My family arrived in Tokyo late last week! We've spent a fantastic few days exploring local sites and adventuring around the city. Our first day out was at Arakawa Amusement Park, a small kids park that is close to our apartment. This was a great way to spend our little dude's birthday- it is affordable and small enough in size to be accessible, and contains lots of fun rides for kiddos. The Ferris wheel had a great view of the city, including the Sky Tree.
There were a variety of small rides such as JR Trains, Thomas trains, bullet trains, and Japanese cartoon characters like Anpanman and Doraimon. The park also had bumper cars, coffee cups (like the Disney teacups), a small train ride, a small roller coaster, a sky bike, some games, a fishing pond, and a small petting zoo/animal area. We enjoyed watching the monkeys for a while, as well as the meerkats. For a full review of the park in English, click here.
There was also an indoor area with a train display where kids could drive a train on the huge model railway. Needless to say, this was a hit with our family.
What I really loved about the park was the old school feel. It was clean and well maintained, but there weren't too many screens or flashy rides- just simple enjoyments. It reminded me of the kids amusement parks I grew up with in Chicago- Santa's Village and Kiddyland. While I really have no way to judge what those were *actually* like, I got the same vibe from the Arakawa Amusement Park- happy. I'm sure many afternoon trips to Arakawa are in our future.