We hadn’t visited Yoshimi Town Friendship Athletic Ground
for a while, so I was surprised to discover some of the kids’ favourite equipment in this park has been removed. They have put in one new slide, but I am hoping that they are going to add even more new equipment. This is what happened in Heisei No Mori
park about 6 years ago; they removed an old wooden playground and replaced it with a colourful combination playground.
Removed Hang gliders, these were also popular with the wee ones.
Removed spiral roller slide that was in a big hit with young kids
Athletic Playground that was removed from beside the sports grounds.
Elephant shaped slide / climbing combo in Yoshimi Sports Park
Sandpit in the cornered off playground
Spring rides in Yoshimi Sports Park
New slide in the cornered off playground
In the summer the paddling pool and wading river in Yoshimi Athletic Grounds are quite nice, although I don’t think it is as well maintained as other parks.
Wading River (out of season) in Yoshimi Athletic Ground
Paddling pool (out of season) in Yoshimi Athletic Ground
For older children and adults there are some sports facilities, including the running track. For us the main incentive to visit Yoshimi has always been more about the wildlife than the playground equipment, so all was not lost today. We call Yoshimi Athletic Ground the “frog park”, because of the amount of frogs we have caught (and released) there. We also regularly find praying mantis, grasshoppers, beetles… even a snake once. While 6yo searched for insects, 4yo and 3yo enjoyed picking up acorns and pine cones. This park is great for acorn collecting in particular. The pine cones were a bonus.
Lots of wildlife in Yoshimi Athletic Ground
Picking up acorns and pine cones in Yoshimi Athletic Ground
While Yoshimi Athletic Ground might not be the best park around for small kids, it’s not too bad either. Another draw for us is that it is close to other points of interest, so we can make a day out of our visit to Yoshimi. Less than 5 minutes in the car is Ichigo No Sato
, a roadside station, that has a farmer’s market, stalls and booths, some of which are eateries, an Udon restaurant, a bakery and a lovely little playground. Between both parks is a strawberry picking area. And not far off you can enjoy the unusual 100 Caves of Yoshimi
sightseeing spot, which is across the road from Iwamuro Kannon
More attractions in Yoshimi
Playground at Ichigo no Sato | Yoshimi
Luminous Moss, Military Factory and 100 Caves of Yoshimi | YOSHIMI
Iwamuro Kannon | YOSHIMI
Strawberry Picking in Yoshimi, Saitama