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“The most amazing playground in Tokyo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park
1-1-3 Oji, Kita 114-0002, Tokyo Prefecture (Akabane / Itabashi)
+81 3-3908-9275
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Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Kita
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“The most amazing playground in Tokyo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

What actually is so good about Asukayama Park?

I'm tempted to say just look at the photographs, but instead here are a few things our kids liked:

- an elephant slide as big or bigger than a real elephant;
- an old yellow tram and a train engine to climb on, sit in or run around;
- a three story high castle with slides from the top (or half way up for the slightly nervous kids or parents)

And that's without mentioning the sand pit, the toddler slide, the swing set, or the chance to climb all over the random but colourful stone animals.

Here are a few things that we (the parents) liked:

- the playground is in the middle of a fabulous park area with great vantage points and viewing areas;
- in winter the park was covered with unusual but colourful cabbages and other winter flowers;
- by Spring the park had some of the most beautiful late blooming cherry blossoms which should have made it the most popular Sakura hotspot around, but there were hardly any tourists there, let alone local Tokyoites

And that's without mentioning the vending machines, the baby change tables, or the three museums located within the park (including the fascinating Paper Museum that deals with nothing but the history of paper).

Go for a visit, definitely worth it with kids.

Read my complete review here: www.turningjapanese.org

Visited May 2014
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Good spot for cherry blossoms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Asukayama Park is not as well known for cherry blossoms as Ueno Park, which makes it all the better for viewing (not quite as crazy). The park sits atop a ridge overlooking the Sumida River valley. It was one of three places where the 8th shogun planted flowering cherry trees in 1720 to create a diversion for samurai families stuck in Edo due to the sankin-kotai system. That's quite a pedigree.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice spot for Sakura viewing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Given that not many tourists know about this park, therefore it is way less crowded here during sakura season than the popular Ueno Park that's located just a few stations away.
To get to Asukayama Park, just take the JR Keihin-Tohoku line from Ueno station to Oji station (about 9mins train journey, costs 160yen). The park is located just up a small hill opposite Oji station.

Visited March 2013
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