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.
During the Golden Week, we brought the kids to Tega no Oka Park (手賀の丘公園), an athletic park in Kashiwa City (Chiba). Fireball loves slides of all sort so he was extremely excited when he saw this dinosaur. In fact, he had so much fun with the Cetiosaurus, we had a hard time saying good bye to the gentle giant!
Free / No pets allowed.
Park Opening Hours:
9 am – 4:30 pm / Closed on Mondays.
(Based on Park Center’s opening hours)
See access to Tega no Oka Park (Japanese website).
The Donguri no ie (どんぐりの家) is the park center. It has a resting area, library, and offers rental of their function rooms.Just next to it, are the barbecue sites, which require reservations. Vegetable stalls are set up in the premises too.
Fireball had a lot of obstacles to keep him occupied for the whole morning, 15 to be exact.
Tega no Oka Koen is a pretty big park to explore. The kids enjoyed walking through the woods. We could not spot any kingfishers or dragonflies at the bird-watching sanctuary but the kids had fun trying to peep through the holes. We went to one of the two viewing platforms in the park. They used to have elevated wooden structures. After the major earthquake in 2011, one of them was removed and the other (near the camping area) was deemed unsafe for public entry. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the secluded view of the surrounding area.Currently, the Jabu-Jabu Ike (じゃぶじゃぶ池/water play area) is closed. However in summer, it will be filled with running water, and a make-shift water slide will be set up for the kids to enjoy. Overall, we had a wonderful and relaxed time.