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National Children's Castle (Kodomo no Shiro) - CLOSED

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Wonderful

I have visited here every time I visited Tokyo (last three summers). What a wonderful place run by... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2014
Noriko M
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New York
If you are in Tokyo with kids (age 3 to 9) on a rainy day

Spent several hours in this Castle last week with two daughters (ages 7 and 10). The 10-year old... read more

Reviewed February 19, 2013
Olesichi
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San Francisco, California
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good55%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Feb 28, 2015
“Closed! Very, very sad for a Tokyo treasure”
Nov 25, 2014
“Back to the basic”
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Built to commemorate the International Year of the Child, each floor is dedicated to a different theme: swimming in the basement pool, activity and performance spaces on the lower levels, unstructured play in the third floor climbing wall and...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Contact
5-53-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
Website
+81 3-3797-5666
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Reviewed February 28, 2015

The reviews were spot on for National's Children's Castle - a throw-back to the 70s in children's entertainment with a multitude of options. Sadly, it is now officially closed - effective Feb. 1. I don't know why, but they must be doing something with the...More

22  Thank AsiaMorgan
Reviewed November 25, 2014

Children in many cities lost its identity - or being raised in city without really knowing what is to be like a child. It was a great experience to visit the museum... remembering how it was when I was a child in Tokyo...

4  Thank Munki888
Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have visited here every time I visited Tokyo (last three summers). What a wonderful place run by government (so the admission is very reasonable). We normally stay on the floor with athletic slides, but there is a swimming pool as well. You can bring...More

Thank Noriko M
Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

The last time I was here was when I was a child 25 years ago. Brought my own 6 year old child and we spent the whole day here. This is a building dedicated to children so expect to be here for at least four...More

1  Thank TCKaroundtheworld
Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is many floors of fab, fun things for kids to do. Some of it is hands on like drums, art, etc. This is for YOUNG kids though. Older kids will be bored and would prefer something like the science museum. Perfect for a rainy...More

1  Thank AFoolForTravel
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Spent several hours in this Castle last week with two daughters (ages 7 and 10). The 10-year old would have been bored if she did not have company. But for younger children they have a play hall with slides and ropes ( for active kids),...More

2  Thank Olesichi
Reviewed June 5, 2012

This play centre is tailored for older children, probably more for 3years plus, but they do have area's for babies and toddlers. It had an open playground which was surrounded by different activities for different ages such as chess, kitchen area, baby pit etc. Once...More

1  Thank Sticky18
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