Saiboku Ham Hidaka Shop
Food/Drink | Avg price: ¥500 | English Available: None (Unknown)
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Mini food theme park; ham, pigs and hot spring
Hidaka City is one of those places I recommend to long termers in Japan. When you've seen enough temples and shrines to last you a life time and want to try some more quintessentially Japanese sightseeing. Saiboku Ham is a nice place to stop off on a drive around Hidaka. It is commutable from Tokyo.
If you like hot springs, putter golf or crafting you could spend a few hours there, otherwise an hour stop off as part of drive would be ample. September is a good time of year for a drive in the area. The famous red spider lilies of Koma will be in bloom mid September. They have a festival on the 25th to mark the occasion. Apart from the kitchen, cafe and shop pinned on the map, there is also the hot springs, a restaurant, putter golf, an ice-cream shop, a craft shop where at a cost you can try pottery among other things, a playground and some pigs. Most of the information about the park is Japanese only. There are a couple of staff who speak a little English. Website is Japanese only, but lots of visuals to get an idea of what the place is like.
Each facility in the mini theme park has different opening hours, but generally speaking most things are open between 9 am and 5 pm, with extended hours on weekends and public holidays. The whole theme park area is closed on Wednesdays, but the hot spring is open. It closes one Tuesday a month. Costs vary by activity, but it is free to enter the resort and walk around. The playground is free, too. Parking is free and usually sufficient, but occasionally on weekends, especially when there is an event in the area, you have to queue to park. Access by public transport is tricky involving trains and buses. You can get a bus from Tsurugashima, Kawagoe and Sayama stations. By car it is close to the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway.