Splash Parks and Wading Pools (Jabujabu-ike)
Researched by Cornelia [1 July 2001]

Ayasegawa Riverside Park - Soka City

Splash parks and wading pools are often incorporated in municipal parks and are free. They are too shallow to allow swimming but they provide hours of refreshing fun. Often they are adjacent to playgrounds and other possibilities for entertainment. All opening and closing dates change slightly from year to year. Commercial water parks are not covered on this page.

Etiquette is pretty relaxed usually. Plenty of toddlers are seen with just underpants and sometimes in the buff, a real benefit when you find a splash park by accident and didn't pack any bathers! There is almost always a drinking fountain within walking distance but on really hot days you might want to bring some beverages.

This list is not by no means complete! Please send information on other locations to us by filling out our feedback form. so they can be included! As the list gets longer, try a search for your area by typing in your ward or city name!

Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Kyoiku no Mori Koen - Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Marunouchi subway line, Myogadani station. (5 min. walk) Water doesn't start flowing until 13 July this year (2001) from 10:00 - 16:00 every day, and finishes on 2 September.
Kyoiku no Mori Koen - two outdoor pools in two different sections of the park
3-29-2 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku
Sports Center tel: 03-3944-2271 (Japanese only)

Itabashi-ku, Tokyo

Toei Mita subway line, Itabashikuyakushomae station. (10 min. walk)
Higashi-Itabashi Park - Three outdoor pools for children of varying ages an sizes open from about July 21 to about August 28. CLOSED FOR ALL OR PART OF OBAN HOLIDAYS so call and check! 10:00 - 16:00. Entrance is FREE. 2 year olds OK but watch those diapers!
3-50-1 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku
Tel: 03-3962-8419 (Japanese only)

Kita-ku, Tokyo

Oji station (Namboku subway line, Arakawa street car line, Keihin Tohoku line). (5 min. walk)
Asukayama Park - 3 beautifully arranged pools with waterfalls and some shade. Water plentiful in June, maybe all year.

Koto-ku, Tokyo

Tozai subway line, Kiba station (10 min. walk north towards Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art)
Kiba Shinsui Park - Next to Police Station. Water starts 1 July and is shut off 31 August.
10:00 - 16:00 CLOSED ON MONDAYS
3-8 Kiba, Koto-ku

Nakano-ku, Tokyo - city office in charge of parks 03-3228-8849 (Koenka)

Toei Oedo line, Shin-egota station (10 min. walk)
Ehara Park - Splash pool opens about from July 21 to Aug 20 (coincides with schools' summer holidays)
10:00 -12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
1-15 Eharacho, Nakano-ku
Age restriction: Limited to children who have not yet started Elementary school.

Seibu Shinjuku line, Numabukuro station (3 min. walk)
Heiwanomori Park - Splash pool open about from July 21 to Aug 20
10:00 -12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
3-37-6 Arai, Nakano-ku
Age restriction: Limited to children not yet in Elementary school.
Sports center tel: 03-3385-4150 (Japanese only)

Nakano ward English information line: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month: 03-3389-1611

NAKANO - KU, TOKYO, English Newsletter dated 1 August 2000
The following parks have wading pools for preschoolers to play in (there is no charge). Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using these pools.

Inquiries: Greenery Affairs Section (Nakano City Office, 8F)
Tel: 03-3228-8850 (Monday - Friday in Japanese)
Period: Daily until August 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 13:00 to 16:00.

1. Kami-sagi Higashi Park (2-18 Kami-saginomiya)
2. Maruyama Park (2-23 Maruyama)
3. Ehara Park (1-15 Eharacho)
4. Yamato Park (2-8 Yamatocho)
5. Heiwanomori Park (3-37 Arai)
6. Arai Yakushi Park (5-4 Arai)
7. Keyaki Park (5-13 Higashi-nakano)
8. Momozono Park (2-21 Nakano)
9. Miyanodai Children's Park (4-8 Honcho)
10. Sakaecho Park (4-20 Yayoicho)
11. Minamidai Park (5-7 Minamidai)
Facility Closures
Facilities will be closed temporarily in case of rain, water temperatures 22 C or under, photochemical smog, damage to facilities, or unexpected accidents.

Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Komazawa Olympic Park - Big wading pool with fountains for little ones.

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Mitaoka no ue koen Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
From N Jehanne, 18 July 2003 --

"the one I go to is close to Ebisu Garden Place which I think is in Shibuya-ku. It's a small playground with a wading pool opened in July and August. It's free and clean as the pool has running water until 4:00 pm. The name of the playground is mitaoka no ue koen. It's behind the Westin Hotel."

Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

Shiokaze Park - Odaiba, Tokyo
Yurikamome line (departs from Shimbashi station), Fune-no-Kagakukan station (about 5 min. walk)
Shiokaze Park - Odaiba
1 Higashi Yashio, Shinagawa-ku
The wading pool is right next to the Maritime Museum. Parking available for 300 yen per hour. The pools are cleaned twice a month so call to make sure they are running.
Tel: 03-5500-2455 (Japanese only)

Soka City, Saitama Prefecture

Tobu Isesaki line, Matsubara Danchi station
Ayasegawa Riverside Park - water flowing freely as early as June.

Related links and information:

Tokyo City English Information desk: 03-5320-7744
Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan: Swimming
Tokyo Metropolitan / Tama Area Ward and City Offices
Swimming Pools

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