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 is almost here! On a warm Saturday, we brought Fireball and Twinkle Bell to explore Shisei Kinen Koen (市制記念公園/ City Commemorative Park).
The small park in Kamagaya City (Chiba Prefecture), is one of the popular spots for cherry blossom viewing for this area. During the hanami (花見) season, the park will extend its opening hours to 9 pm (1-12 April 2015) and parking will become a challenge. I was glad we went at an off-peak time, just before the Sakura blooms, so the kids had the playgrounds to themselves.
There are tennis courts and a baseball field, which require reservation.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
During Summertime: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (1 July to 31 August)
Open every day of the year
Admission Fee / Car Park
Free / 80 parking spaces
Each ride costs ¥100. I only gave one coin to my kids, and they shared the same ride.
This historical steam locomotive looks pretty similar to the one at Yukari Kotsu Koen (ユーカリ交通公園). Interestingly, Wikipedia had a comprehensive list of all D-51 models’ whereabouts as static preservations.There is also an old SNJ propeller plane.
Last but not least, there is a Tenbodai (展望台) next to the main office, near the entrance. A great place for Tetsudo Mania (鉄道マニア/railfans) to watch the trains on the Hokusō Line, as well as the Keisei Skyliner. The tracks are very close to the viewing platform.