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Taking on Toyko

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids.

Photo: Zen GardenThis summer, my ten-year-old son Stefan was invited to Tokyo, Japan, to take part in the 20th anniversary of the World Children’s Baseball Fair, an annual event where boys and girls from all around the globe participate in a baseball clinic that’s not only meant to improve their skills, but to foster an understanding of and appreciation for cultures other than their own. I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along, and while the kids were busy playing ball, I managed to slip away and explore some new areas in and around the city I’d missed during previous visits.

One morning, I took the metro to the suburban town of Kamakura, home of one of the most popular attractions in the entire country, a gigantic Buddha statue known as Daibutsu. It truly was a spectacular site, but what I enjoyed most in this one-time capital of Japan were its numerous temples and shrines that date back to 1180 – 1333 A.D.   Complemented by lotus ponds, lush bonsai trees, rock gardens, and surrounding mountains, these architectural gems are where you will most likely discover those “moments of Zen” so celebrated by the Japanese. 

Later that day I visited the historic village of Kawagoe, also known as “Little Edo,” whose shops and residences conjure up an atmosphere reminiscent of the period between the 17th to 19th centuries when Shoguns ruled the land. Kawagoe is only about an hour’s train ride from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station. I leisurely strolled up and down the main street of Kashiya Yokocho, checking out the traditional merchandise shops (Read more...)

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Taking on Toyko

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids.

Photo: Zen GardenThis summer, my ten-year-old son Stefan was invited to Tokyo, Japan, to take part in the 20th anniversary of the World Children’s Baseball Fair, an annual event where boys and girls from all around the globe participate in a baseball clinic that’s not only meant to improve their skills, but to foster an understanding of and appreciation for cultures other than their own. I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along, and while the kids were busy playing ball, I managed to slip away and explore some new areas in and around the city I’d missed during previous visits.

One morning, I took the metro to the suburban town of Kamakura, home of one of the most popular attractions in the entire country, a gigantic Buddha statue known as Daibutsu. It truly was a spectacular site, but what I enjoyed most in this one-time capital of Japan were its numerous temples and shrines that date back to 1180 – 1333 A.D.   Complemented by lotus ponds, lush bonsai trees, rock gardens, and surrounding mountains, these architectural gems are where you will most likely discover those “moments of Zen” so celebrated by the Japanese. 

Later that day I visited the historic village of Kawagoe, also known as “Little Edo,” whose shops and residences conjure up an atmosphere reminiscent of the period between the 17th to 19th centuries when Shoguns ruled the land. Kawagoe is only about an hour’s train ride from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station. I leisurely strolled up and down the main street of Kashiya Yokocho, checking out the traditional merchandise shops (Read more...)

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