Kids and their toys – is there a stronger bond out there? If your kids are like my two boys, then they will absolutely adore a trip to the Tokyo Toy Museum. This is an affordable way to spend the day with your family and learn something new in the process.

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To put it bluntly, this place was amazing! There are three levels, and each will encourage your children to play, create, and learn. We were the only non-Japanese family here on the day, and the staff speak very little English but this was no barrier. The atmosphere is clean, vibrant and well ventilated and the entire family felt relaxed and at ease.

Our children simply loved playing with all the traditional Japanese wooden toys and we loved watching them.

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There is also the Wood Toy Forest where you can relax in the aroma of cypress. The floors are cypress and there is a wooden ball pit filled with 20,000 wooden balls – the boys loved laying in here.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Toy Factory where we paid an extra $10 to participate in a workshop. We made a Panda family Babushka doll and it now sits proudly in our living room as a keepsake.  There are several different classes throughout the day so you can choose something the whole family will enjoy.

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There is also a wooden toy room for children under two years of age, a games salon with amazing analogue games that are educational and fun, and Toy Red Square where the boys loved playing make believe with the Japanese wooden kitchen.

Our boys didn’t want to leave, but they were getting hungry!

I would suggest allowing at least three hours to explore the museum. The museum is open 10am to 4pm every day except Thursday and costs about 700 yen ($7) for adults. Children two and under are free.  Find out more at Good Toy.

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