Tokyo Toy Show

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If you can handle hordes of children or want to be a kid again for a day, head to Odaiba for this toy extravaganza.

Kids big and small will gather for the largest event of its kind in the country to play with and check out thousands of toys, many of which have never been seen before. The Tokyo Toy Show has been around since 1962, and while essentially being a trade show for the major players to get a bit of buzz behind their latest innovations and ideas, there is something for everyone – particularly those little ones making a start on their Christmas lists… And it’s free!

Old favourites, such as puzzles, classic board games, soft toys and Barbie dolls will be celebrated as a central feature this year, but don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of high-tech toys and robots to keep things right up to date. Hobby and model enthusiasts will more likely lose track of time in the countless displays available, and the trendiest characters for kids will make stage appearances throughout the weekend: the well-liked Licca-chan doll, the girls of Pretty Cure, and a whole string of cuties from Sanrio are expected.

It’s a good chance to see some new gizmos and remember the good old days when computers did not exist, and perhaps introduce the younger ones to your childhood’s dearest toys. Just make sure you’re ready for a tantrum or two.

2013 International Tokyo Toy Show (click through for more info)

When: June 15-16

Where: Tokyo Big Sight (see map)

How much: Free

Main image: _temaki_ on Flickr