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Besshonuma Park, Urawa, Saitama City

I read an article on the DailyPost with suggestions for surviving NaBloPoMo. One of them was plagiarise yourself. Duly noted and executing that suggestion in this post! Not a particularly exciting post and far from detailed, but I like to give the good parks of Saitama a searchable link in English and seen as today is “Choos-day”. This one is from an old blog of mine that no longer exists.

Besshonuma Park is centrally located, only a 5 minute walk from Naka-Urawa Station on the Saikyo Line. The park can be reached from Ikebukuro or Shinjuku in about 30 minutes. One of the many attractions of the park is its design. The playground is well spread out and is encircled by trees, which give shade in the summer and protection from winds throughout the year.

Other attractions include (you will find some pictured in the library);

  • Infant and toddler friendly playground equipment
  • Vending machines
  • A restaurant on site
  • A wading stream during the summer
  • Fishing
  • Walking/jogging course
  • Cherry blossoms
  • Autumn foliage
  • Free parking

Information
TEL: 048-711-2290
ADDRESS: 4 Bessho, Minami-ku, Saitama 336-0021
URL: http://www.sgp.or.jp

Please do share some of your favourite parks!

Mama Smile Making Mama Smile UPDATED

Update Summer 2016.

Mama Smile was in Ario as a “pop-up” play centre.

I regret to inform you it has now closed.  🙁

 


 

NaBloPoMo_2015My Tuesday feature during the month of NaBloPoMo could win the cheesiest title award; “Choose-day”, EEK!! Showcasing a place of my choice in Saitama.  Today, it is one of my favourite play centres for the wee ones, my 3 year old and 1 year old.  This post was originally posted on blogger.

Mama Smile is the, very aptly named, latest play centre addition to Ario in Ageo. It opened June 20th of this year, 2015.  They have an hourly or daily rate for kids. Babies over 6 months old are charged, but there is plenty for them to play with, it’s worth it.  The charges change depending on package and day of the week, so please check the website for up-to-date prices. Parents are fixed at 300 yen in, BUT included in that is all you can drink tea/coffee and a selection of soft drinks. You can bring your own food in and there are little tables where you can sit and relax while the kids play. They even have a microwave for heating your food. AND they offer free charges to your phone…  Now you already know why it is called Mama Smile. 🙂

Below are photos of most of the things on offer to kids, not pictured is a play house, a large screen TV showing kids programs, the books, colouring table and some of the individual toys. Scroll right down for our 2 favourites; both not present in any other play centre I have been to.

Our favourite two. The horse moves if you move as you would on a horse. It’s pretty cool. As is the fuelling station.

The day I went my eldest was in preschool and I had my three girls, who at the time were 4.5 years old, 3 years old and 10 months old.  I opted for the hour package which at the time was 500 yen per child. It was great value. My 4.5 year old thoroughly enjoyed herself, but I know that the novelty helped keep her entertained. For her age group a couple of well spread out visits in a year are ideal.  However, for the 3 year old and now 1 year old, I envision us going quite often. There is a lot to keep their age entertained and engaged. They also have events and seasonal colouring pages that change each month.  More information is available on the official website (Japanese only) http://mamasmile.jp/

For the Ario branch (Japanese only) http://www.ario-ageo.jp/web/event/8a320ddf-6aeb-41dc-ba94-e0bcd4c84b60.html

**This was originally posted on my blogger in September**

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