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Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park is one of Saitama’s better known attractions. Located on the site of Japan’s first airfield (1911), it has been around for a long time and given its proximity to Tokyo and other popular tourist areas, it has always enjoyed a steady flow of customers and great reviews. It is a great place for a family day out, especially on a fine day, but it is suited to a rainy day too. Jump to information about the hot air balloon ride.

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

The aviation memorial park is a really fun park for families. On the weekend the park has a really lively atmosphere thanks to its popularity. Despite the throes of people, the park never feels too full. And thanks to the selection of play equipment, the kids rarely have to queue to use the equipment. The one exception to this is the swings; there is usually a wait to use the swings.

The playgrounds at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park sand pit

It is one of the better playgrounds in the area and is suited to kids of all ages, but they have particularly accommodated the little ones. The playground has many different parts centered in the one children’s area. There is a large sand pit as you enter the playground from the nearest car park. To the left of that there is a small wooden athletic area with leap frog type poles, stepping stones and balancing beams.

climbing at Tokorozawa park

The playground has lots of climbing equipment including a spider net climbing frame, which thankfully isn’t too tall.

Other climbing equipment includes various challenging shapes and structures. There are monkey bars too, and they are low to the ground making them accessible (and safer) for smaller children. The swings are up a few steps from the main piece of combination equipment. It has gymnastic bars beside them and spring rides in front of them. There is a wide cement ride too. Nearby there is a flying fox. And behind that down a few steps is an area for toddlers with padded flooring, colorful motifs and low equipment for even the smallest of children. Its a really fun and interactive playground for children of all ages.

Other attractions

Slightly separated from the playground near the number three entrance / exit there is a tree house children / people can use freely. There are coin operated battery cars in two different areas of the park. Throughout the park there are a number of open spaces where you can throw a ball, play games, picnic, barbecue and just enjoy green space. They also have a number of areas where you can ride a bike or strider. In the summer there is a wading river:

Summer time in Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

We particularly like this park on a hot and sunny day as there is great shade from mature trees. At least half of the playground is in shade at all times. Also, in the late spring and summer, there is a nice wading river which has some really good shade in parts. You can pitch a small tent and have a barbecue in the area too. And on weekends they have a food van selling ice-cream and kakikori (shaved ice). In August, there are sunflowers in bloom.

Other seasons:

In Spring the cherry blossoms are particularly beautiful at the park. Moreover, you can see cherry blossoms and rapeseed together. Sometimes they grow tulips too.

Events at the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

Flea market at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park
Flea market at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

There is an open live stage space too within the park. In addition, the park hosts a number of events throughout the year. Some in the stage area, some in other parts of the park. Moreover, the popular flea markets are held on the main avenue that stretches from the south to the north. It is the same group that organizes the flea markets in Kawagoe park too. The current fixed dates for 2022 (subject to weather and pandemic situation) are:

  • April 23rd
  • May 21st
  • June 18th
  • July 23rd
  • Saturday October 22nd
  • November 26th
  • December 17th

There will be another flea market at the park for the Tokorozawa Citizens Festival, a two day event with kitchen cars, mini train, stage events and other festivities. It is on in the park on Saturday October 29th and Sunday 30th:

Another popular event, which is held in conjunction with (and in front of) the Aviation Museum, is the monthly hot air balloon ride:

Hot Air Balloon Ride 2022

Hot air balloon ride tokorozawa aviation park
Image from the official site

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park offers the general public the chance of a short ride in a barrier free hot air balloon for just ¥2000 2500 (price went up in 2022). It is still¥1000 for children over 6, but they now charge 500 yen for children under six. It was free for them until the start of 2022. On a clear day you can often see both Mt Fuji and Tokyo Skytree when the balloon ascends. Due to the pandemic, you currently have to book in advance for a coveted position. Please note, once the booking opens the 100 places are taken quickly.

