LWIF EP36: What a Japanese River Park is Like

Ok, not every Japanese park is like this, but you can definitely find these river parks throughout Tokyo. Even though name on the sign for the park says river park, it’s more like a stream park.

The video actually starts off by showing you what a park found underneath a bridge or elevated train tracks looks like. Since space is limited, you’ll often find little playgrounds under such structures.

The vast majority of parks I’ve encountered in Japan come standard with a water fountain, water tap, and bathroom facilities. So, if you find yourself in Japan and are in need of refreshments or relief, you can usually find it at a park.

If you’re in Tokyo, it’s a good bet that you’re close to a konbini, which is what convenient stores are called in Japan. There you can get all sorts of fresh and packaged foods, as well as refreshments and washroom facilities.

The river park we walked along is very pleasant, and every, single piece of it is landscaped and maintained. Despite the intense human touch, the unnatural nature is still pleasant to stroll along. Even though some parts of Tokyo look like a concrete jungle, I’m glad that there are areas like this that act as an oasis from the hustle and bustle of metropolis life.

If you visit the water park in the summer, the maintenance crew will have screwed on the taps for the showers that are found at several water play areas. So make sure to take some gear that can get wet and some towels if you go.

What are parks like where you’re from?

5 comments on LWIF EP36: What a Japanese River Park is Like

  • kelly

    Are these parks free? Or there is some entry fare or something? Also wanna know the same about athletic parks. Sorry for asking here. I am not able to comment on YouTube for some reason. So sorry.. Have a good day.. ^.^

  • Nicole Kallsen

    Hello! We are a first grade class from Colorado, U.S.A. We have really enjoyed learning about Japan from your videos. We want to ask you some questions that we have about life in Japan.
    We have loved learning about school in Japan. There are many things that the same, but also many things that are different. Do you like school? How many grades do you have to go through in Japanese schools? Do you have one teacher or more? What is your teacher(s) like?
    Most of us have or have had a pet. Do you have any pets? Are pets popular in Japan? What is the most popular pet in Japan?
    We noticed that you eat all different kinds of foods. But, we are wondering, do you have catsup (Ketchup) in Japan?
    We are going to go on a field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science. There is a huge dinosaur exhibit at the museum. Do you have any dinosaur museums in Japan? Do you or your brother like dinosaurs?
    Thank you for listening to all of our questions. Also, thank you for teaching us about Japan!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Kallsen’s Class

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hi Mrs. Kallsen’s Class! Thank you very much for the message. I’ll have Aiko and Shin give some answers soon (right now it’s a school night and they need to get to bed!)

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hi Mrs. Kallsen’s class!

      Do you like school? Yes.

      How many grades do you have to go through in Japanese schools? Six for elementary school, three for junior high school, and three for high school.

      Do you have one teacher or more? One teacher, but my music and art teacher are different.

      What is your teacher(s) like? My teacher is nice and funny.

      Most of us have or have had a pet. Do you have any pets? Are pets popular in Japan? What is the most popular pet in Japan? No, but in school we do. Our school has fish and a turtle. I don’t know if pets are popular, but most of my classmates have pets. Cats, dogs, and goldfish are the most popular pets.

      Do you have catsup (Ketchup) in Japan? Yep.

      Do you have any dinosaur museums in Japan? Do you or your brother like dinosaurs? My brother doesn’t like dinosaurs and yes there are dinosaur museums in Japan.

      Sorry for taking so long to write back. – Aiko

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