The Kodomokan is an indoor play area in Iwakuni with toys, puzzles, music and activities for free! Enjoy playing with local families!
Are you tired of staying inside because it’s raining? Is it too hot to play outside? The Kodomokan is the perfect place to let your kids explore!
We came to the Kodomokan, also known as “Kids House Iwakuni,” when we first moved here 2 years ago. It’s easy to forget about when the weather is nice, but all of the rain had us looking for something indoors! We didn’t want to drive very far today and thought this would be a perfect place to let the kids get their energy out.
The Kodomokan is open from 10:00-17:00 Wednesday- Monday. They are closed on Tuesday and Japanese holidays. Price is FREE!
When you get there you will sign in at the desk to the right. They ask for your last name, first name, if you are an adult/child, and your address. Put base if you live on base or your neighborhood if you live in town. When you leave, make sure to put a checkmark next to your name to show them you have left.
After you sign in, you take off your shoes and store them in the cubbies they provide – then you play!
Kids ages 0-6 are allowed to play downstairs and 1st graders are allowed to play in a room upstairs. They only specify first graders, not an age for the upstairs area. Upstairs they have a room with some board games (if it needs a piece that’s not with the game, ask at the desk downstairs) books and a play kitchen area. There are also some tables downstairs that are for both the older and the younger kids to use together. The tables near the sign in table are specifically for both age groups. They want to keep the kids separate for the safety of the young kids who might be crawling around.
Downstairs they have a few different areas to play. The first one, to your left as you walk in, has incredible wooden toys. There are toy houses, tracks, cars, and even toys for infants. Some of the wooden pieces for the house were incredibly detailed, and obviously made by hand.
This area is where they held the story time today, but I have also seen them hold it in the big gym. They gather any kids and parents that want to participate. Then, they tell stories and sing songs, often using puppets or costumes or even dances; it’s not just reading from a book!
Next there is a big gym. They have a small basketball hoop, some scooter cars, an obstacle area and some balls in this area. This is where they often have school assembly-like performances. We came at Christmas and one of the women dressed up like Santa and handed out really cute homemade gifts for all the kids. It’s advised that kids take off their socks in here because the floor can be pretty slippery.
Continuing down the hall there is a section of books; I only saw Japanese books, but pictures can tell the story! There are a few chairs here that make a nice little reading nook.
The last room has a play kitchen, some baby dolls, train sets, a baby ball pit, and building blocks and shapes.
Two other places of note: There is a nursing room, and an outdoor play area for the days with better weather (it was padlocked today).
Eating & Other Rules
Eating is strictly prohibited in all areas except the assigned area which is just around the corner, past the check in desk. Down this hall you will find the toilets, vending machines and tables designated for eating. They ask that you don’t have gum in the play area or put candy in your mouth – a rule for children AND adults.
For this reason, the Kodomokan is really clean. Imagine a big indoor play area with tons of kids running around each day, and you may think it might be pretty gross. It’s remarkably clean. Remember to take your shoes off for the play area, and when you go outside of the play area you should have your shoes back on.
Keep an eye on your kids. This is not a daycare. If you need help while you use the restroom, they are more than willing to help watch a child, but they ask that you stay with your children while they play.
If you don’t want to travel but need to get out of the house, make sure you check out the Kodomokan – we think you’ll love it!
What other indoor play areas do you like? Let us know, we would love to check them out!
Plan your trip:
Hours: 10:00-17:00 Closed Tuesday!