For our Tokyo trip itenary, we managed our expectations knowing that traveling with 2 kids in the cold weather, we couldn’t be as ambitious with our schedule and places we wanted to go. So we mainly worked our schedule around one main attraction for the kids and worked out our meals and some shopping in between along the way.
ANDDDDDDD.... We were so blessed to have Terry & Michelle (my sis) to bring us around! They took care of us so well and of course, knew all the best places to go. We also had the luxury of being driven all around. With a baby + 3 toddlers + 1001 things to bring out, combine that with the cold weather and stories of Tokyo’s super packed subway, luxury is an understatement... they were the reason we had such an enjoyable trip!
Here’s starting with some places I’d recommend to bring your kids in Japan!
(P/S: One of the priorities I set for myself was to be in the moment with my family and enjoy our moments together. And we took most of the pics on my IPhone X as we had too many things to bring out and left our camera at home. So these pics don’t do these places enough justice)
THE MOTHER FARM
Located about an hour drive from Tokyo and in Chiba, this is a flower and animal entertainment farm, this place is humongous with many sectors and lots to explore. A great place I’d highly recommend for the young and old too.
The kids squealed in delight at the Animal Petting Pasture where rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs, ducks, turtles roam free and you get to touch them. Have always wanted to try your hand at milking a cow? You can experience it here!
Also popular are their Sheep and Sheepdog Shows, sheep shearing, Piggy Race and Duck’s Parade.
You have the option of riding on their tractor train for a tour of the farm where the guide shares fun and interesting stories along the way and you can feed alpacas and sheep too.
Take Horse Riding lessons or simply feed the stable of horses with yummy carrots! And if you have pets with you, like our kids, they’d definitely appreciate the vast fields to run wild or roll around in! Haha...
Just something about the cool weather that made it so relaxing and enjoyable. The first 2 days when we arrived was so rainy and cold, but today with the sun shining gloriously made it simply perfect!
Axl got excited when he saw the Ferris Wheel peeking atop of the hill. But nothing could prepare him for the fun coming his way... a whole bunch of toddler rides and games at the Waku Waku Land & Amusement Park. IN. THE. MOTHER. FARM!
As we went during a schooling weekday, there weren’t many people around and we didn’t even have to queue for rides. We could take any rides we fancied over and over again. Ok, must pay money though... hahaha! Each ride was averagely 200-300yen(around sgd S$2.50), very affordable. More importantly, they’re toddler appropriate. Axl sat his 1st super mini rollercoaster on this dolphin water ride. Wheeeee!
The Mother Farm also boost spectacular valleys of seasonal flowers. During blooming season, enjoy strolling through flower walkways filled with sweet scents. Japanese apricot/flowering peach trees, hydrangea, narcissus and rapeseed flowers, they bloom during different seasons of the year.
Fruit picking of blueberries (late July to late August), kiwis (early to late November) and strawberries (mid Jan to late May) is available too!
P/s: Apply for entry through their website as they have a quota according to the estimated amount of harvest.
On top of the fresh air and many scenic views... Those seeking adrenaline, can try their Bungy Jump and a super fun Farm-zip too! That’s why I say this place is really perfect for the young, old and everyone in between! Haha...
If you’re there in July and August, you can camp overnight or rent their cottage that’s fully equipped with shower and kitchen facilities! How cool is that?!
Mother Farm Admission Fee costs 1,500yen for adults and 700yen for Children 4 years old and above.
But do head over to www.motherfarm.co.jp for their latest information!
(To be continued...)