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.
Yeah, Autumn is here! It’s time to hit as many parks as we possibly can before Winter creeps up on us. So we brought the kids to Nasu Rindoko Lakeview (那須りんどう湖) in Tochigi Prefecture recently. The countryside park has beautiful sceneries, all sort of activities and rides for the family but personally, I find the park pretty pricey. We got the prepaid tickets, which the staffs would cross out the amount for every attraction we used. I kept getting this impression that we were running out of value. Not wanting to overspend, I did not take most of the rides. I think after our last trip to the amusement park in Gunma, I PREFER one-day passes, which include the entrance fee and give us access to every attraction. Sadly, Rindoko Lakeview park does not offer such ticket option. Certain days, the place will be “illuminated” at night. They double the price for the ferry after 4pm for night cruising around the lake. (See calendar for nights with illumination and fireworks)
There is a petting zoo in the park. (Thank goodness, it’s free!) The animals are very tamed. One of the sheep even wanted to kiss Twinkle-Bell but my little girl’s chuckles scared the sheep away. :P There are many activities for the children and their families. They can learn to milk cows, see how milk are being processed, ride horses or ponies, feed the animals, or do some crafts. I even see families RENTING a dog or a sheep for a walk!
I think daddy enjoyed the most in the park. He tried the Zip-Line KAKKU. He glided over the Rindoko lake (to and fro) while attached to a wire. According to the park, it is the longest wire ride in Japan (one way ride measures 220 m long) and the first in the world to go over a lake.Small kids are not allowed on the Kakku, but they can have their thrill on the Bungee Trampoline if they want to. Fireball was not interested. My boy was contented with the giant maze, the athletic playground and a game of mini-golf.
The pricing is very complicating.
Please see official price list here.
Park Opening Hours:
9:00 am – 16:00 pm (weekdays)
9:00 am – 19:00 pm (weekends)
(*Please double-check the official website for closing dates.)
Free (3000 car spaces)
See access on official website (in Japanese).