Located in Setagaya ward, Setagaya park is famous for its mini steam locomotive exhibit (Mini SL). There is also a baseball field and tennis courts.
The park is full of a relaxed atmosphere, with many people taking a break on the benches in the fountain plaza near the center of the park and many people with pets. There are also other large parks such as Rintsunomori Park and Komazawa Park scattered in the vicinity.
The “mini SL” used to be a steam locomotive powered by a coal-fired steam engine, as the name suggests, but it was electrified in 2005 due to environmental concerns.
Although it is a mini, it is still a solid steam locomotive, so taking the family along for a ride will be a thrilling experience with a touch of elegance. The price is also attractive: free for children under elementary school age, 30 yen for elementary school students, and 70 yen for junior high school students and older.
However, the ride is only available on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and school holidays, so you need to check the schedule in advance. Incidentally, a real steam locomotive, D51 No. 272, is statically preserved in the park.
The “Play Park” is a playground where no prohibitions are imposed with the aim of nurturing children’s independence and initiative, allowing them to have hands-on learning experiences that are not available anywhere else.
|Park Name||Setagaya Park
|Park Address||1-5 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo|
|Playground equipment||Slide, swing, ladder|
|Facilities||Mini SL, steam locomotive exhibit, tennis court, archery range, multipurpose sports field (baseball, soccer), mini cart rides, swimming pool, skateboarding area|
|Ladders||Tennis court||Multi-purpose sports field (baseball and soccer)|
|Mini cart rides||Mini SL||Steam locomotive (D51272) display|
|Skateboarding area||Swimming pool||Setagaya Play Park|
|Setagaya Park entrance flowerbed||Western-style archery range||Time capsule|
|Kiosk||Peace Light||Park Map|
Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive