Tobuki Sports Park in Hachioji

tobukiTobuki Sports Park is located in Hachioji, an easy 10 km drive from Yokota. We decided to visit the park one Sunday in January, specifically for the skateboard park. The skateboard park touts itself as the largest public skate park in Japan, and it didn’t disappoint. We had to obtain a registration card at the park office (free) and then pay to enter the skating area (¥250-¥500/day, depending on age). We found out that children under junior high school age are required to be with a guardian (who must also skate), but one of the patrons there was kind enough to watch my son. All patrons must wear helmets and protective gear and BMX bikes and roller skates/blades are allowed as well. My son had a blast and we will definitely be going back (as soon as I find a skateboard and helmet for myself).

Tobuki Sports Park also has large baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, and a climbing wall and structure. The skate park is the only area of the park that charges an entry fee. Unfortunately, there is no playground for younger kids, but there are ample grassy areas for playing and picnics. I saw a few vending machines, but no snack vendors.

After playing for a while, we decided to check out the onsen located at the entrance to the park. It was small and clean and had inside and outside bathing areas, as well as a restaurant. We spent most of our time in a bath that was infused with several different types of herbs. Entrance to the onsen was ¥700 for adults and ¥300 for children. Unlike most onsens, this facility does allow babies!  – Emily Gyimah, February 2014.

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