Are you looking for the place where you can enjoy your little kids safely? Yes, it’s definitely here! The Arakawa Amusement Park is one of Tokyo’s best buys and a great place to bring small children! Originally a villa for the feudal lord, Todo Takatora, it is the only city-run theme park in the city of Tokyo. The site became a brick factory in 1872, and later was changed into ‘Arakawa Gardens’, a private park with amusement facilities. It was shut down during WWII, but reopened in 1950 as the current ‘Arakawa Amusement Park’. Along the Arakawa River, on a tramline that is the last relic of a once extensive Tokyo Metropolitan Government run tram system, lies the Arakawa Yuen.
To get to Arakawa Yuenchi take the Arakawa line tram to Arakawa Yuenchi mae stop. The Arakawa line meets the Chiyoda line at Machiya, the Keihin Tohoku line and Namboku line at Oji, the Hibiya line at Minowa, the Yamanote line at Otsuka and the Fukutoshin line at Zoshigaya.
Parents and children can spend a whole day enjoying facilities such as rides (including a Ferris wheel), the Animal Plaza, Fuafua Land, and a Fishing Moat (Canal). Character shows and other stage shows are also held on a floating stage in Alice’s Plaza.
The park is not very large, but there are a lot of things for children to do. First, there are some rides including a small Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, mini-train, and pedal-powered ‘sky’ cars.
There is also a roller coaster that is known as ‘the slowest roller coaster in Japan’. Also in the park is an ‘Animal Plaza’. In addition to some caged animals, there is a great petting zoo. Kids get a chance to get up close and personal with goats, deer, sheep, rabbits, and really cute guinea pigs! The park also contains some grassy picnic areas, some fast food outlets, and some great blow-up ‘attractions’. Quite safe and cute amusement park is here definitely! Interesting? Please check it out!