Update 2018 – unfortunately Kids US Land Higashimatsuyama Closed on August 31st 2018 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 escapeRead More →

Play Center Konosu – Another day, another play area! We are on a seek and find quest for even more new (to us) play areas in Saitama. Call it a hobby, or an obsession, it keeps munchkin #4 highly entertained and keeps me on my toes. My overall impression ofRead More →

Preschooler fun at Bornelund Kid-o-Kid in Cocoon 2, Omiya, Saitama City Bornelund Kid-O-Kid Concealed in the back corner of the third floor of Cocoon 2 is a veritable preschooler’s paradise.  Bornelund’s Kid-o-kid recently celebrated its one year anniversary. It still looks like it just opened.  The equipment is very well kept, pristine, brightRead More →

Nestled in the lush woods near the top of the 291 meter high Sengenyama, is the entrance to Saitama’s longest roller slide. The roller slide in Miharashi no Oka Park in the washi paper making town of Ogawa is 203 meters long.  And if you can manage to slow yourselfRead More →

Giant Totoro in Kurosuke's house Totoro Forests

Hiking in the Totoro Forest in Sayama Hills in Tokorozawa. Information on an easy hiking trail for families in the Totoro Foundation area of the Sayama Hills. Read More →

【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 toRead More →

We used to spend almost every weekend each August in the Chichibu area, mainly Yokoze and Nagatoro, before we had kids. It is one of my favourite areas in Saitama due to the abundance of nature. It is a very beautiful part of Saitama, and indeed the Kanto area. AndRead More →

shibazakura saitama

Shibazakura Chichibu – The renowned Shibazakura or Moss Phlox of Chichibu’s Hitsujiyama Park come into bloom annually in April and last until early May. The 2020 Shibazakura festival has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, but the Hitsujiyama park that they are in, is still open for you to admire theRead More →

Its that wonderful time of the year again when we can live without either heating or air conditioning. When spring is in the air, but summer is just around the corner. Golden Week is very aptly named ; between the weather and the events it really is a golden timeRead More →

Climbing Kawagoe Monolith Kawagoe “Great indoor location for a half day of climbing fun for the family” Climbing Kawagoe Located on the border of Kawajima Town on route 254, Monolith, Kawagoe’s newest bouldering gym, opened about 18 months ago. It has enjoyed a regular trade since the very beginning. One of the appeals ofRead More →