Piggybacking off my report of the nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park, is a report of Pleasure Garden, the amusement park and family leisure area on its grounds.
My husband is from Ibaraki Prefecture and grew up not too far away from the area that is now Hitachi Seaside Park. He often went by bicycle with his high school friends to Pleasure Garden. I can’t imagine what it’s like coming back to a highschool hangout with your own child!
We entered the park via the winged main gate of Hitachi Seaside Park, but there’s a seperate, direct entrance to Pleasure Garden.
The entrance fee covers both Hitachi Seaside Park and Pleasure Garden, so it’s worth it to check out both if your schedule permits.
The park is a more modern, vibrant take on the retro kiddy park at Kichijoji Inokashira Park. In fact, even the way you buy tickets is the same. (According to my husband, even the tickets are they same as they were when he was in high school!)
Tickets (乗り物券 | norimono ken) are valued at 100 yen and sold individually, in strips of 10 (回数券 | kaisuuken), or as a one day pass (1日フリーパス | ichi nichi furi- pasu).
There’s also a one pass that a group of 4 can use for 12,800 yen, with an extra 3,200 yen per additional group member.
Check the website for coupons on one day passes, family passes, birthday passes, and more! HERE.
Tickets don’t have an expiration date. If you plan to make an annual pilgrimage to the the nemophila, you can hold on to your tickets until the following year. (One day passes, however, expire at the end of the issued calendar day)
Buy tickets at the booth near the Ferris wheel or at vending machines.
Rides & Games
Kids 4 and up (4才以上 | yon sai ijyou) can ride most attractions solo. There were a few that little Kaiju could try (0才～３才 | zero sai kara san sai). I don’t mind though. Since the in-laws live in Ibaraki, we’ll definitely be coming back in the years to come!
There are 28 rides and attractions at Pleasure Garden, starting with the Blue Eyes Ferris wheel:
Food & Relaxation