summer in Saitama 2020

Summer in Saitama 2020 – Things are a lot different this summer in the shadow of the Coronavirus outbreak. For one, summer holidays are much shorter for most people, whether you are a child or an adult. Then of course there is the fact that the majority of our belovedRead More →

Kinomura Camp Tokigawa

This is one post I am particularly happy to be bringing you! We have been trying to stay at Kinomura Camp in Tokigawa for the last five years. However, as it is extremely popular we have never been able to secure a booking for a date we wanted. This year,Read More →

Suzumegawa sabo dam tokigawa

Five year old really wanted to play in some water today. However, most of the water play areas in parks are closed on account of the Coronavirus. It was a blessing in disguise, because instead we went to a Suzumegawa Sabo Dam park with a natural river. My favorite kind!Read More →

Different stages of washi making washi workshop

Nowadays, there are several places you can try a washi workshop, even in Tokyo. But there are only three places in the whole of Japan with the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition for their traditional handmade washi paper. In Shimane prefecture it is Sekishubun paper, in Gifu prefecture it isRead More →

taiko experience with ondekoza

Taiko with Ondekoza – Traditional Japanese taiko is invigorating to watch, but it is even more exhilarating to play. But training with the esteemed Ondekoza taiko drum troupe is an experience an a whole other level. The afternoon I spent watching and playing taiko with some of my peers andRead More →

Fueki Shoyu Kinbue Soy Sauce Park

Eat, learn, experience, play and shop at the innovative (Fueki Shoyu) Kinbue Soy Sauce Park, Kawajima Town, Saitama The outstanding Kinbue Soy Sauce Park will open on Saturday, November 16th 2019. The park from the legendary Fueki Shoyu creates an interactive recreational space for visitors where you can eat, learn,Read More →

Matsuoka Brewery Ogawamachi from insaitama.com cool things to do in Saitama

Tourist Brewery Japan: Matsuoka Brewery is a record breaking and historic sake producer in the agricultural and rustic town of Ogawa, Saitama Matsuoka Tourist Brewery Japan Matsuoka Brewery is a 168 year old sake brewery with an outstanding reputation. For eight consecutive years it has been awarded the title ofRead More →

Comoriver Glamping Site

Comoriver by Onsen Dojo in Tokigawa Town in the Hiki District of Saitama Prefecture. Comoriver Comoriver is a campsite, glamping site, cafe and riverside day camp. Onsen Dojo is the chain relaxation service provider behind hot spring resorts such as Cafe Bivouac, Cafe Utatane, and You Park Ogose. Onsen DojoRead More →

CESS Tangible Earth

CESS ~ The centre for Environmental Science in Saitama, or the much more manageable “CESS” for short, is a unique museum in Kazo City, Saitama. It was designed to create awareness and educate about the environment. Particularly, it focuses on the impact of our lifestyles on the ecology and ideasRead More →

Tamagawa Hot Spring

Tamagawa Hot Spring, Tokigawa, or the mouthful that is their full name 昭和 レトロ な 温泉銭湯玉川温泉 ~ Showa Retro Naonsen Sento Tamagawa Hot Spring. A hot spring by the award winning hot spring management company Onsen Dojo. Hereafter Tamagawa Hot Springs for short. Occasionally with the Retro in front, justRead More →