Attractions for Kids in Nagoya, Japan

Traveling can be very hard on children, especially when it involves a foreign country.  Their schedules get turned upside down because of jet lag and the different time zone; they are in a completely new environment with strange sights, foods, and smells; and they have none of the comforts of home around them.  So to take away at lest a bit of the stress that children feel when traveling in a foreign land, you should consider forgoing a few adult-oriented tourist areas for a few attractions that the little ones are sure to love.  The following places would be perfect for you if you and your family visit Nagoya, Japan.

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
This aquarium is located near Nagoya Pier and is easily accessible by subway.  There are two separate buildings containing various aqua-themed exhibits that the entire family will enjoy.  You’ll be able to see numerous fish that are native to Japan and Australia, plus an Antarctic marine life display with penguins.  The main attractions are the dolphin shows, as well as the killer whales and beluga whales.

Little World Museum of Man
The Little World Museum of Man is about 30 minutes away from Nagoya by train, but is definitely worth visiting if you have a chance.  Little World is an outdoor museum and its exhibits consist of depictions of daily life from 22 countries around the world.  You’ll be able to walk through and explore more than 30 different housing structures that would typically be found in those countries.  In addition, you can purchase a Little World Passport and get it stamped at each of the different “countries”, which makes for a nice keepsake of your visit.  There are also many restaurants and snack booths where you’ll be able to sample delicious ethnic fare from around the globe.

Nagoya City Science Museum
The Nagoya City Science Museum is a wonderful place for kids to learn about science and technology as they explore all nine floors of the building.  Many of the exhibits are hands-on, which of course makes learning much more exciting for children.  There is also a play area on the ninth floor, so when the kids get tired of the displays, or if you just want to take a break, you can head up there to relax.  In addition to the technology and science exhibits, the museum also has a planetarium on the premises.  You and the kids will be able to sit back and watch an informative movie about the stars, and you’ll also be able to view many interesting displays related to astronomy.

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens
If your children love animals, then the Higashiyama Zoo should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Nagoya.  Here you’ll see all the animals that you expect to find in a zoo — elephants, giraffes, monkeys, tigers, lions, etc.  In addition to the animals, be sure to stop by the Higashiyama Sky Tower, which will afford you a great view of Nagoya from its observation deck.  

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