Heisei no Mori is a park in West Saitama in a town that has recently become better known, due to its exit on the Ken-o Expressway. Kawajima town, also referred to as Kawashima town, is beside the cities of Sakado, Kawagoe, Higashimatsuyama and Okegawa.
The park has started to make its mark and become more popular and famous due to its claim on having the longest rose tunnel in Japan. It is 330.5 metres long. 日本一長いバラのトンネル. Their annual park festivals are also becoming more known and popular in the last few years. The wading pool and river is often listed in summer travel magazines for kids, adding to it’s increasing popularity. The drive-thru Starbucks I pass on route, is an added attraction for me. However, lack of public transport to the park and it’s distance from a train station ensures that the park is never too crowded.
Heisei No Mori Rose Tunnel Gallery
Heisei no Mori has a large playground with combination equipment including, but not limited to, a long slide, climbing walls and nets, and smaller slides. There is also a sandpit, spring rides, a flying fox and a smaller combination unit for young children. Beside the rose tunnel there is also a small playground for younger children. There is no shade in the large playground and limited shade in the small playground. However, they also have a particularly nice splash pool and wading river,the latter of which is shaded in many parts.The wading river starts running at the weekends first, during the month of May and eventually is available daily.
There is no restaurant or shop on the premises, but there is a cafe at one exit of the park. The park also has a library and public hall beside it. There are 3 toilets in the park. Parking is free. The park holds three annual festivals. One on boys day, May 5th, one toward the end of May in celebration of the roses, and one on the 23rd of November. Apart from the rose garden, there is a lotus pond and many flowers including the flower of Kawajima town, the Iris Ensata. The park is quite pretty throughout the seasons. You will see artists and photographers alike capturing the beauty of the flowers in this park. There are some sporting facilities in the park including a running track, soccer field and fishing.
Wading River and Paddling Pool Gallery
Children’s Festival at Heisei No Mori Park
There is a really great children’s festival every year on Children’s Day, May 5th, in Heisei No Mori Park. It has an unusual and extremely popular fish catching event where kids get into the pond and catch the fish with their hands. There are also other children focused events you can enjoy on the day. You can read detailed information about the festival here:
**Update 2019** They got rid of the Children’s Festival and replaced it with a spring festival that happens a week later in May:
There is also a Rose festival in May:
And night illumination in winter:
By train and bus – Unfortunately, Heisei No Mori is a little difficult to get to by public transport. However, you can take a bus from the East exit of Tobu Tojo line Kawagoe station, bound for Konosu. 20 minute walk from 「川島農協前」(Kawajima Nokyou mae) bus stop.
By car – 5 minute drive from the Kawajima exit of the Ken-O expressway.
The Iris of Heisei no Mori