Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens and Dome City in Tokyo with a Toddler

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens 
Special Historic and Scenic Park
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This was on our list of places we wanted to see in Tokyo. SCS Daddy and I have a soft spot for natural beauty and this seemed to fit the bill. The park boasts different amazing gardens each month of the year. It is in the heart of the city and was listed in Tokyo's Top 10. We brought our stroller along on this adventure since we knew we would be heading to another location after the gardens. 
Since we wanted to take all the trails, including the ones in the hills, we decided to lock up our stroller at the bike rack in front of the Garden Office and put Sam in her Ergo. (Yes, even at 2 years old she still loves it!) 
The entrance fee to the park was 300 Yen for mom and dad and Sam got in for free! (Perks of traveling while the kids are young.) To the left of the entrance is a restroom with a baby changing station.
Once inside we referenced the map but also allowed ourselves to just get lost around the park. All the winding paths took us to new sights. 
Sam loved the ability to be free from the constraints of the stroller and the Ergo and just find bugs in the grass.
As we left the park we started walking down the street and found another playground, to the the left of the park entrance when facing the entrance. Sam was extremely lucky on this trip to find a perfect place to unwind and just be a kid at most of the places we went.

Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Website: www.tokyo-park.or.jp

SCS Fast Facts: 
  • Stroller accessible if you stay on the paved paths. If you want to climb into the hills stick with baby wearing. (Bike rack outside the entrance perfect for locking up the stroller.)
  • Baby Changing Stations throughout the park, clearly marked.
  • Total viewing time with baby in tow, roughly one and a half hours.
  • Great place for a family picnic and space for toddlers to run free. 
  • Plenty of park benches for nursing little ones under shaded trees.

Tokyo Dome City
Amusement park and department store. 

We weren't planning on visiting Dome City but since we were right next to it when we visited Koishikawa Gardens we couldn't resist. That's part of the joy in only planning 2 things to do a day. It leaves plenty of time to explore, get lost, and be surprised by the places we visit. It's too bad we had already eaten because Dome City had enough restaurants to suit almost every pallet. On the first floor there was The City Buffet and Bubba Gump Shrimp, then on the second floor there was a Sizzler and a Japanese Beef BBQ Restaurant called Gynbei Souan. When we went SCS Mom and Dad did some shopping, Sam got to ride the giant merry-go-round and then we called it a day and headed back to the hotel. 
If you're looking to spend a day out with older kids this would be a great place to go. There are huge amusement park rides, and even an indoor roller park. To find out more check out their website Tokyo-Dome.co.jp.

SCS Fast Facts: 
  • Stroller accessible, stroller rentals available on the 2nd floor
  • Nursing rooms and changing stations on the 1st and 2nd floors.