How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
There are playgrounds in many neighborhoods. There are diaper-changing facilities in some department stores.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Contact Crown Tokyo for a list of providers.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Many neighborhoods have narrow streets, with many cars and motorcycles. In addition, there are many bicycles on the sidewalks. Pedestrian smoking is illegal in central Tokyo, but can still be seen.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Disney Resort, along with local amusement parks such as Odaiba and Sea Paradise in Yokohama. Ueno Park, housing a zoo and several museums (including National Museum of Nature and Science), is another popular spot. In addition, the Children's Castle in Shibuya is popular, with its fine arts studio, theater, computer room, an indoor play area and other facilities.
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
School clubs and sports.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
There are many interesting places for teens to go and public transportation makes it easy. Social activities tend to group by school.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
School sports clubs, private clubs such as Tokyo American Club or Yokohama Country & Athletic Club and church youth groups offer a lot for this age group.
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
Japanese language study is a good way to learn about the culture. "Kumon" school is an after-school activity with Japanese language and math.
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