So I think from yesterday rainy season has officially started with the weather suddenly getting a lot more humid!! Maybe not the best time to be playing outside, rain, heat and also mosquitos. So here are a list of a few indoor play areas that I know about in Fukuoka city, great places to take the kids if they need to let off some steam!
This indoor play area is run by Fukuoka city, and is free to use. It is over 3 floors, with the main playing space for young children, under 6 being on the 5th floor. There is an exercise area with a ball pool and a climbing wall. Also the main space where there are lots of toys for small children to play with.
The 6th floor has tables, chairs, vending machines, a microwave and a sink. So you can bring a bento and eat lunch up here. There is a large floor space, I often see primary school age children here playing card games, there are also books to borrow.
There is also an outdoor area for children to play on the roof.
Sometimes on rainy days this can get very busy, as it’s free. But it is a great place for small children, and a good place to meet up with other mums to have lunch and a play date.
Take the subway to Tenjin. It is pretty easy to find being across the road from the Apple Store in Tenjin. The main Children’s plaza is open from 9am-6pm.
Address: 〒810-0021 Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Chūō-ku, Imaizumi, 1-chōme−19−22, 天神ＣＬＡＳＳ６階
2) Milky Way
This is a really fun and big children’s play area, located at Hakata Bay Plaza. They have a large bouncing area and some big slides. A little cave you can go in to read books, a balance beam and some large soft blocks that can be used to make an obstacle course. It also has some iPads where children can draw pictures, then flick their pictures up on the iPad and they will appear in front of them moving across a big screen. I usually go here on weekdays when my son finishes school and it’s pretty empty. But does get busy on national holidays and rainy weekends.
You have to pay to use this one, you have options to pay for 1 hour or free play which is as long as you want. There is also a fee for the adult. If I remember correctly it is ¥900 for one hour and ¥1,500 for free play, adults are ¥200. This is also open until 6pm. You can take a number 90 bus from Tenjin, it will take about 10 minutes. From Hakata station take a number 46 or 99 bus.
Address: 13-6 Chikkōhonmachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 812-0021
3) Asobi Park, Markis shopping mall
This is smaller than the first two and a bit more expensive but has some really nice features. There is a beach, with an animation of fish and crabs on top of it. You can pick up a paper circle and hold it over the animation to catch them!
There is also kinetic sand to play with, and a bouncy hill!
This one you can only pay for 30 minutes or do free play. If you go for the 30 minute option you will be charged for every 10 minutes you stay after that initial 30 minutes. During school holidays, the free play option is unavailable. This is open until 7pm, but last entry is at 6:30pm.
Markis is a really nice shopping mall and is also a good place for adults to explore on a rainy day too. It’s a 10 minute walk from Tojinmachi subway station. Or from Hakata station you can take a number 301, 303 or 305 bus from bus stop A. Get off at Yafuoka dome-mae and it’s a 5 minute walk.
Address: 2-chōme-2-1 Jigyōhama, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-8639
4) Play Room, Hamleys, Canal City
This one is inside the toy shop Hamleys, which has lots of toys on display you can play with for free, and a section with arcade games and a merry-go-round. So you could just play in the shop without even going in the Play Room!
This one has some similar features to the Markis, no beach, instead a forest where you can catch butterflies and look under rocks for other insects. Also a ball pool, London buses for you to drive, and a slide that looks like a waterfall. There is a cafe next to it, inside Hamleys, where they sell really cute meals for kids.
My son loved the shop and the play area here, and so did we.
This costs ¥600 for 30 minutes for a child and ¥600 for the accompanying adult. For the child you then have to pay an extra ¥150 per 10 minutes you go over that time. If you stay 2 hours or more get the free pass, which is ¥1,500 for your child. ¥600 is a set price for the adult how ever long you stay.
This is inside the Canal City shopping mall, which is pretty close to Hakata station, you can walk there in about 10-15 minutes. If it’s rainy, it’s better to get the subway to Nakasu-Kawabata station and walk from here, the walk is a little shorter and you go through a covered shopping arcade so only have to walk in the rain a tiny bit. There is also a special bus from Hakata Station bus stop A, that takes 10 minutes.
5) Guru Shitsu (ぐるぐる室)
My friend introduced me to this one in Higashi ward, which is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s cheaper than the 3 listed previously, and when you leave after your first visit they will give you a ticket so there is no charge for adults on your next visit. During the week it costs ¥600 for 1 hour and ¥740 for free play, adults cost ¥300. On the weekend the ticket is an extra ¥200 more expensive.
It’s a little hard to find hidden inside a huge “2nd Store”. It’s not as shiny and new like the other ones but this was the most relaxing for me from a mums perspective. At the reception desk they have lots of really great Anpanman toys, Thomas the tank engine etc. which you can borrow for 30 minutes at a time, and then return it and exchange it for a different one. These really kept my son entertained and I was able to chat to my friend a lot without having to always be chasing him around, as he would sit and play with each toy at our table.
As it had tables, you can bring a bento and eat inside, there is a huge supermarket on the 1st floor of this building so you can always buy something there if you need to.
Inside it had a bouncy castle, a sand pit, a trampoline, a ball pool, a room full of balloons and lots of arcade games that use provided medallions to operate them. One thing is that there are stairs, so obviously that’s something you have to watch your kids on, if they do decide to play with the dolls houses and piano that are up 2 flights of stairs.
To get here you can take the Kaizuka line subway train, that leaves from Nakasu-Kawabata station to Hakozakimiya-mae station, where it’s a 5 minute walk. It’s inside a shopping centre called Box Town, which has a Starbucks out the front. You go into the main building onto the 2nd floor and it’s inside the huge 2nd Store.
Address: 〒812-0053 Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Higashi-ku, Hakozaki, 4-chōme−7−55