Beppunuma Park playground

Beppunuma Park is a large park with a great playground in the North of Saitama. It also has some really lovely cherry blossom trees. It is ideal for hanami with kids. The park hosts several events during the year, including a firefly festival that is popular with locals. General informationRead More →

Isanuma Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Isanuma park in Kawagoe is a frequented wooded area in a rural suburb of Kawagoe. It’s official name is Isanuma park, but recently people refer to it as Isanuma Bouken No Mori. 「冒険の森」Bouken no Mori means “adventure forest” and it refers to the wooded area in the park with anRead More →

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Bustival Tokorozawa

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park is one of Saitama’s better known attractions. Located on the site of Japan’s first airfield (1911), it has been around for a long time and given its proximity to Tokyo and other popular tourist areas, it has always enjoyed a steady flow of customers and greatRead More →

Nagatoro Autocamp summer in Saitama 2020

Information for one of Saitama’s most famous campsites: the scenic, riverside Nagatoro Auto campground. In 2024, they are closing in January and February for winter and will reopen on March 1st 2024. Please note that while I have updated this post with the 2024 information, please bear in mind thatRead More →

Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple is a branch of the Naritasan Shinsoji Buddhist Temple of Narita, Chiba. It has a very interesting, but complex history with many layers of detail. The founder Ishikawa Tomegoro, with the financial backing of wealthy locals, restored what was previously the ruined Hongyoin Temple toRead More →

Tokyo 2020 skateboarding training camp Konosu Saitama with kids saitama olympics

Looking for a skatepark in Saitama or near Tokyo? One place children, in particular, can enjoy skateboarding in Saitama is at Kamiya Park. It has a designated, supervised skatepark. It opened in the winter of 2015 inside the Kamiya General Park, which itself is still relatively new. Moreover, the parkRead More →

Kawagoe Park maple leaves December 2020

Kawagoe Park, also known as Kawagoe Water Park, Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Aquatic Park, is a great all year round park in a rural area of Kawagoe. Kawagoe Park is home to one of Saitama’s largest aqua parks which opens seasonally in summer. The park is particularly renowned forRead More →