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Toyosu Park – Wild Magic

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 11, 2014

Down at the far south-eastern end of the Tokyo city proper, there are huge swaths of reclaimed land that have been hanging around waiting for the perfect building projects to occupy them. On what used to be clam farms and fishing grounds in Tokyo bay entire islands and peninsulas have been manufactured from everything from construction material debris to domestic garbage and even fly ash from the waste incinerators of Tokyo. Some of these have been quite developed, like Odaiba, others are just now seeing some real development (like the new fish market at Shijomae, to replace the old Tsukiji fish market). With the decision for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympics some of as yet untouched islands suddenly became very interesting to developers. One of these areas are Toyosu, that was first reclaimed in 1937 but has been growing ever since as part of the Koto Ward.

In the meantime there have still been plenty of uses for the large swaths of new land in Toyosu, and one of the more interesting areas is the Wild Magic camping ground, offering crowded Tokyoites the chance to experience camping within walking distance from the nearest subway stop and just a few stops from Ginza, Shimbashi, Odaiba, Shibuya etc. Wild Magic is an urban outdoor park covering 1.6 hectare where you can experience barbecues around the smoky firepit, sleep in hammocks, bring your own tent or RV vehicle or rent tents to spend your day off in. They call it グランピング, or glamping (glamorous + camping) in English.

I visited one bitterly cold winter night to have look. There were no guests around and I could try out most of the facilities and see the great view of the place. In fact I was so stuck on trying to take photos in the darkness that I forgot to take many photos of the view! It looks like a great place and I think it will be very popular come spring or summer. This is not for the frugal minded though, as the glamorous part consists of brand name equipment, the finest champagne and steaks an inch thick. Luxury does not come cheap here in Tokyo! You can see more photos of the glamping in day light here, at their official website (in Japanese).













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  1. Timi said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Never heard of glamping but sounds..funny? Glamour and camping just doesn’t go together in my imagination (and practice either) 😀


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