Category: MUSEUMS & EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES

Kawagoe 3D Trick Art Museum | KAWAGOE

You know your city gets the tourism seal of approval when they open a Trick Art Museum! All the great tourist cities have one; Odaiba, Takao, Atami, Karuizawa to name but a few. The most recent addition to the honor roll: Kawagoe. The Kawagoe Trick Art Museum, at the crossroads of Fudanotsuji, was opened in April of this year. It […]

Ishihara Mokkokan – cafe and retro showroom | KAWAGOE

Ishihara Mokkokan is a small mall of eateries and galleries near the Penny Candy Alley area of Kawagoe. Despite its location it is somewhat off the beaten track and mainly enjoyed by locals. There are two reasons for this. One is that it is not on many of the tourist / history walking maps for Kawagoe. The other is that […]

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park | TOKOROZAWA

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park is one of Saitama’s better known attractions. 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 great reviews. It is a great place for a family day out, especially on a fine day, but it is […]

Totoro at Kurosuke House in Sayama hills tokorozawa

Visiting Totoro at the house of Kurosuke | TOKOROZAWA

Seen as today is the 10 year anniversary of Saitama With Kids, I wanted to get at least one post out of the dozens of unpublished drafts! Visiting Kurosuke’s House in the Totoro Forests was one of our favourite days out so far this year (2018). I previously wrote how we visited the Totoro Forests when the Totoro house was […]

Edo Wonderland

Get your Ninja on at Edo period amusement park | TOCHIGI

Edo Wonderland, Nikko City, Tochigi There are many reasons why people become interested in Japan. For me, my interest started when I was very little, but it was reading James Clavell’s Shogun as a prepubescent girl that really ignited the passion and desire to visit this illustrious country. Further to reading Shogun I got my hands on any fiction or […]

Environmental School and Storyteller Museum, Santome Part 3 | MIYOSHI

This is the third part of a four part series about the rather unusual and entertaining Santome Village (Santome Community) in Miyoshi Town, Saitama. In this segment, I introduce the Kunogi no Mori Environmental School and what Ishizaka has called an “Amusement House” in English, but it translates more accurately as a storyteller museum. The latter is covered by the […]

Upcycled art at Ishizaka educational factory tour

Ishizaka Environmental and Educational Plant tour, Santome PART 2 | MIYOSHI

Santome Group Environmental and Educational Factory Tour (Plant tour) After 8.5 years of touring the many attractions of Saitama prefecture, it is always refreshing to find something different that engages all the family. I previously wrote how the Santome village was our favourite find of 2017 for just that reason. And so far, for 2018 our best experience to date […]

Kawaguchi Skip City Visual Museum

Skip City Visual Museum | KAWAGUCHI

Kawaguchi, Saitama.  A national holiday that falls on a Saturday usually equates full car parking lots, queues for entry, crowds and general pandemonium. So when we arrived at Skip City without encountering a traffic jam, secured a parking spot in a half empty parking lot, with no entry queues nor barely a sinner in sight, I worried that we had […]

Surprisingly interesting School Lunch History Hall | KITAMOTO

School Lunch Japan – The School Lunch History Hall in Kitamoto although small is a surprisingly interesting history hall chronicling the evolution of school lunch in Japan. The building is just one floor, which only requires about half an hour to visit for an adult. With children you could spend about an hour if you chose to watch one of […]

Sayama Municipal Museum, Inariyama Park and Kome To Cha Cafe | SAYAMA

Sayama Museum, Inariyama Park and Kome To Cha Cafe Sayama Municipal Museum, Saitama, is a city museum in Sayama Inari Yama Park on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.  They tend to host a lot of travelling exhibits suitable or designed for children. They have just closed the very excellent pop-up book exhibit and tomorrow the “Heros” exhibit will open. The Fairytales of […]