This family travel guide is aimed towards families wishing to do something together and that is child friendly in Tochigi Prefucture.
¥8,000 – ¥10,000 per person
This is where I fulfilled my fantasy of experiencing what it was like during the time of Samurais & Ninjas. At Edo Wonderland, you can enhance your experience by paying to cosplay as a Ninja, lone samurai, a Shogun or even a farmer! Don’t miss the Ninja show. The martial arts are incredible! My 4-year-old son loved it so much that Disneyland is now a distant memory. There’s plenty for adults and kids to enjoy. I’m now excited to go back again!
The Mibu Toy museum is fun for all! For children, they can enjoy a ball pit with slides as well as a lot of toys to play with within several rooms. The parents and even grandparents can also enjoy seeing toys from when they were young. My father felt very nostalgic, noticing toys he played with as a child and reminiscing on memories he forgot he had.
This is a hotspot for families. There is a wide range of attractions for all ages. You can buy a one day pass (¥2,000) at the entrance, allowing you to enjoy the attractions again and again. They also have snack foods for sale, which is very convenient. Throughout the year, they also have events like circus performers at no extra cost. If you find yourself exhausted from the rides, there is a large park close by, perfect for cooling down. Tochinoki Family Land is open every day from 10 am – 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays and rainy days.
If your family loves a bit of outdoor fun, then we have you covered! Ohira Forest Adventure is an exceptional experience in Tochigi. There are several different courses for children from the age of 9 to join. Explanations are made simple and easy to follow. I love zip lining though the bamboo trees and the exhilarating Tarzan swing! Since living in Tochigi I have always made it a priority to take family and my friend’s families here!
Based in Utsunomiya city, don’t miss this hamburger restaurant. It is extremely popular and word has spread about how good this place is, so I suggest either arriving 30mins before opening or be prepared to wait. They have American style milkshakes and even sell takeout donuts.
1cafe is located just a short walk from Tochigi city station. The reason I recommend this is its convenience. If you are about to head out on a long day of sightseeing and need a quick breakfast or caffeine fix, 1Cafe is here to help. They also sell a variety of delicious bagels and an assortment of drinks to accompany it.
Local writer: Nick Harrison
Originally from London in the UK, Nick moved to Japan in 2008. He lives in Tochigi city with his Japanese wife and 4year old son. Nick enjoys watching movies from all genres, checking out new attractions and places with his family and meeting new people. When he is not working, he enjoys travelling around Japan and looking for the next fun thing to share about Japan with the world.
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