Less busy than the parks in Ueno and Yoyogi, Tokyo's second-largest public park has several family-friendly attractions and is a great place to relax. Go birdwatching, have a barbecue, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel or the park train.
Along with Odaiba, Kasai Rinkai Park is also one of the few places in Tokyo where you can freely venture down to the seashore. Thanks to careful conservation efforts, marine life is beginning to return the area.
Kasai Rinkai Park is easily accessible by train from Tokyo Station.
From Tokyo Station, take the Keiyo Subway Line to Kasai Rinkai Koen, which stops right at the entrance of the park. Kasai Rinkai Park is also one of the stops for the Tokyo Water Bus, which travels between Asakusa, Odaiba, and a few other stops.
Construction work began on the Kasai coastal development project in 1985, based on the concept of “greenery, water and people” and aimed at preserving the natural environment of Tokyo.
Located right on Tokyo Bay, the park provides a breath of fresh air where you can enjoy the sound of waves and the sight of wide open skies. Since it first opened in 1989, the park has been popular with locals and tourists alike. Many attractions can be found in the surrounding area, including the world-famous Tokyo Disney Resort.
Located next to Tokyo Bay, the Sea Life Park aquarium fits right in with its surroundings.
The aquarium's glass dome is filled with a wide variety of fish and marine life found in the sea around Tokyo, as well as exhibits from around the world. One of the most popular attractions is the large penguin enclosure. The grounds around the aquarium recreate some of the natural streams and freshwater ponds that existed in Tokyo before its urbanization.
The aquarium is the top tourist attraction in the park. There are hands-on experiences at the touch pool, and if you time your visit right you can catch feeding time. The aquarium makes for a great rainy-day activity if the weather makes it difficult to enjoy the park.
Hop on the Ferris wheel for a bird's-eye view of the park. The second tallest Ferris wheel in Japan, one rotation takes more than 15 minutes, and on a clear day you can see Mt. Fuji from the top.
The Ferris wheel is called the Diamond and Flowers Ferris wheel, referring to the spectacular light show it gives off after the sun goes down.
From there, consider a trip on the park train which will take you around the main attractions.
The Sea Bird Sanctuary makes up one-third of the park's total area. Visitors can birdwatch and learn more about the local species that live there. Certain areas such as the east beach and the marshland are restricted access to give the birds some human-free habitats. However, the west beach is open to the public and is a popular place for summertime activities.
There's an information center where you can learn more about the efforts to bring native birds back into the area.
There are a considerable number of trees and shrubs growing in the park.
Japanese apricot, Narcissus, cosmos, silk tree, wax myrtle, black pine and cherry trees can all be found in the garden. The park's numerous cherry trees make it a particularly popular spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing picnics) when the landscape is temporarily awash with delicate pink blossoms. This is a perfect time of year to pack a lunch and relax in the springtime sunshine by the sea.
Look out for special events in the park throughout the year. Annual events include a spring birdwatching festival (to see sandpipers and plover), the wild bird photography exhibition, a poppy-picking festival, New Year’s Eve late night Ferris wheel rides, the summer Tanabata wish festival, the Narcissus festival, and a sake drinking festival.