Kamihira park is located in Ageo City in the central area of Saitama Prefecture. It has lots of sporting facilities, playground equipment, water play and some seasonal flowers too. There is also a shop / café in the park at the baseball stadium. Maruyama Park is, in my opinion, the best park in Ageo City. But Kamihira Park is a good alternative for families with children, just looking for somewhere to play for a few hours. Also, for locals, the sports facilities are very convenient and reasonably priced.
Kamihira Park, Ageo
Kamihira Park is a lovely family park in Ageo. It has two playgrounds, water play, a stadium, walking / jogging courses, tennis courts, free parking, a shop / coffee shop, seasonal flowers and events.
We loved this park so much after our first visit in 2013, we have visited several times since. An account of that very first visit:
My overwhelming impression of today’s new park is that it is the most used park I’ve been to this month. A friend commented to me recently that Japanese people don’t bring their kids to play outdoors in January. I hadn’t given it much thought until then, but it really does seem to be true in a lot of areas. However, Kamihira park in Ageo City defies that theory as there were plenty of people making use of the park’s facilities.
Kamihira park has, what seems to be, a very popular tennis club. There is also a jogging course, not to mention the baseball pitch and stadium. All, but the latter were getting full usage today. I couldn’t believe the buzz in the park, I haven’t seen a park that busy since late November. The patrons were largely pensioners and mothers with young children. You often see retired people walking or playing gate ball in parks in Japan, but I have never seen so many of the older generation in one park at one time. And I haven’t seen so many young children in the playground since Autumn.
One of the pieces of playground equipment is a bucket crane truck. My son (3 years old) was in playground heaven! I think this may even be a contender for a coveted position on his top ten playground list. (Please note that since the pandemic began there are no chains on the buckets, so you can’t use the cranes properly.)
Added after 2020:
Water Play area
Kamihira Park has a very nice and popular water play area. In 2022, the water play area is open. They have split it into two “seasons” this year. The first is from April 29th to July 18th, but will be closed on May 21st, 22nd¹ and June 25th. The second starts July 21st until August 31st. The hours of use in 2022 are 10 am to 3 pm only. There will be times that it closes suddenly due to weather or a large event at the park. Some other water play areas open in 2022.
¹The water play area is closed on May 21st and 22nd as there is a relatively large event on that weekend. The AgeTake 2022. It is a baseball event, but they also have food vans / festival stalls. There will be about 40 stalls on the second day of the festival, Sunday May 22nd. Official event web page.
It is not a particularly landscaped park. Thus, there are relatively few flowers. But the park does have some really nice roses. Again, nothing particularly big, but very nicely done. Particularly the mound of roses beside the North car park, with a gazebo on top. There are also some beautiful cherry blossom trees in the park too.
Kamihira Park Information
|Address:||16 Sugaya, Ageo, Saitama 362-0003|
|Hours:||24 hours, but the car park closes over night|
|Online:||Official web page on the Ageo City website|
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