10 Family-Friendly Experiences in West Japan

10 Family-Friendly Experiences in West Japan


Ninjas, Trains, Aquariums, Gozilla, Evangelion, Naruto and Hello Kitty? We've got your back! Let's cut to the chase – we get it. When you're exploring with the little ones in tow, priorities shift. They need snack breaks, bathroom breaks, and plenty of opportunities to burn off that endless supply of energy they seem to have.

In this post, we're dishing out the scoop on 10 kid-friendly destinations across West Japan. From exciting theme parks to outdoor adventures, we've handpicked places that'll keep the whole family entertained. 

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Seasonal Strawberry Picking
There’s no denying it. Japanese strawberries are supreme and are known for their flavor. They are sweet with little acidity. Experience the joy of fruit picking in Japan with seasonal strawberry picking adventures. Families can visit local farms during the strawberry season, typically from late winter to early summer, and indulge in the sweet pleasure of plucking ripe strawberries straight from the vine. Strawberry farms can be found in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Fukuoka, and well, basically all over West Japan!


Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Railway Museum
Explore the wonders of marine life at the Kyoto Aquarium, where families can marvel at diverse aquatic species and interactive exhibits. The dolphin show is a must-see! Adjacent to the aquarium lies the Train Museum, a haven for train enthusiasts showcasing vintage locomotives and hands-on experiences. Ideal for families seeking a blend of education and entertainment, both attractions offer immersive experiences that captivate children's curiosity. The best part? These two places are only a 15 minute walk from Kyoto Station. 

Toei Kyoto Studio Animation Park
Step back in time at a theme park celebrating Japan's cinematic heritage. Families can enjoy live performances, stunt shows, and roam around in immersive sets from classic samurai films. With opportunities to dress up in period costumes and experience the magic of filmmaking firsthand, Toei Park promises an exciting journey through Japan's history of animation and films. There’s even a big Evangelion that you can ride on.

Ninja Forest
Embark on an exhilarating adventure in the Ninja Forest of Akame, where families can learn the art of stealth and espionage from experienced guides. Traverse through lush forests, navigate obstacle courses, and uncover the secrets of ancient ninja techniques. Ideal for families seeking outdoor thrills and hands-on experiences, Ninja Training in Akame offers an unforgettable journey into the world of ninjutsu.

Nijigen No Mori

Godzilla, Naruto, Spy Family and more! Immerse yourself in the world of anime and manga at Nijigen No Mori, a theme park filled with larger-than-life attractions inspired by popular Japanese pop culture. Ideal for anime enthusiasts and families seeking whimsical adventures, this vibrant theme park promises an unforgettable day of fun and excitement.


Awaji Hello Kitty Apple Land and Hello Kitty Smile
Enter a world of cuteness and charm of Hello Kitty on Awaji Island, a delightful attraction dedicated to Sanrio's iconic character. Families can enjoy themed restaurants and shows featuring Hello Kitty and her friends. With colorful decorations, photo spots, and Hello Kitty-themed snacks, Hello Kitty Smile offers a magical experience for fans of all ages.

Adventure World
Embark on a wild safari adventure at Shirahama's Adventure World, where families can encounter exotic animals from around the globe. From thrilling animal shows and interactive exhibits to safari tours and amusement rides, Adventure World offers endless excitement for animal lovers of all ages. Ideal for families seeking a thrilling wildlife adventure, this expansive theme park promises a day of unforgettable encounters and fun-filled experiences. Shirahama is known for its hot springs, pristine white sand beaches, and their adorable panda at Adventure World. 


Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dive into the depths of the ocean at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of Japan's largest and most impressive aquariums. Families can marvel at diverse marine life from around the world, including majestic whale sharks, playful dolphins, and colorful sea life. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and aspiring marine biologists, this iconic aquarium promises a journey into the fascinating world beneath the waves.

Banpaku Memorial Park 
Discover a green oasis in the heart of Osaka at Banpaku Park, a sprawling (260-hectares!) recreational area offering a variety of attractions and activities for families. From lush gardens and scenic ponds to playgrounds and sports facilities, Banpaku Park is ideal for families seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Kids can run, play, and explore to their heart's content. The first thing you’ll see walking towards the park from the nearest station is the “Tower of the Sun”, the strange yet iconic towering statue that greets the park’s visitors.