Small local park suited to kids with cherry blossoms Tobu Tojo Line Katsusehara Memorial park in Fujimi is a great park for hanami (cherry blossom picnic) and play dates with toddlers. It was one of my favourite parks for meeting my own friends for a good chat when all fourRead More →

A map of most of the key locations for hanami and / or sakura cherry blossom viewing in the Saitama area. Please click on the location for further information. If you have a blog post or photo of any location on the map (or indeed any location not on theRead More →

McDonald’s McCafe and Playland for a cheap play date with friends and kids! Last week the Kawagoe Kinome branch of McDonald’s re-opened as a much better, classier, family friendly branch of McDonald’s. The new branch has a McCafé by Barista and a Playland, McDonald’s hallmark free children’s play area. McDonaldsRead More →

Ouchizawa Peach Blossoms, Higashichichibu, Saitama I am trying a new section on the blog to showcase beautiful areas of Saitama, that I just haven’t had and won’t have the time to visit in the near future. One of the places at the top of my “must visit at the end ofRead More →

2017 version. This is a master list of the zoos, farms, aquariums and other places with animals in the Tokyo area that are suited to children. You will also find a handful of locations that are actually outside Tokyo, but considered part of the Greater Tokyo area and renowned as placesRead More →

Sayama Museum, Inariyama Park and Kome To Cha Cafe Sayama Municipal Museum, Saitama, is a city museum in Sayama Inari Yama Park on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.  They tend to host a lot of travelling exhibits suitable or designed for children. We have been to many of their exhibits in theRead More →

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 justRead More →

Foot Spa Cafe in souvenir shop in the tourist area of Kawagoe City – April 2020 – please note that during the Saitama State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Tsubaki No Kura souvenir shop and foot spa cafe are currently temporarily closed. They have not yet stated onRead More →

Niko niko garden in Festa Ageo in the Value Plaza Value Plaza Ageo is an old style department store and walking into it you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d gone through a time slip to the 1980s. It is a cold and stark building, both indoors and out. And first impressionsRead More →

In this article: the low down on Maruhiro – free play, roof top Ferris wheel (until 31.8.2019) and rides, video arcade, family facilities, kid friendly restaurant, cute animal shaped desserts, tax free shopping, special information for attending the Kawagoe Festivals with kids, and Lapland Santa! The post contains external (affiliate)Read More →