Wakaba Walk, a local mall close to a station in the city of Tsurugashima. Its funny, for all these years I thought Wakaba Walk is in Sakado, but it actually turns out its in Tsurugashima! My hairdresser is just across the road, not even 500 meters away and her address is Sakado, so that is why I always assumed that the mall is in Sakado!
Wakaba Walk is an outdoor mall in Tsurugashima, a minutes walk from the Wakaba Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. It is a small mall, but nice and open and airy. It has only 56 shops. Well known stores include Yaoko, Daiso, GU, Uniqlo and Akachan Honpo. There is also a dentist and an ENT Doctor.
There are a few restaurants including a nice Italian restaurant and a St Marc Cafe. There is a food court, an amusement / kids center “Halos Garden” and a cinema. So it is very convenient for locals for daily necessities and a bit of entertainment too. Speaking of which, they host several events monthly, many of which are song or dance performances.
Parking is free for the first two hours. You can get a ticket validated for a further free hour when you purchase more than 1000 yen in one shop. Cinema goers can enjoy free parking for up to 4 hours. The parking lot is open until 1am.
Santa (Statue) at Wakaba Walk!
I write about this small local mall today, because its Christmas time. And I look forward to the Santa Claus in the mall annually. Its just a statue, but I’ll take what I can get until we get home to Ireland. You see, there are very few places you can visit Santy in Japan. Most of the places you can visit him are in Tokyo or (surprisingly) Tochigi.
We head to Ireland soon. To be honest, while I can’t wait to go home, I am a little apprehensive about the flight. I am flying solo with a 4 year old, 2 year old and 1 year old! Its actually easier when one of them are babies, but two toddlers and a preschooler… God give me strength! We will do our Santy visit back in Ireland, which is just as well because this statue in Wakaba Walk would be the closest we’d get to Santa otherwise. But its pretty cool: when you sit on Santa’s lap the Christmas tree behind him lights up.
The mall also hosts several other events throughout the year, particularly music events. They also celebrate the major holidays including Western ones such as Halloween and Valentine’s day.