Chichibu Muse Park is a sprawling recreational space in the hills of Ogano. It offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Mt Buko. There are many sections to the park, offering both indoor and outdoor leisure / recreation facilities, and even accommodation. You can also see seasonal flowers and the park is renowned for its avenue of Gingko.

Chichibu Muse Park

The park is suited to people from all walks of life, but it is a rarity in that it particularly accommodates to adolescents and teenagers. Where else can you find Go Karts, Laser Tag, Trampoline, Segways, Putter Golf, a sports park, pools, bikes, Zip lining and treetop athletic play all in the one area?

Dozens of things to do and see at Chichibu Muse Park

Often parks, play areas and locations are designed for younger children. Chichibu Muse park is one of the few places that has several activities for older children and teenagers. There are also several playgrounds, attractions and activities for children of all ages. You can enjoy many of those facilities as a family too. And they even have play and activities for adults. They run a number of events throughout the year, the majority of which are family friendly.

Chichibu Muse Park Highlights

Chichibu Muse Park
  • Several Free Playgrounds including;
    • Toddler Playground
      • Plus new playground for smaller children since March 2022
    • Merging Roller slides
    • Buoy swings
  • Outdoor Beam rifle Shooting or Laser Tag
  • Inside amusement area
  • Forest Adventure treetop athletic
  • Go Karting
  • Trampoline
  • Putter Golf
  • Sports Park
  • Segways
  • Seasonal attractions
  • Cafe
  • Outdoor stage
  • Unusual bikes for rent
  • Park train

Due to the volume of attractions at the park, they are not all outlined or detailed below. But I have summarized the majority of the play areas with brief information and photos hereafter…

Chichibu Muse Park Playgrounds

Chichibu Muse Park toddler playground Saitama with kids things to do in chichibu saitama
Not a very clear photo of the toddler playground Chichibu Muse Park!

We first stopped at the toddler playground in the central area of the park. It has nice equipment for small children such as spring rides and a safe combination piece. It wasn’t ideal for my kids who are aged between four and nine years old. So we didn’t stay long and moved onto the general playground.

The general playground is close to the plum blossom and cherry blossom gardens. It isn’t that big, but it was designed to be used by children of all ages. The center piece is the merging roller slides. One of those roller slides has a look out tower with great views. There are buoy swings in this playground, only one of two places I know with these type of swings. (The other).

Other Play areas for kids and adults

Beam Rifle Shooting “Laser Tag” in Chichibu

Beam rifle shooting in Chichibu Saitama one of the only shooting ranges shooting bars in the Kanto Plain  Things to do in Saitama Saitama for older kids

According to various sources online, the (laser tag) beam rifle shooting range in Chichibu was the first of its kind in Japan. It is one of only a handful of places in the Kanto plain that you can do this of survival game activity. Its like paintball only with laser beams instead of paint. I believe it is most commonly referred to as Laser Tag in English. It is for children over 11 years old and adults.

Trampoline in Chichibu

Trampoline place in Saitama Prefecture

The beam rifle shooting is part of a park area called Soto Asobi No Mori or Outdoor Play Forest in English. In that area there is also a large trampoline. It is a little pricey at 500 yen for 15 minutes of play, but the park itself and the parking is free so on balance its not too bad.

Sports Park, Putter Golf, Segways in Chichibu

View of one section with lots of activities at Chichibu Muse Park

You can rent segways from the portacabin beside the trampoline and beam rifle area. These are all close to the sports park and putter golf where is were the outdoor pools and small amusement park also are. Please note: the summer pools haven’t been available during the pandemic. The sports park has 52 tennis courts. It is one of the 2020 Olympics pre-games training camps in Saitama.

Zipline and treetop adventure in Chichibu

Forest Adventure
Forest Adventure

Forest Adventure is what they call a treetop athletic. It is for children older than six years and for adults. We haven’t been to this one, but we were at their sister site in Ueno, Gunma. General information for the Forest Adventure chain in English.

