Saitama Strawberry Picking

A selection of 12 Strawberry Picking farms in Western Saitama, for the 2023 strawberry picking season. Some of these farms are open from December 2022, which is included in the information below. Western Area There are five areas in Saitama: Central, Eastern, Western, Northern and Chichibu. The Western area ofRead More →

Buckwheat at the Arakawa Roadside Station

Arakawa Roadside Station is a rest area in the Arakawa Hino area of Chichibu. The area is also known as the Hino Sightseeing Plantation Village. Attractions within and around the roadside station include fruit picking, nature museum, flowers, playground, restaurant, shopping, hot spring and steam locomotive! And in September theRead More →

Cover photo of voluptuous hydrangea along a ditch for a post about the Rakusato no Kai hydrangea in Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture

Information for the seasonal blooms and new Roadside Station at Rakusato no Kai, an off the beaten path spot in Okegawa. Sometimes it pays to get lost. I was attempting to go to one of the three safflower fields in Okegawa today. The safflower were nowhere in sight and IRead More →

Sumiyoshi Sakura No sato 2020

Information for the Sumiyoshi Sakura no Sato すみよし桜の里 / Sumiyoshi Kawazuzakura すみよし河津桜 in Sakado. Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato is a riverside embankment walk in Sakado City, Saitama, about an hour from Tokyo. Along the embankment there are early blooming cherry blossoms called Kawazuzakura. Kawazu Zakura are one of the earliestRead 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 →

Cosmos in full bloom at Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park

Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park, fruit and vegetable picking, food farming, farm product processing experiences and seasonal flowers. Cosmos information added in Autumn 2022. The information for the 2022 – 2023 Strawberry Picking season has also been added. Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park The Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park, or Higashimatsuyama Norin Park, re-opened on AugustRead More →

Hodosan Nagatoro

General information about wintersweet aka Japanese allspice aka Robai, as well as the latest information for the Wintersweet at Hodosan Robaien (Nagatoro) in January 2023. In this post: Wintersweet Wintersweet, also known as Japanese Allspice, or by its scientific name Chimonanthus praecox, is a winter blooming deciduous shrub that isRead More →

Umerin and Mini SL at Ogose Bairin best flowers 2019 plum blossoms ume

Ogose Plum Grove / Bairin is one of three big plum blossom forests in the Kanto area. Bairin 梅林 is the Japanese for a plum grove, or quite literally a plum forest. The whole of Ogose is a virtual plum blossom forest, you can see stretches of beautifully gnarled treeRead More →

Strawberry Selection Afternoon Tea Kawagoe Prince Hotel

Today’s afternoon tea post is ironically in stark contrast to yesterday’s. From yesterday’s quaint tea house in an idyllic setting in Tokyo, to today’s wanting tea room of the bleak Lobby Lounge in Kawagoe. You would think that Tokyo would have the austere building and impersonal afternoon tea and thatRead More →