Popular pastimes of Japanese girls include music, sports and travel. Japanese schools often provide opportunities for girls to play an instrument or participate in a sport, while destinations such as Tokyo Disneyland and Hakuhinkan Toy Park offer families unique leisure opportunities.
Japanese children benefit from their country's long tradition of excellence in music, and girls often learn to play instruments such as piano and violin at a young age. A variety of wind instruments are also gaining popularity due to recent integration of Western-style wind and jazz ensembles in Japanese schools.
Sports such as soccer, tennis, volleyball and karate are consistently popular with girls in Japan. Many such sports are offered in schools and through clubs. Positive lessons about teamwork and sportsmanship are derived from these pursuits, as well as lessons about discipline, friendship and competition.
Many local travel opportunities are available to Japanese families, and Japanese girls are fortunate to have Tokyo Disneyland nearby. Slightly larger than Disneyland California, Tokyo's version of the famed theme park features all the popular rides and attractions historically associated with the brand. Hakuhinkan Toy Park, also located in Tokyo, offers a five-story toy store, as well as a theater and restaurants geared towards children.