Japan has everything from gorgeous nature to an extensive history and colourful pop culture attractions. Bearing all that in mind, it can also be a very expensive country to visit with your family (completely worth it, of course). Here are some fantastic kid-friendly activities you can do in Japan for free.

1. Get a view of the City from Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory Building

If you’re not afraid of heights, you can take a lift to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to one of the two observation decks. The top of this skyscraper makes for breath-taking panoramic views of the city so be sure to snap some pictures while you’re up there.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The breathtaking view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Observatory Building.

2. Head to a Festival at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo

Yoyogi Park is a host to one of the many attractions in Tokyo. Diverse festivals happen on an almost weekly basis throughout the whole year. Attending one of these buzzing events would give you an excellent taste of the local atmosphere! These occasions include cultural, food, art, and lots more. Schedules are available online to see what’s on – and admission to most of these events is free.

3. Visit the Suginami Animation Museum

It’s totally free to visit the Suginami Animation Museum in Tokyo. Perhaps you are the parent of a little aspiring animator yourself – they would love to see how numerous animes and movies have come to life over the years. There is also the option to create your own short animation at the studio during your visit.

4. Go for a Bike Ride around the Imperial Palace

Bring your own bike, or hire one for free. 250 bikes are available in all sizes and types – just fill in an application form and you’re ready to go. This is a perfect activity for kids and puts a twist on the normal walk-around-and-take-photos type of sightseeing that can become boring for children. The course is non-elevated and free of motorized traffic making it a safe way to sightsee – not to mention it’s healthy! Open every Sunday.

5. Learn New Things at the Tokyo Gas Museum

While the words “Gas Museum” may not sound too exciting to a child, this museum offers fun hands-on activities with science exhibits aimed for kids of primary-school age to have fun while learning. A visit to the Tokyo Gas Museum is a great way for your kids to learn something new while on holiday, and have a fantastic time doing so.

6. Visit the Fire Museum

If your child is an aspiring firefighter, they will have a ball here. This small museum is entirely devoted to fire-fighting equipment and vehicles, and the history behind them – making it an interesting place for adults, too.

7. Feed the deer at Nara Park

Nara Park, situated in Nara Prefecture, is home to an old temple as well as hundreds of tame deer. This park makes for excellent photo opportunities and there is the option to purchase biscuits to feed to the deer. Some deer have even learned to bow to visitors in exchange for treats. Although, stay close to your children as the deer can get a little demanding if they know you have food with you!

Nara Park Japan

An adorable little deer looking for snacks!

8. Play at Itami Sky Park in Osaka

This exciting play park lies close to Osaka International Airport, allowing for exhilarating views of the planes taking off and landing – the kids will love it!

9. Meet the animals at Satsukiyama park in Ikeda, Osaka

This park has it all – walking tracks, botanical gardens, playgrounds, and a petting zoo. Kids will love meeting the wombats and alpacas at this family-friendly park. If you visit in the spring, you may even be lucky enough to catch the gorgeous cherry blossom trees in bloom.

10. Visit the Osaka Technology Centre and Exhibition Hall

This science museum is everything technology! If you’re looking for a place that will keep the kids entertained for a while as well as teach them about the world, the Osaka Technology Centre is just the place. The two floors of the museum offer plenty of hands-on educational activities to teach children about the various roles technology plays in our world.