With spring well and truly in full swing, and the weather improving day by day, now is a great time – before the rain and humidity of the summer arrives – to get outside with the kids and enjoy the great outdoors. But of course, you’ve already taken them to all the parks and the zoo, so what else is there to do with young children so they can commune with nature? A visit to Nagoya City Agricultural Center, that’s what.
Established on April 1, 1965, Nagoya City Agricultural Center is a large outdoor area that allows young families to have first-hand fun with farming and agriculture, right here in the city.
The center has plenty of livestock in the grounds, from various breeds of cows and pigs to a coop of Nagoya’s famous Cochin chickens. You can get up close and personal with these animals, especially the goats, sheep and adorable lambs, all of which you can feed with special pellets at the petting zone.
Away from the animals, Nagoya City Agricultural Center is home to a large greenhouse filled with beautiful and exotic flowers, and all around the park are beautiful plum and cherry blossom trees, making it an extremely popular place to visit during the spring.
But any time is a good time to go, as the entire area is full of beautiful plants and flowers, making it an ideal place for a picnic. This is particularly true on weekends when there are quite often events being held, with bouncy castles, magic shows, and balloon animal makers to entertain the kids.
For those of you who are a bit more adventurous and have a decent bit of energy to burn, around the grounds are a series of walking trails that take you through enchanting bamboo groves to beautiful ponds by way of gardens and local allotments.
After a short hike, is there a better way to reward yourselves for your exertion than ice cream? Yes, there is. It’s an ice cream that is made from the milk of the cows you can see in the field!
In fact, Nagoya City Agricultural Center has a whole array of organic, locally produced foods, fruit, and vegetables on sale, either in the center’s store or from the occasional farmer’s markets that pop up. And what’s more, these products are all pretty cheap, which is not something that you might expect!
Getting there: By train take the Tsurumai Line to Hirabari Station, From there it is a fifteen-minute walk or a short taxi or bus ride to Nagoya Agricultural Center. For drivers, there are 230 parking spaces, but be aware that in peak season, waiting times for parking spots can be up to two hours.
Where: 2872-3 Aza kuroishi, Oaza Hirabari, Tenpaku-cho, Tenpa-ku, Nagoya (map)