Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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Raiderbankk
Penarth, UK260 contributions
A beautifully maintained and well laid out park
Sep 2019
Koku Koen park is just a short walk from central Tokorozawa and its train station. Although the aviation museum is a central attraction this park has so much more to offer.

It is very big and has loads of space for picnicking. There is a children entertainment area (swings etc) and there is a baseball stadium within its grounds where you can watch High school baseball for free when they are playing.

I explored the park using a hire electric bike and there is a lot to explore including a beautiful Japanese garden.

I will definitely return when I visit my family in Tokorozawa again.
Written October 3, 2019
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AHATA
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
A really interesting visit to the birthplace of aviation in Japan.
Aug 2016 • Family
They have a great collection of static aircraft here with many hands on displays. Good value for money on the entry tickets and lots of stuff for kids too. Many of the displays only have Japanese printed information so take a translator if you are an English only reading aircraft enthusiast. There is a carpark with free parking under 2 hours and is located in a huge park also.
Written August 28, 2016
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PGlover83
Kent, UK523 contributions
Grteat for aviation fans and easy to reach from Tokyo
Aug 2015 • Solo
If you are interested in aviation and visiting Tokyo then you simply must visit this museum! A great collection of aircraft are on display and historically this is a place of great significance to Japanese aviation as their first powered flight took place here in 1911 and the runway area has been preserved.

It is fairly easy to get too from Tokyo, from a central station pick up the Seibu Shinjuku Line and travel directly to Koku-Koen Station. But a little bit of advice, the line operates three different coloured trains which travel the route at different speeds – one stops at every station, one at a about half the amount and another a very fast train with only a few stops! The difference in journey is significant so make sure you check which train you are on! On the slow train out it took about an hour but on the fast train back I was in Tokyo within about 25 minutes!

Upon arrival at Koku-Koen it is becomes very obvious you are in the right place! There is a retired All Nippon Aiways NAMC YS-11 turboprop aircraft on display right outside the station! There are also useful signs with aircraft pictures on which direct you the right way. It’s about a 10 minute walk along the main road, over a bridge and through a wooded park area before you spot the building and the C46 Commando out the front of the museum.

First of all the museum – it is a very well presented museum and the facilities are really modern. The aircraft are easily accessible and well-spaced out for photography, the catwalk and higher levels offer an interesting view of the aircraft on the display floor and of those hung up. The T6 and the Sikorsky and Vertol helicopters were the highlights for me, you can also go aboard the Vertol. Most the aircraft are the Japanese license built variants of US designs that the JSDF used in post war period, it is always interesting to see the Japanese markings and paint schemes on these. There are other “hands on” exhibits and light aircraft to sit in too which are very interesting to children but I found as it was in Japan the conduct of children and parents with hands on exhibits was much better than that of UK museums – no screaming kids! Away from the main hall are exhibits focussing on the very early days of aviation at the site and celebrating its historical significance. A Nieuport taking pride of place in this area which also includes some impressive models and dioramas. There is also a very well stocked shop and a large entrance area with a I assume a replica of the first aircraft as flown from here, the Kaishkiki 1, suspended above.

The displays are mostly in Japanese with not much English and I found the main focus in the exhibition spaces being on the early days of aviation and then the main display floor on the post WW2 period. Very little information being given on WW2 era aviation with the exception of some American airshow clips and the types of US Navy aircraft which fought in the pacific. However, although not there during the time of my visit I am aware that a US based A6M Zero fighter aircraft was loaned out to the museum for a year filling in this gap as a temporary exhibit.

Outside the C46 dominates the area in front of the impressive museum structure. Considering it remains outside it is in great condition and looks awesome in its JSDF markings. A high wire fence is all around it which unfortunately limits the view slightly for photography. The park area is lovely, the gardens are so well maintained and a great many people seem to come here just to relax. The runway area from the first flight is nicely preserved with a monument and there are also shaded areas and plenty of benches.

Overall I highly recommend this museum to people both with and without an interest in aviation. If you have an interest in historic aviation then there is plenty to see and you really can feel that you are in a significant location. If you don’t have an a massive interest it is still interesting to visit and see the aircraft and enjoy the lovely location out of the busy and hectic urban areas of Tokyo.
Written February 29, 2016
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TaroSH787
Seville, Spain23 contributions
Nice place for a picnic and for aviation enthusiasts
Mar 2015 • Solo
It´s a very nice park and surrounded by aircraft of the near museum on display. Also you have Tokyo ACC (Area control center) facility nearby.

For aviation enthusiasts is the best place for a picnic and especially during the Hanami season. Also if your partner is an avid enthusiast of aviation, this makes the perfect date!
Written June 27, 2015
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Karen S
Glenbrook, Australia36 contributions
Enjoyable visit
Dec 2014 • Family
My husband particularly enjoyed our visit here. A good mix of different aeroplanes and helicopters, in a well-lit building with multi-level viewing areas. Some of the aircraft are open for inspection, and a lot of the displays were set up specifically for kids. Overall, an interesting museum, but unfortunately much of the information was in Japanese only. The museum shop has some good quality aviation related items for sale - not just junky souvenirs.
Written January 15, 2015
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BostonExpat
Boston, MA55 contributions
Aviation Enthusiast Center
Apr 2014 • Family
Tokorozawa is the birthplace of aviation in Japan, and the aviation museum at Koku Koen is a great place to visit if you are into planes and helicopters. It has some good examples of historic Japanese aircraft, some of which can be explored from the inside too. When I went, they also had an IMAX exhibit that covered Japan's role in the construction of Boeing's 787 carbon fiber components. As a pilot, I was eating this stuff up. Easily accessible from Koku Koen station on the Seibu Shinjuku line, about 50 min from Shinjuku.
Written May 23, 2014
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Michael B
Suffolk, UK314 contributions
Nice Museum and Park, Limited English, Good for Kids
May 2013 • Family
Overall, this is a nice place to go for the day near Yokota and Fussa. They have many airplanes and helicopters to view with a few that you can sit in or walk around. They also have a few things for kids to do like the gravity walker, flight simulator, mission control and art room. They also have an IMAX movie theater that plays an aviation movie, but unfortunately is all in Japanese.
Outside of the museum, there is a big open park area which is nice to bring your lunch or snacks while visiting.
Strollers are allowed in the museum and they have elevators too. In addition there is a small gift shop and restaurant that offers a buffet lunch and other snacks and drinks.
Keep in mind that parking is limited around the area. If you get there early and during the weekdays, should not be a problem.
The price for the museum was about 1,000 yen per adult with small children free.
The staff was helpful, despite the limited English (or our limited Japanese). Overall, it is nice to visit when wanting to stay near Yokota, approximately 30 mins drive near Seibu Dome.
Written June 3, 2013
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