Suitopia in Konan City

Three times a week, when Mami goes to her part-time job, I watch over Rikuto. Now, I know our 1-year-old son would be quite happy to watch YouTube all day, but that’s not going to happen. Instead, I try to take him to some of the sightseeing places around town. We’ve already done a lot in Kakamigahara, so today we headed south and crossed into Aichi prefecture where we would take in the view from the Suitopia Skyroom in Konan City.

Excuse the blurry picture. it was hard to take with Rikuto squirming in my arms, trying to grab the camera! But look at what a gorgeous day we had! It was 27 degrees in October!

Suitopia is right on the bank of the Kiso river that runs between Gifu and Aichi prefectures. According to the Konan City website

The place opened in September 30, 1994, as a multiple-purpose facility to promote gathering, contact, and exchange among the citizens. This is a part of the city project to create a hometown in harmony with water and green. In the facility, there are lodging, which can accommodate 80 guests, a seminar room, a exhibition center, an observatory tower, a tennis court, a square, and so on.

As wonderful as that sounds, there wasn’t much for an Englishman and a baby other than the observation deck at the top of the tower. For a measly 210 yen, we took the elevator up, past the window washers, who you can see in the photo above, and to the “Skyroom”.

Looking south, you can see Nagoya, but looking north across the river into Gifu prefecture is a bit less “concrete”…

Like any observation deck, you walk around for a few minutes and that’s about it. We were lucky we had such clear views, but I’m not so sure Rikuto was all that interested…

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7 thoughts on “Suitopia in Konan City

  1. This thing is in Konan? Man, someone at the city hall really made those white elephant bubble era loans go along way.

    And Nick, why nothing yet about your fellow Brit taking a swim in the Imperial moat?

  2. I feel bad for England, but I have to say, I was so glad when I found out he wasn’t an American Marine.

  3. Geeze Nick when I was staying with you, you never took me to Konan… I had to settle for the airplane museum and earthquake simulator! 😉 Just kidding… it was the best day of my life!

    1. If I remember rightly, it was a miserably rainy and cloudy day when you came to stay. The view from the Suitopia tower would have been crap! 😛

  4. Wow Nick! That little fellow gets around. That is a really good education and much better for him than sitting indoors all day.

  5. It’s great that you are able to put in (or make) that kind of quality time with Rikuto. You’re a good J-web daddy. 🙂

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