4 Cool Corporate Field Trips for Families
During the holidays, it's not uncommon for parents to bring their kids on field trips, or 社会見学 (shakai kengaku), to different factories or government institutions to learn how a business, and society as a whole, works. Spend some time with your family in Japan learning about how television shows, soda, laws or airplanes are made in Tokyo.
Coca-Cola Japan — Tama Factory
For sure you've likely tried a Coca-Cola product or two, but do you know anything behind the bottling process? This tour is a good opportunity for you and your family to take a peek into how the sweet drinks get on the shelves because Coca-Cola's Tama Factory is open for free visits! Your visit includes a video presentation, a tour of the factory and demonstrations, so visitors can get a close-up view of how the products are made before hitting the stores and vending machines.
Address: 1-2-9 Nobidome, Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo
Registration: Required, by phone (042-471-0463), available to book from two months before the desired day until a week prior
Tour duration: 60 minutes
via Seibu Ikebukuro Line, get off at Kiyose Station, from the South Exit take the Seibu Bus to Tokyo Metropolitan Higashi-Kurume Sogo Senior High School
via Seibu Ikebukuro Line, get off at Higashi-Kurume Station, from the West Exit take the Seibu Bus to Hachimancho Itchome
Fuji TV — Odaiba
We love watching TV and fantasizing what's happening behind the scenes. But did you ever imagine that someday you could go backstage of one of the big studios and possibly even take pictures with your favorite celebrities? Thanks to Fuji TV, you just might get the chance to realize your dream! Fuji's television studio in Odaiba is open to public visit with three parts. On the first floor is the Theater Mall, a souvenir shop featuring Fuji TV shows and anime. The fifth floor is the Fuji TV Wonder Street, the main area that showcases a few of the popular shows, showcasing the props used and the sets. And on the 25th floor is Hachitama, the an area that has temporary events and a panoramic view of the bay area and Odaiba, though admission is not free on this floor.
Address: 2-4-8 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Registration: Not required
Fee: Free, except Hachitama, which is ¥550 for high school students and above, secondary and primary school students pay ¥300
Tour duration: unlimited
Closed on Monday
via Yurikamome Line, get off at Odaiba Station and walk three minutes
via Rinkai Line, get off at Tokyo Teleport and walk five minutes
The House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan — Nagatacho
The National Diet is the heart of Japanese politics and all laws and policies are being discussed and finalized in this building built in 1936. It's open for everyone to witness its beautiful interior. Also, it's a good opportunity to learn about Japanese politics for anyone interested in that field. An added bonus is getting to see the government chambers that are usually only seen on TV.
Address: 1-7-1 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Registration: Not required, but you'll need to fill out a form on site if you're a group of 10 or over
Tour duration: 60 minutes
Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., tours available every hour on the hour. Closed an hour before a parliamentary meeting until it finishes.
via Tokyo Metro Yurakucho/Hanzomon/Nanboku Line, get off at Nagatacho Station, a three-minute walk from Exit 1
via Tokyo Metro Marunouchi/Chiyoda Line, get off at Kokkai-Gijidomae Station, walk six minutes from Exit 1
JAL Sky Museum — Haneda Airport
We all love to travel, especially the excitement when getting onboard a plane to our next destination. But do you know there's actually a lot of work and labor that happens before your exciting flight? The Japan Airlines (JAL) Factory has put together a museum, including pictures from the past, equipment old and new, as well as a few games and activities you can try out. You can also learn about the history of JAL and aviation in Japan. There's also a phenomenal tour in the planes maintenance section where you can even see the staff repairing planes. The facility is right next to Haneda Airport, which means you'll also get to see planes taking off and landing in the middle of your tour.
Address: JAL Maintenance Center-1, 3-5-1 Haneda Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Registration: Required via the internet (link below), from six months before until 24 hours before the desired day
Tour duration: 100 minutes
via Tokyo Monorail, get off at Shinseibijo Station, it's a two-minute walk
- www.jal.co.jp (Japanese)