Chichibu Muse Park is a sprawling recreational space in the hills of Ogano. It offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Mt Buko. There are many sections to the park, offering both indoor and outdoor leisure / recreation facilities, and even accommodation. The park is suited toRead More →

Midori no mura festival

Midori No Mura Festival – On the last day of Golden Week 2019, on Monday May 6th, Midori No Mura are having their annual spring festival. They will have their koinobori flying for the festival and the preceding weeks. It is a particularly child friendly event. Midori No Mura isRead More →

Ogano deer park and shrine in the biker town of Ogano in Chichibu Saitama

Ogano Deer Park is a small animal park on the site of Oshika shrine, more commonly known as the biker’s shrine. Ogano is named for the deer in the area, it quite literally means “small deer field”. Ironically, the area is not that well known for its deer, but isRead More →

Horse riding experience

Horse riding experience Midori No Mura ~ Midori no Mura have a number of events during the year. One of their regular events offers children the chance to meet and/or ride a horse or pony. It is one of only a handful of public places that regularly have ponies orRead More →

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles are one of three icicle winter spectacles of Chichibu. “Hyakkei” means hundred and the Saitama Prefectural Tourism website translates the icicles name as Onouchi Hundred Icicles. However, the icicles are most commonly referred to as the romanized version of their Japanese name. 2020 icicles Due to theRead More →

ogano gun festival

Ogano Gun Festival – Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. Known unofficially as the “finale of the Chichibu festival” the event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. It is alwaysRead More →

Ogano spring festival kabuki

Ogano Kabuki and Ogano Spring festival – Ogano is a very beautiful town in Chichibu district. Unlike many other city and towns that have their main festival in the summer, Ogano’s principal festival is the one they hold in spring. It is a festival rich in traditional performances and culture.Read More →

summer in Saitama 2020

Summer in Saitama 2020 – Things are a lot different this summer in the shadow of the Coronavirus outbreak. For one, summer holidays are much shorter for most people. Then of course there is the fact that the majority of our beloved festivals and fireworks have been cancelled. Moreover, theRead More →

Kinomura Camp Tokigawa

This is one post I am particularly happy to be bringing you! We have been trying to stay at Kinomura Camp in Tokigawa for the last five years. However, as it is extremely popular we have never been able to secure a booking for a date we wanted. This year,Read More →

ashigakubo icicles

Tentative information for the Ashigakubo Icicles in 2021. The icicles are generally open to the public from the first week in January to the last week in February. In 2020 due to warmer than normal weather the icicles were severely effected and the event ended up starting late and endingRead More →