Kickflip, pop shuv-it. 360-Bar Spin, Half Cab. Watch out for the old lady! The taxi cab! Oops! Ooof… ugh.
The streets of Tokyo are too crowded for you to get your skate/bike on. That’s why there are strict laws against skateboarding here. For a place that seems like heaven to most skaters/BMXers, it is quite depressing when you learn that the gates to skate/BMX utopia are closed unless you want to get your board or bike confiscated by the 5-0.
That’s why we at Enable Japan put together this list, so that you can skate/BMX in peace and harmony without having to worry about that old lady, taxi cab, or the police.
**Public parks are usually free to enter, but not always. Private parks have a fee depending on the day/time**
Miyashita Park (Nike Park): Shibuya
Miyashita Park is the place for some light vert/street sessions. It is an outdoor park, so that means you’re SOL if its raining or other inclement weather. It’s a simple skate park with a bowl, a few vert ramps, and boxes. Helmets are mandatory, but the park does provide helmets if you forgot yours or just don’t own one. Important Note: is that WAX is PROHIBITED. So don’t bring a 1/2lb of wax, as the guard is going to kick you out as soon as he sees you waxing that board.
Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Shibuya Station
Hours of Operation: 09:0 am – 10:00 pm daily.
Estimated Price: 200 yen (public) or 100 yen (primary and secondary students) for 2 hours. Free helmet rental (helmet is required to use this facility).
T3 Trinity (Trinity B3): Funado Itabashi
This park is located all the way out near Saitama. But this is the park that we know from TV, magazines, and videos. Inside T3 (or B3, depending on who you’re talking to) you’ll find one of the best-looking parks in Tokyo. Plenty of ramps, stairs, bowls, pipes, and rails for you to tire yourself out during an all-day session. Trinity is inside, which means rain, sleet, snow—it doesn’t matter. Skate/bike your day away. Also, Trinity supports a wider range of extreme sports: from BMX to inline skating, most of your favorite extreme sports are covered. There’s also a shop that sells tools, parts, gear, and clothing—and apparently they offer lessons (in Japanese of course). This park also holds regular events, so don’t be surprised if you’re unable to skate/bike because of an event.
Hours of Operation: 1:00 pm – 12:00 am daily.
Estimated Price: Unavailable. Pro shop available.
Nissan Skate Park: Shin-Yokohama
Beautiful. Skate/BMXtopia. Dope. Three words I can think of off the top of my head to describe this skate park located underneath the Yokohama F. Marinos Nissan Soccer/Football Stadium. This park has loads of quarters, flat banks, ramps, boxes, and plenty of free space for some flat ground skating as well. Rainy days are no problem here, as a majority of the park is covered by the stadium. This is a must-skate/BMX park, so whether you’re just visiting or a long-term resident, make sure you plan a trip to this beautiful skate park.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Estimated Price: Free entry.
4. Kawaguchi Skate Park: Kawaguchi, Saitama
Don’t underestimate Kawaguchi Skate Park because of its size—this small, concrete skate park has a small bowl, some ledges, flat banks, and rails. The park is outside, so it’s closed on rainy days and days of inclement weather. But if you’re a Saitama resident, and don’t want to go far, don’t skate on the street—make your way over to this little gem of a skate park in Kawaguchi.
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (April – September), 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (October – March). Closed December 29th – January 3rd (winter holiday) and during inclement weather.
Estimated Price: Free
Tokyo is a concrete jungle, but skating on the street is banned and BMXing is frowned upon. Don’t break the rules; choose one of the above parks and break out some new tricks where you don’t have to worry about the 5-0 stopping you, the old lady in your way (and vice versa), or the taxi cab driver running you over. Go forth, and skate/BMX in harmony and peace.
Check out our interview with local amateur skater Patrick Herbert for more tips.