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Forest Villa (day camp) at the Plum Grove

February 10, 2021 @ 10:00 March 15, 2021 @ 16:00

Forest Villa is the latest initiative from Shinrin Park. I have to say, they are great at coming up with ways to get people to revisit the park multiple times! The Forest Villa event is essentially a day camp. It started in September by the cockscomb fields. Since then it has been moving around the park to the “best view” spots. Next up is the plum blossom grove. It will be in the ‘bairin’ (plum blossom grove) from February 10th to March 15th 2021.

Forest Villa Day Camp

Forest Villa Day camp at Shinrin Park
From the official website in September 2020

“Forest Villa” offers visitors a chance to experience a glamping day camp at Shinrin Park. It sounds / looks quite like the Glamorous Hyde Park held in Inariyama Park in Sayama each year. You can book a tent from 10 am to 4 pm. It costs 3000 yen on a weekday and 5000 yen on a weekend.

With picnic included

From the official web page

You can also order a picnic to be prepared for you at an additional cost. The “A” plan costs 2000 yen. It comes with sandwiches, grilled chicken, salad, soup and tea. The “B” plan costs 3000 yen. It has all of plan A plus quiche, cheese and cake.

Plum Blossom Grove

Plum blossom grove Shinrin Park
Roughly the area of the Forest Villa in early spring 2021

The plum blossom grove is located close to the South Entrance of the Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park. However, the park is colloquially just called “Shinrin Park”. It is a beautiful plum blossom grove with around 500 trees of 120 varieties. There are few other parks in all of Japan with that amount of plum blossom varieties.

Forest Villa Access

The closest station is Shinrinkoen station on the Tobu Tojo Line. It is quite a distance from the park though, so getting a shuttle bus from the station is advised. There is also a bus that goes from the south exit of Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki line.

By car, parking is plentiful with car parks at each of the gates: North, South, West and Central. Parking costs 650 yen per day. However, the closest car park to the current location of the Forest Villa is the South car park. There is also a privately owned car park which is cheaper just near the gate into the south car park. Not all the car parks have a cheaper alternative nearby, but both the South and the Central car park do.

3000yen to 8,000 yen


Booking needs to be done in advance through ‘DigiQ’. Click here to be brought to the booking page for Shinrin’s day camp event.

Shinrin Park aka Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park


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Shinrin Park

1920 Yamata, Namegawa Machi
Hiki-gun, Saitama Japan
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