LWIF EP27: Arinomi Athletic Park in Chiba, Japan

Arinomi Course (athletic park) is one of a few obstacle courses for children that you can find around the Tokyo area.

If you google athletic park or athletic course, I’m sure you can find some close to where you are in Japan. If you’re interested in visiting Arinomi Course, their website is at http://arinomi-course.sakura.ne.jp/. It’s all in Japanese, but you don’t really need to know Japanese to visit. But, you might have trouble searching the site for a map, so here’s the park on Google Maps.

The price is ¥1,000 for ages over 15, ¥800 for ages 5-14, ¥500 for ages 3-4, and free for under ages under 3.

One of the interesting things that I found about entertainment areas for kids, is that the prices for adults are usually more expensive than for kids. This is opposite to what I’m used to in Canada, where adults are usually free or at a lower rate than kids, since they’re not really using the facilities. However, on a whole, the prices for many kids activities aren’t too bad in Japan, so I won’t complain. Maybe I’ll just leave them alone and go grab some tea at a cafe next time…

Something that we didn’t show in the video, is that there are seating areas for eating food while you’re there, and you can also rent a bbq (you can bring your own meat or purchase it there). Even though places like this can get busy, I’ve never been where it’s been too bad, unlike some other attractions (*cough* Disneyland *cough*).

What are athletic parks like where you’re from?

4 comments on LWIF EP27: Arinomi Athletic Park in Chiba, Japan

  • Emily

    Hello! My name is Emily.

    I loved your video from the athletic park. Thank you for sharing! Are adults allowed to use all of the equipment too? It looked really fun!

    I live in California. Where I’m from, we don’t have athletic parks like that. Instead, there are small parks in every neighborhood, with fields and picnic tables!
    Our parks also have jungle gyms that are surrounded by sand. The sand is about 2 feet deep, so it doesn’t hurt if you fall off the jungle gym! Swing sets are also surrounded by sand for the same reason. Do any neighborhood parks in Japan have sand?

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hi Emily. Thanks for the message! Yes, adults are allowed to use all the equipment as well. You’ll often see parents climbing around with their kids.

      They also have small parks in Japan, although picnic tables isn’t too common. Instead the standard is a bench, water fountain, toilet, and maybe a few play structures (like a swing, bars, and slide). I’ve included an image of what’s kind of a typical looking park.

      Good question about the sand. I don’t think they really have sand in Japan, but rather really small gravel that is more hard packed than sand. It’s hard to describe unless you experience it, but it’s made up of pebbles that are bigger than sand, but you won’t really sink down like you would in sand. You can run around on it pretty good. But, it’s not hard like concrete.

  • Nikki

    This video saved our bacon when we were last in Japan. Our son needs a LOT of exercise to be calm and after seeing this video, we searched for similar parks nearby. We found one and three hours later (once by himself, once with each of us), he was a lot happier. That’s now a feature of any trip we’ll make in the future. Can you use them in winter, or are they closed?

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Oh great, glad to hear! As far as I know they’re open in winter as well.

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