Go Karting in Chichibu

Go karting in Chichibu Muse Park
Go Karting in Chichibu Muse Park, Saitama Prefecture

F1 Resort Chichibu is independently run, but it is located in Chichibu Muse Park. They have carts and courses for kids as well as plans for adults. Find out all the essentials on their English webpage.

Amusement Park

The Amusement Park is very small, but as they have an indoor area it proves useful for getting out of the sun or the rain. Indoors is mainly coin operated games. The changing rooms for the summer seasonal pools are in this building. Outdoors there are a few coin operated rides.

Seasonal Attractions

Flora and fauna at Chichibu Muse Park

Just like the facilities in the park, the list of seasonal events / attractions is also extensive. For example, they have a great selection of seasonal flowers including plum blossoms (and cherry blossoms) in spring and hydrangea in summer. The gingko trees are famous in the park, more on those in the next paragraph. Followed by information for the rhodendron. I also wanted to briefly mention the insect park that is located close to the Soto Asobi No Mori and beside the small amusement park and summer pools. They often have free lectures and educational events in this area. The park is also a popular spot for “hatsuhinode” – watching the first sunrise of the year. Car park number 10 opens especially for the occasion so visitors can watch the sunrise over Mt Buko.

Gingko Trees

Gingko Trees at Chichibu Muse Park from
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The are approximately 500 Gingko trees, along the three kilometer Sky Road, in Chichibu Muse park. For the last three years in a row they colored color earlier than an average year. And once again in 2023 they are early to change, even earlier than last year. They have started to change color already as of October 7th 2023. Therefore, they now expect that the best time to see them will be from mid to late October. You can check their latest reported condition here.

Rhododendron flowers

Rhododendron in Chichibu Muse Park

The Rhododendron bloom from early to mid May. But according to the park, this year they are later than usual. The park has about 2400 red, white and pink rhododendron over 1.2 hectares. In 2024, they started to bloom on April 30th. The early blooming variety are at full bloom on May 3rd. They expect the main variety to be at their best until around mid May this year. But like all flowers, weather may affect the flowering. Parking 10 is closest to the rhododendron. Official web page with flowering updates.

Bike Rental

Tandem bicycles for rent in Saitama Prefecture at Chichibu Muse Park

There are several ways to get around the park. The kids favourite means of in-park transport are the quirky bikes you can rent. Apart from tandems, they have pedal cars for families and smaller bikes for children. Of course you don’t have to use them as a means of transport, you can just hire them to play if you prefer. The bikes cost upwards from 500 yen depending on what type you are borrowing and for how long.

Park Train

Chichibu Muse Park train

The park train winds it way around the 375 hectares of the hilly park. Making it even bigger than Shinrin Park and about 66 times the size of Tokyo Dome City!

In summation

I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface in this post, so varied and extensive is the list of things to do in Chichibu Muse Park. But I hope I have introduced what play facilities are available for kids and teenagers at this vast rural park in Ogano. Hopefully in a future post I can introduce more about the seasonal flowers and attractions, and about PICA campsite and barbecue as well. Access and contact details below.

Have you been to Chichibu Muse Park? What were your impressions?


Getting to Chichibu Muse Park by public transport:

From Jorudan

It takes about two hours from Tokyo one way, so, although not ideal, it can be done as a day trip from Tokyo. The route showed in the photo above costs 1,740 yen one way for an adult, but there are routes as cheap as 950 yen, but they take an hour longer.

There is so much to see and do in Chichibu it is a place worth an overnight stay. And with accommodation in the park and nearby, it is relatively easy to organise a short trip to Chichibu from Tokyo. One nearby resort we like is Midori No Mura which has its own attractions and two accommodation choices.

Getting to Chichibu Muse Park by car:

If at all possible, Chichibu Muse Park is best visited by car. There is quite a distance between each play area, and while you can use the park train or bikes, it is handiest to drive between the car parks of each play area, especially if you are pushed for time. There are at least 12 car parks in Chichibu Muse Park! All are free. Address and phone number for navi:

Address: 2518 Nagaru, Ogano-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama 368-0102

Phone number: 0494-25-1315

Official Website

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