Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival

Ageo Maruyama park is frequently listed in Saitama’s top 3 list of family parks. It is personally one of my favourites.  I love that although the park isn’t massive, there is so much to do and see that you can spend a full day there. I particularly like that they have swings that toddlersRead More →

Oisezuka Park, Kawagoe Oisezuka Park is a small park in Kawagoe, but very close to Tsurugashima. It has a lovely well groomed open lawn that is great for a picnic and / or playing ball, chasing or blowing bubbles. :-Parts of the park are very picturesque and it is popularRead More →

Kawagoe Play center

Kawagoe Kodomo No Shiro – a “jidokan” community play center in Kawagoe. Kawagoe Play Center One of the many things I love about life in Japan, is the multitude of free playgrounds, play centers and activities available to all children.  Below is a photo of my son climbing at Kawagoe KodomoRead More →

Peony Walk is a large mall in the city of Higashi Matsuyama.  It’s nearest station is Takasaka, which is probably best known as the station for Saitama Children’s Zoo.  Until the mall was built a few years ago, there wasn’t much in the area at all. Now there are a numberRead More →

Kitamoto Children's park cherry blossoms

Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park 2012 to 2020! Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park is called Kitamoto Children’s Park in English. When I first wrote this blog post in 2012 I only had two children and they were both toddlers. Fast forward eight years and I now have four children aged between 5 and 10Read More →