One of the best parks we have come across is Yanai wellness park with it’s full range of activities for the whole family!
I love how the Japanese incorporate fitness and exercise into so many of their parks. This park offers fields, tennis courts, nature hikes, a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool, and they were actually being used by many of the locals!
Then, in the middle of it all is a dreamland for every child! This playground had so many different areas of varying difficulty that had the kids using critical thinking and different physical skills to get past each obstacle! It is exceptional! Matt and I enjoyed climbing around with the kids…until I got stuck in a tube! It wasn’t uncommon for parents to be active participants with their children at Yanai wellness park.
I love watching the kids figure out how to make conquer these parks! Where I thought they would have major challenges for both of the kids, I simply talked them through it and they managed it on their own!
Yanai wellness park is great for kids of all ages! There is a separate area with a smaller play structure and slides for young children. For some reason, even though our kids are 2 and 3 they don’t think the smaller area is for them!
This park has an obstacle course-like playground. Different areas have different challenges – there is a zip line, climbing wall, a rope walk, a net floor and more. Some really tested the kids’ ability to think in order to figure how they can pass. One example was, at the bottom of one of the many roller slides, there is only one way down and that is to crawl through an S-shaped bar tunnel. I was pleased when the kids were able to do it, with a little help from us!
There are so many different fun slides to choose from, including stainless steel slides, roller slides and tube slides! I really like how some are wide. They give enough space for you to go down as a group. It is a lot of fun to go down as a family!
And just when you think that you have had your fill of fun at this park don’t forget that, just a short distance away, there is a big hill with faux grass that you descend on a sled! We didn’t know that this was here and just stumbled upon it. If you don’t have a sled, bring some cardboard, then donate the cardboard to future park visitors. They have an area with some cardboard that you are able to use to go down the hill. We found that they don’t work very well but a Japanese family had sleds and had a great time of it – they were flying down the hill! So don’t forget to bring your own sled!
There are bathrooms and vending machines here. There are also some covered picnic areas and several trees that provide good shade! I also remember really liking the pleasant aromas throughout the park…even the artificial turf on the sled hill! Weird, right?
- We didn’t love how far away it was, especially when there are other parks closer to Iwakuni.
- Going down the grass slide on the cardboard provided wasn’t as fun as sledding would be. Next time we will for sure bring our own sleds!
9/10 Pretty darn awesome!
Check out the Kasinoki Cake Factory while you’re in the area. They have some delicious treats you’ll love!
What is your favorite part about Yanai Wellness Park?