Cool Down at Toshimaen Amusement Park
Everybody knows how hot the Japanese summer can be, but the upside to this is that there are some very fun ways to cool down. Toshimaen, one of the biggest amusement parks in Japan, is a great example located right in front of Toshimaen station in the district of Nerima, Tokyo. This amusement park, which is mainly aimed at children, has over 30 rides ranging from extremely thrilling roller coasters to kiddie rides. But this time of year, one of the biggest draws is the water park, which includes a surf pool, a lazy river, a wave pool, something called the Nautic Jet, and a very elaborate collection of 25 waterslides, the highest being 22 meters above the ground and the longest 195 meters long.
There’s also an Olympic sized pool with a set of three professional diving boards for more determined swimmers, as well as a selection of more peaceful pools for the kiddies. And what about the fishing pools, the ice skating rink and the insect museum? There are a lot of different activities that make the place enjoyable for both adults and kids. Just note that Toshimaen is strict about tattoos: those with visible ink are not allowed in the park, and tattooed patrons spotted inside the park will be asked to leave. No exceptions are given, and even temporary tattoos are banned.
Due to its convenient location and range of attractions, Toshimaen is a popular destination in Tokyo during the steamy summers.
I personally went to Toshimaen amusement park on the first day the water park opened this summer, and it was raining. But despite the unfortunate weather, the temperature was high enough to enjoy all the wonderful activities that Toshimen offers, and the staff was very welcoming to us. From my point of view the water slides were the most interesting attraction at the park, but unfortunately most of them were closed on that day because the park wasn’t crowded enough. I noticed that the locker rooms for girls are huge and very convenient, however if you are modest, be aware that there are no private showers!
I could say that the fastest water slides I tried were a little scary, but afterwards I saw a six-year-old girl doing it, so don’t hesitate to try all of them! Japan really cares about safety so you will find men in blue caps standing at the end of the water slides to catch you. If your kids want to try the water slides, don’t panic, it’s safe and fun. Note that some of them require an extra fee (¥600).
The park also has a few souvenir shops and plenty of different restaurants serving typical amusement park food such as kebabs and hot dogs. This is a very welcome sight after spending hours going up the stairs leading to the water slides! If water parks aren’t your thing, there are still a plenty of rides and roller coasters located outside the water park. Check the website (Japanese only) for more photos and details.
It’s definitely a great spot to spend a beautiful, crazy hot day having lots of fun with family or friends!
Address: 3-25-1 Mukoyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Admission: Entrance to the park only costs ¥1,000 for those over 12 and ¥500 for children aged 3 to 12; a one-day pass that includes all rides is ¥4,200 for those over 12 and ¥3,200 for child over 110 centimeters tall; admission to the park and water park is ¥4,000 for those over 12, ¥3,000 for children over 110 centimeters tall, and ¥2,000 for children under 110 centimeters tall.
Open: The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the year, and the pool from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or 9 p.m. until certain dates) from July 1 through September 3. Opening times of the water park vary; please click here for more details (water park opening times are highlighted in blue).