Kurakake Clear Stream Village Barbecue Site Higashimatsuyama Countryside bbq area near Tokyo

Kurakake Clear Stream Village: River BBQ and water play at Kurakake barbecue site in Higashimatsuyama, commutable from Tokyo on a day trip. The Kurakake Clear Stream Village was supposed to reopen on April 1st 2024, after almost two years of closure, but unfortunately the work is not finished and they haven’t released the new date yet.

In July 2022 this area was badly effected by heavy rains and they closed the riverbank thereafter to do some work to improve the drainage. They hope to reopen, all things equal, in the spring of 2024. Its had a run of bad luck actually! In 2021, the facilities were closed for most of the season due to the pandemic. However, even during that period Saitama residents could actually still visit for a splash, fishing or a walk in the area. In 2020, they actually restricted use to Higashimatsuyama residents only. And in both 2020 and 2021 you needed to book in advance by email for a coveted spot at Kurakake BBQ spot for the periods that the site was open for barbecue.

Kurakake Clear Stream Village

Kurakake Clear Stream Village Barbecue Site Higashimatsuyama

東松山・くらかけ清流の郷バーベキュー場・バーベキューできる川・川 バーベキュー・川遊び・都幾川・日帰り旅行・埼玉県

Kurakake barbecue site, also known as Kurakake Clear Stream Village or Kurakake Seiryu no Sato in Japanese, is a riverside barbecue spot in Higashimatsuyama. The area has been used for barbecues for decades, but the riverbed area was cleaned up with new facilities added in 2017.

Kurakake River BBQ Highlights

  • Kid safe / Child friendly river
    • Relatively clean water
    • Shallow
    • Only a weak current in two or three spots
    • Stepping stones
    • No moss on the stones
    • Swimming rings, inflated boats, water guns etc allowed
  • No restrictions on camp / barbecue goods on the riverbed
  • Fish in the river and fishing allowed (catch and release please!)
  • Picturesque / Instagrammable!
  • Only 500 yen per car for a full day
    • They provide you with rubbish bags on paying
    • Rubbish can be left at a central collection point
  • Toilets on both sides of the river
  • Drinking water taps
  • Sinks for cleaning dishes
  • Small shop selling drinks, barbecue and river goods
  • Reserved area with benches and barbecue sets for hire
  • Dogs allowed

Toki River

The site is on the Toki river. The river is definitely clean enough for children to play in and there is no rubbish in it. But the water is not drinkable and in this section of the river it wouldn’t win a prize for the cleanest river in Saitama! Not in this section of the river anyway.

River play

Kurakake Clear Stream Village Barbecue site with stepping stones higashimatsuyama

What is great for families with young children is that the river is not particularly deep. And asides from a handful of locations further downstream, there aren’t really any currents in the river. There are stepping stones, which the kids love, near the bridge beside the car park.

Kurakake Clear Stream Village  barbecue site bbq area near tokyo

Like with any river, sometimes there are some slippy spots, but by and large as there is no moss on the stones it is a relatively safe river to walk in. I would advise some sort of water shoe. If you forgot to bring some, you can buy them at a reasonable price (supply permitting) in the small shop on the south side of the river.

No restrictions barbecue site

Kids playing in the Tsuki River at Kurakake Clear Stream Village

There are no strict rules enforced at this site. And they allow all manner of water toys in the river. And similarly no restrictions on camping / barbecue goods on the riverbed. Occasionally we have been to sites that won’t allow you pitch a tent, but this site has no such restriction. Anything goes.


There are some fish in the river. Actually there is no official rule that you can’t bring home what you catch, but by and large children catch and release these days. They are just small fish and occasionally some crabs too. You can buy fishing nets in the small shop or bring your own.


The area is quite picturesque with lush green and / or countryside views. There aren’t any large buildings in sight and they have maintained the natural appearance of this country riverside spot. The bridge, which is as functional as it is quaint, is a narrow one car width old fashioned bridge without any sides. The handful of small buildings in the area, such as the toilets and shops, are hidden in the wooded area.

