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Clean, modern, city children's centre with wooden toys galore
Price: 200 yen
The official title of this centre is a "Child Care Support Centre", but essentially it is a children's play centre or "jidokan" as they are called in Japanese. What makes this different from most city run play centres is that you have to pay to enter it. Children are free, but they charge adults. Also, you need to make a membership card, which you don't normally have to do in these type of centres.
This centre is aimed mainly at preschoolers and babies. It is a very nice space for that age group, with lots of wood and wooden toys. They have a “koala” room, that only children up to 1 year old can use. The room has an area for changing nappies, making and storing bottles, nursing, some larger equipment for mobile babies and lots of toys. You need to put the toys away after each use.The “kangaroo” room has paper craft, colouring and play dough. The “kuma” area has some books and tables, and a small padded area for babies. Part of the floor is glass so you can see the tunnel underneath that children love to play in. There is a sink there too for making bottles.The main hall has slides, wooden play houses, soft blocks, a piano and an area off it with loads and loads of wooden toys. There is a rest room and a room for eating in, “Kirin” 1 and 2. They have separate toilets for babies, children and adults.
It costs 200 yen per adult that doesn't live in Higashimatsuyama, 100 yen for those that do. It is open Friday to Wednesday (closed Thursdays) between 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. It is approximately a 13 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Higashimatsuyama Station. By car it is about a 2 minute drive from main route 407. Parking is free. The parking lot is shared with the community centre next door. The entrance is a bit tricky to find. It is a laneway between the community centre and a yakiniku restaurant. You then walk down a laneway to come in the back of the centre.