Kashiwaba Oakleaf Hydrangea at Sashiogi Shrine Saitama City

You hear so much about “ajisai dera” (hydrangea temples) at this time of year in Japan. But what about hydrangea shrines? Hundreds of shrines throughout Saitama have some hydrangea on their grounds, but for some reason its all about the hydrangea temples! Well there is an actual reason – hydrangea’sRead More →

saitama rose gardens

Ten rose gardens in Saitama Prefecture, commutable from Tokyo. The locations in this post change slightly every year. Each year I change at least one location, so even if you saw the 2023 version of this post, you will find that the 2024 list is slightly different. The main periodRead More →

Once upon a time Greenrose was a garden cafe, but ever since the pandemic it is now just an open garden. A stunning rose garden with other blooms too… Garden Cafe Greenrose Garden Cafe Greenrose is a private garden that opens to the public for the rose season twice aRead More →

Takinoiri Rose Garden Moroyama Town Iruma County

Takinoiri is a countryside area in Moroyama Town in the Iruma-gun of Saitama Prefecture. This remote rural scenic town is only about an hour from North West Tokyo by car. Unfortunately, by public transport it is a little trickier to get to and takes considerably longer. However, if you wantRead More →

Le Jairdin Secret

Le Jardin Secret is a stunning rose garden at a private residence in Kumagaya City. According to the owner there are approximately 1200 roses and many other flowers in the garden. Each year at the end of spring and start of summer, they have a “rose festival”. Moreover, they haveRead More →

Ina rose festival

Information for Saitama’s largest rose garden at Ina Memorial Park and biannual rose festivals. This year, 2024, the Ina Rose Festival is starting earlier than usual, during Golden Week! The second half of Golden Week, from May 3rd. Information for the 2024 spring rose festival and, the smaller, Autumn twoRead More →

Iwatsuki Midsummer Night Market

Special events at Iwatsuki Crescent mall for Golden Week 2024. For the opening of the Golden Week events the popular Iwatsuki Night Market is on. The night market started a few years ago as a summer event, called “Midsummer Night Market”. The event has been so successful that this yearRead More →

Umezono shrine Ogose

With plum blossom season on the horizon, tonight’s choice of long overdue draft posts for publication is the beautiful Umezono shrine in Ogose. Not only is the shrine in the vicinity of the famed plum blossoms, it is the origin of them. The beauty of Umezono Shrine is in itsRead More →