My next itinerary for Japan is going to be based mostly on what I think my son is going to enjoy (he’ll be about four years old when we go). The place that I most want to take him is the little talked about city of Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture.
Tochigi Prefecture is just north of Tokyo. It is best known for the city Nikko (yet another place I need to get to) which is famous for the amazing area around the tomb of Tokugawa Iyeyasu. Just a little bit northeast from here and in the countryside is Nasu – what looks to me to be a paradise of attractions for kids!
We are planning on staying at Hotel Epinard Nasu. From Tokyo they have a complementary shuttle bus that will take you to the hotel – definitely check this out if you are planning on going!
The hotel itself looks absolutely amazing, but what is even better is that the front of the hotel is one of the stops of the Nasu sightseeing bus. Just take a look at all of the attractions that you can easily get to!
From the bus you can reach, among other destination, Nasu Safari Park, Nasu Stained Glass Museum, Nasu Trick Art Museum, Nasu Monkey World, Nasu Teddy Bear Museum, Nasu Safari Park, Nasu Animal Kingdom, The Cheese Garden…
It is enough to keep you and your kids busy for DAYS AND DAYS!
And maybe the best part is that this is an area where you will not find many foreign tourists. If you want to practice your Japanese and want your kids to practice their Japanese while visiting great family-friendly attractions that are easy to get to, Nasu is a great spot to visit!
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