Have you heard of Anpanman? It’s pretty much a Japanese sensation that every kid loves and knows about as soon as they are born. It’s a toddler/kid favorite and they happen to have a museum called the “Anpanman Museum” in a few locations across Japan.
My daughter is also now into anpanman and we couldn’t wait to take her here. We visited the Yokohama Minato Mirai location and she absolutely loved everything about it. It’s like Disneyland for little kids but it’s not as big and a lot more compact so it’s easier to get around and still tires your little one out :D
There’s plenty of stimulation for your child from shows, things to see, interaction play area, game centers, food, shopping, even kids haircut. The museum is 1500yen per person (for both adults and kids above age 1). Even if you don’t go into the museum though, there’s plenty of free areas just to have fun so it’s totally worth visiting. In fact, the dancing show was the highlight for our daughter and it was in the courtyard which is in the free area so you can keep coming back but not enter the museum part if you’d like.
If you have a young child, this is definitely a fun place to come explore :)
Address // 4-3-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-227-8855
Website // http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/main.html
24/7 Restaurant is a great family friendly cafe located in Minato Mirai. I heard a lot about how popular this place is amongst moms before visiting but once we got there, it was clear that literally every group dining here had a young child or a baby.
The place is decorated beautifully and although it’s very kid friendly, it still has a sophisticated and stylish touch to it. Can you believe their high chairs are the Stokke high chair?? fancy.
The best part of their lunch is that all the meals include a drink bar (that is all-you-can-drink) and all-you-can-eat bread. It was amazing. I got up so many times to refill or get a different drink and kept getting unlimited freshly baked bread. mmm Not to mention the food was also pretty good. The kabocha lasagna (1300yen) was delicious and filling. The breads were surprisingly all very good too.
If you are looking for a family friendly option in Minato Mirai, I highly recommend this cafe/restaurant. This place seems to always have long lines so prepare to wait in line or come right when it opens.
Hours // 11:00am – 11:00pm
Address // Queen’s Square 2F, 2-3-8, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 045-222-6522
Website // http://commercial-art.net/wp/tokyo/247restaurant/