The Prefectural Sagamihara park (県立相模原公園) is located in Kanagawa, east Sagamihara. This park is probably the most beautiful park in Sagamihara. I personally love Tokyo, and the big city life, but if you would try something new, something relaxing and have some quality time away from the city, highly recommend to go to Prefectural Sagamihara park.
It takes about 5 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop, but before you get amazed by the gorgeous landscape of the park, take the direction toward “Sakata's Tane Green House”.( サカタのタネグリーンハウス) It is a large green house full of stunning tropical plants.
On the first floor you can find the “Tropical Garden” (トロピカルガーデン) with an amazing waterfall, and plants, and the illusion of a tropical forest.
On the second floor there is the “Aqua Terrace” (アクアテラス) which gives you the full view of the main side of the park, the "Cactus Garden” (カクタスガーデン) which collects rare cactus, succulent plants, and the green theme exhibition "Green Gallery” (グリーンギャラリー“みどり”と“はな”).
After fully experienced the green house, I headed to the main area which is probably the greatest of the park. There are some fountains in the middle surrounded by flower gardens, and seats. I recommend to bring some sandwiches, snack with you and have a picnic probably anywhere in the whole park.
The park is pet friendly, therefore a lot of people are walking dogs, also there is a place for sport activities, and playground for kids.
I also recommend the park for those who like taking photos, apparently all the park are photogenic, but there is a special spot in the southwest side of the park, the Irish garden (水無月園) which has a beautiful lake with koi fishes in it.
After you've walked around the whole park, head south because there is the Sagamihara Asamizo park (相模原麻溝公園). The main attraction of the park is the “Green Tower” (グリーンタワー相模原) which providing 360 degrees full view of both parks, and the landscape of mountains at 38 meters high. The entrance is free, and it is worth taking the time. Also there is a free zoo with pony riding experience in west, the Sagamihara Asamizo Park Petting Zoo (相模原麻溝公園ふれあい動物広場). With all the beautiful spots, amazing gardens, fun activity opportunities, and relaxation facilities this place is a really nice option for families, friends, or either alone to have some quality time.
|Title||Sagamihara Prefectural Park (相模原公園)|
|Address||〒252-0335 Kanagawa Prefecture, Sagamihara, Minami Ward, Shimomizo, 3277|
|Access||Take a bus from Kobuchi station (about 15-20 minute) to Joshibi University of Art and Design (女子美術大学) bus stop. (5 minutes walk from the bus stop to the park.)|