Japan is perfectly safe for those traveling with children — it is decidedly family-oriented. Many museums, attractions, and some forms of transportation offer reduced prices for children 6 – 11 years old. Those under six are generally admitted free of charge. Hotels often offer babysitting services, but these can be expensive. Some larger department stores have playgrounds.

The proliferation of Western fast food chains will aid in feeding finicky eaters. We noted that the orange juice at McDonald’s was a terrific bargain. Most restaurants have plastic food displays available. This allows families with children to make determinations about the food before sitting down at a table.

Please note that all U.S. citizens are required to carry a valid passport for identification purposes.