A Walk in Japan: Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City

Hi guys! Mrs. Wada is here on duty. This post is part of our new series about parks in Japan. Last time Mr. Wada introduced Sakazu Park in Kurashiki City.

A Walk in Japan : Sakazu Park, Kurashiki City

This time we visited Tanematsuyama Park, also located in Kurashiki City. The park is known not only for its numerous flowers, trees and birds but also for its playground. Paradise for super active kids.

During the recent ajisai (hydrangea) season, I was considering this one and one in Kibitsu Shrine, Okayama City.

We ended up choosing Kibitsu Shrine this year because its on the same direction to our firefly watching trip.


Inside Tanematsuyama Park

Just before entering the park, we saw some cemeteries and a store that sells gravestones. The park has a  huge space for parking.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Japanese graveyard

At the entrance, we saw some staffs working on the plant seedlings. Here you can buy drinks and ice cream. You’ll be in need of water supply after going around the park.

Self-service shop (just drop your payment into that cardboard box)

Self-service shop (just drop your payment into that cardboard box)


Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Airy ice cream for 140 yen

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Airy soft ice cream for 140 yen


Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Cat relaxing

Cat relaxing in the hot weather


The Slides

Close to entrance, you’ll immediately see a slide and a good view of the city afar. We have seen only few visitors with their kids probably because of the hot weather that day.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: City view

View of Mizushima, where many factories are located

Mr. Wada got so excited trying out the slides. But it was so sunny, his butt couldn’t handle the heat any longer. 😀

From entrance, we continue our way down to explore the rest of the park. I’m surprised to see there are still ajisai flowers after its peak season already ended weeks ago. This place boasts of its more than 30,000 ajisai trees.

We’ve encountered some people cleaning up the area, trimming the grasses. Just below the ajisai area, there is a long pathway filled of wisteria trees.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Wisteria trees

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Wisteria seed pods

Wisteria seed pods

I didn’t expect there will be this many wisteria plants in this park. Just imagining if all them blossom on its peak season, I couldn’t help to get excited. Definitely coming over next year to check it out.

From afar, we saw a pond area. It’s a nice view but we decided not to go closer, thinking to leave something to explore for next time along with the Japanese garden area.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: View of the pond

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Pond view

Something’s burning out there…

We’ve seen a lot of Matsu (pine) trees on the sideways, very well maintained.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Matsu (pine) trees

Japanese garden; Matsu (pine) trees

On our way back, I remembered the long slide I saw on the Internet beforehand. I just took a look but didn’t try to ride on it. Too tired already to go up again. I might try next time. I took photos instead.

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Slide #3 (with curve)

This slide is pretty long and has a curve.


The Adventure Facilities

Aside from slides, there are many recreational equipments also installed and Mr. Wada’s excited to try all of it.

Here’s a video of Mr. Wada trying out the zipline.

After trying the zipline, we were already drenched with our own sweat and decided to make it a day.

Definitely coming back again. The view from this park might be nice at night also… but maybe it will be too dark, I guess I’ll pass.

I hope you enjoyed the tour in Tanematsuyama Park. Do you have a particular park you regularly visit? Share with us your experience and what you think about parks in Japan in general.

Tanematsuyama Park Information

Address: 712-8041 Okayama-ken, Kurashiki-shi, Fukudachō Fukuda, 426−1
Links: Area Map, List of flowers and its season, News updates


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2 Responses

  1. ᐃᓄᒃ ᑭᕙᑖ says:

    Looks like Mr Wada had some exercise! Hope he didn’t get injured.

    Looks like a most excellent park. One of the parks I liked while in Japan was Okayama korakuen, the garden attached to Okayama’s “Black Castle”

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