Trip Report: Nagoya (Kariya) Kotsu jido yuen (Children's Traffic Park/Children's Transportation Park)

 Located a bit outside of Nagoya itself in the city of Kariya, Kotsu jido yuen is a fun little park with a few rides for kids. As the name implies, the theme of the park is transportation, including some go-kart and bicycling areas themed to city streets.
 You can play on the old streetcar or see the old steam engine, or bounce on the giant plastic mountain ball thing that didn't exist when I was a kid but if it did I would totally have played on it because it looks really awesome and fun and all I could play on as a kid was a lame jungle gym at the local school. [Run-on sentence intentional.]
 The amusement rides are located across the street, accessible by a bridge between the two areas. The flat rides are small and usual: a pirate ship, mini flume water ride, a carousel, a helicopter ride, and a cycle monorail with animal-themed cars. There's also a putt-putt golf course.
The one coaster at the park is Kids Coaster, a simple coaster made by a Japanese company that seems to specialize in this style of coaster.

All rides, including the coaster, are only 50 yen each. I can't believe how inexpensive it is, and admission to the park is free! Hours are 9:30-4:30, and it's closed on Wednesdays.

The park is a 20 to 30 minute train ride from Nagoya Station. Get off at Kariya Station and take the south exit. Turn left, walking down the main street which follows the tracks for about 10 minutes; the park is on the right.

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