Category: DAYTRIP / DRIVE

Kona's Coffee

New branch of Kona’s Coffee opens | KAZO

A new branch of Kona’s Coffee Hawaiian Pancake House opened this month in Kazo City. There is a whole new development in the area where it opened: around Viva Home in the Shimotakayanagi area of Kazo. Kona’s Coffee is a Hawaiian style pancake and coffee house restaurant with branches all over Japan. The Kona’s Coffee aren’t particularly child friendly in […]

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Visiting Totoro at the house of Kurosuke | TOKOROZAWA

Seen as today is the 10 year anniversary of Saitama With Kids, I wanted to get at least one post out of the dozens of unpublished drafts! Visiting Kurosuke’s House in the Totoro Forests was one of our favourite days out so far this year (2018). I previously wrote how we visited the Totoro Forests when the Totoro house was […]

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Fireflies in their natural habitat | CHICHIBU

Did you know that you can see fireflies in Saitama all year round? The Tobu Zoo is home to the first and only firefly house in the world. And while it is fascinating to see fireflies anywhere or anytime, there is nothing quite like seeing them in the wild in their natural habitat. Chichibu is one of the few locations in […]

Fun packed and family friendly Nasunogahara Campsite | TOCHIGI

Nasunogahara Park Campsite with Crafting, Swimming pools, Hot springs, Grass Sledging, Athletic Playground, Multipurpose playground, Climbing playground, Tennis, Windmill, Observation Tower, Bike rental   My family of six are unanimously agreed that Nasunogahara campsite is our favourite camping ground to date. It is the perfect location for a family trip alone or as a group of families as we were […]

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Forest adventure Ueno and Mahoba No Mori | GUNMA

Just over the Saitama border, in the stunning and tranquil district of Tano, the Mahoba No Mori campsite and Forest Adventure Ueno are perched unobtrusively on the side of a lush mountain.  A formidable skybridge, an attraction in itself, links one mountain top to another, giving quick and easy access to Kawawa Natural Park, the Fujido caves and a fun […]

Edo Wonderland

Get your Ninja on at Edo period amusement park | TOCHIGI

Edo Wonderland, Nikko City, Tochigi There are many reasons why people become interested in Japan. For me, my interest started when I was very little, but it was reading James Clavell’s Shogun as a prepubescent girl that really ignited the passion and desire to visit this illustrious country. Further to reading Shogun I got my hands on any fiction or […]

Kabazakura

Only one in the world: Saitama’s famous cherry blossom | KITAMOTO

Saitama’s Kabazakura – Last year (2017) we went to visit Saitama’s most famous cherry blossom in Kitamoto. It is one of Japan’s five designated “great” sakura. Moreover, it is the only naturally formed kabazakura in the whole world, a true one of a kind. It is approximately 800 years old. Revered for hundreds of years, its majesty was officially sealed […]

Steam Locomotive Paleo Express | KUMAGAYA TO CHICHIBU

【Information Share】 Featured photo of Steam Locomotive with Cherry blossoms by アラツク is used with permission. The Steam Locomotive (SL) Paleo Express that runs between Kumagaya and Chichibu is the closest steam locomotive ride to Tokyo. Thanks to the Shinkansen from Tokyo and Ueno stations, it takes less than 40 minutes to get to the Kumagaya station. Shortly after you set off from […]

Mt Takao with children (includes New Years data) | HACHIOJI 【TOKYO】

Mt Takao with children – The first time I went to Mt Takao with my 4 kids, they were all under 7 at the time. The youngest had just turned one.  I did the trip sans husband, but thankfully with my best friend, Japanese food writer Fiona Uyema, and her 2 children. I had chosen to take Fiona there, who was visiting […]

Easy Hike to Gojyou Waterfall | HIDAKA

Gojyou Waterfall The area of Hidaka is so rich in nature and a beautiful place to enjoy a scenic drive and even some hiking with children.  Many years ago, my husband and I used to visit the area often on our way to Chichibu to escape the summer heat. We often stopped at a shrine with a preserved house that I never realised, […]