Here are our Top Nine Recommended Indoor Playcenters in Tokyo to escape the pouring rain, summer humidity and bitter cold for babies to teens. If you have a place to recommend, please make a comment below
*Please visit the websites for changes in business hours and fees.
1. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, currently one of my little ones` favorite indoor playcenters in Tokyo, is located in the Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall in Odaiba. They offer a wealth of attractions; a miniature model of the Tokyo’s cityscape made from nearly 1.5 million bricks; a Lego-themed laser shooting ride; a Fire Academy & Construction Site with crawl spaces, slides; a duplo area with large, soft lego bricks to build with; a Lego theme park-like ride and so much more.
There are three play areas with Legos of all colors, shapes and sizes for kids to build with. The first, Duplo Village (for kids up to 5 yrs old) is stocked with large Lego blocks, a slide and lego-built animals; Lego Racers, a Build & Test area where kids can build their own Lego race car and try it out on three different test tracks; and Lego City Builders to add your creations to their already built lego models. They have also have Lego displays that change with the season and two booths to take photos in. You can refuel at their spacious Lego cafe, play additional games on the lower floor and shop in their gift shop (get your parking ticket validated at the gift shop).
Address: Island Mall 3F, Decks Tokyo Beach, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku,Tokyo (map)
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00, Weekends and Holidays 10:00 – 21:00
Admission: At the door Child 3yrs – Adult 2300 yen, Under 2 years Free. Book online for discounts.
* If you plan on staying in Tokyo for a year or more, I recommend getting the annual pass. It`s the price of three visits. Your family will avoid the long lines and you`ll receive a coupon book for use in the facility.
2. ASOBono at the Tokyo Dome is one of the largest indoor playcenters in Tokyo with areas for babies six months old through elementary. They charge 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. 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 much more. 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
3. Tokyo Toy Museum (TTM) is called a museum, but in reality it is a hands-on, play all you want center for babies and up. The toys are all analog toys mostly made from wood, and original Japanese toys. There are age appropriate rooms throughout the facility to keep you and your kids busy for a few hours.
The Toy Museum has a variety of rooms on three floors. However, our favorite were the following three, and the gift shop that has an excellent selection of educational toys.
Wood Toy Forest – This room was filled with the aroma of cypress. A good room for 2.5-6 years. There is a climbing structure, a ball pit filled with 20,00o wooden balls and lots of other cool play areas.
Wooden Baby Room – This room was out favorite. It is specially designed for babies aged 0-2. Baby enjoyed all the wooden pull and shape toys and bright scarfs. Babies were crawling all over the place having a wonderful time using the wooden slides, tunnel and baby toys.
Toy Square Red – This room painted bright red is filled with traditional Japanese toys! Great chance to get hands-on learning of cup-and-ball, beanbags and spinning tops. If you do not know how to use a toy, one of the red aproned volunteers will aid you.
There is also a Toy Factory, which looks like a great craft room. Unfortunately the day we went they were working on a craft for age 3+. However, they do have classes each day for a few hundred yen; ages vary per project. You can learn how to make handmade toys. Beginner-level classes, using paper cups, straws, milk packs, and other simple materials are ideal for little children. Older children and adults can create more complex ones.
Tokyo Toy Museum Details
Address: Yotsuya Hiroba, 4-20 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5367-9601 (Japanese only)
Hours: 10:00 – 16:00 (last admission at 15:30) Closed on Thursday (also closed over the New Yearʼ s holidays and special holidays in February and September)
Tickets: Adults 700 yen (junior high school and above), children 500 yen (age 3 through elementary school), child + adult pair ticket 1,000 yen, 2 years and younger are free. Group discount : Groups of 15 or more can get a 100 yen discount per person on admission and are welcome by appointment
Access: 7 min walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line, 8 min walk from Akebonobashi Station on the Shinjuku Subway Line
Website: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/ (Japanese only)
English info: http://www.goodtoy.org/ttm/pdf/ttm_pamphlet_e.pdf
4. Aneby Trim Park is a great place for parents and kids (0-12 years old). Conveniently located in Venus Fort, you can easily spend the day shopping and dining, and the kids can enjoy a couple hours in the indoor play park. The name TrimPark came for the concept of “trimming” a sail; keeping balance and control. The facility offers trampolines, extensive climbing gyms, a peddle go-cart area, play food area, and many other activities for kids.
The facility is located on the first floor of the Venus Fort in Odaiba which has plenty of parking and is right near the train station.
– Play area for infants
– Play area for toddlers
– Play area for kids aged 3yrs and up
– Pedal go-carts & track
– 2 trampolines
– A Climbing wall
– Small play house
– Logs to build your own child-sized log house
– Gymnastics classes
– Reading area
– Nursing and Diaper changing facilities
– Toilets for toddlers and kids up to age 6
– Toilets for children ages 6+ yrs are located in the Venus Fort Mall
– And they keep adding more!
