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    Kuragaike Park is a vast park in Toyota with a range of family-friendly outdoor activities. The sweeping view of the area makes it an ideal place to begin exploring the city.

    Overlooking the park is the Kuragaike Parking Area, a highway rest stop along the Tokai Kanjo Expressway. Two of the area’s tallest mountains, Mt. Sanage in Toyota and Mt. Rokusho in the Matsudaira area, are visible from the parking area’s wheelchair-accessible observation deck. Toyota Stadium is also visible from there, and on a clear day it is possible to see all the way to Nagoya. The observation deck is particularly good for stargazing and watching fireworks at night.

    The park has a restaurant and shop run by Snow Peak, an outdoor apparel brand. Further down the hill, in the heart of the park, are five rectangular mobile bungalows designed by Kuma Kengo (b. 1954), the architect behind Tokyo’s National Stadium and French cultural center FRAC Marseilles. Kuma created these “Jyubako” (“living boxes”) in collaboration with Snow Peak, and the trailers are available to rent for luxury accommodation in the park. There is also a regular campground nearby, and visitors can rent tents and camping equipment from the Snow Peak store.

    The park gets its name from Kuragaike Pond, which sits roughly in the middle of the park and features koi carp, waterfowl, and paddle boats. Other outdoor activities include a free zoo and an old train from the Nagoya Railroad (commonly known as Meitetsu), which has been restored and set up in the park. There is also a children’s play area and botanic gardens. Just beside the park is Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, a museum dedicated to the early history of Toyota Motor Corporation. The park is an excellent spot for picnics and is particularly popular in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

    The park is accessible by car from the Nagoya-bound side of the highway and by bus from Toyotashi Station.

    Annual Events

    Free Transportation on Children’s Day (May 5)

    On Children’s Day, all transportation at Kuragaike Park is available free of charge. Visitors can ride the park shuttle bus, park train, and boats (no charge for up to 30 min.) for free. There may be a limit on the number of people.

    Play Park Experience Events (Irregularly Scheduled)

    In Toyota City, various events are held as part of the efforts to build and improve the play park (adventure playground) in Kuragaike Park. The motto of this play area for children is “free and self-directed play,” and seeks to enrich children’s experiences growing up.

    Basic Information

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    Address 〒471-0002
    Hozawa 714-5, Yanami-cho, Toyota City
    Fee Free (There is a fee for the boats and the park train that runs on the grounds.)
    Opening days / hours 9:00 to 17:00Zoo Opening Hours:10:00 to 16:30Petting Zoo Opening Hours:13:10 to 14:50
    Parking lot Inside ParkStandard cars: 826 spacesLarge vehicles: 20 spacesHandicapped parking: 22 spacesPA Rest Area ParkingStandard cars: 48 spacesLarge vehicles: 4 spaces*Large vehicles (buses and micro buses) can only use the parking area on weekdays (reservations required)
    Holidays December 29 to December 31Botanical Garden & Petting Zoo:Mondays
    Access by Public Transportation Toyota-shi Sta. (Meitetsu Toyota Line/Meitetsu Mikawa Line) - (Meitetsu Bus Yanami Line) - alight at Kuragaike Koen-mae bus stop 
    Access by car Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Inner Loop Kuragaike Parking Area (Highway Oasis) → Kuragaike Park
    Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Outer Loop Kuragaike Smart Interchange (ETC-equipped vehicles only) → Kuragaike Park
    Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Matsudaira or Kanpachi Interchange to surface streets → Kuragaike Park

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