Scheduled to open on March 25, 2017, the Muscle Monster giant-sized climbing gym in Kanagawa an hour from Tokyo will be the first attraction of its kind in both Japan and Asia.
The giant jungle gym will be located inside Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest
in Kanagawa prefecture, just one hour from Tokyo by car. You’ll need a head for heights to brave the new attraction, which will be located on the highest ground inside the resort and over 16m tall at its highest point.
It will offer three floors of athletic areas crowned by the “colosseum”, a hexagonal rooftop viewing platform. With over 90 hair-raising climbing activities spread across 1000 m sq and beautiful 360 degree panoramic views from the top, the new attraction is sure to make your hair stand on end with both fear and delight!
Users must be over 120cm high and up to 120kg to play, while the less than fearless among us will be heartened to learn that donning of a safety line is mandatory. Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest costs ¥1,700 (£12) to enter for adults and is open from 9:30 or 10am until 9pm daily.
Judging by the challenging look of the climbing activities on offer, we can’t figure out if this new climbing gym is intended for those who are already “muscle monsters” or if it’s designed to turn you into one, so there’s only one way to find out - by giving it a go!
Once you’ve tired yourself out by swinging monkey-like on the oversize jungle gym, there is plenty more to do on the shores of nearby Lake Sagami. BBQs, hot springs and camping are just some of the activities on offer that make it the perfect spring and summer destination for families and groups alike.
See more pictures of how the new climbing gym will look, as well as a drone video of a similar facility in Nashville, TN, USA, on the Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest website (text in Japanese only).
Cook Up a Storm in Wild Cooking Garden
After all that climbing you’ll surely have worked up a tremendous appetite, so why not make your first pitstop this nearby BBQ facility to refuel, replace all those calories you’ve burned off, and tick off your protein intake for the day all in one go?
With the all-inclusive Premium BBQ plan
especially designed for families it’s no problem to simply turn up empty-handed. Staff take care of setup and cleanup, leaving you to lazily grill your food on quality Weber BBQs while you enjoy precious moments with your family. Several different themed plans are on offer, with American, Italian or Brazilian-style BBQs all costing around ¥5,000 (£35) pp.
The Standard BBQ plan
for groups doesn’t include setup and cleanup, but it does come in at a very reasonable ¥2,000-3,000 (£14-21) pp for a selection of pork, beef and vegetables to grill to perfection yourself. If you’re bored of BBQ then try one of the Dutch oven options, such as seafood paella or stuffed roast chicken for ¥2,000-5,000 (£14-35)!
Enjoy a Relaxing Soak in Ururi Onsen
Surrounded by the forests of Sagami, this natural hot spring facility is the ideal place to unwind (and digest) after your climbing and BBQ sessions have drawn to a close. The outdoor baths have panoramic views of mountains and valleys while the powerful jacuzzi jet baths are guaranteed to pummel any muscle pain out of you - if you can bear to get close enough.
The facility is open on weekdays 11:00-21:00 (last entry 20:30) and on weekends and national holidays 10:00-22:00 (last entry 21:30). Entry costs just ¥1,000 (£7) for adults and ¥550 (£3.90) for children (slightly more on weekends, national holidays and at peak times).
Camp Out in Paddington Bear Campground
Now that you have a full belly and a relaxed body you surely won’t want to make the effort go anywhere else! Why not make a night of it by staying over and enjoying the great outdoors at the nearby Paddington Bear campground?
There are various lodging options for your night under the stars, from permanent teepee-like tents (from ¥7,800/£55) and log cabins (from ¥9,100/£64) to more luxurious cottages (from ¥10,900/£77) and caravans (from ¥18,000/£126), with Paddington Bear themed decorations to amuse the little ones.
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