Poppy Fields & Ferris Wheel of Kasai Rinkai-Koen Park
Often mistakenly referred to as Tokyo Disneyland due to the giant Ferris wheel visible from the nearby train platform, particularly at night where it is illuminated with varying colors, the location of Kansai Rinkai-koen Park along Edogawa River just across the Disney Resort itself is the one to blame.
The giant Ferris wheel called the Diamond and Flowers Ferris Wheel is considered as the largest in Japan. Boasting a height of 117m, with a diameter of 111m and featuring 68 six-seat gondolas, it is the quickest way to admire both the surrounding nature and the city skyscrapers, that is if you can wait patiently and fall in a long-line together with those who want to experience the same.
Since I visited during the early spring season, there are several poppy fields across the park which added significant colors to the usual green. I consider strolling along the poppy fields as the highlight of my visit.
The location of Tokyo Bay on the other side is like an added bonus for those who like to spend weekends relaxing on the grass lawns surrounded by the bay breeze. Apart from these, it offers an alternate activity for kids like playing in the sand or searching for seashells, apart from the usual picnics and running around.
Another good thing to do in the park is to head to the dome-shape building for the Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium.
Also, there is a bridge that connects the park to the Nishi Nagisa Beach for closer look of Tokyo Bay.
The unexpected rain showers has everyone running towards the glass-walled, all-weather rest house in the middle of the park.
Built on a reclaimed land on an effort of restoring and preserving Tokyo Bay habitat, I felt genuinely happy and satisfied that I took the trouble of multiple train changes just to spend a day at Kansai Rinkai-koen Park.