Summer has started and the heat is already on! Thankfully, there is a huge selection of parks with water play areas in the Greater Tokyo Area to help us cool down.
Waterplay includes such things as spray pads, spray pools, paddling pools, wading rivers, splash pools, spray grounds, lazy rivers or other recreational water environments. It does not include swimming or bathing pools.
The Greater Tokyo Area refers to the metropolis of Tokyo and its surrounding highly populated prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama.
Parks with water play are introduced by area, quoted by KA Mother who introduced or recommended them, with some additional information added.
Amy N recommended some wonderful parks with waterplay, suited to young children:
Hikarigaoka Koen; Exit A3 of “Hikarigaoka (end of Oedo line). Fountain is open year-round! The park itself is huge and has an excellent playground (10 min walk from the fountain). There is a kiosk near the fountain that sells ice cream and other treats.”
This park was also featured in our cherry blossom viewing round-up article. You will find further information and access details in that article.
Shinjuku Chuo Koen; “in west Shinjuku. The splash pool is getting a bit old but it’s still fun. The park’s playground is right next to the pool and also really good.”
It is right at Tochou mae station, 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Nishi station and 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station. It is free in.
Koutsuu Koen; “10-15 min walk from Hoya station (Seibu Ikebukuro line) has a small splash pool. It wouldn’t be worth going just for that, but it’s a fantastic place to bring the kids. The park is set up like a driving school, with little roads, real traffic lights etc. Kids borrow bikes (including little ones with training wheels) or go-carts and get to experience riding in a safe environment. There is a picnic area, small playground, and lots of shade trees throughout the park. Best of all, it’s free! Highly recommended.”
Anna K shared ones that she has visited in the past.
Hyogojima Koen; in in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. 5 minutes walk from Futako-tamagawa Station on the Denentoshi Line. However, Anna informed us that it was not in operation due to the drought (the water is pumped from Tamagawa River but water level was too low.) This year we have yet to visit. URL: http://www.city.setagaya.lg.jp/shisetsu/1217/1271/d00004246.html (Japanese only)
It looks to be running this year. There are toilets and a water drinking fountain. It is free in.
Hinokicho Koen in Minato-ku, Tokyo. Nearest station is Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line. It is the park right next to Tokyo Midtown.
Heidi E shares that “Toneri Koen (Adachi-ku/Kawaguchi boarder) has one”.
It is right by the Toneri park station on the Toneri liner. It is free in, but parking is charged.
Jennifer C G has showcased a lot of splash pools and water play areas in Tokyo on her blog http://hamster-central.com/2014/08/so-far-this-summer-splash-pool-fun/ In Tokyo, she tells us “There’s a pretty cool one at…”
Rinshi no Mori in Meguro.” URL: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index003.html
About a 10 minute walk from Tokyu Meguro Line, Musashi Koyama Station.
Other recommendations on Jennifer’s blog include;
Honshiba Park by Tamachi Station
Jennifer CG also suggested Kodomo no Kuni: “There’s also water play at Kodomo no Kuni in Yokohama that is open.” URL: http://www.kodomonokuni.org/english/
You have to pay to get into the park, but there is a huge selection of play areas for children for a full day out.
Melanie M O gives her recommendation for Kanagawa.
Umi no Koen in Yokohama has a water play area from late July-early September. The fountains come on for ten minutes or so every half hour. Nearest station is Seaside Line’s Umi no Koen Shibaguchi.
Nakahara Heiwa Park is recommended by Kim S. “This one is about a 16 min walk from musashi kosugi. We were there Saturday. So much fun for the kids. It’s really big and has some shade thanks to the trees.“
Laura M provided us with some suggestions for Chiba.
Makuhari Aeon: There is a water play area on top of the Makuhari AEON super mall in Makuhari, Chiba.
Gyotoku Eki Mae Park: is in Ichikawa-shi. URL: http://www.city.ichikawa.lg.jp/gyo01/1111000057.html
Andersen Park: “the Water play area in Andersen Park is awesome (but not free).”
Parking is also charged.
Aobadai Park: Amy N suggests this park “in Saitama, but near Tokyo: Aobadai Koen in Asaka. Great splash pool with a long season (from Golden Week to the end of September). 10-15 min walk from Asaka station on the Tobu Tojo line, with Starbucks and a few conbinis on the way (and conbini across the street from the park for popsicle breaks). Also accessable by bus from Asaka and Oizumigakuen (Seibu Ikebukuro line).”
Heisei no mori is a fantastic paddle place. A kiddy river with bridge and rocks to play round. Free and not very crowded. URL: http://www.town.kawajima.saitama.jp/
Information in English: http://insaitama.com/2015/05/27/heisei-no-mori-kawajima-saitama/
Saitama Children’s zoo for it’s paddling pool. URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/sczoo/
Shiroyama Park was also suggested by Heather.
Information in English: http://insaitama.com/2015/03/05/shiroyama-park-okegawa/
Saitama Muesum of Rivers
Full information is listed on my blog along with a list of other water play areas in Saitama.
The round-up of parks with water play in the Saitama area is here:
It’s quite a long list, so check it out for some suggestions.
If there is any you would like to add for the Greater Tokyo Area, please do leave a comment below. Thank you.
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