Cherry blossom viewing, or hanami in Japanese, is one of the highlights of Spring in Japan. There are some wonderful places to view cherry blossoms throughout Japan, but when you have children it is nice to visit a family orientated location. Kitamoto Children’s park in Saitama is just that.
Kitamoto Children’s park is only 70 minutes from Tokyo by car and it is free in with free parking. There is something for kids of all ages at this park and lots of places to picnic under the blossoms or at least in view of them. Below are just a few images taken with my phone (2013). This is the area by the toddler playground, where we had our picnic on the grass with the flying carp for boys day in view!
For more detailed information on this park in English please see the linked blog post Kitamoto Children’s Park. Another seasonal attraction of this park is the paddling pool that is available during the summer.
- Hanami spot with toddlers; Enomoto Farm, Ageo
- Cherry Blossom Season: Japan’s Top Three Hot Spots for Hanami (en.rocketnews24.com)
- Blossoming beauty in Hirosaki (roykechu.wordpress.com)
- Hanami spot with toddlers; Maruyama Park, Ageo