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Japan With Kids - Forums: General Discussions: Summer Activities for Our Kids
Related discussion: Camps, Summer or Winter.
By Fred Fishman on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 - 3:00 pm:

Can anybody out there in cyberspace please help a desperate parent. My 7 year old son will be finishing school at the end of the week after which he will be attending summer camp for 3 weeks. That leaves approximately 10 weeks remaining before he returns to school the beginning of Sept. Does anyone know of summer activities, camps, clubs, etc., in Japan, preferably in or near Tokyo, during the months of July and Aug? I and my son would be eternally in your debt for any useful information. Thanks.

By Marie Kawachi on Monday, July 7, 2003 - 6:45 pm:

Fred, I know a International School that offers Summer School for kids, they have exciting activities this summer like, Picnics and Field Trips.
Try calling this no. 03 5730-9767. Look for Bron. I wish this could be of help.

By Patrice Lancien on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 12:44 am:

My friend recently jointly opened this faciltiy for adults and children and they offer summer classes in music, art, and crafts.

By Paula on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 5:30 pm:

Tried to email you but it doesn't come up. Your friends site looks interesting but the text is too small to read.

By Admin on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 7:00 pm:

Dear Paula, you might be able to control this with your browser settings. For example if you are using "explorer", then under the pull-down menu "view" choose "text size" and make it bigger. Then reload the page.

RBR has been around for a while. See Kristin Newton's feature article at:

The new arts center is upscale located between Azabu Juban and Aiku hospital almost right across from the Korean Embassy.

By Bethan Hutton on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 11:40 am:

Just spotted this in today's Yomiuri, and thought someone out there might be interested:

"Foreign kids invited to join summer exchange program.

The International Youth Association of Japan is inviting up to 25 foreign children living in Japan to participate in an international exchange program the organization has scheduled for July 28 to August 1 near Lake Yamanaka in Yamanashi Prefecture. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the program. Open to students from the fourth grade of primary school to the third grade of middle school. The invited foreign children will join their Japanese counterparts in out-door activities during the camp.

Basic Japanese-language skills are recommnded for prospective participants. Application deadline is July 6. For details, call (03) 3359-8421 or email"

By Cornelia on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 1:46 pm:

We want to go to the "beach" tomorrow. I don't have money nor time to go far away by train. So I was looking at psuedo beach options out in or past Odaiba. Can anyone suggest a station with a good option?

By Steve K on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 5:21 pm:

How about Kasai-Rinkai-Koen? Ekispert says its 48 minutes from Ikebukuro by JR (if you don't mind the long walk at Tokyo station). An alternative route is to go to Kasai station (Tozai subway line) and take a bus from there.
The Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation offers parks and recreational facilities near its operations in Hamamatsucho.
For information about the parks, see

By Jellund on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 9:37 pm:

The odakyu line has a "freepass" daily ticket for 1450yen. I dont know the childrens price sorry. You can take the train to Enoshima which is really nice and can also go to Kamakura on the same freepass ticket. I found some English information about it here:
Have fun at the beach!

By Kit on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 3:27 pm:

Do you have information about a summer camp, program, or school in Tokyo that your kid found fun and/or educational? Are there activities for children to improve Japanese skills, learn science, engage in sports or cool cultural events once school is out? If you have leads, or run such a program, I'd love to hear from you as soon as possible, either at my e-mail, or in a public post for all to share. Thanks!

By Carmen Plouvier on Monday, March 28, 2005 - 8:08 am:

Hello! I know a club of mothers called "multi-cultural mothers club" who organizes cultural and social events for kids.(cooking, language lessons, crafts, etc.). Next will be a concert for kids (flute & guitar) with pro musicians. Please check their website at
Hope this will help you!

By Anne Miyairi on Friday, June 3, 2005 - 11:14 am:

Does anyone know of any clubs/camps/activities exciting enough for English/Japanese speaking teenage boys? The summer vacation is very long so I would be most appreciative of any information! The boys, although native English speakers, currently attend Japanese schools so don't have access to International school resources.

