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Six unique spots for parents and children in the Tokai area

Six unique spots for parents and children in the Tokai area

2024-03-14 Management office

Many of you may have decided to go somewhere with your children as an occasional family service, but you may be wondering where is the best place to go. Here we will introduce spots in the Tokai area (Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and Mie) where both parents and children can enjoy themselves.
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Spots to Know

We will start with an introduction to the area and the facilities where you can learn about a particular one.

Nagoya City Science Museum with hands-on experience and planetarium

The Nagoya City Science Museum has its roots in the 1962 opening of the "Astronomy Museum ", which includes a planetarium. This planetarium is currently the largest in the world. Later, the Science and Engineering Pavilion and the Life Science Pavilion were added.
The theme is "See, touch, and feel ". The facility has a variety of exhibits and hands-on corners that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The highlight is the planetarium, the largest of its kind in the world. Visitors can enjoy a reproduction of the actual starry sky. You can see various cosmic phenomena in an easy-to-understand manner. Even if a shooting star is projected on the screen, don't mumble graphic things like "gold, gold, gold "(it probably won't happen).

It has a lot of entertainment elements and is recommended for those who want to learn in a fun way.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: Nagoya City Science Museum
Address: 2-17-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City
Phone number: 052-201-4486
Business hours: 9:30-17:00
Closed: Mondays, 3rd Friday of the month, Year-end and New Year holidays
Budget: (Visitor Fee)
  Exhibition room + Planetarium 800 yen for adults, 500 yen for college and high school students, free for junior high school students and younger
  Exhibition room only Adults 400 yen College and high school students 200 yen Free for junior high school students and younger

Linear & Railway Pavilion that railroad enthusiasts should not miss

The official name of the museum is "Linear & Railway Museum - Museum of Dreams and Memories - ", and it is a museum about railroads opened by JR Tokai in 2011.
The museum exhibits rolling stock and materials ranging from railcars that were once active to linear trains that are currently under development. The history of railroads, how railroads work, train simulators, and a railroad diorama make this a must-see spot for those who love trains.

C62 steam locomotive exhibit

Simulator for conventional lines

In 2022, Japan will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of Japan's railroad system, and railroads will continue to evolve in the future. Today, railroads have become a familiar means of transportation. The Linear Railroad Museum will be a good opportunity to learn about them.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name:Linear Railroad Museum
Address: 3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato-ku, Nagoya City
Phone number: 052-389-6100
Business hours: 10:00-17:30
Closed: Tuesday
Budget: (Admission fee) Adults 1,000 yen Elementary, junior high and high school students 500 yen Children over 3 years old 200 yen

Spots to experience

A hands-on experience is a surefire way to satisfy children's needs. Enjoying the experience together with parents and children will strengthen the bond between the family.

LEGOLAND Japan Resort, a place that inspires imagination and adventure.

The LEGO brick is a famous educational toy that originated in Denmark. LEGOLAND Japan Resort, a hands-on theme park inspired by LEGO bricks, opened in Nagoya in 2017. Children can nurture their imagination through play and learning.
The park has 17 million blocks, 10,000 models, eight themed areas, more than 40 attractions, shows, and plenty to do at the restaurants and shops. There are also restaurants and stores to enjoy.

The areas in the park are as follows

(1) "Bricktopia "
It is located on the right as you enter the entrance and you can freely play with the blocks. The show "LEGO Ninjago Live" is popular. There are also ride shows. Also, "Duplo Express "is a great way to enjoy the world of Duplo.

② "Adventure "
"It is located in the back next to Bricktopia ". This is an exciting and adventurous world to enjoy.

(3) "Lego City "
 Located at the far end of the park, the world is based on a city motif. The "Rescue Academy ", where visitors race in fire trucks, is a popular attraction.

④ "Night Kingdom "
  "Located next to Lego City ". This zone is based on a medieval motif. It is all ride-based, including the coaster "The Dragon ", which takes visitors on a dragon ride through a medieval world.

