Traveling in Japan with a baby

5 Travel tips for parents with kids in Tokyo

Here are 5 of my top latest tips from my Instagram account. I post regularly on Instagram as it is often not only easier, but it also means I can post “in the moment” when the feeling and importance of certain tips are very raw and fresh!

Let me know your favorite tips!

Tip#1 – Bring stroller + carrier

T i p ! If you are traveling to Tokyo, I highly recommend bringing both your stroller and baby carrier. I guarantee you will use both! Tokyo trains are usually very busy and it can be hard to find a seat, so if you have a stroller and carrier it can give you more flexibility to keep your kids comfortable and happy :)

T i p ! If you are traveling to Tokyo, I highly recommend bringing both your stroller and baby carrier. I guarantee you will use both! Tokyo trains are usually very busy and it can be hard to find a seat, so if you have a stroller and carrier it can give you more flexibility to keep your kids comfortable and happy 🙂

 

Tip#2 – Cosleep in Hotel

H o t e l T i p ! Do you cosleep with your kids, but worry they will fall off the big bed at the hotel while traveling? Here is our room at the Hilton Odaiba! We pulled the top mattress onto the floor and pushed it up against the other bed to create a barrier. The key is to ensure the kids won't fall off, and if they do, that they won't get stuck ;) This was super comfortable and one of the best sleeps we had had in ages!

H o t e l T i p ! Do you cosleep with your kids, but worry they will fall off the big bed at the hotel while traveling? Here is our room at the Hilton Odaiba! We pulled the top mattress onto the floor and pushed it up against the other bed to create a barrier. The key is to ensure the kids won’t fall off, and if they do, that they won’t get stuck 😉 This was super comfortable and one of the best sleeps we had had in ages!

 

Tip#3 – Bring Spare Clothes

T i p ! You may notice the rather large blouse my son is wearing in this photo? We had a little "accident" in Ginza yesterday and mummy forgot to bring spare clothes (I brought shorts but forgot the t-shirts!), so I had to give him my blouse. Luckily I had a singlet underneath! If you are traveling with your kids make sure you bring spare clothes, and if you are really stuck you can always buy some new kids clothes in the department store!

T i p ! You may notice the rather large blouse my son is wearing in this photo? We had a little “accident” in Ginza yesterday and mummy forgot to bring spare clothes (I brought shorts but forgot the t-shirts!), so I had to give him my blouse. Luckily I had a singlet underneath! If you are traveling with your kids make sure you bring spare clothes, and if you are really stuck you can always buy some new kids clothes in the department store!

 

Tip#4 – Catching plane with kids

Travel tip! One if my most popular Youtube videos is "How to survive a 9 hour flight with a toddler". The biggest surprise for me when I first caught a plane with my kids is that they will NEVER sleep in the airport, even if it is their usual nap time. There is just too much activity and noise and bright lights. So what happens? They collapse as soon as the plane takes off! And me too. ;) So if you're catching a flight soon with your toddler, just remember to relax and enjoy the trip, as they will 99% of the time sleep well once they're on the plane! This is a photo from our recent trip to Hokkaido ;)

Travel tip! One if my most popular Youtube videos is “How to survive a 9 hour flight with a toddler”. The biggest surprise for me when I first caught a plane with my kids is that they will NEVER sleep in the airport, even if it is their usual nap time. There is just too much activity and noise and bright lights. So what happens? They collapse as soon as the plane takes off! And me too. 😉 So if you’re catching a flight soon with your toddler, just remember to relax and enjoy the trip, as they will 99% of the time sleep well once they’re on the plane! This is a photo from our recent trip to Hokkaido 😉

 

