Traveling with kids adds an extra challenge to all travel plans (I imagine, I don’t have any kids).

You need to find activities that are interesting to your kiddies because they probably won’t want to see the same attractions as adults do.

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If your children do like museums, temples and more, in addition to this post, you might also want to check out the 30+ things to do in Nagoya in general.

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But first, check out this post on the things to do in Nagoya with kids. It is filled with all the best amusement parks and attractions children will enjoy for sure.

Things to Do in Nagoya with Kids

If you don’t want to travel very far there are multiple great attractions in Nagoya to enjoy with kids. They usually have very convenient public transport options and from Nagoya Station, you will be able to reach all of them within just a couple of minutes.

Legoland Japan

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The top attraction in Nagoya for kids is without a doubt Legoland Japan. The Lego-themed park only opened in 2015 and is very popular especially with small children.

Attractions inside the park include gigantic models of famous places in Japan such as Mount Fuji, Tokyo, and Kyoto built from millions of Lego blocks.

You can also learn how Lego bricks are manufactured, build your own Lego models and enjoy some kid-friendly rides. Of course, there are countless restaurants serving kid-friendly food, and shops where you can buy Lego sets.

Check out this Legoland Japan review for valuable tips and the best places to check out inside the park.

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If you think one day in Legoland just isn’t enough you can spend the night at the Legoland Hotel Japan a 4-star Lego-themed hotel that will excite your children with a kid’s entertainment area and kid’s pool.

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Entry Fee: depends on the day
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 2-2-1 Kinjoufutou, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-8605
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Sea Life

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Sea Life aquarium is located within the Legoland Hotel. It was created to spark an interest in the ocean and it follows the concept of ‘sea, touch, and learn’. 11 different areas invite children to learn about sea animals from more than 50 countries around the world.

Some highlights include the mighty spider crabs which can reach up to 5.5 meters in size, cute seahorses, and of course the stingrays.

Workshops and other hands-on experiences are available for children (and adults) of all ages.

Entry Fee: from 1300 yen depending on the day, combination ticket with Legoland Japan available
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Address: 2-7-1 Kinjoufutou, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-8605
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SCMaglev and Railway Park

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Next to Legoland Japan you will find a train museum called SCMaglev and Railway Park. The park opened only recently in 2011 and educates its visitors on the advancements of train travel.

You and your kids can see some actual trains here including an old steam locomotive, a high-speed bullet train concept and even the latest magnetic levitating trains called maglev.

JR Central, the train company in central Japan is currently working on creating a high-speed maglev connection between Osaka and Tokyo, of which the Nagoya to Tokyo part will be ready in just a couple of years. One section of the museum covers the project and offers a lot of information.

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Some of the most popular attractions of the Nagoya train museum are the train simulators where your children can drive different trains including a Shinkansen train and become a train conductor for a couple of minutes, opening and closing train doors.

The simulators cost extra and are very popular which is why you need to sign up at least 45 minutes in advance.

Entry Fee: 1000 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Tuesdays
Address: 3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0848
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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At Nagoya Port, you will find the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. It is one of the best and biggest aquariums in Japan, and especially with children, it is worth a visit.

The aquarium is split into two sections, the North and South Buildings. The North Building has the world’s largest outdoor tank with about 3000 sets surrounding. Regular shows with dolphins and orcas are held here to awe the audience with their intelligence and tricks.

The South Building is split into sections to teach children about different ecosystems from Japan to Antarctica. Learn about the hideous deep-sea fish, get up close with sea turtles and stingrays. Admire the colorful corals and fish which resemble a real coral reef in the oceans of the world. And don’t forget to stop by the penguin encounter where you can learn about the life of different penguin species.

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Entry Fee: 2030 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1-3 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0033
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Nagoya Port Sea Train Land

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Not far from Nagoya Aquarium is the so-called Sea Train Land, an amusement park at the port of Nagoya. It opened in 1995 but is still the biggest amusement park in the bay area.

The number one highlight is the 85-meter-tall ferries wheel, the largest in the Tokai area. From the see-through gondolas, you get a 360-degree view of the port area as well as Ise bay and the city of Nagoya.

All in all Sea Train Land features 16 different rides for everyone from adults to small children. Not only families enjoy the amusement park, it is also a popular date spot for young couples as it is especially romantic after dark when the whole park is lit up.

Entry Fee: free, rides cost extra (free pass 2500 yen)
Opening Hours: varies daily
Address: 1-51 Nishikuracho, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0034
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Higashiyama Zoo

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More animal encounters await you and your family at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The park is a combination of zoo and botanical garden.

At the zoo, the most popular animals are koalas, giraffes, and elephants as well as the animal house for nocturnal animals. But it houses a total of 550 species and so there will be definitely an animal you will love.

The botanical garden has a greenhouse, cherry trees, and flower fields. Each season is great for a visit to the botanical gardens but the cherry blossom season in spring and autumn leaves in autumn are a must-see highlight.

