Asukayama Park not only has a great water area from early July to September, but also has an old SL train and fun playground open all year round! Take a picnic and enjoy the day outside. Getting there is half the fun – ride the oldest streetcar in Tokyo 1913 – the Toden Arakawa Streetcar from Otsuka (JR Yamanote) or Oji (Nambiku line) to Asukayama Station. If you have a lot of energy, you can visit Asukayama Park in the morning and then visit the retro Arakawa Amusement Park a few stops away on the streetcar.
The water play area has a huge stone that is about 1 meter high and has water flowing from the top. Watch your little ones on this stone structure since it is quite high and very crowded during peak season. On the edge of the water are is a man made stream which begins at the waterfall (super fun to climb and flows about 50 meters around boulders and under the large staircase to the playground. Take some plastic boats to release and chase. There is a sitting area around the water play so bring your folding chairs or a plastic sheet and mark out your space early. Public toilets are very close to the water play area.
The playground is very large with a large cement castle to climb and slide down, Fun child size animals to climb on and two real train cars to play pretend. Edges of the playground have large trees with benches to sit and enjoy your lunch. There is a kiosk on the edge of the park that sells light food (rice balls, yakisoba, ice cream, drinks, and snacks). Behind this kiosk is also an awesome vista to watch the Shinkansen zip by – if you have a train lover, this park is a must just for the view.
Asukayama Park, Kita-ku, Tokyo – Awesome Playground and Water Park
Asukayama Park, Kita-Ku, Tokyo Details
Water park Dates: May 3 – September 24, 2017 (May 3 – July 14th open only Sat, Sun and National Holidays) (closed 1st and 3rd Friday every month)
Hours: 11:00 – 16:00 Daily
Address: 1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo map
Access: 3 min walk from Oji-station on the Namboku Line, or 2 min walk from the Asukayama station on the Toden Arakawa Streetcar
Website: Japanese language only https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index024.html
**The water in the park is 15 cms so good of little ones, but note no diapers are allowed.
Asukayama Park, Kita-ku, Tokyo – Huge Playground and Water Park
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