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5 Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Japan For Kids

How to choose a ski resort in Japan for families with kids. From the big and famous Niseko to the much smaller local resort you may never have heard of, it can be difficult to figure out where is the best place to take your family when you want to ski in Japan with kids. Happily for suitcases&strollers, Kate Neath of Tokyo Urban Baby has compiled an extremely comprehensive run down of the pros and cons of each so you can start planning your family ski holiday in Japan with kids.

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Climbing Mount Fuji With Kids

How to hike Mount Fuji in Japan with kids. In 2014 the Steele family trekked up Mount Fuji with their two kids Matthew (9) and Emily (7). Despite being the highest mountain in Japan (Mount Fuji is 3776 metres tall), the children still successfully completed the mountain climb on their own. suitcases&strollers chatted to mum Vanessa about how they achieved this extraordinary feat and and how they planned this interesting and unique family holiday.

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Little Globetrotter: Emily Steele

Which family holidays do kids like the best? Emily Steele has been to 9 countries around the world including visiting the Neuschwanstein castle that inspired Walt Disney in Germany and climbing Mount Fuji in Japan. At 8 years old she is eager to learn about the world around her and she and her brother Matthew (10) are already planning their next trip with their parents to Uganda. She tells suitcases&strollers about the value kids see in family vacations and why you should travel with your kids.

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10 Asian Street Foods For Kids

Traveling with kids doesn’t have to mean they are always eating chicken nuggets and fries. Nor should what your kids eat stop you from venturing to developing countries further afield. Even with kids on the road, you can still sample hawker and street fare as the locals do – on a small stool on the roadside – rather than feeling restricted to the hotel buffet. As proof, here are the suitcases&strollers family travel tips for 10 Asian street foods the kids will love.

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Why Travel By Train With Kids

The Man in Seat 61 tells suitcases&strollers his favourite train journeys with kids. Mark Smith is a career railwayman who has travelled all over the globe including from London to Tokyo via Moscow’s Trans-Siberian Railway, to Turkey, Syria and Jordan and around Hong Kong, Mongolia and Beijing. His kids Nathanel (9) and Katelijn (6) have followed him and his wife Nicolette on train journeys from the UK to Italty, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco and right across the USA from New York to Los Angeles. Wherever he goes, he always tries to sit in Seat 61 and documents his travels plus lots of other useful information for train enthusiasts on his website. Here are his really thoughtful insights into why travel by train with kids is so much more rewarding than any other form of transport.

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Avoiding Rabies in Asia

Information about the prevalence of rabies in Asia for families traveling with kids. Rabies is not a disease you commonly hear about or associate with family travel with kids, but it is something you should be keeping on your radar. In fact, children are at higher risk of contracting rabies as they are attracted to animals and less likely to be able to avoid scratches and bites from affected animals. For anyone traveling to Asia with kids including destinations like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji or the Philippines, here are some travel tips from International Medical Clinic in Singapore for how to avoid rabies coming into contact with your family.

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Profile: Family Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly travels the world for her television show Family Travel With Colleen Kelly.She has been to over 30 countries including Switzerland, Ireland, Greece and Malta and, whenever she can, she takes her two daughters Dunovan Kate (12) and Shea Grace (9) with her. Colleen tells suitcases&strollers why travel with kids is important and which, of all the places in the world she has traveled with kids, are her favourite family travel destinations.

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Japan With Kids: Tokyo Insider

Kate Neath, Founder of Tokyo Urban Baby and author of The Tokyo Guide – Essential Guide to the Top 10 Baby-Friendly Locations in Tokyo, is the mother of two kids Ethan (3) and Chloe (7 months). She has been blogging about things to do in Tokyo with kids for the last 3 years and gives suitcases&strollers the insider’s guide as to why Japan’s capital makes for an awesome, busy but very child-friendly family holiday destination.

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Tokyo Disney Versus Historic Japan for Kids

For years Alex Pizel (11) and his brothers Sean (8) and Joshua (5) have been asking their parents Jo and Mike to take them to Disneyland. Over Easter Jo agreed, planning a cultural immersion of Japan for kids with 4 days split between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and 3 days staying in a traditional ryokan (guest house) in Hakone. Did Hakone pale in comparison to Disneyland for the kids? Actually, not necessarily. suitcases&strollers chatted to Alex about his recommendations for family vacations in Japan and the pros and cons of a theme park for kids versus historical cultural experiences.  

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Why Disneyland?

Theme parks for kids are everywhere, but there is some special about Disney in particular says Carolyn Moore. In 2013 the mother of two toddlers and her husband Nathan decided to do a Disney-trifecta tour – they visited three Disneylands in one year: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland and Disney’s Californian Adventure in the Ahanheim in the US. She tells suitcases&strollers why, in her opinion, Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth – when it comes to theme parks for kids.

