One of the most-loved Tokyo neighborhoods to stay and play in is Shinjuku, a city within a city. Here’s how to show this destination to your curious family when it comes time for a much-needed vacation.
You likely already know the Park Hyatt Tokyo from the film Lost in Translation, but even if your kids don’t know the movie, the whole family will enjoy a stay at this stylish property. One of the neighborhood’s best properties, the 5-star property offers amazing views of the city, great dining and drinking options and spacious guestrooms and suites.
Families will want to book one of several suite options, all of which come with ample seating and living space, and some of which come with multiple beds.
One place you’ll for sure want to check out, just for the thrill of it, is the entrance and crossing at Shinjuku Station. One of the most crowded intersections in the world in front of the busiest railway station in the world, you haven’t seen a crowd until you’ve stood here. Keep a tight grip on the kids as you marvel at the huge amounts of people all converged in one spot, all with somewhere to go.
Check out the art at the new(ish) Yayoi Kusama Museum, dedicated to the contemporary and eye-popping art of Yayoi Kusama. The artwork is spread across five floors. Even children will enjoy Yayoi Kusama’s whimsical style, which focuses frequently on colorful dots.
For an outdoor space and a little fresh air, visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There are three different types of gardens within the space, including a Japanese landscape garden, English landscape garden and French garden. A greenhouse is home to tropical and subtropical flowers. If you do visit during the spring months, the garden is one of the best spots in Tokyo to admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Eat & Drink
When it’s to dine, don’t miss the unique options offered in Tokyo that you most definitely won’t see anywhere else.
The Robot Restaurant is one of the favorite Shinjuku options. The insane, colorful, brightly lit dinner show experience is one-of-a-kind. Children will receive ear protectors to shield them from some of the experience’s loud noises, a mix of electronic and J-pop music, combined with cabaret-style performers in outlandish costumes. However, don’t come to this restaurant expecting to get a full meal. Snacks and drinks are the main sustenance, as the focus is all on the show.
Where you really want to eat is Golden Gai, a small area made up of interconnecting, narrow alleyways where you’ll have to walk single file between storefronts. However, these small spaces are crammed with more than 200 great eateries.
Most museums tend to be boring for children — they have to be quiet, they may not be interested in the exhibits and they can’t touch anything. At the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to run around, play and have fun while learning. The beloved museum will safely reopen in 2021 for kids and families to run, play and touch exhibits as they used to, and now is a great time to plan a visit next year.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Whether the young adults or young professionals in your life are heading back to school, the office or some new version of normal, sending them off with something thoughtful is always in style. Check this list for something your loved one (or yourself) can use to ease out of the house with style.