So you are visiting Tokyo with the kids? A playground may not be on top of your to-visit list when you were travelling alone but trust us, a playground is a lifesaver when kids are tired of queueing up in theme parks! Now with a little strategic planning, you can see all the sights and fit in an excursion to the playground too. To make your trip a breeze, we’ve rounded up 6 playgrounds that you can visit during your trip to Tokyo!
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1. Sumida Park Playground
Just a few minutes' walk from the famous Senso-Ji Temple, Sumida Park is a children’s playground with swings, slides and climbing structures. The idyllic park becomes quite the hotspot in spring when cherry blossoms bloom and in autumn when the leaves turn a brilliant orange-brown, providing a picturesque view 😍 Situated along the river, the park is no less beautiful on other days as well!
Address: Sumida Park, 1-1 Imado/7-1 Asakusa/ 1-1 Hanakawado/ 2-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
2. Sakurazaka Park Playground
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These colourful slides will make everyone jump for joy! Sakurazaka Park, more popularly known as the Robot Park is quite a favourite among toddlers and it’s not hard to see why. Be sure to take a ride down the curving yellow slide that slopes down the hill!
Address: Sakurazaka Park, 6 Chome-16-46 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
3. Komazawa Olympic Park
Komazawa Olympic Park is a family favourite. There are three different playgrounds for young children (squirrel, pig and horse-themed), a summer splash pond, a jogging/cycling course, a dog run area, a skateboard park, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, a stadium to hold sporting events, and many more facilities. It also serves as a venue for flea markets, fairs and various events. Perfect for all ages!
Address: 1-1 Komazawakoen, Setagaya, Tokyo
4. Heiwa no Mori Park
This is undoubtedly one of the best parks for kids! The Heiwa no Mori Park in Ota-ku is popular among families. The kids are free to run, climb and get wet — perfect if you need them to burn their energy!
Address: 2-1 Heiwanomori Park, Ota-ku, Tokyo
5. Shinjuku Chuo Park Playground
Shinjuku Chuo Park’s vast space is divided into three different areas comprising an athletic ground, a biotope, a water play pool that opens in the summer and a playground, among others. Multiple choices of slides, swings, spring rockers and an obstacle course can keep them occupied while you take a short break on the benches scattered around the playground. We know how tiring travelling with kids can be! 😅
Address: Shinjuku Chuo Park, 2 Chome-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
6. Kogai Park Playground
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The Kogai Park Playground has play equipment that you’ll find in a normal playground — slide, climbing net, and swings, in addition to a mini obstacle course at the side and shaded areas from where you can keep an eye on your little ones. Do note that the playground tends to get a little crowded during after-school hours due to the nursery schools in the area.
Address: Kogai Park, 3 Chome-12-1 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan
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