Written by Anna
Sakurazaka Park - A Fun, Robot Themed Park In Roppongi
Sakurazaka Park, also known as the Robo-Robo Park, is a robot themed park located in Roppongi. Its many colorful slides and robot-designed playing equipment make it a great destination to visit with the kids!
Recently in Tokyo, the use of robots and machines in stores, restaurants and services has increased. If you go to a sushi restaurant, you might use the touch screen to order and have the bullet train like machine deliver it to your seat. Or you might visit a phone shop and find a robot welcoming you.
Roppongi is known as one of Tokyo's busy business districts, and very few people know that this area is full of nature. There are actually numerous parks and gardens in the city that can be enjoyed by everyone. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Roppongi is a place that combines nature and technology.
The Amazing "Robo-Robo Park" - Sakurazaka Park
The Sakurazaka Park, located in the residential area of Roppongi Hills near Sakurazaka, is a colorful robot themed park that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
This 1,539 square meters large park was designed by a well-known Korean artist named Choi Jeong-Hwa, who is famous for his colorful and vibrant works. This is reflected through the design of the Sakurazaka Park, as the park is full of cute and colorful robots and playing equipment.
There are ten different colorful slides that can be enjoyed both physically and aesthetically. Near the entrance, there is a tall tower made up of approximately 40 robots that welcome you. The springy playing equipment is also robot themed, which makes it very unique. The vibrant colors of the playing equipment and the detailed sculptures of the robots make the park itself a piece of art.
The safety of the children is ensured through a cushioned surface covering the ground. Since most of the slides are low, the park can be enjoyed even by small children.
Choi Jeong-Hwa designed this park hoping that the adults, who themselves were once children, would enjoy the park as well. What makes this park unique is the fact that it attempts to express the coexistence of nature and of man-made objects.
Sakurazaka - The Cherry Blossom Hill
As one might guess from the name “Sakurazaka”, this street is full of cherry trees that bloom in the spring. Families visiting the Sakurazaka Park during the spring have the privilege of enjoying the park and the beautiful view of the cherry blossoms.
At night, the cherry blossoms are lit up, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. This is one of the few parks that allow you to enjoy the idea of technology and nature all at once.
This park is a great place for parents to take their small children who get easily bored of “grown up activities” such as shopping or visiting museums. Because Roppongi Hills is known as a luxurious, high-end area, this park is a great place for those traveling with small children.
Even if you don't have your kids with you, it's a perfect place to visit if you want to enjoy nature and some quiet time.
This park is a 5-minute walk from Mohri Garden so it might be a good idea to visit both! Mohri Garden is targeted rather towards adults, while Sakurazaka Park is mainly for children. This park is also very close to the Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi store (a combination of Starbucks and the Tsutaya bookstore) so why not grab some coffee and books there and enjoy it at the park with your children?
Some Things to Remember
- Please be aware that the park does not have a bathroom so it's a good idea to use a bathroom inside Roppongi Hills.
- The park is relatively small so it's not an area where you can spend a long time at.
- Because the park is located in a residential area, it can become crowded with children in the afternoon. Your understanding would be greatly appreciated.
If you go to Roppongi with small children, do visit the Sakurazaka Park! This unique, robot-themed park is a great place to have a good time with your kids. And who knows, you might enjoy the park even more than the children themselves.