Nishinohara Central Park
Fujimino with kids
Nishinohara Central Park – Fujimino is somewhat shadowed by its neighbouring cities, which have a lot more to offer children and families. However, there are some gems in Fujimino that make it a fun place to visit with small children. Not least the old, but functional, and unusual Nishinohara Park in downtown Fujimino.
Despite the lack of parking, people came from far and wide to play in this stimulating park. Even though the park is dated people still come from further afield to give the kids a half day of fun. On our last visit we were talking to people who had travelled from Kawagoe, Iruma, Asaka and even Omiya to play with the unusual equipment in the park. There was a whole preschool of children there from Niiza. Even we had travelled more than ten kilometres to hang out in the park.
What makes it so enticing for families with small children is that it has two main large play areas and other equipment dotted throughout the park. One of the playgrounds is uniquely shaped and has layers climaxing to a tower which has a popular cement slide on one side and a roller slide on the other. Unfortunately, the roller slide is a bit worse for wear and doesn’t roll very easily! However, it is a decent length and curves around some of the mature trees of the park down to an open space to the left of this quirky playground.
The open space at the bottom of the roller slide is one of two open spaces in the park, but apart from these spaces and the playground there isn’t much else in the park. It does have public toilets. There is plenty around the area though. You can pick up lunch in the nearby shops or you can indulge in lunch in one of the nearby restaurants. Bashamichi, a family restaurant, is just across the road for a non fuss, cheap and cheerful lunch. But if you want a treat I highly recommend the nearby Caffe Browns. Or if you are in the mood of a walk or have come by car, the Fujimino branch of Kona’s Coffee is a 30 minute walk or 8 minute drive away.
Caffe Browns Insalata Verde is a stylish cafe with a lush green garden in Fujimino. There is seating indoors and outdoors. The cafe is always busy, so it is recommended to arrive early. Apart from the parking at the front of the restaurant they have an overflow car park too. Staff will direct you if the front car park is full (which it often is!)
Kona’s Coffee Fujimino substandard branch of the ever popular Hawaiian style pancake and coffee shop. But the food is excellent and they offer the usual menu with a variety of different pancakes and other lunch dishes. Huge portions suitable for sharing and reasonably priced for the size.
Nishinohara Park Access
The park is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Fujimino Station.
If you are coming by car you can use the coin parking in front of Bayon. Parking is free for the first two hours. There is absolutely no parking on the road around the park. Not only are there signs and barriers to prevent you from doing so, but the park is beside the Higashi Iruma Police Headquarters and policed frequently.
Nishinohara Central Park Fujimi updated and republished in January 2019
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