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.
Last Saturday, we visited Kashiwanoha Park (柏の葉公園). Before Fireball started his Spring term this week, we thought we should do something interesting, like having a “relaxing” Swan Boat ride on the park’s lake.
So for that, we joined a long queue of families at the Boat House (ボートハウス), and waited almost an hour before we could paddle like crazy and steered frantically to avoid fellow-swan riders. The rental of the swan boat was 320 yen for 30 mins. Initially, I thought half an hour would be too short but after a few paddles, I kept looking at the time, wondering why it was passing by so slowly! Oh mine, I am so awfully out of shape! LOL
Boat House Opening Hours:
9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Last ride 4 pm)
Open on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Near Carpark 2, is an athletic playground for the children. It is smaller than Misato Park’s Children Fortress but I doubt it made any difference to Fireball. He enjoyed himself thoroughly. My four-year-old went straight to this part of the playground, which I felt was for older kids.
In my opinion, the shinny metal slide was too slippery and the children were going too fast. A lot of the younger ones quickly lost control of their descent and hurt themselves. Fireball managed to do quite well but before I could dismissed my concerns, an older kid fell on top of him. He ended up with a mouthful of dirt. I had to dragged him elsewhere because he refused to go. He enjoyed the exhilarating thrill of that slide too much.
Another area of the Adventure Fort that I was trying keep my four-year-old away from, was the Fireman’s Pole. According to the sign near it, young children must be accompanied by an adult to assist the child down because it is VERY DANGEROUS.
After a short protest, Fireball left the Fireman’s Pole and the shinny slide, and went to other part of the playground that was less stressful for his mummy. ^_^;
Park Center Opening Hours:
9 am – 5 pm (Open every day of the year)
First Parking Area (第1駐車場):
For those attending tennis/baseball games or stadium events
Second Parking Area (第２駐車場):
For those using the barbecue spaces, dog-land, tea room or community sport center.
Within 4 hours = ¥300 / Over 4 hours = ¥600
See access to Kashiwanoha Park here (Japanese website).
Overseeing the lake, where we had our swan boat ride, are designated barbecue spaces. They also have a rest house to provide simple meals, barbecue meat and stuffs. Reservation and more information here (Japanese website).
The lake in front of the Barbecue space has a fenced up area where we can see koi and ducks up close. The water is very shallow there, so many people actually took off their shoes and walked right in. Bird watching spots (野鳥観察所) are also available in the park. (See map for actual locations.)
The Japanese Garden in Kashiwanoha Park has a tea house (syohakutei/松柏亭) for anyone who is interested to learn tea ceremony. Click here for more information (in Japanese).
The Rose Garden is free but it was closed. It will only open in Spring (May-June): 9 am to 5 pm & Autumn (October-November): 9 am to 4 pm
Btw, there were some roses in the Park Centre for our viewing pleasure.
A 30-min lesson on how to ride a Segway PT (two-wheeler scooter), are conducted at the open space, near the Park Center. Once you master the personal transporter, you can use it to tour around the park for another 30 mins. Class size limit of six riders; Class fee is 1000 yen. Click here for more information (in Japanese).