Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hitachi: Kamine Park and Zoo

Our recent visit to Hitachi’s Sakura Matsuri and Furyu mono was combined with a visit to the nearby Kamine park. Kamine Park attracts lot of visitors during the Cherry Blossom season.
Along with Juo Panorama Park and Heiwa Dori, Kamine Park contributes to Hitachi’s place as one of the 100 most famous cherry blossom spots in Japan. Night time illumination of cherry trees in the park attracts lots of visitors during the Cherry blossom season. Our visit last weekend was a bit too early to view blossoms. 
A lone cherry tree had blossoms while the others were full of buds, ready to bloom. 
Kamine park is a large public park in Hitachi city, overlooking the city and the Pacific ocean. Kamine park is home to 2 amusement parks and a zoo within its 150,000 sq meter grounds.The Masashi Yoshida musical memorial hall and Museum is also located within the Kamine Park.
The amusement parks have various rides catering to children and adults of all ages. One park named  "Children's Playground" has rides more suitable for children . 

The other park "Leisure Land" has roller coaster and other rides which are suitable for adults.
Kamine park zoo is a nice place to visit especially when accompanied by kids.
The zoo is home to a variety of animals and birds including Elephants, Penguins, Monkeys, Deer, Bear, Gorillas, Lions, Tigers, Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Flamingos, Zebras, Giraffes . Funny as it may sound Donkeys and Sheep also find a place in this zoo.     

Visitors can play with Rabbits and Marmots in the small petting area.

An observation deck higher up in the park offers a panoramic view of the city and the Pacific Ocean. 

Few "Love-locks" can be seen on the railings of the observation deck. 
Address: 5-5-22 Miyato-cho, Hitachi-shi, 317-0055, Ibaraki Prefecture

Phone: 0294-22-4727

Entrance:  Park: Free
                Zoo: Adults 500 yen, Children: 100 yen
                Amusement Park: Varies as per rides 

Parking: Free car parking available

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