One of the things that I found challenging when I first arrived was to find places to take the children to where they could have fun, learn new things and experience this amazing country. I have decided that I will write a review of the places that we visit, so to encourage others to experience this country with kids in tow!
‘Dress the kids in old clothes! Bring sandpit toys and be prepared to slide down the slope yourselves if your little ones want a ride.
I did- it’s lots of fun!’
That’s what my friend emailed to me, when she organised this week’s toddler trip.
Rishi Rokugo is a playground that has been created from old tyres. There are climbing frames, tyre pits, slides, swings and tunnels.
We went with our toddlers (18m to nearly 3 years) and for them their highlights were playing in the sand and the concrete slide. I personally don’t enjoy slides but J loved it, so down we went again and again. Thankfully my jeans survived! One Japanese dad sat on a plastic sledge and whizzed down the concrete slide. Possibly not the safest of all options but quite thrilling nonetheless! We took our own sandpit toys (as recommended) and the children spent ages building their castles, collecting water from the tap and pouring it onto their creations. (And each other.)
There is plenty of opportunity for older children to run, climb and just be kids, so I will definitly be back with all three. This is a park where your children will come home dirty, exhausted and with grins from ear to ear.
It has toilet facilities (all Japanese style) and vending machines across the road near the kindergarten. It has a water fountain, seats and a picnic area. There is some shade but I woud imagine that the tyres would become very hot in the summer as they are in full sun.
It is set in the middle of a residential area, but is very easy to get to:
From Shinagawa station take the Keihin Tohuko line to Kamata station. At Kamata station the West exit and then turn left, walking through Tokyu plaza.
Keeping left, follow along the tracks and walk for about 10 minutes.
On your right, you will find a driving school, and the park is a little further on on the right hand side.
Car parks are limited in the area, so it is probably worth leaving the car behind.
(The journey took us about 30 minutes from Shibuya Station)
We had a lovely morning and if you venture to the tyre park with kids, I hope you’ll get in touch and share your experince too.