Tokyo Pop Culture Tour for Kids

Learn about Japanese pop culture in buzzing Tokyo with a family-friendly expert
From US$297 privately
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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
  • Takeshita Street
  • Shibuya
  • Themed café
Photos & Highlights
  • Introduces children to Japanese popular culture with interactive, family-friendly stories
  • Led by a guide trained to work with kids to help history come alive for them as they immerse themselves in powerful stories
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Tour Description
Growing up in a city like Tokyo, with its electric lights, buzzing arcades and lively otaku culture might be very different from what most children are used to. Is life here really like it is in animes? In this two-hour Tokyo for Kids Tour, we’ll try our best to explain what it is like to be a child here today by exploring the world of anime, arcades, manga, and themed cafes, but mostly we will explore why Japanese pop culture is so appealing to children all over the world. 

We offer 2 different tours according to the age of your children. Tokyo for Kids is best for children ages 13 and under. If you are travelling with teenagers, we suggest checking out our Otaku Culture Tour.

Our tour meets in the Harajuku district, the center for entertainment and popular culture in Japan. Lively Harajuku serves as the ideal place to begin our discovery of different aspects of Japanese culture. Our guide will help your family to imagine what growing up in Japan could be like. How is everyday life different for a child in Japan compared to a child growing up in the US or Australia? The sights and sounds of Harajuku provide ample material for us to explore during our anthropological journey into contemporary Japanese culture.

Let the Games Begin!

Along the walk, we will make a variety of stops so that we can witness the different elements of Japan's pop culture firsthand. We will make a stop in a Japanese dollar store where we will discover the ordinary items Japanese children carry with them to school every day and learn about how they are used. We may go for a shopping challenge where children pick up their own goods to take home. We will then pay a visit to a cat or hedgehog cafe or other themed animal café, where we will interact with the animals and learn about the significant role these cafes play in Japanese society today.

We may wander down Takeshita Street, the iconic street of all things ‘kawai’ and cool. We will enjoy the funky Japanese fashion and unique styles displayed throughout the street and pick up fun street food like rainbow cotton candy and Japanese cream puff rolls We may even stop for a family photo in a Japanese purikura (photobooth), where we can add effects to create a unique Japanese-style family picture.

Tokyo for Kids Tour

From Harajuku, we may hope on the train and head to the Shibuya district where we can find a shop that will open the discussion up to talk about manga, their popularity in Japan and the rest of the world. We will perhaps pay a visit to a traditional Japanese arcade - a place which can sometimes be daunting and difficult to navigate without knowledge of the Japanese language. Our guide might help us as we try our luck at a 3D car-racing game or test out our musical talent on the renowned Taiko no Tatsujin (a Japanese rhythm drumming game). This will give us the opportunity to discuss the history of Japanese arcades and witness how Japanese children or teenagers might choose to spend their free time. We'll delve into the realms of anime and manga as our guide explains the history and current trends associated with these fascinating subjects.

Take Aways

By the end of our adventure through the playful streets of Harajuku and the arcades and shops of Shibuya, we'll have the vast influence of Japanese pop culture today.

Read more about our local team's tips and tricks for navigating Tokyo with Kids in our Context Stories!


Is this walk appropriate for young families?
We've designed this walk to be appropriate for younger audiences.

Can this walk be catered to teenage interests?
Tokyo for Kids is best for children ages 13 and under, if you are travelling with teenagers, we suggest checking out our Otaku Culture Tour.

I don't want to go to a cafe. Is there an alternative?
If you let us know in advance, we can arrange something else for your family based on your interests.

Is it okay to tip my guide in Japan?
Yes. Context clients generally tip anywhere from 10-25% of the purchase price of a personal service such as this, depending on the quality of the experience and their tipping habits.
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29 Reviews (4.26)

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Susan did a great job showing our family around Harajuku and Shibuya neighborhoods. She was very knowledgeable of the area and about Japanese culture and history. Thank you Susan!
Seemed to cover things we might have figured out in our own but Sabrina was lovely and a great guide. Very good with the child in our group.
The tour itself was well planned however there was no animal cafe planned even though we had texted the night prior and also no context to what we were seeing. We and the kids would have liked more explanations of the sites and places rather than places to shop.