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Outdoor Park in Shinrin Kouen

As part of the NaBloPoMo challenge, this month Wednesdays are dedicated to introducing a weekend event of interest in the Saitama area. This week I have chosen an event at one of our favourite parks that has featured quite a bit on this blog. Shinrin park in Namegawa is a National Government Park. You have to pay for parking and admission, but the grounds, activities and events are plentiful.

 This weekend’s special event is a good one! “Outdoor park” is from 10am to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday.  There are stage performances, workshops, booths, food, cooking demos, product displays, hammocks, nordic walking… buggy work outs!! As well as all that there are many activities you can try, at a fee, that aren’t regularly available such as;

  • Slackline
  • Sports kite
  • Tree+ing (at Shinrin Park on this blog)
  • Bouldering
  • Bungy Trampoline
  • Water Ball
  • Horse riding
  • Scooter bike and board
  • Pon-poco mountain


The latter, Pon-poco mountain pictured, is always available at Shinrin park, in fact, a little known fact is that it is the largest trampoline in Japan. 🙂  This is near the central exit where the event is mainly taking place, in the “undo hiroba”. Please note some of the activities will be cancelled in the event of rain.

My kids have tried most of these activities in the past and really enjoyed them. My 6 year old son recommends the Tree+ing, my 4 year old daughter recommends the bungy trampoline. We have yet to try the scooter bike and board, so I am personally keen to check that out.  It remains cloaked in mystery as their website claims the photo is in a meeting at the moment!!

The pics in a meeting



Saturday is Saitama Day and many places are free in, but Shinrin Park is not participating. Entry and parking fees apply, plus each activity costs additional money. A lot of the events are between 500 and 1000 yen per person. You can find general access details and up-to-date costs on their English webpage of their website: http://www.shinrinkoen.jp/english/. However, for activity costs and further details pertaining to this event there is only information in Japanese:  http://www.shinrinkoen.jp/outdoor/

More on Shinrin park on this blog –

Treeing: http://insaitama.com/tree-climbing-in-saitama/

Night illumination: http://insaitama.com/shinrin-park-winter-illumination/

Athletic playground at the West exit: http://insaitama.com/a-pirate-paradise/

Even more articles can be found through the search function. 🙂


Yorii Autumn Festival

This weekend Yorii town is celebrating a 2 day Autumn festival. The festival is held every year on the 1st Sunday of November and its proceeding Saturday, which this year happens to fall on October 31st.

It starts at 3.30pm on Saturday the 31st with 7 floats of lanterns accompanied with Japanese traditional festival music played on whistles and taiko drums. The following day, Sunday the 1st of November, the floats will also parade through town and try to outdo each other in their music performances. Sunday celebrations start from 11am.

I found this video online from 2010. (Disclaimer: I have no affiliation to this youtube account).

Yorii is a small rural town, but is easily accessible from the Kanetsu highway.  It is home to the Saitama Museum of Rivers, but is probably better known for its “Le Petit Prince” themed parking area.


Source: 寄居秋まつり – 寄居町公式ホームページ Yorii Autumn Festival – Yorii Town Official page

Tomorrow in Saitama

Just some of the events taking place in Saitama tomorrow, for the last day of the bank holiday weekend.

Bouncy Castle Play Centre in Ageo.

“Experience Art” at Plaza West in Sakura Ward.

Kawaguchi Green festival at Kawaguchi Green Centre

Sai-no-kuni’s Shakespeare Series

Coedo Beer festival in Saitama Super Arena.