kakitsubata iris at Chikozan Park Saitama

Suitable for a day trip from Tokyo, Chikozan park is a Multi-purpose park with Campsite, BBQ, Zoo, Fishing, Sport facilities, Athletic Playground, Multi-use Playground, Beautiful Flora and Fauna with seasonal flower festivals

Chikozan Park

Chikozan Park in Sayama is a beautiful, vast park with lots of attractions for all types and ages.

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Information for the…

  • Playgrounds
  • Zoo
  • Barbecue
  • Campsite
  • Sports Facilities and Fishing
  • (Restaurant – but it has been closed for much of the pandemic)
  • Seasonal flowers

Playgrounds

There are two playgrounds in the park. Both are set in a wooded area which affords plenty of shade and protection from the elements. Moreover, they are beside each other too, so kids can run between both and enjoy a couple of hours of fun.

The athletic playground was completely upgraded in 2017 as you can see in the photos above. The general playground is colorful with some unique equipment, as you can see in the photo below:

chikozan park playground

Zoo

About a 15 minute walk from these playgrounds is the zoo (more information on the zoo: Chikozan Park Zoo). Past the zoo is a marsh with a boardwalk running through it leading to the camping grounds. This used to be the main barbecue area, but they added another barbecue and picnic area around 2020 (see next paragraph).

Barbecue

Chikozan Park barbecue area

The welfare center used to take care of the BBQ facilities and you could order BBQ food sets from them. Due to the Coronavirus the barbecue area was closed to bookings for most of 2021. The season is currently over (January 2022), so it remains to be seen whether it will operate normally again in 2022. They will update the official website when they resume bookings.

Camp

The camping grounds had two wooden cottages until 2021. Currently in January 2022 they are building more. Chikozan Park’s cabins are very reasonable to rent. But due to their affordable price, it is quite hard to get a booking at them. There is other accommodation in Chikozan in the Welfare Center.

Sports facilities and fishing center

Sporting facilities include a large sports hall with table tennis, training room, running course, martial arts dojo and many more. There are tennis courts near the children’s zoo. Near the campsite there is a large fishing center. There is a club house in this area.

Restaurant

Chikozan park restaurant

Beside the tennis courts there is a family restaurant. It is a Japanese style restaurant with a raised tatami section which is useful with small kids. The kid’s meal is reasonably priced and quite nice too (pictured above). 2020 – 2022: the restaurant may not be available due to the coronavirus.

Seasonal flowers

I particularly recommend Autumn, for the leaf colors. Also, the Cherry Blossom season is a prime time to visit Chikozan park. There is one garden in the park with a number of Cherry Blossoms around a lake. The zoo also has some lovely cherry blossoms. More information on the zoo here.

In 2018 they created a wintersweet grove. By 2022 the wintersweet are looking good despite still being quite young.

In addition, the botanical garden has various different blooms and looks picturesque all year round. During February you can see Mahonia, Witch Hazel and pansies, to name but a few. The current featured photo at the top of the post, of Witch Hazel, was taken at the botanical garden on January 28th 2022.

Rose Festival

Poster for Chikozan park May rose festival

During May you can enjoy beautiful roses in the park. In addition, for one weekend of the bloom period they have a rose festival. In 2022, the rose festival at Chikozan park is on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd between 10 am and 4 pm. During the two day festival they have live music performances, a flea market and food stalls.

Iris and the Greenery Festival

kakitsubata iris at Chikozan Park Saitama

From mid May to June Iris grow in the park. The Iris garden is on the West end of the park close to the playgrounds. There are approximately 2600 iris in Chikozan’s iris garden. Furthermore, the iris garden includes the Kakitsubata variety of iris which blooms in May. Chikozan normally have a greenery festival in early June, typically when the Iris are in bloom. The festival generally falls on the first Saturday and Sunday of June. During the period they normally decorate the area with festival lanterns. In 2022, the festival is on Saturday June 11th to Sunday June 12th, between 10 am and 3 pm.

Chikozan Greenery and Iris Festival

Chikozan Park Information

The park and its parking are free, but you do need to pay into the zoo (which is very reasonable) and to use some of the facilities such as the tennis courts and camping grounds. You can book online, however their website is in Japanese only.

Parts of the park can be accessed at all times, but the car parks and various facilities have varying opening and closing times. Generally speaking the park is most accessible between 9 am and 4.30 pm. There are toilets in various locations in the park.

Access

You can get a Seibu Bus bound for Chikozan park from Sayamashi station.

Parking available in front of the zoo as well as by the tennis courts, the botanical garden and the wintersweet grove. There is also a separate parking area for campsite users. All parking lots are free.

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12 Comments

    1. Author

      Thank you 🙂 I’d like to have taken a few more choice photos, but I tend to just snap what I can when I have the kids with me. Someday…!

  1. Beautiful colors! I love the contrast of the red and gold leaves against the other greenery. That looks like such a calm, uncrowded park! 🙂

    1. Author

      I was really surprised by just how calm it was. Yesterday, was overcast so I wonder if people feared rain. Also, the little zoo that’s in the park is closed on Mondays so I guess people frequent it when its open. The tranquility was nice though 🙂

      1. Yeah! It’s so rare to find some tranquility in Tokyo – especially in the busy seasons when people are hustling to look at autumn foliage!

        1. Author

          🙂 Always something to hustle for in Tokyo! Do you come out the burbs much, for a bit of peace and quiet? I love to get in to Tokyo for my dose of hustle!

          1. Haha 🙂 I don’t get out to the suburbs as much as I’d like! During the winter, we usually spend a few weekends near Nagano, but it’s been too busy for the past year so we haven’t been able to make it! I’m crossing my fingers for January!

          2. Author

            Nagano in January – skiing perhaps!? I love going on little trips in Japan, but it gets harder and harder every year to find the time between one thing or another. I hope Santa brings you some train and all-expenses-paid hotel tickets 😉

          3. Ooo yes please, Santa! 🙂 I agree – Japan is such a great place to travel. There are so many places on my bucket list that I have yet to hit – Furano, Okinawa, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, etc etc etc!! I regret not taking a year after high school or college to travel now. If only there was an equivalent adult-like sabbatical! 🙂

    1. Andy!! I would say welcome back, but it looks like you’ve posting for sometime now. I have to do something about my reader – I’ve been missing your updates. 🙁

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