Drooping around in the heat on the way back from the Korakuen garden recently, I cut through Tokyo Dome City and chanced upon…the Mist Playground! Kids were running in and out of the fog, squealing with glee. Tokyo Dome City is mostly a paid amusement park, but this playground is free. Wish I’d had this when I was a kid – the monkey bars used to get hot enough to fry eggs!

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo Mystery SeriesIf you want to visit the Korakuen area next time you’re in Tokyo, directions and more pictures are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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