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One important thing we have learned through our family travels is that kids don’t stop being kids just because they are on vacation. Despite all the new and fun things they get to do every day, younger kids still need time to play. Being somewhere new can be a bit stressful for little kids and depending on where you are from, Japan may seem very strange & different to your child. Taking them to play at a playground gives them a much needed sense of normalcy and helps them blow off steam. And who knows, there’s a very good chance they will make a new Japanese friend along the way, even if they don’t speak the same language.
Thankfully many of Tokyo's major attractions have playgrounds within easy walking distance, so you won’t need to go too far out of your way to make your kids happy.
With over 10 million people visiting this park every year, Euno Park is one of Tokyo’s most popular parks. There is something here for everyone: museums, temples, shrines, a zoo, an amusement park and yes a playground.
Conveniently located near the zoo and amusement park, this playground has a fun Japanese feel to it. Our kids enjoyed exploring and climbing the main structure and coming back down one of the multiple slides. They also enjoyed the sitting on the fun rocking panda and the funny-looking blue centipede. This playground was in good shape and felt like it was reasonably new. There are bathrooms close to the playground, complete with baby changing tables if you need. There is also a Starbucks nearby if you want to get a coffee while the kids are playing.
A flood of towering neon lights, anime shops, electronics stores and the famous milk maids, Akihabara is one of those places in Tokyo you just have to see. It’s super crowded and chances are that your small kids will be a little overwhelmed or tired of it after a little while. Thankfully there is a good playground hidden away a few blocks away from the madness.
The playground equipment was made of one large structure, with a bridge, a tunnel and several slides. The playground equipment was a little dirty, but we believe that was due to the recent rainfall and not neglect.
There is a public washroom in the north-west corner of the park.
Kojima District (By Our Apartment)
Ok, ok... so this one isn’t near any major tourist attractions, but it’s a good playground which was by our rental apartment, and we thought it was worth mentioning in case any of you are staying close by.
This big playground is fun for the kids to explore; with many different stairs and pathways, they will be begging you to come and play hide-and-seek, pirate ship or some other imagination game. There is a fun spiral slide as well as swings for big and small kids.
Beautifully set within a large forested area, the Meiji Shrine is one of Tokyo’s most visited shrines. If you want to bribe your bored, temple-overloaded kids to be good, promise them a post-shrine visit to Niko Niko Park. This large playground has a climbable mountain with slide, a Jungle Tower and a trampoline. There is also an area for smaller kids too. Note, this playground charges admission for ages 2+.
See the attached video for a thorough overview of the park.
Tokyo City View
Located high-up within one of Tokyo’s tallest skyscrapers is the Tokyo City View Observation Deck. When you are finished enjoying the views, stop by the “Robot Park" for some playtime. Near the observation deck, this small playground has 10 colorful slides side-by-side! There are also robot-inspired spring riders for little kids.
We weren't lucky enough to visit during our trip, but thankfully the Google Street View guy decided to take a walk through the park!
That's it! We hope your family has a wonderful trip to Tokyo. If you discover any playgrounds near tourist attractions that we have missed, please share with us!
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