This article is about some spots where you can experience ‘Cool Japan’, which are recommended to families visiting Japan with their children! [Article series / The Surrounding Areas of Haneda Airport Part 6]

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Don’t you spend your time only for transfer on the day of the arrival in Japan or the last day of your holiday? Don’t waste your time! In fact, there are many attractive spots in the surrounding areas of Haneda Airport and Narita Airport. With a concept of “Start a fun holiday right after arriving in Japan, or to have a great time until the last minutes of your holiday,” this article series introduce you plans to fully enjoy all the fun spots near the airports.

We would like to introduce you some spots in Kawasaki area mainly FUJIKO• F• FUJIO Museum, in which you can experience Cool Japan. It takes approx. 50 minutes from Haneda Airport to Noborito Station, a station accessible to the area. A direct bus service is available from the station, which takes about nine minutes to get the museum.

Suggested plan: Recommended to families with their children! Visit FUJIKO• F• FUJIO Museum.

Visit this museum and meet Doraemon and other characters loved worldwide. Get to know the amazing worldview of FUJIKO • F • FUJIO.

Museum Café
Relax for a bit, and try something fun and delicious from the original menu created based on FUJIKO • F • FUJIO’s work.

Museum Shop
Fun character items make the perfect souvenirs. A wide range of exclusive items.

Address:2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City
Business hours:10:00-18:00 *For details, refer to “TICKET” section on right
Closed:Tue, year-end & New-Year holidays For details
Fee:For details, refer to “TICKET” section on right
Credit cards accepted:A,D,J,M,V,銀

About tickets:
Tickets can only be purchased at Lawson convenience stores, located nationwide.Date- and time-designated admission tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are not sold at the museum counter. To enter the museum, purchase your ticket at a Lawson convenience store, located nationwide, using the in-store terminal Loppi.
Time Available:Reservation only. Select a time from the following four admission times (daily): 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Adult: ¥1,000, junior high or high school student: ¥700, Child: ¥500, 3 years old or younger: Free

When you’ve finished looking through the FUJIKO•F• FUJIO Museum, you may want to head outdoors and surround yourself in nature. The Ikuta Ryokuchi Park is a beautiful place to do just that. It is also home to a variety of facilities, such as the Japan Open-Air Folk Museum and the Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum!

Ikuta Ryokuchi Park

The park, the largest park in Kawasaki City, is like a nature-filled treasure box as it is surrounded with a lot of nature. In the large park, there are many attractions such as beautiful nature in different seasons, traditional style dwellings, art and science museums, etc.

Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum
An outdoor museum exhibiting 25 old Japanese houses, etc. brought in mainly from east Japan. Many events are also held here. You’ll feel like you’ve slipped back in time to the Edo period.

Address:7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City
Business hours:[Mar.-Oct.] 9:30-17:00 [Nov.-Feb.] 9:30-16:30 *Last admission: 30 min. before close time
Closed:Mon. (Closed the next day when Monday falls on a holiday), next day of a holiday (open if Sat. or Sun.), year-end & NewYear holidays
Fee:Adult: ¥500

Even beginners can easily try their hand at indigo dyeing. Reservations are recommended. Please wear clothing that you won’t mind getting stained.

Address:7-1-3 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City
Business hours:9:30-17:00 (Closes at 16:30 from Nov.-Feb.) *Registration for indigo dyeing ends 2 hr. 30 min. before closing. Held 3 times on Sat., Sun., and holidays: From 10:00 / From 13:00 / From 14:30, respectively
Closed:Mon. (If Mon. is a holiday, closed on the following day), day after a holiday (remains open if falling on a weekend), year-end and New Year holidays
Fee:Free if visiting only Dentou-Kougeikan. *Fees required for indigo dyeing

Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum
Visit the planetarium and experience a realistic star-filled sky to the world’s highest standards.

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
On display are works of art by Kawasaki-born artist, Taro Okamoto. You can actually sit on some pieces, such as the Hand Shaped Chair.

Please refer to below to find an access to Ikuta Ryokuchi Park, at which you can enjoy these old-style houses, art and science museums, etc.

Ikuta Ryokuchi East Exit Visitor Center
Address:7-1-4 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City
Business hours:8:30-17:00
Closed:Year-end and New Year holidays

After you’ve used up all your energy at Ikuta Ryokuchi Park, you’ll probably need to refuel. Here are our top 2 restaurant recommendations.

Try their delectable Hakata ramen, hot pot, or fresh hormone (beef or pork offal)!

Address:Third Inada Building 1F, 2137 Noborito, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Business hours:16:00-26:00(L.O.25:30)
Closed:Open 365 days
Cost:Miso Ramen 780 yen, Hakata Chicken Hot Pot (Limit of 10 per day) 2,500 yen

This popular izakaya, a kind of casual drinking and dining establishment, uses fresh fish from the local market.

Address:3414 Noborito, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Business hours:17:00-24:00(L.O.22:30)
Closed:Mondays (If a holiday, closed the following day)
Cost:Seasonal Fresh Sashimi Platter (4 pieces) from 980 yen
Accepted credit cards:A,D,J,M,V

And last but not least—and only a short dash away—the famous Yomiuri Land awaits you!

【Yomiuri Land】
Yomiuri Land’s Jewellumination is one of Tokyo’s largest, most stunning illumination displays, though it can only be enjoyed at certain times of year. Make sure to visit Gujjoba!! (a name that plays on the English phrase “Good job”), the new factory-themed facility that opened in March 2016.

Head to Gujjoba!! to learn about how things are made while trying your hand at factory work!
Head to Gujjoba!! to learn about how things are made while trying your hand at factory work!

Address:4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi City, Tokyo
Business hours:10:00-18:00 (May vary by season)
Closed:No scheduled holidays
Admission fee:Adult 1,800 yen, JHS/HS student 1,500 yen, Ages 3-Elementary school student 1,000 yen
Accepted credit cards:A,D,J,M,V
Access:10-min bus ride from Odakyu Yomiuri-Land-mae Station. Or a 5-min ropeway ride on the Gondola Sky Shuttle from Keio Yomiuri-Land Station.

We recommend the area especially to families with children!

Note: Abbreviations of card companies that can be used.
A = American Express / D = Diners / J = JCB / M = MasterCard / V = Visa / 銀 = UnionPay