Mizushima Central Park

A slice of tranquility

By Kenji Chida    - 2 min read

After arriving in this industrial section of Kurashiki on the Rinkaitetsudo train line you can exit from Tokiwa Station and walk west. As you approach the shopping street, you will immediately feel a sense of nostalgia brought on by the art deco buildings and small specialty stores.

If you have time on your hands, continue to the edge of the commercial district and cross the road that leads to Mizushima Port. You will be able to make out some trees and a clearing in the distance.

Continuing on, you will pass Mizushima Central Hospital which is adjacent to Mizushima Central Park. A bit further down the road is the Bushidokan or martial arts center. Along a side street between these two landmarks is Mizushima Library.

The library side is a great place to enter the park because there are three eye catching attractions nearby. The first is a quaint playground that is a popular spot for families with small children. It is a safe and well-maintained place for kids to let off some steam.

The second place of interest is the covered dohyo or sumo wrestling ring. These outdoor rings are fairly common around Japan and are often used for matches showcasing children. I was tempted to enter the ring and do my yokozuna (grand champion) impersonation but I decided to simply take a photo instead.

The third stand out feature of the park is the D5182 steam locomotive. This impressive coal black engine ran for about thirty years until 1975 and in enshrined beside its permanent platform, seemingly ready to embark on a new journey.

If you feel like tossing a Frisbee or kicking a football around there is an open area by the circular fountain near the edge of the park. When I was there I saw people playing wiffle ball.

At the far southern corner of the park there is a full-sized baseball field. On my visit, there happened to be a man in a baseball uniform practicing his swing.

Mizushima Central Park has a lot to offer and is a fantastic place include on your tour of this great town.

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Kenji Chida

Kenji Chida @kenji.chida

I was born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland in the USA after which I moved to New York City at the age of 21. I lived, studied and worked in New York for five years then moved to Okayama in 1998 at the age of 26. After living in Japan for 5 years I decided to try to naturalize. I was granted Japanese citizenship at the age of 33. I am interested in education, political philosophy, and Japanese society. I enjoy playing softball with my kids, driving and motorcycles. I can't say I enjoy running but I often join local 5k races. I want more people from abroad to come to Japan for a visit and I hope that some portion of that group decides to stay. Japan is for everyone!

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JapanTravel Guest 2 years ago
useful info and great article