(5) "Lego Ninjago World "
 Many of the attractions are acrobatic, as in the world of ninja. Flying through the air "Flying Ninjago "and more.

⑥ "Pirates Shore "
 It's a pirate world, especially the "splash battle "where you ride on a pirate ship and shoot water cannons. If your father is wrong ""wind clouds! Bamboo Castle "and don't say it's nostalgic "like that. The family will do their best to pass it by due to the generation gap.

7) "Miniland "
 It is located in the central part of the park. Here, you will find a collection of buildings that are representative of Japan. Of course, the materials used are Lego bricks. Let's enjoy the feeling of traveling to Japan.

8) "Factory "
 It is located just inside the entrance. Visitors can mainly see how LEGO bricks are made. There is also a store and a refreshment area, which is suitable for taking a short break.

"Big Shop "with a selection of LEGOLAND products. New products will be released.
As you can see, the park is full of contents. This is the only LEGOLAND-related theme park in Japan. Why don't you try an experience that you can only enjoy here?

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: LEGOLAND Japan Resort
Address: 2-2-1, Kinjo-Futo 2-chome, Minato-ku, Nagoya City
Phone number: 0570-05-8605
Business hours: 10:00-16:00
Regular holiday: no holiday
Calculation: admission materials 5,000-7,000

The Iga Ninja Museum, where you can learn about the world of the ninja.

Iga is one of the villages associated with the ninja. There is a museum that still tells the story of the ninja in that area. It is the Iga Ninja Museum "and the Iga Ninja Museum ". You can see various exhibits on the ninja and various "tricks "in the ninja houses. You will be able to learn how the ninja thought and lived for a long time.
You can also see the powerful "ninja show "twice a day (4-5 times on weekends and holidays) for an extra fee.

In addition, you can try your hand at shuriken-uchi (for an extra fee). You may see a family where the father is frozen in place while the mother is trying to make shuriken with a high degree of accuracy, for practical purposes.
There is also a section where you can buy ninja goods to commemorate the event. How about giving your husband a T-shirt with one of the "ninja "characters on it?

Incidentally, Koga-no-sato, another village known as a ninja village, has similar facilities, but it is located in Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, which is outside the Tokai region, so we will not introduce it here.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: Iga Ninja Museum
Address: 117 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga City, Mie Prefecture
Phone number: 0595-23-0311
Business hours: Weekdays 10:00-16:00 (last admission at 15:30)
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10:00-16:30 (last admission 16:00)
Regular holiday: no holiday
Budget: (Admission fee) Adults 1,000 yen

Spots to interact with plants and animals

Seeing plants and animals is a great way to take your children on an outing, as they are more likely to enjoy the experience, and it is also expected to have an educational effect by increasing their interest in living things. The following are some examples of zoos and botanical gardens.

Izu Shaboten Zoological Park with cacti and popular animals

Izu Shaboten Zoological Park is a zoo and botanical garden featuring cacti, succulents, and animals such as wild birds and capybaras.
1,500 varieties of cacti from all over the world are grown in the greenhouse. Inside there is a "cactus hunting workshop "where you can "hunt cacti "and buy succulents "" .

The greenhouse is divided into the following five sections

1) Mexico Pavilion
Kinshachi, or golden shachi, take 30 to 50 years to grow and bloom. The Mexico Pavilion houses Japan's largest golden shachi.

It is the largest of the five greenhouses in terms of area and is home to cacti that grow from Mexico to North America. It also grows tequilana, which is considered a raw material for tequila.

(2) Madagascar Pavilion
Cacti native to the island of Madagascar are grown here. Because Madagascar left the continent early in its history, it is home to a unique variety.

(iii) Forestry Shaboten Pavilion
We have a collection of unique cacti from forested areas of the world. These include the "moonbeauty "which blooms only a few times a year for one night only.

4) Africa Pavilion
Succulents are grown here, as cacti are not native to most places in Africa.

(5) South American Pavilion
There are cacti and succulents native to South America, such as the Uchiwa cactus.

