Autumn Leaves Kawagoe Water Park I love the way in Saitama there is no shortage of places to try out. I’ve known that the Kawagoe Water (/Aquatic) Park, 川越水上公園、is near my house for sometime, but today is the first time I ventured there. I thought the water park was onlyRead More →

Written in 2013, updated in 2017. The first time I visited Kawagoe Sports park (川越運動公園)I wasn’t all that enamored with it.  From the point of view of a parent, there is little to entertain older children and it is most suited to a small child.  However, they have recently upgraded the playground and soRead More →

Santa Claus is coming to the Kodomo no shiro in Kawagoe city, Saitama, on the 12th of December from 11am. You don’t have to book for it, just turn up on the day. It is for children from 1 years old up to and including preschoolers. Kodomo no shiro, KawagoeRead More →

I tried a new park today. It’s a bit of a hobby of mine to find new places to bring the kids, can you tell!? The park is Mizohata Park in Sakado, only a 2 minute walk from Kitasakado station and quite close to the Sakado Jidokan (free children’s community centre).  It’s aRead More →

Multi-purpose park with Campsite, BBQ, Zoo, Fishing, Sport facilities, Athletic Playground, Multi-use Playground, Beautiful Flora and Fauna. Chikozan Park in Sayama is close to the controversial proposed site of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Golf Tournament. It is a beautiful vast park with lots of attractions for all types and ages.Read More →

Light Art Healing, Winter Illumination at Cocoon, Saitama Shintoshin Dates: November 2nd 2013 to February 14th 2014 Hours: 17.00 – 24.00 Place: Selected areas of the Cocoon Mall at the east exit of the Saitama Shintoshin station Price: Free Parking: Open 9.00 – 1.00. 200 yen for 30 minutes, butRead More →

Winter Night Illumination Keyaki Hiroba (2)

Winter Illumination at Keyaki Hiroba Every year Keyaki Hiroba at Saitama Shintoshin has winter illumination. The theme and name of the illumination changes each year. But for the last few years Keyaki Hiroba’s winter illumination has remained one of the most popular in Saitama. Update 2018: This year the themeRead More →

Starlight christmas

Starlight Christmas, Winter Illumination at the Central Gate of Shinrin Park. The Starlight Illumination is the last of three annual illumination displays at Shinrin Park (Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park). When I first wrote this post in 2013 the illumination was called Starlight Christmas. The “Christmas” was dropped a fewRead More →

Autumn leaves by night at the Central Gate of Shinrin park This post was written in 2013. The up-to-date and more detailed version for 2018-   Dates: November 1st to December 1st, 2013 Hours: 16.30 to 20.30, last entry 20.00 Place: CENTRAL GATE of Shinrin Park Price: 400 yen perRead More →

 UPDATE: 2015 this event is commencing Saturday November 28th   Gyoda City, Kodai Hasu no Sato, “ancient lotus pond”, is best known for its paddy art which you can view from an observational tower. During December, they open the tower on certain dates to view illumination in the area below. Dates: December 1st, 7th, 8th andRead More →