Travel With Kids: Travel Day to Tokyo

Our flight and first few hours in Tokyo

The boys and I have left mom at home (too busy to get off work) and set out on an extended Spring Break in Japan.

Starting our trip to Tokyo from Seattle

Saying goodbye to Mom at the Seattle airport.

Activities on the plane.

The flight was fairly uneventful (until the end). The boys did lego, watched snippets from the only kid movie available (The Fantastic Mr Fox), ate a lot of food and slept. It did get bumpy as we neared Tokyo and Samuel threw up from the turbulence but he bounced right back.

Taking the NEX train from Narita to Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

Off the plane and onto a train. The NEX train got us into Tokyo in 90 minutes.

Vending machines on the way to the hotel.

Checking out the vending machines on our walk to the hotel.

The hotel room at Kimi Ryokan.

Traditional Japanese rooms at Kimi Ryokan.

Kimi Ryokan in Tokyo

A little lounge time.

The kids eating at a restaurant in Tokyo.

Our first meal before returning to the hotel for bedtime.

In Kimi Ryokan

4:30 in the morning … time to try on some kimonos.

12 questions and comments

  1. AvatarTerumi

    I wish I found your site before we went-we just got back from Tokyo and this totally would have helped. Any suggestions for dealing with jet-lag?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

      For jet lag: Stay up late, don’t nap, get lots of exercise.

  2. Avataravril

    I’m sure that your kids really enjoyed the trip, becauseTokyo is one of the greatest travel destinations.

    What I love about it is the perfect combination of modern and ancient constructions but not only…..Is like you go back in time in some parts of Tokyo and then you come back in the present of if I think better, there are some parts of this city where you feel like traveling in future.

  3. AvatarSamar

    Dear David….wow Tokyo…we are so looking forward to our holiday…come 1st July…I have two boys aged 9 and 7….was wondering if u came across any toy musuems,or star wars kinda interactive game places in Tokyo…thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

      Hi Samar. We didn’t see any Star Wars related activities (though we did buy the Star Wars dvd’s in Japanese). There’s a very good toy store we visited in Shibuya – – that kept the kids entertained for well over an hour. The museums in Tokyo are really wonderful for kid friendly exhibits so don’t hesitate to visit the different science, natural history and train museums.

      Not sure if you saw my post on things to do with kids in Tokyo.

      Have fun.

  4. AvatarBruce

    Wow! I can’t wait to show my daughter these pics. She’s always wanted to visit Japan. I hope you post more of the journey.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

      Thanks Bruce. Yes lots more to come regarding Tokyo. So many museums and attractions, subways rides and trains. It’s a great destination idea for kids and families.

  5. AvatarMichael & Macey

    cool pics dave. i like the lounge picture.HAVE FUN

  6. AvatarJen

    What an amazing boy’s trip! You guys are going to have so much fun!

  7. AvatarAmy @ The Q Family

    Love the Lego idea on the plane. I might have to stock up on our trip to Thailand.

    Can’t wait to see what you did on your first full-day in the city!

  8. AvatarCascadiaKids

    Wow! I can’t wait to show my daughter these pics. She’s always wanted to visit Japan. I hope you post more of the journey.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave My Little Nomads

      Oh I will, Thanks. Just back at our hotel (ryokan) now after a very fun first full-day in the city.

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