Like Walking Through a Storybook: Funabashi Andersen Park
Take yourself into a fairytale world. Funabashi H.C. Andersen Park is located in Funabashi, Chiba. The park is named after the famous fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen who was born in Odense, Denmark.
Andersen Park takes the image of Denmark and according to some resources, this park is ranked at No. 3 on Japan's list of the Top Amusement Parks on "Trip Advisor" in the year 2015.
The park appeals to all kinds of ages because of the natural scenery and its enormous playground where kids can enjoy. This park will let you pause for a moment because of the view that seems to be like you are walking through a painting, it has all the best scenic spots you can ever imagine and it really is a park to be recommended especially if you are a nature lover or even if you are not you will fall in love with the views alone. What I love the most about this park is the serenity of the lake along with the trees.
The park has five different zones, each with a variety of beautiful flowers.
Wanpaku Kingdom Park
It is like a small zoo where in kids can do things like ride on a pony or play with some other small animals. The animals can also be pet freely.
Nature Experience Land
You can also enjoy getting yourself soaked in a clean pond that has a fountain in it. It is called Rainbow Land, kids and adults can both enjoy this zone during summer. Besides the pond, there are many activities kids ages two and above can enjoy. You can see most of the kids in this area.
The park also has an art museum stocked with lots of art materials where kids can enjoy arts and crafts with freedom of imagination.
Fairy Tale Hill Zone
This area recreates the countryside of Denmark. The building in this area is one of the symbol of this park along with the windmill beside it. This zone is just right at the entrance of the park.
Castle of Flowers Zone
Here you can enjoy four seasons of flowers and their are tables where you can eat but you can also take a mat with you to enjoy eating on the grass.
Be sure to check out the lake and get something to eat while you are here.
You can enjoy boating in a wide lake surrounded with nature or simply enjoy having coffee or snacks in a cottage just behind the lake while also enjoying the view. It is best to have a sit on the deck of this cottage.
- Boat rate: 30 minutes - 300 yen
10 minutes extension - 100 yen
3 people allowed in one boat
Life vests for children are available
Coffee and Cookies
This cute little mini van that is made into a shop serves good coffee, try to have their cookies too, it is chewy. This cute café shop is parked right after the entrance of this park.
- Adults: ¥900 *Free admission for seniors 65 years or older upon presentation of ID
High School Students: ¥600 *School ID must be presented
Elementary and Junior High School Students: ¥200
Small Children (4 years or older): ¥100
3 years or younger: Free
Address: Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi City, Kanehori-cho 525
Access: From Funabashi Station North Exit, Bus Stand No. 5, ride the Funabashi Shin-Keisei Bus bound for “Komuro Eki” and walk 5 minutes from “Kenmin no Mori” stop.
Closed: Every Monday (open on holidays, and during spring, summer, and winter vacations); New Year’s Holiday (12/29 – 1/1)
Phone: 047-457-6627 (9:30 – 16:00)