Hanami with toddlers – Our cherry blossom viewing in Western Saitama continues. Maruyama Park
is a great park to view cherry blossoms with children. It is one of many parks in Saitama that has various different things to do and/or see. Walker magazine
listed Maruyama Park
in Ageo, Saitama, in its top three parks to visit as a family in Tokyo and the greater Tokyo area
We had our elevenses by the waterfall, near the cement slide, which was abuzz with elementary school students on holidays. We hadn’t found a free tree to sit under at that point, but the scenery was beautiful all the same.
Most of the cherry blossoms line the pathways and it was hard to find a tree suitable to sit under in true hanami fashion, but we did eventually find one in the open space behind the general playground in the South end of the park or in the photo below; the bottom left! You can see some of the blossom trees marked on this map too. Below the map there are some photos of the cherry blossoms.
Open area by the cement slides
3326 Hirakata, Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
From JR Ageo Station;
Tobu bus for terminal “Maruyama Park”; West Exit No. 6 bus
City bus “Gurutto-kun” for hirakata-zyunkan; West Exit. Alight at “Maruyama Koen
Minamiguchi” bus stop or “Shizen gakusyu-kan iriguchi” bus stop