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.
Just before their summer holiday ends, we brought Fireball and Twinkle-bell to the center of Japan! We went to Shibukawa Skyland Park (渋川スカイランドパーク) in Gunma prefecture, before we checked into one of the Ikaho Onsen hotels nearby.
To our surprise, the park was not crowded at all, not even on a Sunday! Shibukawa Skyland Park is a small amusement park but it has enough rides to keep our 3- and 6-year-olds entertained. It has a two-floored Italian-made carousel aka. merry-go-round; a newly build Donkori (acorn) teacup ride; an aerial-carousel ride for our young Astro Fighters; a rocking tug boat that rotates and slides; a SL train that goes through a tunnel with pretty lights and a rose garden; and a 207 meter roller coaster.
We rode twice on the 50-meter-high Ferris wheel. Since the park is on a 460-meter-high green hill, the view was really spectaculous! Fireball tried the roller coaster for the first time in his life but he was more excited with the park’s 7-meter Air slider, which they claimed is Japan’s longest balloon slide. They both like the Skyhouse, which they can bounced to their heart’s content. They enjoyed the big maze too.
As for me, I enjoyed the Minus-30*C Ice world the most! It was perfect for summer, we were all cooled down within seconds! (Note: The Freeze Zone is closed in winter.) And of course, the gold-kart is my all-time favourite!In this park, we tried out the Cycle-Monorail for the first time. Twinkle-bell couldn’t reach the pedals but she enjoyed the ride all the same. In fact, she had a blast because three-year-olds are allowed on most of the attractions except for the roller-coaster. Of which, mummy is most thankful for! :P
We bought the One-Day Pass, which includes the entrance fee and gave us access to every attraction (except for coin-operated cars or games):
1,800 yen (Mar-Oct) / 1,600 yen (Nov-Feb)
Elementary/Junior High School Children:
1,500 yen (Mar-Oct) / 1,300 yen (Nov-Feb)
Alternatively, you can pay per entrance and per ride.
See Official Price List here.
Park Opening Hours:
9:00 am – 17:00 pm (in March to October)
10:00 am – 16:00 pm (in November to February)
(*Please double-check the official website for closing dates.)
Free (400 car spaces)
See access on official website (in Japanese).