By Celia Jenkins
Choosing somewhere to take a vacation isn’t easy when you’ve got children to cater for. Picking a destination that is both safe and convenient, as well as packed with things to do that all the family will enjoy, is a tricky thing. In this article, we’ll outline why Japan is a great place to consider when traveling with children.
Japan is Safe
In terms of crime Japan has very low levels, and in 2017 crime hit an all-time low. Also, despite the country being prone to natural disasters (such as earthquakes and typhoons) the country is used to such tragedies and is prepared for all eventualities, so risk of serious danger is actually very low.
Japan is Clean
It’s a rare sight to see litter on the streets of Japan, and they’re really big on recycling there (despite being a bit too enthusiastic about wrapping things in plastic and giving out plastic bags at every shop.)
Park around Kumamoto Castle - clean as a whistle!
Japan is Convenient
The busses and trains run on time, shops have generous opening hours, and there are numerous systems in place to make your time in Japan run smoothly.
Japanese People are Friendly and Helpful
While few people speak good English in Japan, most will go out of their way to help a foreigner in need. People will happily lend you their phones to make emergency calls or stop what they’re doing to personally direct you to your destination.
Shika Deer in Nara Park
Japan has Things for Kids to do
If you’re in Tokyo, head to KidZania – this is the attraction built specifically for kids, and it’s epic. Not only that – Disneyland, parks, zoos, museums with ‘hands-on’ kid sections, beautiful beaches, castles, themed train rides (Pikachu!), cute mascots (yuru kyara) wherever you go… you won’t run out of ways to entertain the kids here!
Mixed sandwiches shaped like sushi
Japan has Food Your Kids Will Eat
Fussy eaters? In Japan, you’ll find things for all to enjoy. It’s not all raw fish sushi and horse meat hot pot – in every convenience store you can find sandwiches, pasta salads, cakes, cheese snacks… everyone is catered for.