Take your kids horseback riding in Tokyo for free

By on May 27, 2017

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Apart from being known as a sport, did you know that horseback riding can also improve your child’s motor skills and intelligence?

Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture discovered that when you’re on the saddle, vibrations are produced by horses.  This vibration activates the part of the child’s brain known as the sympathetic nervous system which boosts the child’s cognitive ability.

It’s a common perception that horseback riding in Tokyo is expensive. False. These child-friendly parks are run by Tokyo wards and the use of facilities including horseback riding is free. Forever, that is, if you know where to look.  Find the one nearest you from the list we have compiled below.

Itabashi Ku Ritsu Kodomo Doubutsu-en Itabashi Ku Children’s Park Located in a quiet residential area, this petting park houses ponies, guinea pigs, sheeps, including flamingos, etc. Here, children can ride ponies at only designated hours.
Open: 10 am – 4:30 pm everyday except Monday
Nearest station: Itabashi Kuyakusho Mae station by Toei subway line (10-min walk to the park)
Address: Higashi Itabashi Koen Nai (inside the park)
Ages (Pony ride) 3-11 years old (kids age 5 and below should be accompanied by an adult)
Pony ride schedule: 10-11:30 am & 1:30 − 3:30 pm
Pony carriage ride is also available for just 20 pairs (adult & kid) a day. There are 2 rides in a day. Day ride starts at 11 am and one at 2 pm but you need a ticket. Reservation is required by 10:30 am (day ride) and 1:30 pm (afternoon ride). Tel. 03-3963-8003 http://www.city.itabashi.tokyo.jp/c_kurashi/000/000168.html

Yoyogi Pony Koen (Yoyogi Pony Park)
Just a quick 2-min walk from the Sangubashi station, this petting park has great views of the Meiji Jingu Park and tall Shinjuku buildings. This place is convenient for those who live around Aoyama, Omotesando, Shibuya, Roppongi areas. But if you prefer to take the car, don’t worry – there are parking spaces nearby.
Open: 9 am – 5 pm (closed Mondays)
Nearest station: Sangubashi by Odakyu line (2 mins walk)
By bus: Take Keio bus no. Juku 51 and get off at Sangubashi stop. (2 mins walk)
Address: Yoyogi Misonomachi 4-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Tel. 03-3379-9996
http://www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp/est/ponypark.html

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