The beautiful Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa

We went to Showa Kinen Park today, a beautiful, enormous city park. We walked for hours and still did not see everything. They have a paddle boat lake, a water park, bike rentals, lots of different play areas for kids, as well as lovely picnic spots (and a gorgeous flower festival in the spring).

This was the big net climbing area, it was huge.

I really wanted to climb too! No such luck!

More slides.

Several playgrounds.

I still can’t get over the greenery!

A maze made of little hills, all very uniform in size.

Big air bladders to jump on.

Dragons made of stone to climb in and on.

A handsome spectator!

Japanese custom is to remove your shoes when entering a bathroom and wear the slippers provided. This bathroom, at a public park, was so clean you could have eaten in there! (We later decided that we must have used a staff bathroom, because none of the other bathrooms had slippers. Ooops! Oh well, at least we followed the proper protocol!)

Beautiful meditation areas, we tried to keep the kids quiet here. This is the  girls with their new BFF, Katie.

Eva’s new friends.

It was a great day!


  1. Amara
    July 21, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    So many good ideas for play areas that i never see around here –and yes, I would love to climb on all of those things too!

  2. Erica
    July 22, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    This makes me wonder why our playgrounds are all so mundane – they all look the same! :/

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