Saitama Norin Prefectural Park
Saitama Norin Park is a prefectural agriculture and forestry park in Fukaya City. There is quite a lot to do at Saitama Norin, if you’ve planned in advance and booked to pick fruit and/or take a class. On the weekend they have the very popular mini steam locomotive. There is also a farmer’s market and a few eateries on the grounds which guarantee the park a steady custom.
If you just turn up randomly on a weekday there is less to do, but enough to entertain a small child. The indoor play area made of wood in the feature photo is particularly lovely for small children and open whenever the park is open. It is free as is entry to the park and parking lot. It is just one of the facilities available at Norin Park:
Facilities, services and attractions include
- Mini Steam Locomotive
- Free indoor wooden play room
- Battery cars
- Woodworking classes
- Fruit and vegetable picking
- Agricultural events, classes and lectures
- Goat pet corner
- Farmer’s Market
- Cherry Blossoms
Mini Steam Locomotive Train
The park is very popular for its mini train that is only available on weekends and public holidays. There are a handful of locations in Saitama that now have a mini train (and I recommend Santome for theirs), but for a long time Norin Park was the only park with this attraction.
Mini Train Details
Cost: 200 yen from 1 year old up
Hours: 10 am to 4.30 pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. If you have a group of more than 20 people you can ring and book to use the mini train on a weekday at a charge.
Woodcraft house play area
This is the free indoor play area that is open the days the park is. The indoor wooden play area was definitely the high point of the premises for my three year old daughter. It is suited to children under six years old. You just need to sign your name and that of your child/ren when you enter.
I really love this space. As you can see from the photos they have some really lovely equipment and it is still relatively new. It was only opened last year which I wrote about on this blog at the time.
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Outdoor play areas
Outside there are 3 small play areas, two are athletic type. Two of them are beside the wooden play area. One is a small playground and the other battery cars. The battery cars cost 100 yen a ride. Beside this area there is a goat and some carp.
The other outdoor play area is actually in one corner of the large main car park. It is an athletic type playground.
Fruit, Vegetables and flowers
As a principal agricultural park of Saitama prefecture, Saitama Norin Park has an abundance of fruit and vegetable fields on its premises. They offer children the opportunity to both plant and harvest seasonal fruit and vegetables through special workshops. To a lesser degree they have some flower picking opportunities too.
You can contact the park directly for more information and/or keep an eye on their website for the latest information on upcoming fruit or vegetable or flower picking opportunities. Contact details are in the information section at the bottom of the post.
In one corner of the park they have a little shopping district with the farmers market, a flower market, an ice-cream shop, a stone grill pizza kiosk and a canteen. We had the stone grilled pizza on one visit and it was very delicious and value for money.
The courtyard of the shopping area has some picnic tables with sun umbrellas. You can also bring your own food or take out from the market or eateries and picnic in the wide open space that is beside the shopping area. This area is where the cherry blossoms are. They circumference the lawn.
Information for the woodworking classes, lectures and all other educational facilities and services are so varied and infinite that it is best to get the most up-to-date and accurate information from the website.
Norin Park Information
October to March from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
April to September from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
Closed from December 29th to January 3rd and two Tuesdays a month. They are usually the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.
The park, the indoor wooden play area and the parking is free. Other costs, some of which are outlined above, vary by activity and season. You can get up to date information on their website:
Saitama Prefecture Norin Pk Fukaya Official Website (Japanese language only)
Phone number: 048-583-2301
The nearest station is Takekawa Station on the Chichibu Main Line. However, it is a good 40 to 45 minute walk.
By car it is only 6 kilometres from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway and 7 kilometres from the Ranzan Ogawa Interchange.