Inokashira Park Swan Boats.
If you are heading to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Kichijoji (devoted to the work of Hayao Miyazaki’s much-loved anime films such as Spirited Away, and My Neighbour Totoro), then plan a few extra hours to take advantage of the super fun things to do in Tokyo at Inokashira Koen.
Ride the Inokashira Park Swan Boats!
Do not visit the park without jumping aboard the delightful and popular Inokashira Park Swan Boats.
It’s just a 500 metre walk from the Studio through the park and past the zoo, to reach the lake where you will find the Inokashira Park Swan Boats. Look into the distance, and you’ll spot them.
There are actually three types of Inokashira Park swan boats you can hire here:
- Swan Paddle Boat (¥700 for 30 minutes; 2 persons max. You can take kids in these configurations: 2 adults + 1 child under 9; 2 adults + 2 children under 6; or 1 adult, 1 teen (10-12 years), 1 child under 9 and 1 child under 6.)
- Regular Paddle Boat (¥600 for 30 minutes, 2 persons max.)
- Rowboat (¥600 for one hour; 3 persons max.)
Buy your ticket at the vending machine, then give your ticket to the boat operator and hop in. The tickets are time-stamped so be snappy about this process with the kids and have them ready to go.
There’s a steering wheel, and pedals to work the rudder. It takes a few minutes to get a hang of it, then off you go!
Enjoy these attractions at Inokashira Park too
The Park is about 5 minutes walk from Inokashira Koen Train Station.
- At weekends and during holidays, there’s an art market in the park.
- Inokashira Zoo is in two parts – be sure to visit both. It’s small, but cute and well priced. Adult entry costs ¥400 and kids enter free.
- Studio Ghibli. Be sure to book your tickets before your trip as no tickets are sold at the venue. Check the website for details. Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm
- Inokashira Aquarium
- Duck into a Family Mart convenience store to purchase snacks and food before you arrive so you can eat a picnic in the park too.
The Inside Scoop – Inokashira Park Boat Rental
Address: 1 Gotenyama/1 Kichijoji-Minami-cho/3, 4, 5 Inokashira, Mitaka-shi/1 Shimorenjaku/4 Mure
Website: Go Tokyo
Entry Fees: Free entry into the park itself. Admission fees apply for the boats, museum and zoo.
Opening Hours: Inokashira Park Tokyo is open 24 hours a day
How to get there:
- By car: Approx. 20 min. from Chofu IC
- By Train from Shinjuku: JR Chuo Line Kichijoji Station South exit, then 5 minutes by foot
- By Train from Shibuya: Keio Inokashira Line Kichijoji Station/Inokashira-koen Station, then 5 minutes by foot from Kichijoji station or 1 minute by foot from Inokashira-koen Station
- By bus: Take the Odakyu Bus and get off at the Koen-iriguchi/Bunkaen-mae bus stop
Inokashira Park Map
Toilets: Yes, Japanese-style and Western toilets in the park. Baby change facility. Toddler seat.
Disability access: Wheelchair access is available right up to boats docking zone. Accessing the boats may be possible depending on level of disability.
Closest playground: Inokashira Park has a small playground with a yellow ‘roller’ slide. Inokashira Park zoo also has a children’s mini amusement park area with rides.
Shade: Yes, lots of trees
Food options: Pick up a Bento Box for lunch on your way from the food hall at Kichijoji Station. There are also plenty of vending machines around the park for drinks and snacks.
Picnic tables: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
This playground was last reviewed in April 2018.
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