Six of the Best Playgrounds in Tokyo & Playgrounds Near Tokyo

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For my latest column in the Japan Times, I recommended six of the best playgrounds in Tokyo. Well, let’s say my favorite playgrounds in and best playgrounds near Tokyo. There are hundreds — perhaps thousands — of playgrounds in Japan. Some of the best playgrounds in Japan are world-class, but I kept it close to Tokyo: the city I know best. There are many more to add to the list. What would you add?

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Best Playgrounds in Tokyo / Best Playgrounds Near Tokyo

Running: check. Climbing: check. Hiding and seeking: check and check. These are just a few things on kids’ summer to-do lists. July and August mean crushing heat and humidity in Japan, yet a big part of summer for families still involves open outdoor spaces for play.

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My Favorite Playgrounds in & Around Tokyo

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Fortunately, Japan has more playgrounds than you could ever visit. Admittedly, some are more like patches of dirt with a few swings, but others are spectacular constructions that can inspire the childish imagination. Here are a few worth seeking out.

Some of these play spaces are close to downtown Tokyo, while others may require a day trip. All are worth your time. There are too many to include here, so I’ve whittled them down to a few that are both fun for all and uniquely photogenic.

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The first three I discussed in the column were my favorite playgrounds in Tokyo. These are all within a (relatively) short train ride in the city, depending on where you’re coming from.

Shiokaze Park: Best Playgrounds in Tokyo

Shiokaze Park occupies the green western corner of Odaiba. The playground here resembles a pirate ship, but the real summer fun is the path leading to Water Fountain Plaza, where kids can splash and play in the water. This area gets a nice breeze off Tokyo Bay as well, which helps everyone stay cool as the temperature rises. If the kids want to move on, remember you’re in Odaiba. The entire area is like a playground, with lots of room to run around, with plenty of restaurants and indoor (i.e. air-conditioned) activities.

Nishi-Rokugo Park: Best Playgrounds in Tokyo

Moving southwest from Odaiba we reach Nishi-Rokugo Park (aka Tire Park) in Ota Ward. I’ve added this one partly for its kitsch value. That said, it’s still a lot of fun and makes a great background for some freaky family photos. As the name implies, Tire Park is made almost exclusively from old car tires. There are swings. There are robots. And there are dinosaurs (or is that Godzilla?). What these black figures have in common is that they’re all rubber and covered with tread.

Showa Kinen Koen: Best Playgrounds in Tokyo

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Now let’s travel further west of Tokyo to Tachikawa’s Showa Kinen Park. This massive space has beautiful open fields, spectacular seasonal flowers, paddle boats plus a great pool and mini water park.

It also has some of the most fun and imaginative playgrounds in the country. There are fields of nets to climb across and terracotta dragons to climb. My favorite playgrounds here, however, have an otherworldly look about them. One looks like a cloud, while the other virtually becomes one.

Located near the northwest corner of Showa Kinen Park, the Sea of Clouds play area resembles oversized milk bubbles. These wobbly white hills are inflatable and act like bulbous trampolines. Not far from here is a separate field covered with mounds of earth that are similar in shape to Aztec pyramids. Several times a day, hoses spray mist over these hills giving it a mysterious look of its own.

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The last three Japan playgrounds I mention in the column are a little further from downtown Tokyo. They are:

Want to read more about these places? Read the full piece (and find my other columns) at the Japan Times website. 

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What Other Tokyo Playgrounds Would You Add?

All three could be part of a nice day trip from Tokyo, and well worth a day out. My column is only 800 words, and that’s all I could fit in, but Japan is full of fun playgrounds for you and your kids to discover.

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