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Wading pools and splash ponds 2016

Wading pools and splash ponds 2016! It’s that time of year again — the sun is high, the days are long, and the kids are itching to cool down with outdoor water play. Tokyo area wading pools will open from July 1st this year! Here is our list of outdoor wading pools & splash ponds that are infant and toddler-friendly, and will keep your kids cool and entertained this summer. Remember your sun screen, mosquito repellant and to stay hydrated. Have fun!

 Wading pools and splash ponds 2016!

kumin center wading pools#1 Meguro Kumin Center Wading Pool (Meguro-ku) 

The Meguro Kumin Center wading pool is one of our favourite splash pools; clean and safe with plenty of space. There are two separate pools; one for kids aged 3 years and older and a toddler pool for those aged 3 years and younger. The Kumin Center Complex also houses a childrens` playroom, gymnasium, library and the Meguro Museum of Art. If you`re a museum lover we highly recommend you invest in the Grutt Pass. For 2000 yen, you can buy a passbook that gives you one-time free or discounted admission to 79 Tokyo museums, zoos, aquariums, etc. for two months from the date of first use.

Infant Pool:
Dates: July 1 – September 10
Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00
Fees:  100 yen per child for the first 2 hours (Chaperone free); 70 yen each additional hour   *Swim diapers required

50m outdoor pool for children aged 3 years and up:
Dates: July 1 – September 10
Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
Fees: 200 yen for the first 2 hours; 150 yen each additional hour

INDOOR pool for adults and children aged 3 years and up.
Hours: All-Year. *Please call ahead as the pool may be reserved for classes.
Hours: Daily 9:00 – 22:00
Fees: Adults 400 yen for the first 2 hours; 300 yen each additional hour; Kids aged 3 years and up 200 yen for the first 2 hours; 150 yen each additional hour

Address: Meguro 2-4-36, Meguro-ku, Tokyo (〒153-0063東京都目黒区目黒2-4-36) Google maps
Phone: 03-3711-1139
Access: A 12 min walk from Meguro Station or a 16 min walk from Nakameguro Station.
Website: http://www.mizuno.co.jp/facility/tokyo/meguro/about.aspx (in Japanese)


wading pools#2. Tsukushima Daini Children’s Park Wading Pool (Chuo-ku)
Dates: July 1 – September 4, 2016
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 16:00; Tuesdays from 10:00 – 12:00 noon only. Closed 12:oo – 13:00 for pool cleaning.
Fee: FREE!

This is a great splash pool to visit. They have a couple spray fountains, toys and a childrens` playground next door. Visit the Hamarikyu Garden Park while you`re in the area. It`s one of the largest and most diverse Japanese Garden Parks in central Tokyo.

Address: 1-11-4 Kachidoki, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (東京都中央区勝どき1丁目9-8) Google Map
Phone: 03-3546-5434
Access: A 4-min walk from Kachidoki Station (in front of Kachidoki View Tower. Exit A4)


Rinshi-no-Mori-Stream-294x300#3. Rinshi no Mori Park Stream (Shinagawa-ku)
Dates: July 16 – August 28
Hours: Friday – Wednesday 9:00 – 15:00; Thursdays closed for cleaning.
Fee: FREE!

Rinshi no Mori park is a cool and quiet, leafy park with a popular splash pond. Rinshi no Mori park has two playgrounds, one catered toward younger children and the other for older children; a small pond where a number of turtles and koi swim; large open spaces for children to run around and walking paths for dog walkers and insect hunters. A great spot to escape the summer heat.

Address: 5 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku (黒区下目5); 2 Koyamadai, Shinagawa-ku (品川小山台2) Google Map
Phone: 03-3792-3800
Access: A 9 min walk from Musashi-Koyama Station.


wading pool - Komazawa Olympic Park Jabu Jabu Ike#4. Komazawa Olympic Park`s Jabu Jabu Pond (Setagaya-ku)

Komazawa Olympic Park is one of our favourite playground parks to spend the day. It has a cycling center, three animal-themed playgrounds, sports facilities, a cafeteria, a museum and shaded areas to have a nice picnic at the park. Their water play area is especially popular in summer. It occupies a large area without trees or shade so remember your sunscreen, drinking water and take breaks as the summer sun in Japan can be quite unforgiving.

Dates: July 16 – August 31
Hours: 10:00 – 16:00 Daily
Fee: FREE!

Address: 1-1 Komazawakoen, Setagaya, Tokyo (東京都世田谷区駒沢公園1−1) Google Map
Phone: 03-3421-6431
Access: A 12 min walk from Komazawa-daigaku Station. A bus runs every 12 min from the station to the park.
Website: http://www.tef.or.jp/kopgp/en_pond.jsp (in Japanese)


#5. Shinjuku Chuo Park (Shinjuku-ku)

Located in West Shinjuku lies the Shinjuku Chuo wading pool – a nice spot to cool off from the hot summer sun. Shinjuku Chuo Park is great spot to relax from the hustle and bustle of West Shinjuku. There is plenty of seating areas, a playground and some manmade stone waterfalls in the park.

Dates: July 16 – September 11
Hours: 11:00 – 16:00 Daily
Fee: FREE!

Address: 2-11 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo (東京都新宿区西新宿2-11)
Phone: 03-3342-4509
Access: A 4 min walk from Nishi Shinjuku Go chome station or a 3 min walk from Nishi Shinjuku Station.
Website: http://parks.prfj.or.jp/shinjuku/ (In Japanese)


Kodomo no Kuni jabu jabuBonus: Kodomo no Kuni (Yokohama)

Kodomo no Kuni is a kids` paradise. It`s a 250 acre park with numerous activities (rides, playgrounds, animals, etc) and facilities that every kid will enjoy. The Rock River is a family favourite in summer. Open from March to mid-October it`s a great spot to cool off.

Kodomo no Kuni wading poolsKodomo no kuni also has two pools that are open from July 16 – Aug 30; Thursday – Tuesday 10:00- 16:00; Closed on Wednesday. There is a shallow wading pool for young kids and a 1m deep pool for older kids, 2 water slides, 2 tube slides and a large covered area to eat and rest from the hot sun. Adults 1100 yen; Jr HS and elementary 450 yen; kids 3-5 yrs 350 yen.

Address: 700 Nara-cho, Aoba-ku Yokohama (横浜市青葉区奈良町700)
Phone: 04-5961-2111
Hours: 9:30-16:30; July-August 9:30-17:00; Closed on Wednesdays (open if a holiday) and Dec 31 – Jan 1
Access: Kodomonokuni Station on the Tokyu Kodomonokuni Line
Website: http://www.kodomonokuni.org/english/

Do you have a wading pool or splash pond to recommend? Leave a comment below.

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