If you are traveling with your family, there will be times when the children need to get away and play. Located around Japan are playgrounds where the children can run off some steam. Expansive and creative, the Japanese playgrounds have lots to do both indoors and outdoors. Swings and slides are just the beginning to these dedicated kid-friendly places. If you are looking for a place to unwind, hop on public transportation, they aren’t hard to spot, and take some time playing like a kid again.

Nishi Rokugo Park (Tire Park)

Description As the name suggests, Nishi Rokugo Parkk is filled with old vehicle tires which form sculptures, mountains, tunnels, swings and slopes. Of course as the park is made almost exclusively from tires dust and dirt is common, so if you are planning a trip you’ll want to make sure the kids wear appropriate old clothing. Street parking is available nearby, but the park is a mere eight minutes from Zoshiki station.


Description If you are looking for a place where the children can enjoy themselves, Niko Niko Park is the absolute ideal location to spend a few hours. The park features a sports centre which was designed to improve the physical fitness of children in an enjoyable way, so that even on holiday your kids can get the exercise they need. There is a sandpit, spider trampoline and jungle tower, to name just a few and parents can enjoy the peaceful greenery and rest areas.

Hinokicho Park

Description Located in Roppongi in the eastern part of Tokyo, Hinokicho Park dates back to the Edo era of Japanese rulers (the 17th to 19th century), when the park was used as a garden for the powerful Mori family. It is one of the greenest parks in this part of the city, and features many examples of traditional Japanese beauty that are missing in some other local parks. It’s a haven of greenery and a tranquil place on weekdays.

Rinshi-no-Mori Park

Description If you love trees, then this is the right park for you to visit in Tokyo. The park was originally created by the Japanese Agriculture Ministry in 1900, and has developed into a park featuring some of the most unusual and beautiful trees native to Japan. Although the focus of the park is on native species, there are 60 species of tree from around the world, complemented by various wild birds and many streams and ponds.

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