Tip#5 – Bring a Travel Book for Tokyo

Are you traveling to Tokyo or live here with your baby? Make sure you get my travel guide eBook! I have received so much positive feedback from mums (and dads!) that the eBook gave them huge piece-of-mind to have it with them while traveling around Tokyo and truly helped them to enjoy their time here with the least stress and the most fun! If you are wondering what my eBook looks like, here it is! You can download it to your smartphone and save it on your device so you can access all the maps and the best baby-friendly locations in Tokyo. Over 200 locations in the Top 10 most baby-friendly spots (includes baby-friendly sightseeing, cafes, restaurants, parks, playgrounds, nursing rooms, shopping, as well as essential tips - Which train stations should I avoid with a stroller? What happens if my baby gets sick? Where can I find an English speaking paediatrician? Where can I buy diapers? Where can I buy baby food? And much more!), Plus interactive map of all the 200 locations, and essential baby terms translated into Japanese to make your time in Tokyo a whole lot easier. Perfect for families with newborn baby to 3 year old toddlers. Cost 2,980yen (which is less than a 2-pack of diapers!). Pay with credit card through PayPal or with your PayPal account. Make sure you see all the details on my Tokyo Guide website www.tubtokyoguide.com (TUB = Tokyo Urban Baby). Why do I have it on a separate website? Because it is a membership site so you can login and have access to the 2 ebooks, interactive map, videos, and bonus calendar of events! Ask me if you have any questions!

Are you traveling to Tokyo or live here with your baby? Make sure you get my travel guide eBook! I have received so much positive feedback from mums (and dads!) that the eBook gave them huge piece-of-mind to have it with them while traveling around Tokyo and truly helped them to enjoy their time here with the least stress and the most fun! If you are wondering what my eBook looks like, here it is! You can download it to your smartphone and save it on your device so you can access all the maps and the best baby-friendly locations in Tokyo. Over 250 locations in the Top 10 most baby-friendly spots (includes baby-friendly sightseeing, cafes, restaurants, parks, playgrounds, nursing rooms, shopping, as well as essential tips – Which train stations should I avoid with a stroller? What happens if my baby gets sick? Where can I find an English speaking paediatrician? Where can I buy diapers? Where can I buy baby food? And much more!), Plus interactive map of all the 250 locations, and essential baby terms translated into Japanese to make your time in Tokyo a whole lot easier. Perfect for families with newborn baby to 3 year old toddlers. Ask me if you have any questions!

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What are your 5 favorite tips for traveling with your kids?

What is most important for making your family travels as smooth and stress-free as possible?

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8 thoughts on “5 Travel tips for parents with kids in Tokyo

  1. Farayhan says:

    Could u pls tell me the exact name of the app ? *travel book app

    Really tks

  2. fara says:

    do you know is there any stroller rental in tokyo? is it hard to find?

    1. Kate says:

      Hi Fara, yes stroller rental is quite difficult to find in Tokyo. Most rental places are online and only in Japanese. The alternative though is that all the department stores in Japan have FREE rental strollers to use inside their department store. Many Japanese mothers travel with a baby carrier, and then use the free strollers at the department store to take a break or to allow their baby to sleep in the stroller. This is a great option for travelers too! Tokyo Midtown’s free strollers are actually Bugaboo Bees, and the free strollers at Futako-Tamagawa Rise are Stokke. Hope this helps! xoxo Kate

  3. eiann says:

    do you have guides for other cities in japan? kyoto, osaka? tips for train travel?

    1. Kate says:

      Hi Eiann, Thank you for your message. I only have The Tokyo Guide at the moment! If you check my blog you can see the category about train travel tips. Hope this helps! x Kate

      https://www.tokyourbanbaby.com/category/traveling-in-japan-with-a-baby/train-travel-in-japan/

  4. Laura Abrego says:

    Hi Fara, thanks for your info its very helpfully:)
    I have a serious concern about the weather, we’re planning to visit Tokyo and Kyoto next February (16-March 2) we’re from North México so my 7 months baby have not experience outside cold weather ( 12 celcius minimun), I dont know what to expect about the weather there and If Is a good idea bring him with us 🙁 and advice?

    1. Kate says:

      Hi Laura,

      Thank you for your message. Your baby should be fine if you prepare winter clothing and protection from the cold and wind.

      Here are 2 posts that might help you to prepare:
      https://www.tokyourbanbaby.com/2014/03/how-to-dress-baby-for-cold-weather-in-tokyos-winter/

      https://www.tokyourbanbaby.com/2013/01/how-to-make-a-diy-winter-cover-for-your-baby-sling-自分で作ろう、ベビースリングカバ/

      Best wishes,
      Kate

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