Aneby Trimpark Details
Address: Venus Fort 1F, Aomi 1-3-15 Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064
Hours: Open 10:00am – Close 20:00pm（Last admission 18:00）
Cost: child – 1,200 yen for 1st hour +300 yen for extension; parent: 1,200 yen
Access: Parking available in building. 5 mins walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line from Osaki. Follow signs to Venus Fort
Website: http://anebytrimpark.com/en/ (in English)
Toilets: Provided on site for babies and kids under 6 years, kids above 6 and adults must use public toilet in Venus port.
Child friendly: Yes, strollers and wheelchairs ok, also lockers provided in the facilities for bags.
5. Trampoland is an indoor trampoline center that is safe and fun for elementary aged kids and up. My 11-year old son and I went the other night and had a great time for 60 mins. The gym was quite cold at first, but after 30 mins of jumping he was down to his t-shirt and perspiring quite a bit. Great way to burn off energy. One of the Trampoland workers came into the trampoline pit and helped him get going, and showed him some tricks. Trampoland expanded with a Trampoland in Saitama, which is nine times bigger than this Itabashi branch. The Saitama Trampoland also has parking for over 30 cars. You can also rent the space out if you have a group of 12 or more for parties.
Address: 2-46-3 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Tuesday – Sunday; weekday 14:00 – 22:30; weekend 10:00 – 20:00
Costs: 1st time registration fee ￥540（税込 w/tax), then 30 mins 1,080 yen, 60 mins 1,620 yen, 90 mins 2,160 yen.
Access: 5 min walk from Itabashi-Kuyakushomae on the Mita Line (30 mins from Shirogane-Takanawa station)
Note: public coin parking across the streets
6. Kidzania Tokyo, located at the Urban Dock LaLaport in Toyosu, is an indoor theme park for families. The park is a city built to scale for children complete with buildings, shops, paved streets and vehicles that look like everyday workplaces in Japan. Children aged 3 to 15 years old perform jobs and are paid for their work. Jobs include a fireman, doctor, vet, pilot, police officer, model in a fashion show, dancer, cook, baker, etc. There are over 90 jobs to choose from! It`s excellent for learning role-play, how society works and just having fun.
“English Wednesday!” is their program held every Wednesday with nearly half of the Activities in English as its core feature. There are over 30 to choose from! Remember to book ahead as this is a popular program.
Read our tips for first visitors.
Kidzania Tokyo Details
Hours: 1st Shift 9:00 – 15:00 2nd Shift 16:00pm – 21:00
Fees: Vary with age and shift. Please visit their website for details.
Address: Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu, North Port 3rd floor, 2-4-9 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 min walk from Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho and Yurikamome lines
7. Miraikan in Odaiba is a great place to spend a half day. The official name is The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Great interactive exhibits about the universe, solar system, robotics and the human body today and future. The Ideal age for the permanent exhibit is age 6 and up (my two-year-old would have been very bored). The special exhibits are for ages from 3 and up, but age 6 and up would be better.
The Miraikan website states that Miraikan is a place where we can understand the things happening in our world today from a scientific point of view and have discussions while considering the future that awaits us. We believe that science and technology are part of our culture. We provide an open forum for all to ponder and discuss the future roles of science and technology.
The organisers have done a wonderful job explaining in Japanese and English various aspects of science and technology. Our favourite exhibits were the ocean submarine, new human cell exhibit, future city and human body operation exhibit. Robots and androids were also “pretty cool” according to my 11-year-old.
Visit their website for special exhibits.
Miraikan Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Details
Address: 2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (near Odaiba)
Hours: Wednesday – Monday 10:00 – 17:00, Closed on Tuesday’s
Cost: Permanent exhibit is adult 620 yen, under 18 years 210 yen; Special exhibit and permanent visit ticket adult 1,800 yen, 3-18 years 1,200 yen, 2 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from the Fune-no Kagakukan station on the Yurikamome Line; 15 min walk from the Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line
Notes: The facility is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Park is located under the museum. There is a cafe in the museum.
8. PEKIDS Climbing Center in Shibuya or Spider in Minami Azabu are great spots to let your kids burn off energy climbing the walls for a few hours. My Baby (age 3.5 years) loved the challenge. The PEKIDS Climbing Center is designed for ages 3 through elementary. There is also a little zone for 0-2 year olds to enjoy while siblings are climbing. This is also a great place to rent for a private birthday party.
Kids can borrow indoor climbing shoes and then challenged themselves on various levels from very easy to difficult. Colors of the climbing step pegs indicate a level of difficulty.
The facility is very well run and extremely clean. There is also an onsite bathroom. A great options if your kids need to let off some steam. Grab a coffee and watch your kids go crazy.
PEKIDS Climbing Center Details
Address: 6-19-14 Jingu Mae, Shibuya -ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: Daily 10:00 – 19:00
Cost: One time registration fee is 500 JPY, Usage fee 1,500 JPY/kid, Set price with a parent 2,500 JPY (18:00～only) (￥1,500/Adult ￥1,000/kid) Rental indoor shoes free
Website: http://www.pekipki.jp/eng-PEKIDS (English Website)
Access: located on Meiji Dori between Shibuya station Exit 13 2 min walk, and Harajuku Station a 10 min walk
Top Recommended Indoor Playcenters in Tokyo
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