Now, here are some highlights of the animal zones.
First, take a boat ride and watch the animals as they circle the pond while listening to the guide's explanation "Animal Boat Tours "is a fun way to see animals up close and personal.

There are also places where you can interact directly with animals. "Flemish giants, macaws, and other animals can be seen at "and capybaras, chimpanzees, ring-tailed lemurs, ponies, goats, turtles, emus, maras, llamas, donkeys, peccaries, meerkats, and guinea pigs can be seen at "and feeding (for a fee) at ".

However, as for the llamas, it seems that you cannot feed them directly, so we are offering a "Llama Zipline Snack Feeding Experience "at the Rock Garden. This is done by carrying the food to the llamas by hand on a blind or flag string (not by hanging from the zip line yourself). There is also a magic hand feeder "and a llama magic hand treat feeding experience ". Both are edgy feeding experiences.

Free animal shows are held twice a day. According to the official website "the animals present the results of their daily studies! "and there is something about the show that reeks of happening that makes you want to see it. I recommend "Bird & Monkey Time "

Notable among the animals are the capybaras. Their calm and relaxed expressions are soothing to the eyes. Capybaras soaking in the open-air baths with a pleasant expression on their faces became especially popular, and Izu Shaboten Zoological Park is the very facility where the number of fans has skyrocketed.

Other popular animals await you at the Red Panda Pavilion, Chimpanzee Island, Nakayoshi Ranch, Waku Waku Monkey House, and Kangaroo Hill.

This is a facility where you can fully enjoy your time with fun animals.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: Izu Shaboten Zoological Park
Address: 1317-13 Tomido, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, Japan
Phone number: 0557-51-1111
Business hours: 9:30-17:00
Regular holiday: no holiday
Budget: (Admission fee) Adults 2,600 yen Elementary school students 1,300 yen Children over 4 years old 700 yen

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden with many unique characters

Nagoya is the central city of the Tokai region. One of the most famous zoos is Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden. The zoo has the largest number of animal species in Japan, with 450 species.

Now, the Higashiyama Zoo also has many animals that are the talk of the town.
Higashiyama Zoo was the first zoo in Japan to exhibit koalas to the public, and has been keeping them since 1984.
There is also Shabani, a western gorilla, who "is too good-looking "gorilla and has been talked about a lot, at the Higashiyama Zoo. I went to see him to see how good looking he is, but I was "too much "to do anything about it.

Shabani, the too-handsome gorilla.

Another popular topic of conversation was Cage, a macaque who makes a voice that sounds like an old man's yell. When I saw him, it was late in the evening and he had gone back inside the building, which was unfortunate, but he was sitting in a gymnasium in a beautiful posture, which earned him cheers from visitors.

The zoo is divided into the "Main Park "and the "North Park ", with the Botanical Garden adjacent to them.
Both are quite large, so it is recommended that some members of the group take breaks and hydrate frequently as they make their rounds.

The Botanical Garden grows 7,000 varieties of plants. Unlike the animals, the flowers and scenery change with the seasons, which means that each can be enjoyed in its own way. The greenhouse, designated as an important cultural asset of Japan, and the Gassho-zukuri houses of the World Heritage Site "Shirakawa-go "are also points to enjoy. Other highlights include the rose garden, which blooms in spring and fall, and the Cherry Blossom Corridor "where 1,000 cherry trees of 100 varieties are beautiful in spring ".

We hope you will take the time to enjoy this place. Allow plenty of time to get in touch with nature.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name:Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden
Address: 3-70 Higashiyama-Motomachi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya City
Phone number: 052-782-2111
Hours: 9:00 - 16:30 (closing at 16:50)
Closed: Monday
Accruals: (Admission fee) 500 yen for college students and above, no fee for junior high school students and below.


It is a good idea to pay attention to whether a spot for parents and children will be enjoyed by the children. It is very gratifying to have a spot where you can create and nurture your child's curiosity and areas of interest. Why don't you consider the places to visit depending on your child's interests, strengths, and weaknesses? The Tokai region is full of such places for children. We hope that you will consider these places to create memories and bonding between parents and children.

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