If you cannot make it to Shirakawa-go on this trip to Japan be sure to check out the Gassho Zukuri House located at the botanical garden, it was relocated to its current position from Shirakawa-go itself.

The Higashiyama sky tower is an observation tower inside the Higashiyama park. From its 134-meter high observation deck, you have a superb view over Nagoya, which is especially spectacular during the sunset. The top floors also feature a French restaurant where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with a spectacular view.

Entry Fee: 500 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 3-70 Higashiyama Motomachi, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0804
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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

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If your kids are interested in cars than you have to visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. It tells the story of Toyota, first as a textile manufacturer, later as a car maker.

Aside from English tours and audio guides, there is a lot to see and experience here. Children will especially love the opportunity to build their own car key chains or pull-back cars at the Waku Waku Experience Corner.

Entry Fee: 500 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: 4-1-35 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-0051
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Nagoya City Science Museum and Planetarium

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If your kids love to learn about science and the stars you shouldn’t miss the Nagoya City Science Museum. The building alone is pretty impressive with its gigantic globe housing one of the world’s biggest planetariums.

Aside from a regular exhibition, the science museum holds changing exhibitions. From November 30th, 2019 to February 19th, 2020 you will find an interactive exhibition by teamLab. It’s a digital art exhibition you can not only see, but participate in.

The planetarium has regular sessions throughout the day with themes changing every month with a focus on current astronomical events. While the shows are only conducted in Japanese it is still interesting to watch the stars projected on the gigantic spherical screen.

Entry Fee: 800 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: Shirakawa Park 2-17-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0008
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Togokusan Fruit Park

Togokusan Fruit Park
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On the outskirts of Nagoya, you will find Togokusan, a mountain with an impressive fruit park, the Togokusan Fruit Park.

This park was established as a recreational facility with orchards growing Japanese fruit such as Japanese mandarins called Mikan and persimmons. These fruits can be harvested (and eaten) while they are in season.

An ‘Orchard of the World’ grows fruit from all over the world including papaya and jackfruit. Here you can learn about and taste delicious exotic fruit.

Multiple restaurants and shops are also on the premises.

Entry Fee: 300 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. closed Mondays
Address: Togoku-2110 Kamishidami, Moriyama Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 463-0001
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Other Things to Do with Kids Outside Nagoya

If you have exhausted everything to do in Nagoya with kids it might be time to look a little further afield. There are a couple of theme parks not far from Nagoya that might be of interest to you and your family.

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Nagashima Spa Land

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About 30 minutes from Nagoya is the biggest amusement park in the region called Nagashima Spa Land. It is part of Nagashima Resort which also has an outlet shopping mall, Onsen, and a flower park called Nabana no Sato.

The amusement park offers around 40 rides, from gentle ones for small children to high-speed roller coasters for thrill-seekers. Nagashima Spa Land has a reputation for being the best theme park for roller coasters in western Japan (although I am not sure who decided this).

Entry Fee: 5200 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. depending on the date
Address: 333 Nagashimacho Urayasu, Kuwana, Mie 511-1192
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Little World Museum of Man

Inuyama Little World Museum of Men
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In Inuyama a town about 30 minutes from Nagoya to the north you will find many interesting attractions. One of them is the Little World Museum of Man. A theme park featuring countries from around the world. You can learn about foreign cultures, taste dishes from different countries and learn about traditional clothing and way of life.

There are 33 buildings from all over the world which will let you experience these countries without visiting them yourself.

Entry Fee: 1800 yen
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: Narisawa-90-48 Imai, Inuyama, Aichi 484-0005
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Japan Monkey Park & Center

Inuyama Japan Monkey Center Entrance
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The Japan Monkey Park and Japan Monkey Center is part amusement park part zoo.

At the Monkey Center, you can get into contact with different types of monkeys who live there.

At the Monkey Park, you will find 35 rides such as roller coasters and a giant Ferris Wheel. In the summer months, you can use the pool with its many water slides, in winter there is a popular ice skating rink.

You can experience the highlights in about 2 hours, but it is much more fun to spend about half a day here to enjoy everything the park has to offer in full.

Entry Fee: 1100 yen (free rides 2900 yen, combination ticket with Japan Monkey Center 3500 yen)
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: Kanrin-26 Inuyama, Aichi 484-0081
Website (Japanese only) | Google Maps

Entry Fee: 800 yen (combination ticket with Japan Monkey Park 3500 yen)
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays
Address: Kanrin-26 Inuyama, Aichi 484-0081
Website | Google Maps

Final Thoughts on Things to do in Nagoya with Kids

As you can see, Nagoya has lots of attractions to visit with your children. You won’t ever get bored in Japan’s 4th largest city.

If you want to be well prepared read the Nagoya Travel Guide, for general information on travel in Nagoya, and check out the Activities in Nagoya page for more ideas on what to do in the city.

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
Check out the details!

Events and festivals going on each month can be found on the Nagoya by Month page, or you can choose a month from the list below:

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