A Walk in Japan: Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City

Tanematsuyama Park, Kurashiki City: Long slides

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

Direction:

A Walk in Japan : Sakazu Park, Kurashiki City

nice_view

How goes? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! I’ve been a little down since I failed my first try of fishing. But we had a warm and nice afternoon last weekend that made me feel better. I and Mrs. Wada normally would hang out to cafe or somewhere and chill out. You know, there is no way we wouldn’t enjoy this great weather! So we decided to take a walk at Sakazu Park in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. You know, we need fresh air sometimes.

Go Fishing in Japan: First Lesson (and the First Attempt of 2015) – The Wadas On Duty

Parks in Japan

Parks in Japan aren’t as huge as ones in North America, though there are still nice parks even in cities like Okayama. OK, let’s see what we can find.

About Sakazu Park

500 Sakura trees and plenty of water from a reservoir nearby make Sakazu a beautiful park. In Spring it would be full of people for Hanami.

Sakazu park entrance

Entrance of Sakazu Park.

Sakazu park map

The area map

Access

It’s only a 5-minute drive from the Aeon Mall Kurashiki.

1556 Sakazu, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

Explore Sakazu Park

Sakazu park path

What a nice day!

Sakazu park play_ground

Looks fun.

Sakazu park fountain

Cooling down.

Sakazu park center_01

People are having a picnic.

Sakazu park center_02

Anyhow they look hilarious.

Sakazu park frogs

Frog meeting.

Sakazu park frogs_05

…not in the mood?

OK, time to take a break.

Break Time

We got coffee with some snacks (Mitarashi-dango and Matcha cake) for our little picnic. Hehe.

Sakazu park tea_time

Sakazu park dango

Mitarashi-dango

Here is some reference for coffee to go.

Coffee to go in Japan!

Walk Around the Park

Alright, we’ll continue exploring.

Sakazu park bridge

Sakazu park nice_view

A nice view with canal just outside the park.

Sakazu park boat

A boat bench!

Walked along the canal and we found out where this water comes from. Let’s go and checkout it out.

Sakazu park water_gate

Between the canal and the reservoir.

Sakazu park distributing_reservoir

Over there is the reservoir. Water is coming from Takahashi River.
Sakazu park canal

The other side is the canal.

Sakazu park surfing

Oh hey, check right down there. Students(?) are surfing with the stream from the water-gate! It literally is a free ride! Very clever.

Lastly

It’s sorta surprising to see views like these not far from the central of Kurashiki City.

Sakazu park sign

A sign of Sakazu Bridge (not a tomb).

If you know good parks in your neighborhood, please share with me. Now I’m thinking that it would be nice to explore more parks before summer begins. Why don’t you have a walk in Japan during your stay? You may discover something new like I (still) do. See you around!