I went to Kamine Park in Hitachi the other weekend. I haven’t been there in about twenty years…not since I was a tiny little kid! So, I expected the amusement park to be fully renovated and all the rides to have been replaced with modern shiny new machines, but everything was exactly the way it was back then. Not only was everything the same as when I was a little kid, but a lot of the rides have been there since the 1960’s! And, they’re still all well-maintained and fully running.
I got up to the park on the city bus, which in itself is pretty vintage! The Hitachi buses have a neat little system where you pull out this cute plastic ticket when you first board the bus, and then pay the driver the appropriate amount when you get off.
Visiting Kamine Park again after so many years was an incredible experience. At first, I have to admit that it felt a little bit creepy…like a creaky old abandoned theme park. But, there were so many families with little children running all over the place having the time of their lives. Even though the amusement park is so old, it’s still a very popular spot and a favorite weekend destination for people all over the prefecture. The fact that they’ve lovingly kept all the rides fully functioning for so long makes the place all the more endearing. I absolutely love that children are able to enjoy the exact same rides that their parents (or maybe even their grandparents!) rode when they were young.
In case you’re wondering…yes, I absolutely did go on many of the rides. I’m a fully grown 26-year-old, and I didn’t hesitate for a second to sit on the merry-go-round with all the little kiddies. Hehehe 😀
My favorite was the classic ferris wheel. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I can’t believe that we still get to ride such a priceless piece of history. Even the little ticket booth is still in use and exactly the way it used to be.