Modern Shimizu Koen

Noda's famous park gets a facelift

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

I once described Shimizu Koen as a gift that kept on giving and despite the years that have passed, I still mean it. I have spent countless hours strolling its grounds, admiring its spaces, and enjoying my time there with friends and family. A proud member of Japan's suburban pleasures, Shimizu Koen is a guaranteed time of joy.

Right inside the entrance
Right inside the entrance

Once home to some classic 1980s bubble economy amusement rides and ambience, the park's entrance was undergoing some renovation work the last time that I was there. That work has now finished and Shimizu Koen has had a face lift and my, does this old beauty look all the better for it.

Local goods can be purchased here
Local goods can be purchased here

Gone is the retro atmosphere and the semi-dilapidated rides. Quirky and charming it all may have been but there is no doubt that time had moved well past the old entrance. It was time to catch up and catch up it did. The old JPY100 amusement rides and rickety train rides have all been gone to be replaced by Azalea, the park's modern cafe serving snacks and drinks, a souvenir stores that focuses on the area's local goods and products, a modernised public restroom and with its updated walkway and spaces, a much more modern ambience.

Lots of space
Lots of space

Shimizu Koen still offers visitors authentic temples and shrines, camping and cabin facilities, an adventure obstacle course that straddles both land and water, a stunningly beautiful botanical garden that glows during the blooming seasons, children's playride attractions, BBQ areas with table, two great little tout fishing ponds as well pony rides.

The entrance gate
The entrance gate

The only difference is that Shimizu Koen, while still full of so much to offer, now has a much nicer and more elegantly modern entry onto its grounds. There is no doubt that Shimizu Koen is Noda City's gift that really does keep on giving.

The entrance gate
The entrance gate

Getting there

Take the Tobu Urban Park line to Shimizu Koen station. The park is a pleasant 10-minute walk from the West Exit.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I have over 300 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style. I happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Elizabeth S 4 weeks ago
The Azalea Cafe there makes a delicious veggie curry.
Sleiman Azizi Author 4 weeks ago
Delicious is good.