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Profile: Chubby Hubby

Aun Koh is known for his love of eating and travelling which has resulted in his highly successful food blog (wryly titled Chubby Hubby) that documents his culinary adventures. Over the years he has explored the world with his wife, Su-Lyn Tan, sampling the finest cuisines to exotic street foods. But these days travel is a little less glamorous and more sedate thanks to the arrival of his son Toby (3). He tells suitcases&strollers how a dedicated Singaporean foodie has adjusted his travel tastes to holiday with kids.

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The Permanent Travellers, Part 3

Herman Zapp and his wife Candelaria are fulfilling their lifelong dream to explore the world and have been travelling since 2000. Apart from a few months here and there, they have been on the road in their 7-seater Graham-Paige 1928 from Alaska to Argentina, all around Australia and around 13 countries in Asia. Their four children are truly global citizens and were born in the course of their parents’ travels – Pampa (11 in the USA), Tehue (8 in Argentina), Paloma (6 in Canada) and Wallaby (4 in Australia). Herman (currently in Zimbabwe) tells suitcases&strollers about the joys of permanently traveling with kids and why their life is so much more than just an extended family holiday.


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The Hello Kitty Jets

An entire fleet of airlines all dedicated to Hello Kitty and the other Sanrio characters? Introducing Hello Kitty Jets. It sounds surreal and gimmicky, but this is a real operational fleet of one Boeing 777ER and five Airbus 300s. Here’s suitcases&strollers’ behind-the-scenes tour of perhaps the most fun and unique way to fly with kids.


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Japan With Kids: Kyushu Insider

Erica Knecht, creator of Expatria, Baby lived in Japan for over three years where she also gave birth to her now three-year-old daughter, Stella. She tells suitcases&strollers why southern Japan is a must-visit for parents traveling with kids and why Kyushu makes the idea family holiday destination.


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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs with Kids

Marathons, triathlons, ironman competitions – these might not seem like events around which to build a family holiday. But they can actually make for a different, fun and educational way to travel with kids says Mike Pizel, dad to Alex (9), Sean (7) and Joshua (4). Mike has competed in multiple competitive races with his wife, Jo, all over the world and they’ve taken their kids to many of them. He tells suitcases&strollers how to get ready, set, go! and exercise while travelling by doing fun runs with kids.


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Profile: MasterChef Australia Finalist Audra Morrice

The audience favourite of Masterchef Australia series 4 not only embraces multiple cultures in the kitchen – she travels with her kids Alex (10) and Andre (8) regularly and tries to take them on an overseas holiday at least once a year. Audra Morrice chats to suitcases&strollers about her favourite family holidays and shares some tips on introducing foreign foods to kids who are fussy little eaters. 


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Large Family Holidays

Think doing an overnight flight with one newborn is hard? Matt and Alison Lumb and their four children, Solomon (9), Xander (7), Nikki (4) and Sienna (2) are expatriate Australians living in Asia and have travelled all over the continent to beaches in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. But being a large family means that vacations are not always a relaxing or easy experience and there are six opinions to take into account. They tell suitcases&strollers about the logistical gymnastics of travelling with a large family of four kids. 


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Theme Parks in Asia

For some adults, theme parks can be like reliving childhood. For others, they can seem like pure torture. But there is no doubt that even if visiting a theme park is right at the bottom of your to-do list of family holiday destinations (or not even on it at all), it is the ultimate kids holiday and your children will love for you for taking them. And you might even find that, despite all the over-the-top kitsch, you will actually have fun. You just need to make sure to select the right one for you. Here's the suitcases&strollers travel advisor for theme parks in Asia. 

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Profile: The Yellow Wiggle Sam Moran

The former Wiggle may have been absent from the live shows for awhile, but his voice continues to be a critical entertainment tool on any long distance journey involving children. Now he is back with his own television show, Play Along With Sam and is on tour. Sam Moran tells suitcases&strollers about his travel experiences, how he entertains his 3-year-old daughter on long trips and what he does when his songs get stuck in his head. 

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Why Travel With Kids? with Lonely Planet Founder Tony Wheeler

If you’ve ever aspired to have a bookshelf full of Lonely Planets then you want to talk to Tony Wheeler, the co-founder of the brilliant guidebooks that had 20-somethings backpacking around the globe. The godfather of intrepid travel recently told suitcases&strollers and Air India Magazine about the unexpected joys of travelling with children, why you shouldn’t underestimate kids as travel companions and some of the surprising doors that can be opened when you travel with kids. 

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