Metsa reopens Starbucks Saitama Metsa Village

Starbucks Saitama reopen. According to live Google, “Starbucks“ is the top searched word today, Tuesday May 19th 2020, in Japan. I was intrigued so I ran a search and pulled up several articles myself, even in the English language. It turns out that Starbucks reopened, rather suddenly, for business todayRead More →

Bagna Cauda and creative cuisine restaurant Modesty crea mall kawagoe

Continuing with the take-out series, today I am introducing Modesty a creative cuisine restaurant in local Kawagoe. I say local, because this is one is off the beaten tourist path of Kawagoe. It is in Crea Mall, a pedestrianized shopping area, that is popular with locals for shopping, entertainment andRead More →

Kawagoe bakery raku raku

Kawagoe Bakery Raku Raku is possibly the most popular bakery in Kawagoe. It is certainly one of the busiest and most famous. Raku Raku is one of dozens of eateries in Kawagoe offering take out and delivery services during the Saitama State of Emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. KawagoeRead More →

Vegetable Plate at Yururi Cafe kawagoe

Today’s Lunch (Kyou no gohan in Japanese) Yururi Cafe is a trendy cafe beside Renkeiji in the tourist district of Kawagoe. Hereafter “Yururi Cafe” for short. During the Coronavirus outbreak they have take out and delivery options available until May 6th. From May 6th there is no delivery, but thereRead More →

pancake tuesday 2020

Pancakes are now a popular treat in Japan. Some even eat them for breakfast and it is very common to find them on a breakfast buffet menu. They are also popular for lunch and / or as a dessert. Many restaurants have pancakes on their menu and there are specialtyRead More →

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed Gyoda

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed, Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture. I didn’t have an opinion on trains one way or another until I came to Japan. But, as happens to so many after spending sometime in Japan, I jumped on the train-loving-train and never got off! I have a fascination withRead More →

Market Terrace

Market Terrace Kawagoe – when the Market Terrace opened in rural Kawagoe a few years ago it was near impossible to get a seat unless you were prepared to wait hours. Which I wasn’t. But while the excellent value for money buffet restaurant retains a full house even on theRead More →

Garden Cafe Greenrose ~ View the stunning roses and seasonal blooms over a cup of tea and cake during the open garden period… Garden Cafe Greenrose is a private garden that opens to the public for the rose season twice a year. Roses bloom in Saitama during the spring andRead More →

bokuranote dog cafe saitama

Bokuranote “our hands”: Dog cafe, Dog run, Dog Shelter, Kawajima Town I think it is fair to say that, by and large, Japan is an animal and pet loving country. Despite that though, there is a surprisingly high number of pets abandoned in Japan each year. Of which a highRead More →

Hilltop farm

Strawberry and Blueberry picking at Hilltop farm and cafe, Namegawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. Aptly named “hilltop” rustic charm farm cafe with bric-à-brac and antique shop with great views of Namegawa. Strawberry and blueberry picking in season. Hilltop Farm Hilltop farm is part of Yatsu no Sato, a community agriculture parkRead More →