Hodosan shrine

Hodosan shrine, one of my top ten favorite shrines of all time, is one of those rare shrines that is well worth going out of your way to visit. Apart from its intriguing 1900 year history, the beauty and detail of the shrine and the grounds will captivate you inRead More →

Shimokubo dam and Kanna Lake Saitama / Gunma

I have been to several dams in Japan over the years. They are all very picturesque and the engineering admirable. I never really had a favorite… until earlier this month. I was instantly bewitched when I visited the Shimokubo Dam that straddles Fujioka City in Gunma and Kamikawa town inRead More →

Kanasana shrine Kamikawa

Kanasana Shrine is a rare type of shrine that preserves koshinto, the old form of shinto worship. At Kanasana they venerate the entire mountain, Mt Mitake, as a God in the back of the worship hall. Supposedly there are only three shrines of this kind in all of Japan. Also,Read More →

Houkou Ichijiku (Japanese fig) farm in Kawajima Town at Tobainuma Natural Park

Tobainuma Natural park is a small rural area in Kawajima Town. The Tobainuma Natural Park has an Ichijiku farm and a fishing park. Both very rural, so nothing fancy and limited services. Ichijiku is a type of Japanese fig. Kawajima Town is the largest producer of Ichijiku in Saitama Prefecture.Read More →

Jomine Park Campsite / Camping ground Saitama prefecture Japan

Jomine Park (or Jyomine Park) on Mt Jomine, by Lake Kanna and the Shimokubo dam in Kamikawa, Saitama on the border of Fujioka City, Gunma. Jomine Park It was a dream come true finally staying in Jomine Park Camping grounds during the winter cherry blossom and autumn leaf season. TheRead More →

corona update

Saitama Coronavirus updates – Corona updates for Saitama Prefecture for December and November. Saitama Coronavirus Updates Last update 12/03 at 19:39 December 3rd 151 cases 2 deaths 151 new cases of Covid-19 and 2 deaths were reported in Saitama Prefecture, December 3rd. The prefecture announced the deaths. 148 people haveRead More →

Da Vinci Store Tokorozawa Sakura Town

Da Vinci Store – just one of dozens of new shops and attractions at the Tokorozawa Sakura Town🔗. Tokorozawa Sakura Town is a unique entertainment mall. It is the brain child of Kadokawa Corporation and was developed with the cooperation of Tokorozawa City. Da Vinci Store The 507㎡ Da VinciRead More →

Ooka SHimin

Every November in Japan there are chrysanthemum festivals all around the country where you can see potted chrysanthemum displays. However, there are only a few places where you can actually see chrysanthemum flower beds. In Saitama anyway. One place you can see chrysanthemum growing in a manicured garden is theRead More →

Cosmos at Aina water park

Cosmos flowers at Aina Water Park, October in Saitama. Aina Water Park Aina water park is a riverside park used by locals in Kawagoe. It is along the Iruma river. For the most part, this stretch of the Iruma river is not suited to water play. However, there is another,Read More →

Floral water font saimyouji

LGBTQ+ friendly and discrimination free 800 year old Saimyouji, Kawagoe. (The temple is also known as Yokoyama Saimyouji or Saimyoji or Saimyo / Saimyou Temple.) LGBTQ+ A few months ago I accidentally caught a snippet of a TV report of a temple, Saimyouji, in Kawagoe performing same sex marriages. OnlyRead More →