The Kitamoto General Park, or Kitamoto Sogo Koen in Japanese, is a neighborhood park with lots of sporting facilities for the local community to use. However, people from outside the city can also book and pay to use facilities. In fact, it is one of the parks on offer for pre-training sessions during the Olympics. Due to the various sporting amenities in the park and facilities for families, including a nice playground and water play area, the park is well used.
Kitamoto General Park
The playground is located on the west side of the park, close to the main car park. It has one of those spider web type climbing frames. (Pictured in the first photo in the gallery). These type of climbing frames are abundant in my home country, but in Saitama you can only find them in a handful of places. One of those places is Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park. And Shinrin Park also has a really large one.
The lake in the park has a picturesque red boardwalk. Fishing is permitted on the lake and you will often see people fishing there. There are a few cherry blossom trees in the park. There is also potted displays of flowers, but the park isn’t particularly known for its flowers. In Autumn, the maples trees turn shades of red.
Kitamoto has a great selection of nature spots and parks. With children I particularly recommend the Kitamoto Children’s park. Its one of the best parks around for small children. For athletes and people wanting to use the sporting facilities at the park, the Prefectural Government has detailed information in English here. If you are looking for accommodation in Kitamoto there is a super cheap campsite that has some cabins that is worth checking out if you are on a budget.
|Address:||1 Chome-167 Furuichiba, Kitamoto, Saitama 364-0003|
|Hours:||24 hours although car park closes overnight from 7 pm to 8 am|
|Cost:||Free, but individual sporting facilities have charges|
Kitamoto General Park is about a 25 minute walk from the east exit of JR Kitamoto Station on the Takasaki line.
Free parking for around 200 cars.
This post was written in 2013. Due to issues when transferring the blog to a self hosting website back in 2015, this post (along with a handful of others) was actually unpublished for a few years. I republished it in 2021! However, the content has not been updated since about 2015.