Hi! I am Sakura, just an ordinary Japanese mom living in Japan.
Today I will introduce you to the 10 best attraction sites you can enjoy with kids for FREE!
1. Tokyo Water Science Museum
This is a free science museum near Odaiba. Lots of hands-on exhibitions, including water experiments and soap bubble making that even young kids can enjoy. Perfect place to go especially during the summer. Baby stroller friendly.
|Name (EN)||Tokyo Water Science Museum|
|Name (JP)||東京都水の科学館（Tokyo-to Mizu no Kagakukan）|
|Open hours||9:30 am - 5:00 pm
(last entry at 4:30 pm)
|Closed days||Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the following day)
End of the year - New years
|Access||8 min walk from Yurikamome Line, Kokusai Tenji Jou Sta.|
2. Galaxcity Kids Area
Galaxcity is a fantastic indoor kids play area in Adachi-ku. It has kids bouldering walls, crafts workshop, planetarium, lots of toys and many events that kids of all ages can enjoy. Play areas are separated by age, so babies and toddlers can play safely too.
|Name (EN)||Galaxcity Kids Future Creation Hall|
|Name (JP)||ギャラクシティ こども未来創造館 (Gyaraku-shiti- kodomo mirai souzou kan)|
|Fee||Kids area: Free
Planetarium: 500 yen per adult, 100 yen per child over elementary
|Open hours||9:00 am - 21:30 pm
(kids area until 6:00 pm)
|Closed days||Every 2nd Monday except August (If Monday is a national holiday, the following day)
New Years Day
Special closing days in January, March, September
|Access||3 min walk from Tobu Sky Tree Line Nishi Arai Sta.|
3. Tokyo Fire Museum
A museum in Shinju-ku dedicated to fire disasters and fire prevention. Exhibition include history of fire prevention since the Edo period, including pictures and traditional fire extinguishing tools and vehicles. The best exhibits at this museum are the fire engine, and the ambulance that kids can observe close up. You can ride go inside of the cockpit of a real rescue helicopter (actually used during rescue)! Kids can also take photos wearing the firefighter’s fireproof jacket.
|Name (EN)||Tokyo Fire Museum|
|Name (JP)||消防博物館（Shobo Hakubutsu kan)|
|Open hours||9:30 am - 17:00 pm|
|Closed days||Every Monday except August (If Monday is a national holiday, the following day.)
Dec 29- Jan.3
|Special open days||Sept 1 (Disaster Prevention Day)
Oct 1 (Tokyo Citizens Day)
Jan 17 (Disaster Prevention and Volunteers Day)
|Access||Direct connection from Tokyo Metro Maruno-uchi line, Yotsuya-sanchome Sta. Exit 2|
4. Tokyo Police Museum
At the Tokyo Police Museum you can learn about the history of Japanese police force and the Police Department. Kids can see what it is like to be a police officer, with guides from animation and simulators. Most displays have English explanation too. The most exciting exhibits are getting on the police car driver’s seat and the police’s motorcycle (called 白バイ、shiro-bai) while wearing the special police uniform!
|Name (EN)||Tokyo Police Museum|
|Name (JP)||警察博物館（Keisatsu Hakubutsu kan)|
|Open hours||9:30 am - 17:00 pm|
|Closed days||Every Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the following day.)
Dec 28- Jan.3
|Access||2 min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza line, Kyobashi Sta.|
|Official website||https://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/multilingual/english/about_us/Police_Museum.html (English site)|
5. Sogo Recreation Park
The Sogo Recreation Park is a huge park that crosses 3 km in length. It is composed of 10 different play zones. It is recommended you decide which zone to go before you reach the park, because the park is too large to complete in one day. Free pony rides, dinosaur monuments, water fountain, super long slide, and many large play equipment available for all ages.
|Name (EN)||Sogo Recreation Park|
|Name (JP)||総合レクリエーション公園 (Sogo Rekuri-eshon Koen)|
|Open hours||always open|
(Pony rides closed on Mondays)
|Access||Depends on the zone. The closest from the station is "Kids Area" , 7 min walk from Tokyo Metro Tozai line, Nishi Kasai Sta.|