In 2021 and 2020 booking started on the 1st of the month, but this year they are doing it a bit differently. Booking will start the day after the last event, as was the situation pre pandemic. Just to make it easier, I have outlined the dates that booking / registration begins below too. In addition, this year there are three dates in August for the first time (to date its been two). There are also two dates in December this year, as usual. And as always, there are no dates in January and February – the event takes a break annually in those months. This is the site for booking. The remaining dates for 2022 are (all dates except August 13th are Sundays):

Hot Air Balloon Dates

  • May 15th – registration currently open
  • June 5th – registration will start on May 16th
  • July 24th – registration will open on June 6th
  • Saturday August 13th – registration commences on July 25th
  • August 14th – same as above
  • August 28th – registration starts on August 15th
  • September 11th – the booking form will open on August 29th
  • October 23rd – booking starts on September 12th
  • November 13th – Booking opens on October 24th
  • December 4th – Booking starts on November 14th
  • December 25th – booking starts on December 5th

Toko Love Fes 2022

Toko Love Fes at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

The Toko Love Fes is scheduled for Sunday September 11th in 2022 from10 am to 4 pm. There are live performances and activities for kids. This year they even have paint ball in the line up! There will also be kitchen cars / food vans in the park for the occasion. Official web page for this event.

Facilities in the park

Map of facilities at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

The park has lots of toilets, benches and water fountains. There are vending machines in at least three different locations which sell not only drinks, but ice-cream too. There are also some cafes and restaurants, as well as other facilities including:

  • Tokorozawa Library
  • Tokorozawa Civic Cultural Center Muse
  • Shimin Bunka Center Maki Hall
  • Tokorozawa Child Consultation Center
  • Muse Cafe Iridori
  • Eco Toco Farmer’s Cafe
  • Dog Park
  • Nico Rico Cafe
  • Tea Ceremony Room
  • Rest House
  • Tennis Courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Jogging course
  • Baseball field
  • Exercise equipment
  • Other sporting facilities
  • Tokorozawa Aviation Museum:

Tokorozawa Aviation Museum

The very first time we went to the aviation museum it was a flop, because quite simply our kids were too young at the time. We only had two then and they were 1 and 2 years old. They’ve added some new attractions and upgraded others in the years since then, and now my kids of 3, 5, 7 and 8 years old love it. More detail in the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum post, but here are the highlights:

  • (small) play area for children with blocks, teddies, coloring and some toys
  • a projection mapping technological interactive game that small kids love
  • pilot and air steward/ess costumes
  • a plane you can sit in and operate
  • lots of interactive exhibits where you can learn about everything to do with air and planes
  • a crafting area
  • simulators
  • the moon walker:
Moon walker at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum in Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park
Moon walker at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum

Access Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

By train

The Seibu Shinjuku line’s Kokukoen station 「航空公園駅」・「こうくうこうえん」is right beside the number 5 entrance / exit to the park on the west side.

By car

The park is approximately 6 kilometers from the Tokorozawa Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway along route 463.

There is parking on the North, South and East sides of the park. On the weekends the car parks can become very busy and people queue for a spot. There are alternatives with some reasonably priced coin parking lots nearby, but the parking at the aviation park is probably worth the wait as it is only 200 yen.

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    1. Author

      I am reliving my childhood with these journeys 🙂

    1. Author

      It really is lovely for the kids 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting

    1. Author

      Thanks for commenting Lecy 🙂

  1. This sounds incredible! I love all the great ideas and things to do for kids especially sitting in a plane to try and operate!

    1. Author

      Hi Cait, thanks a million. Sorry for the inconvenience with the missing comment!! The kids really loved sitting in the plane especially with the pilot dress up gear 🙂

  2. I haven’t traveled much, but this looks like such a fun family activity. The hot air balloon sounds like so much fun.

    1. Author

      The hot air balloon is on my bucket list 🙂 Hopefully I’ll cross it off in the next year or two… if I can get up early enough to make it. 🙂 Thank you for commenting

  3. This is such an inspiring post, i’m So excited to visit all this places you talked about . It’s definietly one on my bucket list this year. So excited already

    1. Author

      Japan is such a great place to visit and although Saitama isn’t that well known there is lots to do here only a short commute from Tokyo 🙂

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