In the 20th episode of the second season of the anime Yama no Susume, “Climb of Encouragement“, you can see a beautiful park with quirky buildings, that looks completely fictional. Fortunately, for all of us, it’s an actual park in the rural area of Hanno, right beside Tokyo. The park is called Akebono no Mori or “Akebono’s forest“, but it is also called Moomin Valley due to it’s connection with the Moomin characters. You can find more about that as well as general information about the park here on one of the first posts written in English about the park: http://insaitama.com/moomin-valley-akebono-forest-in-hanno-city/. Here are some scenes from the anime, with a real life photo for comparison.
There are other scenes from the anime within walking distance of Akebono’s Forest. I even found a map online of the route you can take to see them all. Unfortunately, it is in Japanese only.
Asu Sports Park in Hanno City is just across the road from the very unique Akebono Children’s Forest. It has a nice playground for younger kids as well as a spider web climbing frame for all ages. The area around the spider web climbing equipment and the toddler play equipment is a giant sandpit.
The very popular spider web climbing frame.
Combination playground equipment with slides, swings and climbing activities.
Equipment for smaller children, suited to toddlers, with slides and climbing. The foreground area of the photo is all sand.
Approximately 20 minutes from both the Sayama-Hidaka and Iruma Interchanges of the Chuo expressway. The park is situated across from Hanno’s city public gym and hockey courts and the Akebono Children’s Forest. There is a Cainz across the road too, which is probably the best landmark. They are on prefectural route 195; 9 kilometres from route 16 if you come of the Chuo Expressway at the Iruma Interchange.
Ageo Bus from in front of Risona Bank at the West exit of Ageo Station Time: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.ageo-kankou.com/ Phone number for inquires: 048･775･5917
Toda 20 minute walk from Toda Kouen Station Time: 19.00-20.30 URL: http://www.ageo-kankou.com Phone number for inquiries: 048･431･0206
Hanno 20 minute walk from Hanno Station Time: 19.30-20.30 URL: http://www.city.hanno.saitama.jp/0000001569.html Phone number for inquiries: 042･974･7900
Sayama 20 minute walk from the west exit of Sayama City Station Time: 19.30-20.00 URL: http://www.city.sayama.saitama.jp/ TEL: 04-2953-1111
Shiraoka 20 minute walk from the Shiraoka Station (Utsunomiya line) Time: 20.00-20.30 URL: http://www13.ocn.ne.jp/~shiraoka/ TEL: 0480-92-8151
Soka Bus from East exits of Matsubara danchi and Shinden stations TIme: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.city.soka.saitama.jp/ TEL: 048-922-0151
Osata Gun, Yorii 10 minute walk from Yorii Station Time: 19.00 – 21.00 URL: http://yorii-kanko.jp/tamayodo.html TEL: 581-2121 Extension 441
Asahi 5 minute walk from (Tobu) Asahi Station. Time: 19.15-20.15 URL: http://saikasai.com/ Phone: 048-463-2645
Kawaguchi Shuttle bus from Kawaguchi Station. Time: 19.45-20.30 URL: http://www.tatara-matsuri.com/ Phone: 048-258-8225
Fukaya 7 minute walk from Takekawa Station on the Chichibu Main Line Time: 17.00-21.30 URL: http://www.fukaya-ta.com/ TEL: 048-583-2222
Kita-Katsushika Gun, Sugito Town 1 minute walk from Tobu Dobutsuen Koen Station (Tobu Zoo) Time: 20.30-21.00 URL: http://kankou.sugito.info/ TEL: 0480-32-3719
Koedo Kawagoe 20 minute walk from Minami Otsuka and Kasahata Stations. Time: 19.15~ URL: http://www.koedo.or.jp/event-info/ Phone number: 049-227-8233
Saitama City, Higashi Urawa Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.stib.jp/hanabi/index.shtml
Kumagaya 5 minute walk from the south exit of Kumugaya Station (JR Takasaki Line, Chichibu Tetsudo) Time: 19.00~ URL: http://www.kumagaya-kanko.jp/ Phone: 048-524-1111
Iruma 10 minute walk from Bushi Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line Time: 20.00-20.30 URL: http://www.iruma-kanko.jp/ TEL: 04-2964-4889 (weekdays only)
Kodama Gun, Misato 20 minute walk from Yodo Station on the JR Hachiko Line Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.misato-kanko.com/index.html TEL: 0495-76-5133
Chichibu Gun, Nagatoro, Funadama Festival 5 minute walk from Nagatoro Station Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.nagatoro.gr.jp/en/events/index.html TEL: 0494-66-3311
From the Nagatoro Tourist website
Saitama, Iwatsuki Forty minute walk from Iwatsuki Station Time: 19.30-21.00 URL: http://www.stib.jp/hanabi/index.shtml TEL: 0180-99-3144
Chichibu Gun, Ogano 40 minute bus ride from Chichibu Station Time: 20.00-21.00 URL: http://www.town.ogano.lg.jp/menyu/kankou/maturi/maturi/8tuki/8tuki.html TEL: 0494-75-1381
Misato 10 minutes walk from Misato Station Time: 18.00-21.30 URL: http://www.tonbi.biz/ TEL: 048-952-1231
Higashimatsuyama 15 minute walk from the Takasaka station on the Tobu Tojo Line Time: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.city.higashimatsuyama.lg.jp/soshiki/kankyosangyobu/shoko/kanko/event/8/hanabitaikai.html TEL: 0493-21-1427 (weekdays only)
Kita Adachi Gun, Ina Town 8 minute walk from Uchijuku station on the New Shuttle Time: 20.00-21.00 URL: http://members3.jcom.home.ne.jp/inakanko/ TEL: 048-724-1055
Iruma Gun, Moroyama 25 minute walk from Moroyama Station Time: 19.00-21.00 URL: http://www.moronet.com/ TEL: 049-294-1545