Baby-friendly sightseeing in Japan, Minato-ku area

Enjoy Tokyo Tower with your baby!

We went to Tokyo Tower for the first time this weekend! It was so much fun! Our baby is only 9 months old, so we thought he wouldn’t understand being up so high and seeing the view, but we actually had a great time! He did spend most of the time to trying to get into my handbag and pull out his toys (and throw them on the ground as he likes to do (^^)), but every so often he would glance up at the view and press his hands on the window and make some ‘baba’ noises. For us, we cherished this moment to take some great family photos and enjoy doing something different. I have lived in Japan for over 10 years and my husband is Japanese, but can you believe it was the first time for both of us to go up Tokyo Tower!

Day Trip Advice

Are you wondering about baby-friendly cafes and sightseeing around Tokyo Tower? Here is what we did!

  • Lunch at the delicious baby-friendly Belgian bakery cafe Le Pain Quotidien (address: 3-3-1 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0011). NOTE: the address does not come up accurately on google map!!! I went round and round in circles the first time I tried to find it. It is located in front of Tokyo Prince Hotel, next to Zozoji Temple. It is a beautiful cafe though with the most delicious bread and lunch menu!! Well worth trying to find it:)
  • Next we visited the beautiful Zozoji Temple. This is one of my favourite temples – I love walking into the huge temple and smelling the incense and looking at the buddha statues. It is also nice and cool inside – a relief from the summer heat!
  • Then a short walk up the road to Tokyo Tower:)

About Tokyo Tower

Cost – Main Observatory (150m)

  • Adults – 820yen
  • Children (primary school – junior high school) – 460yen
  • Children (4 years and older) – 310yen
  • Babies & toddlers (under 4 years) – FREE
Cost – Special Observatory (250m) – it costs extra to go up to 250m deck. You can pay this on the 150m Main Observatory level. (Note – we wanted to go up to the Special Observatory but the queue was too long:(!)
  • Adults – 600yen
  • Children (primary school – junior high school) – 400yen
  • Children (4 years and older) – 350yen
  • Babies & toddlers (under 4 years) – FREE
Opening times:
  • Main observatory (150m): 9am-10pm (Last admission 9:45pm)
  • Special observatory (250m): 9am-9:30pm (Last admission 9pm)
  • Website 
Tokyo Tower also has a private nursing room with baby change table and chair on the 1st Floor of the Main Observatory.

See Tokyo Tower website for more details on opening times, live concerts and how to get there.

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4 thoughts on “Enjoy Tokyo Tower with your baby!

  1. Michael says:

    I just discovered your website last week, and I’m still exploring it. My wife is Japanese and we live in America. We will be returning to Japan to visit my wife’s family in October. It will be the first time for our son to go, he will be 10 months old. You’re giving us a lot of good ideas as to what to do. Thanks for your blog and I look forward to reading it more.

    1. kate says:

      Thank you Michael! I’m so excited to hear Tokyo Urban Baby is helping parents with babies visiting Japan as well as those living here! It is great feedback! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

  2. Nini says:

    Hi Kate
    thanks for your website that I am just discovering. I’m about to flight to Tokyo with a 4 months old baby girl and this is really helping me as it will be our 1st time in Japan.

    1. Kate says:

      Thank you Nini! I hope you have a great trip!!

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