Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park - Hokkaido

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国) is a vast children's entertainment center with both indoor & outdoor play structures. It is located at 401-1 Hokko, Sunagawa City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

北海道子どもの国
Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni details

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Hokkaido, lies a haven for children and nature enthusiasts alike - Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park. Established in 1976, this expansive 232.5-hectare park was designed to inspire dreams and foster hope in the hearts of young visitors while immersing them in the wonders of the natural world.

北海道子どもの国
Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park - Sunagawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture

As you step foot into this enchanting park, you will be greeted by a captivating display of 255 species of trees and wild grasses, creating a vibrant tapestry of colors throughout the seasons. Wander along the winding pathways and lose yourself in the beauty of nature as you encounter the park's diverse flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for the playful Ezo squirrels, rabbits, raccoon dogs, and foxes that call this park home. It's an opportunity to observe these delightful creatures in their natural habitat, providing a truly unique and memorable experience.

Rest House/ Park Management Office

観賞池
Ornamental Pond (観賞池)

One of the standout features of Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park is the "Fushigi no Mori" or "Forest of Wonders." This remarkable section of the park showcases a scaled reproduction of seven mystical wonders, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that sparks the imagination of both children and adults. Allow yourself to be transported into a fairy tale world as you explore the intricately crafted wonders and let your imagination soar.

The bridge going to the campground

The Red T-rex

Water play facility

For those seeking an immersive experience within the park, Hokkaido Youth Experience Activity Support Facility Naipal Sunagawa (ネイパル砂川) offers comfortable accommodations and training opportunities. This facility aims to provide young visitors with hands-on learning experiences through various educational programs and activities. Whether it's learning about sustainable farming practices or engaging in team-building exercises, Naipal Sunagawa ensures that every visitor leaves with a newfound appreciation for the natural world.


Speaking of facilities, you would see these facilities in Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park:

  • Rest House/ Park Management Office
  • Forest of Wonders / Mysterious Forest
  • Yo-Ho Forest
  • Campsite
  • Firefly swamp
  • Observatory
  • Viewing pond
  • Sunagawa Highway
  • Oasis Hall

Inside the Pyramid

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)

Pyramid Ground Floor

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Pyramid 2F

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Pyramid 3F

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Pyramid 4F

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Pyramid 5F

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Pyramid top floor

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
The view from the top is amazing


Great Wall of China



We needed to pull the rope to get to the other side of the wall

Pharos

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Pharos - A replica of an ancient 100-meter-tall lighthouse that reportedly stood on Pharos Island in historic Alexandria.

砂川ハイウェイオアシス
Sunagawa Highway Oasis

If you need a break and a chance to refuel, be sure to visit Sunagawa Highway Oasis, a unique rest area within the park. Besides offering essential amenities, such as restrooms and dining options, Sunagawa Highway Oasis boasts an impressive claim to fame - it was the first location in Japan where drivers could make a U-turn on the highway! Take a moment to refresh yourself, indulge in some local delicacies, and bask in the convenience of this innovative oasis.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)


Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park or Hokkaido Children's Country (北海道子どもの国)
Inside the Leaning Tower of Pisa

It comes as no surprise that Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park has garnered recognition over the years. In 1989, it was awarded the prestigious honor of being selected as one of the 100 best urban parks in Japan by the esteemed Japan Green Space Association and the Society of Green Civilization. This accolade is a testament to the park's commitment to providing a world-class recreational space for children and families, allowing them to connect with nature and create lasting memories.

Team Nicerio visits Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park



My family and I visited Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park for the first time last September 11, 2022, as part of our September 9-11 Road Trip. It was my 314th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. I included it in our itinerary because I wanted my daughter to have an “Ella Time” after being on the road for 3 days. It was a fun place to go as a family. I could see how Ella was genuinely enjoying her time. There were play facilities that were also fun even for me and my wife. If we visit again in the future, I’d make sure that we stay the whole day.

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park Entrance Fees

Generally, Kodomo no Kuni Park is FREE. You can explore this vast park and use its outdoor play facilities for FREE. However, you need to pay to enter the following:


Fushigi no Mori / Forest of Wonders

[From April 29th to September 30th]

High school students and older: 500 yen per person
Group (more than 20 people paying): 400 yen
Camping guests: 400 yen
Junior high school students and younger: Free

[From October 1st to November 12th]

High school students and older: 300 yen per person
Junior high school students and younger: Free
*After October 1st, there will be no discounted rates.

Camp Site

Day trip 500 yen 1 site 1 day
Overnight Stay 1,000 yen 1 site 1 night

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Operating Hours

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni is open to the public from January 4th to December 28th.
The park is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Why visit Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park?

Whether you're a nature enthusiast, on a family vacation, or simply seeking a serene escape from the bustling city, Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park is a destination that should not be missed. Allow the wonders of this incredible park to ignite your imagination and leave you with a renewed sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds us.

Getting to Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park

 

Although Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park is best visited by private vehicles as it allows you to be flexible with your schedule, you can commute going to the park.

From Asahikawa JR Station, board the (Sapporo – Asahikawa) JR Hokkaido Bus. Board down at Kosoku Sunagawa Ishiyama bus stop near Sunagawa Highway Oasis. From there, walk for about 650 meters to reach Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni Park.

Travel time: 
1 hour and 2 minutes
Fare: 1400 yen

Ratings

Crowd

Cleanliness

Overall Rating


Comments

Book your hotel thru KLOOK

Klook.com
Subscribe and get updated with the latest travel articles of The Backpack Adventures

Popular posts from this blog

National Shrine of St. Padre Pio - Batangas

Akabira Tokugawa Castle - Hokkaido

Utashinai Roadside Station - Hokkaido

A Guide to Collecting Eki Stamps

10 Things to Do in Ashibetsu City

10 Things to Do in Utashinai City

Tanbo Art Asahikawa 2022 - Hokkaido

Ashibetsu Roadside Station - Hokkaido

10 Things to Do in Toyako

10 Things to Do in Sobetsu