Sagamihara Kita Park

A pleasant park during hydrangea season and beyond

Kim   - 2 min read

Japan is home to an array of fantastic urban parks, and a pleasant one to visit in Kanagawa Prefecture is Sagamihara Kita Park. Covering a space of 10.5 hectares, the park contains a wide variety of plant and tree species along with children's play equipment, a duck-filled pond, picnic areas, grassy open spaces, and leafy walking paths.

One of the main highlights at the park are the ajisai, or hydrangeas, which are at their best during the month of June. There are approximately 10,000 of the flowers in an impressive 200 species, adding some lovely pops of color to the rainy season. You can see a bit more of what to expect from hydrangea season at the park in the YouTube video below.

If you can't visit when the hydrangeas are at their best, never fear – there's plenty of other floral beauty to enjoy throughout the year, including plum blossoms in late winter through early spring, plus roses and spider lilies in early autumn. The number of plum trees sits at around 100, and the month of February is recommended as the ideal time to view them.

While some parks in Japan come with an entrance fee, admission to Sagamihara Kita Park is free of charge – it's a great option if you're looking for a budget-friendly (and family-friendly!) day out.

Getting there

Sagamihara Kita Park can be easily accessed via bus from Hashimoto Station's South Exit. The station is served by the Yokohama Line, the Sagami Line, and the Keio Sagamihara Line, and buses # 34, # 36, and # 57 will get you to the park in just under 10 minutes.

For those who opt to drive, the park is around 10 minutes from the Sagamihara IC on the Ken-O Expressway. Free on-site parking is available for approximately 300 vehicles.


Kim @kim.b

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