I’m not sure I would plan an entire trip around playgrounds - especially a major trip to a faraway land like Japan. However, it’s one of the first things I look into whenever we go anywhere - it’s just good to know where we can go blow off steam and run around if we need to.
Japan looks to have some awfully neat playgrounds worth keeping an eye out for - and a surprising number of them incorporate one of my favorite cephalopods - the octopus! The play structures, most of which were built by the Maeda Environmental Art Co., are common and are typically found in neighborhood parks - nothing spectacular about these sites. But sometimes a little stop at a neighborhood playground is just what you need when you’re on the way to something more spectacular!