Tag: Higashimatsuyama with kids

Yakyu Inari Mikoshi at the Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival

Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Celebrated annually on the 4th Saturday and Sunday of July, the Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival combines an older festival, Hachiman Shrine Tenno Sama festival, and a modern twist of it, Tenno Sama Summer festival. Around 80,000 people attend over the two day period. This year the dates fall on July 28th and 29th. The main part of the festival is at […]

Ageo Santa Higashimatsuyama Santa Sakado Maruhiro

Lapland Santa is coming to Maruhiro | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Higashimatsuyama Santa – The real Santa Claus from Lapland (Finland) is visiting the 5th floor of Maruhiro in Higashimatsuyama on December 10th from 11 am. In previous years it cost 300 yen to get a ticket to meet and greet Santa Claus and get a present of sweets from him, but this year the event is free. However, there is no sweet […]

New Playground at Higashimatsuyama Botanen | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

The new playground at Botanen in Higashimatsuyama (the one near Shinrin Park NOT Yakyu Inari) will temporarily open for the summer holidays from August 1st to 31st. It will not be completly finished or permanently open for business until the end of 2017. This playground is now the biggest playground in the city of Higashimatsuyama.  There is one large combination […]

Fun for kids of all ages at Kid’s US Land | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Play Center Higashimatsuyama – We are largely an outdoor family, but there are times of the year that we relish indoor play. By and large, summer is spent indoors, first to avoid the rain, then to escape the heat.  As my eldest son (7) and daughter (6) get older it gets harder and harder to find a play center that engages them […]

Saitama Sakura

Cherry blossoms and Swimming School | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Swimming School Saitama: Beautiful cherry trees + cleanest pool water in the prefecture! Higashimatsuyama Swimming School Saitama – When we were starting our oldest in swimming classes we looked at a number of pools in the Ageo – Kawagoe – Hiki district – Higashimatsuyama area of Saitama. We settled on one of the swimming schools in Higashimatsuyama. There are two […]

Aruzo Land: Free play center in a Real Estate Agency | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Aruzo Land – It was certainly a first for me to discover a free play center in a Real Estate Agency. Sure, lots of real estate agencies (plus car sales showrooms, dentists, phone shops…you name it), have play areas in Japan. But this is a full on PLAY CENTER, not just a play area. Please scroll down the bottom for information about […]

Shidax Karaoke with kids | VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Shidax Karaoke – The Shidax are a family friendly Karaoke chain that offer many different packages for an affordable few hours of fun with family or friends.  As it is a franchise, each branch is independently run and has its own system. Prices, packages and facilities differ between each branch. Some branches offer a kids room with extra facilities for […]

A fun and educational summer drive | Higashimatsuyama Hatoyama

This morning after a sudden change of plans, I decided it was time we check out one place on the summer wishlist: the JAXA earth observation centre. As we departed the house I had planned to just go to JAXA, but when the three girls (5, 3 and 1 years old) weren’t too enamoured with my choice, I improvised a […]

Yakyu Inari Shrine, the Baseball Shrine| Higashimatsuyama

The Baseball Shrine – Yakyu Inari Shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, just 1 hour and 10 minutes from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo line.  It is one of many shrines to the God Inari. However, what makes it special is that its Chinese characters (“Yakyu” 箭弓) are pronounced the same as the Japanese for baseball (野球).  It has thus come to […]

Easter in Saitama | Saitama Children’s zoo

My first Easter in Japan in 2001 the only place we could buy Easter eggs was on an American base. Last year, 2015, I could buy them in a local shop. This year they are even selling plastic eggs in the Daiso 100 yen shop. Like many of the Western holidays with marketing value, Japan has embraced the commercialism of Easter, […]