A popular spot for river play at Kurakake Clear Stream Village in Higashimatsuyama

In April wisteria grows on the south side. Currently (May 2019) there are Japanese primrose in bloom also on the south side. In September there are some red spider lilies. And in Autumn you can see foliage change colours on the West side. Most of the trees are evergreens though, so during the season that the BBQ area is open you can enjoy fresh lush green scenery.

Reserving a river BBQ area

Kurakake Clear Stream Village reserved area barbecue site

Along the riverbed is *normally* a free for all, first come first served. (In 2020, for a period of time they only allowed people living in Higashimatsuyama to use the “free” site). But if you prefer to book an area in advance, you can reserve a barbecue area in the woods. The woods are on the embankment above the river on the south side. If you book this area, you also get priority parking in either one of the car parks.

Booking a table in the reserved area costs 2000 yen. If you want a full barbecue set it costs 3,500 yen. You bring your own food, but they provide all the necessary equipment to barbecue it.

Other River BBQ areas in Saitama

Kurakake Barbecue Site Information

Kurakake BBQ site, aka Kurakake Clear Stream Village aka, Kurakake Seiryu no Sato, Toki River, Higashimatsuyama

Kurakake Clear Stream Village map

Season: usually from early March, but it will be closed until an unconfirmed date in 2024 for work on the riverbed.

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm for the car park, toilets and bins, seven days a week from March 26th. You can’t pitch a tent or tarp out of the hours either, but the river itself is not private and thus is open 24 hours. Also, although the car park’s official hours are from 9 am, in my experience it is always open at least ten minutes before that.

Cost: if you are just using the riverside it is only 500 yen per car. (See above about the priority / reservation area). They give you plastics bag when you pay on the way in and you can leave your rubbish in a designated area in the car park.

Address: Kurakake Clear Stream Village, 559 Gōdo, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0066. View on Google Maps.

Phone: 0493-81-6868

Official Website


Bridge of Tsuki River at Kurakake Clear Stream Village Higashimatsuyama

The Kurakake Barbecue site is just 40 minutes from Tokyo on the Kanetsu Expressway. You get off at the Higashimatsuyama Interchange and drive 4 kilometres (about 8 minutes) west on country roads. Please note that since the heavy rain in July 2022, only one of the car parking areas is open.

By public transport although the nearest station as the crow flies is Tsukinowa, there is no bus from that station to the barbecue site. It is about a 40 minute walk. But if you get off at Takasaka station you can get a bus to Kobe Shrine it is only a 15 minute walk from the shrine.


  1. Looks like so very much fun! I would so stay there and enjoy it all! so very pretty and relaxing. river side rocks

    1. I love the outdoors. Something so refreshing and revitalising about the riverside in particular. Thank you for commenting.

  2. I had been to similar place in India. You have taken nice photos. Clean and not shallow water. I love going to such places. It refreshes me. It’s been long time didn go.

  3. wow this site and that river looks great have never been to Asia I need to add this place to my bucket list.

  4. well now, doesn’t this just seem like an awesome time!

  5. This seems an interesting place to visit especially in Summer. Good to know that it’s a child friendly river.

  6. a good place , the forest is great ,i love it

  7. This looks like a really great picnic spot and really ideal for the family. I like that you can reserve a spot. There’s nothing like having to look around for a spot to sit down and grill your food. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Such a nice place for BBQ! We just had one yesterday in our balcony, but I wish we are doing it in this place.

  9. Not sure I’d want to drive on that bridge. Everything else looks amazing though! 🙂

  10. I would love to travel to such a place…. so refreshing and it is great to know that kids are safe. Lovely sight and lot of fun

  11. This looks a fabulous fun place to visit. Kids love to play in water so it’s great that this is safe.

  12. Waaa so many people. Not the place for me. I prefer solitude for nature outings. I would be constantly worrying about the kids, our stuff, etc. haha Well, that’s just me. 🙂

    1. Thankfully Japan is a very safe place – you can leave your stuff unattended and 99.9% of the time it will be safe 🙂 We are very lucky. Truth is I prefer solitude for nature outings too (when it’s just me), but the kids like having other kids to play with. 🙂

  13. The river definitely looks like it’s pretty clear. I bet it was a blast to play in!

  14. It looks like such a fun place there. I know my daughter would have loved that when she was younger. And doing a BBQ there sounds like a perfect holiday.

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