Kitamoto General Park

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. Moreover, it hosts some great events during the year.

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.

Kitamoto General Park lake and red bridge

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.

Events at Kitamoto General Park

Classic Car Festival

The park has held a classic car festival several times in the past, in fact this year will be the 14th annual occurrence. But for some reason it wasn’t on in 2022. However, it is back in 2023 and will be on Saturday November 11th. It is not quite as big as the one in Kawajima, but if you are a classic car fan, it maybe worth visiting.

Classic Car Festival 2023
Event name: Classic Car Festival. クラシックカーフェスティバル。
Event dates: Saturday November 11th 2023 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Event location: the baseball field in the park. Please note that due to the festival there may be limited parking.

Kitamoto Yosakoi 2023

The 2023 poster for Kitamoto Yosakoi

This year will be the 16th occurrence of the Yosakoi festival. Thirty seven different yosakoi dance troupes will participate. The opening ceremony is at 9.40 am and the performances will start from 10 am. There is no entrance fee to the event.

Kitamoto Yosakoi 2023
Event name: Kitamoto Yosakoi. 北本よさこい。
Event dates: Sunday November 12th 2023 from 9.30 am to 3 pm.
Event location: Three different areas in the park – the baseball field, the fountain square and the lawn square.

Chrysanthemum festival 2023

The flower of Kitamoto City is the chrysanthemum. So no surprise that they have a chrysanthemum festival each year in November. It is just a small exhibition at the Kitamoto General park for just ten days. The festival was completely canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and downscaled in 2021. But it is expected to be back to normal in 2023.

Kitamoto Chrysanthemum Festival 2023
Event name: Kitamoto General Park Chrysanthemum display. 北本総合公園菊花展示会。
Event dates: Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 12th 2023. 11月3日(土)〜11月12日(日)。
Event location: In front of the Kitamoto Sougo Park Administration Building. 北本総合公園管理棟休憩室前。

Winter Illumination 2023 / 2024

There is a nice little night illumination display in Kitamoto Sogo (General / Total) park every winter. It is just on for about five weeks each year. This year they will have some kitchen cars (food vans) in the park on four dates during the illumination period. They are Sunday December 3rd, 17th, 24th 2023 and January 7th 2024. The kitchen cars are there from 10 am to 7 pm.

Kitamoto Night Illumination 2023 ~ 2024
Event name: Kitamoto General Park Night illumination. 北本総合公園イルミネーション。
Event dates: Saturday December 2nd 2023 to Sunday January 8th 2024. 12月2日(土)〜1月8日(日)。
Time: 17:00 – 22:00

Another two events that are usually held at the park are the Tomato Festival in spring and the Tomato Curry Festival in Autumn (formerly in August).

Kitamoto City Outdoors

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.

Information

Address:1 Chome-167 Furuichiba, Kitamoto, Saitama 364-0003
Phone:+81485924050
Hours:24 hours although car park closes overnight from 7 pm to 8 am except when there is an event on.
Cost:Free, but individual sporting facilities have charges
Online:Official website

Access

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, with the exception of the chrysanthemum festival information, the content is the original 2013 post.

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