Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Spring was definitely in the air when we visited Misato Park (みさと公園) in Saitama prefecture last Saturday. Almost under every Sakura tree there was a group having picnic. Since Hanami (花見/cherry blossom viewing) was not the primary aim of this excursion, we hurried off to our destination…
We were here for the Kodomo no Toride (こどもの砦). It is a huge fortress-like playground with part of it shaped like a pirate ship. Similar to an obstacle course, the little champions can work on their athletic skills, agility and balance as they explore the “fortress.” There is also two very long roller slides, which one of them is Fireball’s personal favorite!
I guess it goes without saying that our little champion had a lot of fun that day!
There are two smaller playgrounds nearby for younger kids.
Main Parking Area (第1駐車場): 118 car spaces
Second Parking Area (第２駐車場): 214 car spaces
For small & regular cars: ¥200 for first hour / ¥100 for subsequent 30 mins
See access to Misato Park here (Japanese website).
Misato Park has a designated area for barbecues, which must be booked for a certain fee. Click here for more information (in Japanese).
The viewing platform, on a low hill, enabled us to see the faraway Tokyo skytree.
According to the board below, Misato park is a home to 15 different species of wild birds. We effortlessly spotted two types of birds at the water deck: (1) Karugamo (Anas poecilorhyncha) commonly known as spot-billed ducks, and (2) Yurikamome (Larus ridibundus), black-headed gulls or hooded gulls. There is also a wild bird watching sanctuary at the south end of the park.
A water source where Hotaru (蛍/Fireflies) can be spotted in Summer.
A Japanese Iris field (菖蒲田) and a very serene Nature Observation Zone (自然観察ゾーン) also situated in the southern part of the park.