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Water Play Shinrin Park – One of the better (non-swimming-pool) water play areas in Saitama is in Shinrin Park. There are two separate places you can play with water in Shinrin Park, both near the West Gate where most of the children’s facilities are. The “Mori no Oasis” is aRead More →

starlight illumination

Starlight Illumination Shinrin park – is the last of the three annual night illumination displays held in the central gate area of the vast park. This year, 2020, it will run from Saturday December 5th. It used to run until January, but for the last couple of years it has beenRead More →

Shinrin Park Halloween and Winter Illumination Welcome sign inside the central gate

Halloween Shinrin Park – Shinrin Park (aka Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park) confirmed on September 7th that they are planning to host their annual Halloween night in the Forest, despite the coronavirus. I am so happy! Visiting here on Halloween is one of our favorite Halloween traditions as a familyRead More →

Treeing tree climbing in Saitama

“Treeing” is what they call tree climbing with ropes in Japan. It is a very popular event that is carried out periodically in Shinrin Park in Namegawa. Due to the coronavirus, the event was cancelled for a couple of months. However, the next dates for this treeing activity in ShinrinRead More →

Forest Villa Day camp at Shinrin Park

Forest Villa is the latest initiative from Shinrin Park. I have to say, they are great at coming up with ways to get people to revisit the park multiple times! The Forest Villa event is essentially a day camp. You can rent a tent by the cockscomb fields between theRead More →

Shinrin Park

Happy Spring Park –  Shinrin Park is Saitama’s largest and arguably best park. However, it is also one of the few that charge you to enter. Most of their activities cost extra too. It was Japan’s first national park, constructed as part of a Meiji centennial project. It’s official name isRead More →

The story of the forest and the lights Shinrin Park Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park Namegawa

The Story of the Forest and Lights is the name of the middle of three light up events at Shinrin park every year. Shinrin Park, also called Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, was the very first National Government Park in all of Japan. It is located in Namegawa Town inRead More →

The 34th annual swamp festival is scheduled for Sunday the 20th of October 2019. However, if it is raining the event will not proceed and it will not be rescheduled. They will announce on their website at 5 pm on Saturday if they plan to cancel the event. The festivalRead More →

Cock’s comb and Kochia in Shinrin Park (Musashi Kyuryo Park) in the Hiki District of Saitama Prefecture, Japan, October 10th 2019. Typhoon number 19, or Typhoon Hagibis as the foreign press is calling it, is on its way. And by all accounts its a big one, possibly even the largestRead More →

Hilltop farm

Strawberry and Blueberry picking at Hilltop farm and cafe, Namegawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. Aptly named “hilltop” rustic charm farm cafe with bric-à-brac and antique shop with great views of Namegawa. Strawberry and blueberry picking in season. Hilltop Farm Hilltop farm is part of Yatsu no Sato, a community agriculture parkRead More →