By Vicki on Friday, June 3, 2005 - 11:41 am:

I would also like to know if there are any summer camps for bi-cultural teens who don't speak much English and attend Japanese schools. An English-learning camp would be great!

By Mono on Friday, June 3, 2005 - 6:04 pm:

Dear Anne and Vicki, I don't know anything for teenagers, but I've received a brochure for English conversation camps for grade schoolers(they might plan one for teenagers if there's a need for it. Who knows?). I don't know if these camps involve any religious activities or not.

On the other hand, how about contacting the local afterschool programs? The one my son attends will have a summer camp for younger kids and another one for older kids. I think it's also worth checking with any YMCAs.

By Jellund on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 7:27 pm:

There will be summer workshops at lunaluna kidsroom in Yoyogi for kids aged 2-5years and their parents, the three themes will be
The Hungry Caterpillar and bugs and insects
The Rainbow Fish and creatures under the sea
Curious George and jungle animals

Will include crafts, facepainting and cooking, please email me if you would like more information

By Chriss Macpherson Koizumi on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 7:31 pm:

Hi! I too would like any information about camps for kids during the summer. My son is a VERY genki 6-year-old and has about a month and a half of summer vacation. He is bi-lingual, but if there are English camps out there he can participate in, it would be wonderful. ANY information would be highly appreciated. THANK YOU! (We currently live in Yamanashi)

Chriss chrissmac [at]

By Ruth S Mccreery on Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 7:38 pm:

The YC&AC in Yokohama has a daycamp program for elementary school aged kids (not necessarily members' kids). I've not taken part, but the feedback is good, and the kids look like they are are having a ball.
tel: 045-623-8121 or check out

By Miles Edelsten on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 4:57 pm:

I don't know about any official camps, but if anyone is interested in killing a couple of summer holiday days going camping, I'm happy to help arrange things.
I have a 9-year-old son, a car and have found an excellent secluded camping ground on a bend in a river in forrested mountains just 1-hour's drive from Tokyo. Amazingly for Japan, there are no security guards, no crowds atall, costs 500 yen per person including parking, you can light your own fire and fish freely (signs say not to swim though). Anyone interested, please send me a mail: milestokyo [at]

By Gateway International Center on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 11:28 pm:

We are an NPO Organisation called Gateway International Center based in Fujisawa in Kanagawa Pref. We have a couple of great programs organised for the summer holidays! We have "Summer camp" which is based around the Shonan area - Some of our programs invite the parents too!! We are also organising "Family Camp" in Hakuba. This is a really good opportunity for the family to spend some quality time together in the most magnificent environment - programs available for kids and parents separately - variety of programs to give you a fun packed holiday!! there`s something for everyone! You can join any of the programs offered during the day, eat organic food grown by the locals and have camp fire by night!! This is a very well thought out program planned and run by camp specialists!! Come and join us!!!

If you are interested, please visit our website

If you have any questions please contact us

Look forward to hearing from you!!!

By Shelley_bearse on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 9:56 am:

For parents looking for summer or all year round activities for their children, TechnoKids Japan offers computer courses where your children learn more than just how to use a pc - they learn how to think logically, how to create business plans, how to use photo-editing tools, how to research properly - all while having fun.
Each course is approximately 6 hours long. fax: 03 5579 7049

By Nickyb on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 7:11 pm:

If your children are interested in art and craft, Nini Concepts are running a series of summer workshops in English from August 23rd to 25th in Setagaya Ward. For more details, check out their website:
email: niniconcepts [at]

By Edobelle45 on Monday, January 28, 2008 - 1:22 pm:

Looking for summer camp, Japanese lessons for middle school age boy and baseball camp or Little League. Any ideas of where to start looking?

By Acm2006 on Monday, January 28, 2008 - 9:09 pm:

Hi, I am also looking for summer programs/activities for my 2 kids, will be 8 and 12 when summer break begins (beginning of July to end of August). They currently go to international school and don't speak Japanese. We live in Tokyo by Oedo-line. Since I don't speak Japanese, it will be very difficult for me to enroll them in Japanese activities. My kids have a LOT of energy! Thank you!

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