New in 2013, there is a playground that can be seen from Route 16 before leaving Fussa. It is a bit convoluted to get to, but it is very close to the base and well worth the trip. There are tall, enclosed climbing structures that have imagination games written all over it. There is a zip line and a great tire swing. Put kids in clothes that they can get dirty because the ground underneath is just hard packed dirt. There are bathrooms and a water fountain where kids can clean up if needed. Playground GPS Coordinates: 35.72393, 139.342065. Parking lot GPS 35.722589, 139.343171.
DIRECTIONS: Leaving Fussa Gate, turn left onto Route 16. At the end of the Yokota fence line, where Route 16 curves right, exit toward Route 7 but don’t turn left onto Route 7. Instead go straight through the first light toward Haijima Station. There is a paid parking lot straight ahead. Park and this metal barrier will raise to trap your car. Pay at the kiosk to get out. From this parking lot it is an easy walk under Route 16 to the playground. – Alexandra Winkler & Sarah Straus, June 2013. Interested in another Fussa Playground? Try the Fussa Roller Slide Park or the playground on the Tama River Trail.
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1. Aeon Mall outside the East Gate (also called the Diamond City Mall)
Pricey but really fun, this indoor playground is called Børnelund. It features a jumpy raceway, jungle gym with slides descending into a field of plastic balls, a large train table, and different stations with build-it-yourself toys. With lots of things to climb in, run on, and puzzles to work out, this makes for a very fun outing. There is also a segregated toddler area for little ones, ages 6 -18 months, including a place to change diapers. Located on the first floor of the mall, behind the H&M, near a back entrance. Price is ¥600 for the first 30 minutes for each child, a flat ¥300 for adults, plus ¥100 for each additional 10 minutes for children. It can add up, but there is also a flat rate of ¥1500 per child for unlimited play. With the unlimited play option you can come and go as you please. Opens at 10am even during the Christmas season when the mall opens at 9am. Sarah Straus and Alexandra Winkler, 2012.
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DIRECTIONS: Turn left out of the East Gate. Go 300 meters to the 7-11 and turn right on a narrow road. Go straight for 1 kilometer and turn left onto Route 59. The mall will be on your right at the next traffic light. Turn right here and left into the parking area.
2. Aeon Mall out the Fussa Gate (Hinode) : Yu Kids Island is less expensive, a bit smaller, but tons of fun all the same. This indoor playground is about 6km from Fussa Gate. It features many large movable objects – things that rotate around or rock back and forth that kids can climb up or hang from. There are two balloon stations where kids can hit at balloons being blown around. This place is the right size to be able to stay in one place and watch your kids play. I went with kids ages 18 months to 41/2 years and they all had a great time. Costs a flat ¥600 per child for unlimited play during the week and 60 minutes of play on the weekend. Note, with the unlimited weekday play you cannot come and go. It is unlimited play until you leave. It is located on the third floor near the food court with a great kid-size bathroom right next to it. Open 10am but starts opening early during the Christmas season when the mall opens earlier. Phone for Hinode Aeon: 042-588-8000. GPS: 35.73349, 139.27547.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out Fussa Gate. Cross one set of tracks and stay right at the “Y” split. After you pass over the second set of tracks (with the Fussa train station on your right), make an immediate right where you must (or you will drive the wrong way into a one-way street.) Then take the next left onto the main street. The train station is now behind you and this street becomes Route 165. Follow route 165 over the Tama river, and keep going straight. You will see fuschia Aeon Mall signs directing you. One warns when you have 3km to go. And the next, just after the entry to the expressway, will be on the right, telling you to turn left. Drive a few blocks and you will see the mall at your 2’o’clock position. – Sarah Straus, 2012
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