This government run park is really huge and, despite being in the middle of nowhere (though it is very near to ‘downtown’ Shobara), makes for a great family day out. The park is very popular as a flower-viewing destination with large fields of seasonal blooms such as daffodils, tulips, sunflowers and cosmos between spring and autumn. In the winter it hosts the region’s largest and most impressive winter illuminations.
In addition there is an interesting reconstruction of a “furusato” farming village, a kagura (shinto music) hall, craft centers and gardens, a ‘Forest Athletic Course’ with 39 different sets of equipment, a 4.6km cycling course, disc golf, and the hillside lawn where families can frolic on the grass and kids can play on the big adventure playground or scoot down the grass slide.
Opening hours: 09:30-17:00 (until 18:00 July and August, and 16:30 November-February)
Closed: Mondays or the following Tuesday when Monday falls on a National Holiday. December 31-January 1
Adults (High school & older): ¥400
Over 65 years old: ¥200
Children (Elementary and middle school): ¥80
Parking fee: ¥300 (regular car)
By car: About 4km from Shobara IC on the Chugoku Expressway
By train About 20min on foot from Nanatsuka Station on the JR Geibi Line
By bus: About 20min on foot from Kumanoguchi Bihoku-kotsu bus stop