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Ebisu Park Playground, Ebisu

Ebisu Park (恵比寿公園) is a large sand park located near the intersection of Ebisu Minami, between Ebisu and Daikanyama. This hidden gem is a great place to let your kids burn off energy. The park has newly painted equipment and plenty of shade and bench seating. It`s a great spot to …

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Sweet Potato digging and Mikan picking at Tsukuihama Tourist Farm, Yokosuka

Late October – November is a great time to visit the Tsukuihama Tourist Farm (津久井浜観光農園) in Yokosuka. You can dig for sweet potatoes then pick mikans all in one trip! The farm also offers strawberry picking from January to May and potato digging from May to June. Sweet potato season starts from September …

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Rinshi no Mori – A beautiful nature park, Meguro & Shinagawa

If you love nature walks, bird watching or insect hunting then Rinshi no Mori (林試の森公園) is the park to visit. The 120,762.91 sq m park is home to several hundred Japanese and foreign trees, some as old as 100+ years! There are a number of walking paths and large signboards …

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Mamiana Park Playground, Azabu

Mamiana Park (狸穴公園 ) is located just behind the Tokyo American Club and is a short walk to the popular Nissin World Delicatessen Supermarket. My kids love spending a morning at the park, then shopping at Nissin for all their international goodies, grabbing lunch at one of the many family-friendly restaurants …

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Senzokuike Park, Otaku – Swan Boats, Koi, Walking Paths and Festivals

We stumbled across a beautiful pond and nature park over the long weekend. Senzokuike park (洗足池公園) is a place you can relax and spend an entire day. They have lush greenery, shaded walking paths, boating facility, large pond filled with koi, a Japanese Shrine, large library and a playground. The …

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Kodomo no Kuni BBQ, pony ride and Zoo, Yokohama

On our first visit to Kodomo no Kuni (Children`s Land) we explored the various rides and numerous playgrounds. On our second visit we BBQ`d, went on a pony ride, fed the cows and sheep, and explored the zoo.   Kodomo no Kuni makes BBQ-ing easy. They provide two sessions for BBQing (late morning and afternoon), rental …

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Yutenji Temple, Nakameguro

Myoukenzan Yutenji Temple is a Jodo (pure) Sect of Buddhism established about 300 years ago. Earlier this year the temple launched a free smartphone app, a bilingual (English and Japanese) video guide to the history and origins of the Temple buildings. Download the app, obtain an app map at the main temple office, scan …

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Saigoyama Park, Daikanyama

Saigoyama Park (西郷山公園) is a hilltop park a 10 minute walk from Daikanyama Station. Frequented by local residents it`s popular for picnicking, taking leisurely strolls, and watching the sunset. Saigoyama Park, Daikanyama It offers an unobstructed overhead view of the Nakameguro Area, Sakura blossoms in Spring, beautifully manicured flowers and greens …

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DIY Factory, Futako-Tamagawa – Learn, Make, Rent, Buy

If you love DIY and you want to get you or your hands dirty, then you have to visit the creative shop called DIY Factory in Futako-Tamagawa. This store is fascinating they sell DIY products, have DIY workshops, and offer workshop space and tool rental.  As a true blood DIYer, …

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Robot Park, Roppongi

Sakurazaka Park (さくら坂公園) better known as Robot Park is located by the Sakura-zaka Residences next to the Roppongi Hills mega complex.  It’s a small park, but it’s well-designed with safety in mind. It`s filled with contoured plastic slides, robot-designed spring-riders, climbing stairs and a long rolling-pin slide to entertain the kids. …

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Kyu Asakura House, Daikanyama

The Kyu Asakura House (旧朝倉家住宅, the literal translation is Old Asakura House) is a gem hidden in central Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku. I stumbled upon it the other day on my way from Ebisu to Nakameguro, and some magical force pulled me inside to discover this Important Cultural Property. Kyu Asakura House, …

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