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Shizuoka is often known as a city of mild climate through the year but you know what ? We have some wonderful places where you can play in the snow ! As you know, we have Mt. Fuji in our city and there are some leisure facilities around it that people of all ages can enjoy with snow. First comes “Grinpa”. It’s been capturing lots of kids and parents for sledding or skating. I also had been intrigued as much as I visited there to find how it was like.
At 10:00 am, I stood in front of Grinpa on that day. Lots of tour buses were already there and I saw quite a few children and parents getting out of them and proceeding toward the gate with sleds. Here we go !
A few minutes later, I got to a snow-covered hill.
So, this is it ! Children sledding and yelping with pleasure. Parents also seemed joyful in the snow ♪ And for me, no exception because this is my first time to touch snow this year. Actually, for us living in Shizuoka, snowing is such an unusual phenomenon that TV would broadcast widely on the day.
Unfortunately, the sky was not clear enough then to see Mt. Fuji but here is a picture that you may see if you are lucky. Yes, right at the food of Mt. Fuji ! For those who like to ski, there is “Yeti” 5 minutes away from Grinpa. I’ll introduce it another day.＾ ＾
Next comes “Yuki Picasso” in Grimpa. This is the winter athletic area for kids with 6 attractions. The most catching one is “Go Go Tubing”, which you ride on a tire and slide on the hill. I gave it a try to feel the gentle winter wind but it goes too fast, and that made me a little bit scary…..because I’d gained weight too much ? ＾＾；
By the way, I had had something in my mind when I saw the snow covered field. I finally set it into action at Yuki Picasso. Snowman ! I grabbed some simmering snow tightly into a ball and made it up with some felts. Adorable, isn’t it ? ＾＾
At Grinpa, you can have fun with sledding until April 1 and Yuki Picasso until Mar 20. Please enjoy the last days of this winter anyway !
Winter-limited direct bus available from JR Shizuoka Station （ by way of Fujikawa Rakuza and JR Fujinomiya Station ）
JR Shizuoka 7:30 ⇒ Grinpa 10:30 ／ Grinpa 16:00 ⇒ JR Shizuoka 18:30
Bus Fare & Admission Ticket ￥3900／adult ・ ￥3200／child
（ Available until Mar 31／Booking Required ）
Route bus available from JR Mishima, Gotemba, and Fuji Station（ Please inquire for the operation day and departure time ）
Route Bus & Addmision Ticket ￥3600／adult ・ ￥2350／child
Open Hours ： 9:30 – 16:00 ( 17:00) See details from here ※ Basically closed on Wednesdays
※Sledding field and Yuki Picasso may be closed without prior notice in bad weather conditions. Please be advised to inquire Grinpa beforehand.
￥1000（One-day Pass ￥3200）／Adult ・ ￥ 700（One-day Pass ￥2400）／child
Direct bus from Tokyo also available now. Please contact us for more information.
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