Miroku no Sato: Your Next Day Trip in Hiroshima

ByWilliam Farrow
Mar 24, 2022

Miroku no Sato: Your Next Day Trip in Hiroshima

As the warmth of spring begins to run over Japan, people are looking to get outdoors again. For residents of Hiroshima city and the surrounding areas, Miroku no Sato offers a lot as a day trip destination. Located to the southwest of Fukuyama city, Miroku no Sato is a family-oriented amusement park boasting rides, dinosaurs, a Ferris wheel, and a bevy of activities and places to walk around and enjoy.

How can I get there?

By car, expect a drive between one and a half to two hours if you are leaving from Hiroshima city. Drivers will be happy to know parking is free, and the website estimates roughly 1,000 parking spaces are available. Public transportation via bullet train to Fukuyama and a direct bus to the park offers similar arrival times. Miroku no Sato’s website offers a bus schedule, and translating the page into English is serviceable enough if you need help understanding the chart.

What is there to do?

When you arrive at the park, you can choose between purchasing a park entrance ticket or a “Free Pass” ticket. The Free Pass allows you to ride the 22 rides listed on this page as much as you would like, whereas those who only purchased a park entrance ticket would need to pay each time by buying tickets. Please be aware that certain attractions are free only for the first time if you purchase the Free Pass: a list of which attractions limit them can be found here. ]

The mini-golf course is slated to be replaced with a new attraction in spring 2022, but no hard date can be found on the website. Some rides have height requirements and other attractions, like the go-carts, have rules as to whether a child is required to be accompanied by an adult. By clicking on the images here and translating the pages as needed, you can see which attractions may have caveats to them.

Are there special events as well?

You can find special event attractions on the news section, and, as of this writing, that would mean children 10+ who are 130 cm and up can ride ATVs. Special event fees are not included with the Free Pass, but ATVs!

And if I am hungry?

A reasonably robust food section can show you all the choices available. Your author personally likes the name of the sweet shop, Sweets Dre (whether there is a relationship to the Dr. of the same name is uncertain at the moment) and for offering the Ddung-carons (ddung is a Korean adjective meaning fat). Ddung-carons are a South Korean take on macarons where they stuff as much cream and filling as possible inside. Diet-friendly? No. Delicious? Yes.

I want to visit a 1950s Showa-era replica town.

That is a highly specific request. Fortunately, the Itsuka Kita Michi matches that request perfectly. A blast from the past, this section of the park features various restaurants, shops, and mini-museum,s and is a great way to wind down after the other attractions. With replicas of a time gone by all over, a chance to snag a bunch of classic junk snacks (the beloved dagashi), and even an old-timey festival, this spot is a great way to end the day.

Should you end up going, let us know in the comments below!

Miroku no Sato

Address (EN): 〒720-0543 Fujie-cho 638, Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture

Address (JP): 〒720-0543 広島県福山市藤江町638

Telephone: 084-988-0001

Hours of Operation: 10:00~17:00 (May depend on the season)

Image: By jj-walsh via flickr.com [CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0]-Modified

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