Godaison Ogose Azalea April 14th 2023

Azalea Ogose – beautiful azalea sightseeing spot in Ogose town, Saitama. Information for the 2024 Azalea festival is included in this post. But if you are visiting Ogose this weekend, please take due care if you are hiking in the area – a bear was spotted today, April 11th 2024,Read More →

Nagatoro Green leaves light up

Nagatoro green leaves light up in 2024 ~ Tsuki no Ishi Momiji Park in Nagatoro is known for its Autumn leaves. And each year in Autumn they light up the leaves at night. But just before the pandemic they also started lighting up the leaves while they were green. AndRead More →

Kawazuzakura at Cosmos Arena Fukiage Konosu

Information for early spring flowers and the 2024 Fukiage Poppy Festival at Cosmos Arena Fukiage. Which, as the name suggests, is best known for its cosmos. But they bloom in Autumn. This post focuses on a selection of the spring flowers you can see at the venue, including kawazu (earlyRead More →

Festival lanterns and cherry blossoms reflected in water at tsurugashimashi sports park

Information for the annual Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual Tsurugashima Industry Festival and general information for Tsurugashima Sports Park. Update April 7th: the cherry blossom festival has been extended. Tsurugashima Sports Park Tsurugashimashi Sports Park isn’t a particularly large park and, unless you are playing sports, not a particularlyRead More →

Chichibu Muse Park Plum Blossom Festival

The plum blossom grove at Chichibu Muse Park is particularly beautiful. There is something about it and Shinrin Park’s plum blossom grove that sets them apart from the other “bairin”, plum blossom groves, in Saitama Prefecture. Possibly, the clever design that makes them more picture perfect than others. And inRead More →

Misotsuchi icicles lit up at night, aka Otaki Ice Festival Ogano

The Otaki Ice festival, illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles in 2024 will close earlier than initially planned. It was only announced on February 11th that they will close on the 14th. They don’t give a reason, but it has been a very mild winter, so I would speculate it is because theRead More →