Beppunuma Park playground

Beppunuma Park is a large park with a great playground in the North of Saitama. It also has some really lovely cherry blossom trees. It is ideal for hanami with kids. The park hosts several events during the year, including a firefly festival that is popular with locals. General information as well as information for the cherry blossoms and the Beppu firefly festival are included in this post.

Beppunuma Park

Beppunuma park is a elongated park on the Fuku River in Kumagaya. Moreover, the park is actually divided by route 276 which runs right through it. It separates the play area from the cherry blossom area. The park is popular with locals all year round. Moreover, it gets a boost in visitors from outside the district during cherry blossom season. Although not ranked particularly high, it is frequently listed as one of the top places to see cherry blossoms in Saitama.

Cherry Blossoms Beppunuma Park

We had the pleasure of witnessing the spectacular cherry blossoms there a few years ago. Unfortunately, for that particular visit I didn’t get an opportunity to take a photo of the main cherry blossom area. We spent most of our time on the far-side of the park where the playground is. The plan was to picnic in the area with several cherry blossoms, but there are a couple in the playground and that’s where we ended up having our lunch. I would like to go back to get some photos of the main cherry blossom as it is really beautiful.

Cherry blossoms Beppunuma Park

Beppunuma Park Playground

The playground is very popular with children of all ages. As you can see from the above photo gallery they have a very good range and diversity of equipment. Equipment includes various slides, swings, a sandpit, spring rides, and a three people see saw. In addition they have stepping stones, a net bridge and several climbing frames.

There is a wide area below the playground where kids can run around. Furthermore, there is some sheltered benches you can use freely for lunch or a sit down. In addition, the park has toilets in several locations and many different car parks too. There are some water fountains.

Other attractions

The park is also popular with walkers and joggers. Apart from the cherry blossoms there are other flora in the park including a Japanese garden. Furthermore, features such as wooden boardwalks that make it a nice place to take a walk. There are a different water features around the park including the pond opposite the playground. In addition, the jogging course, which winds through the cherry blossoms, is convenient for runners.

On the downside, regrettably this park is beside an incinerator. It is well concealed from most of the park, but in the places you can see it is quite an eyesore. Not to mention an environmental and health concern for frequent users.


Events at Beppunuma Park

Beppu Firefly festival

Each year in June there is a firefly festival in the Japanese garden in the park. There is a firefly swamp in the garden, where you can see fireflies in June annually. For the festival they even have a few stalls set up in the park. But obviously, as you are there to see fireflies in nature, you need to be quiet in the vicinity of the firefly marsh. The 22nd annual Beppu Firefly Festival will be on Saturday June 15th 2024. Official event page.

Beppunuma Park Details

Address: 1456 Nishibeppu, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama-ken 360-0857

Official Website: Kumagaya City Official Park Details

Access: The park is about a 30 minute walk from Takasaki Line Kagohara Station. Approximately a 25 minute drive from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Free parking.

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2 Comments

  1. …. it looks a little drab. but then I guess that’s the season! As long as the kids are amused for as long as possible! 🙂

    1. Got to get back this year to get some of the vibrant cherries 🙂

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