Santa Tokyu Ibaraki Santa

Santa Claus at Tokyu Department Store The real Santa Claus will visit Tokyu’s flagship store in Shibuya on December 17th between 2 and 3 pm. This is a small event and they will only accommodate the first fifty families to receive a ticket to see Santa. One family receives oneRead More →

Cafe Barbapapa【Information Share】 Today, is the year anniversary of the opening of Café Barbapapa in Lake Town Koshigaya. It was the first and remains the only Café Barbapapa themed cafe in all of Japan.  The French character is quite popular in Japan and the cafe has proved to be aRead More →

Shidax Karaoke – The Shidax are a family friendly Karaoke chain that offer many different packages for an affordable few hours of fun with family or friends.  As it is a franchise, each branch is independently run and has its own system. Prices, packages and facilities differ between each branch.Read More →

Snow Park Kingdom Seibu Amusement Park

Seibu’s Snow Kingdom was discontinued in 2018 and replaced with an outdoor seasonal ice rink. However, at the end of 2019 they reintroduced parts of the Snow park with the ice rink and some new features too. Up to date information for 2020: Snow Kingdom Saitama – Where can my kidsRead More →

Gojyou Waterfall The area of Hidaka is so rich in nature and a beautiful place to enjoy a scenic drive and even some hiking with children.  Many years ago, my husband and I used to visit the area often on our way to Chichibu to escape the summer heat. We often stoppedRead More →

Halloween Events Saitama – Each year the number and quality of Halloween events is improving in the Saitama area. We’ve a way to go before we get to the level of Chiba or Kanagawa, but there is enough in the area for the kids to enjoy. **Halloween kicks off inRead More →

The Kawajima branch of Tsutaya re-opened today after a “renewal”. Unlike other “renewal open”s in the area, the shop has actually changed quite a bit. To mark the day they had a number of special offers, events and a very special guest star. Crayon Shin-chan is Saitama’s most celebrated anime character.Read More →

Kawagoe Kimono – Earlier this year a new Kimono Rental shop opened on the main tourist strip of Koedo (little Edo) Kawagoe. It is housed in a refurbished building down a quaint alley, beside an open fronted wooden amulet craft shop. There are quite a few rental shops in Kawagoe,Read More →

The kids are fairly exhausted after seven weeks of play dates, play centres, day trips, weekends away, special treats and seasonal activities. For their last day of holidays I wanted to treat them without physically exerting them, before the older three go back to school and preschool tomorrow. So ratherRead More →

There is a huge choice of cafes in Kawagoe, too many for one article. Part 1 introduces THREE of my favourites, simply chosen for the first article as they are the ones I visited most recently. The featured photo with the parasols is the last entry; Tsubakiya. Each of these 3 cafes areRead More →