Kanazawa Natural Park is a park connected to the Yokohama Shiritsu Kanazawa Zoo. It is about a 20 minute drive to the park from our house. It has been on my list of places to visit because it has “the best roller slide” in the area.

My first experience with roller slides was at Kannonzaki Park in December. When I went to that park, I only used a piece of cardboard to slide. Today’s experience was much better thanks again to Dina. One of the turnover items she gave me was her family set of roller slide sleds or HipSori (notice they can be used in snow as well).

I invited Jenn and her two kids to go to the park with me. I also thought it would be a good chance to show Jenn a little bit more of the area and I knew the kids would love the slides. We set off this morning. The drive was very easy. In fact, the most challenging part of the experience was finding a parking spot. We never found the advertised parking for the park. Instead we used one of the public parking lots. Anyways, back to the slide.

The slide is literally made up of rollers. As gravity pulls you down the slide, the rollers help move you faster. Here we are at the top of the slide. Please notice the size of the sled. They are best suited for kids and kids at heart!

Getting ready for the first trip down.

Hayden and Mady went down at least seven times. No small feat when you consider they had to climb back up to the top each time! Plus, it was super humid – it was a sweaty spaghetti kind of day!

Our timing was pretty good. There were several Japanese students at the park on a field trip and they sat down to eat lunch shortly after we arrived. This gave the kids plenty of time to run to the top and ride down. Over and over and over and over!

I took a video of my second trip down the slide. The sound is the sled going over the rollers. I did use my feet a little to brake. The sled made it go so much faster than cardboard!

We can definitely add this to your list of things to do when you visit. I recommend we go when it is not as humid as it was today because you really need to wear long pants and long sleeves. I got a couple raspberries on my ankle and elbow from rubbing the sides of the slide. But, as Ricky Bobby would say, “Rubbin’, son, is racin'”!