden dragon. Windswept headland in Cornwall England is site of Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur. In Greece, explore ruins of ancient Mycenae, founded by legendary hero Perseus who killed snake-haired Medusa. And wander through the Jewish quarter in Prague where Rabbi Loew breathed life into a clay giant.

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Tokyo: Samurai and Shogun

Japanese samurai were elite warriors, highly skilled in sword-fighting, archery, and horseback riding. Exploring Tokyo with kids, go up the high hillside where the donjon of Edo Castle once towered over the city, find samurai armor and swords in museums, and visit Sengakuji temple of the Forty-Seven Ronin – samurai who were loyal to their daimyo to the end.

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Tokyo-Edo Fashion

During the Edo period, fashion was very important for both women and men in Japan. Ladies wore exquisite kimonos made of silk and brocade, and elaborate hair styles were adorned with exquisite hair ornaments. In kabuki plays, actors appeared on stage in dazzling costumes. Visiting Tokyo with kids, tips for where find Edo era kimono, costumes and hairstyles.

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