If it is too cold or rainy to go outside try the ASOBono Play Center at Tokyo Dome. Baby and I went the other day and had a great time! ASOBono is one of the largest indoor playgrounds for kids in Tokyo with play areas for six months through elementary. I think the ideal age is 2-6 years. ASOBono changes a flat rate for parents, and a 60 min rate for children with an additional fee each 30 mins. My personal experience is that you will not get out in 60 mins; two hours is about right. There is a massive climbing and sliding area that has balls for the kids to slide and and drop. Baby’s favourite areas were the supermarket, the restaurant and kitchen, and baby dolls. She was very upset when we had to leave her family of 10 dolls who she had fed, bathed and put to sleep. If you have a 6-24-month-old, you will enjoy the baby exclusive area with mini ball pit. There is also a library, building structure area, an enormous area with cars, trucks, tracks and battery operated trains, and various corners we did not even have time to enter. ASOBono has a strategically placed gift shop with many toys so don’t expect to go home empty handed. Good place for 1-2 hours. If you go on a cold or rainy weekend expect to wait about 15-30 mins.
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Kōraku-en, Bunkyō-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Weekdays 10:00-18:00; weekends and holidays 9:30-19:00
Cost: Adult (jr. high and above) 930 yen for 60 mins; children 6 months – elementary 930 yen per 60 mins, 410 yen per 30 mins afterwards.
Access: 5 min walk from Suidobashi Station on the JR Chuo-Soba, or Mita Line. 10 minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi or Namboku Lines, 8 mins walk from Kasuga Station on the Oedo Line. Tokyo Dome also has parking – ask for your discount ticket when you leave ASOBono
Notes: Wheelchair, baby and child friendly
ASOBono Play Center Details
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