The Tokyo German Village in Sodegaura City, Chiba is very popular during Christmas time because of its illuminations. However, even at day time it has its own charm. Last Thursday, my husband and I went to the Tokyo German Village with some friends. Japan was celebrating its Day of the Mountain at the that time so we decided to leave Tokyo early to avoid the traffic jam. From our place, it took us about an hour and a half by car.
A vast green open space welcomed us as entered the village. We brought our mats out and enjoyed some time under the cloudy sky.
A few minutes later, we decided to play golf at the Putter Golf. I had a great time playing golf for the first time. Although it was not as big as a normal golf course, we had an 18-hole game.
Around lunchtime, we headed to the Marktplatz or market place for some authentic German food. Inside the market place, there is a water fountain where kids can enjoy especially this summer season. There is also a stage where people can enjoy some performance or show. Inside the restaurant, we had a nice barbecue lunch of sausages, meat, and some beer.
After our sumptuous lunch, we decided to enjoy the green open field. The kids enjoyed running and rolling over the thick grass, playing with water guns, and enjoying the spring pond. We, the adults, explored the nearby areas while waiting for the sun to set.
My husband and I also made a brief walk inside the shops and had a few minutes spent on painting clay magnets and playing some card games with strangers.
As the sun went down, we all sat on the grass admiring the village.
Hanabi at Tokyo German Village
We were lucky that there is a hanabi or fireworks display during that time we were there. So instead of rushing back home, we decided to stay and wait for the fireworks. At exactly 7:30 pm, the beautiful fireworks started. Although it only lasted for 15-20 minutes, we all enjoyed admiring its beauty and colors.