Category: RELAXATION

Perfect for the rainy season; baths and play area in You Park | OGOSE

Like so many places in Japan, You Park Ogose goes by many names, “Little Indian Village”, “Ogose Fureai Center” and “Yu Park” (or Yuu Park) have been the most commonly used over the years. However, with the renewal open in April, they have cleverly chosen to go with just one; a pun on Yuu (for hot water), You Park Ogose […]

Small branch of Kid’s US Land near station | KAWAGOE

Kid’s US Land Kawagoe Kid’s US Land Kawagoe is the most recent of the super play centre chain to open on the West side of Saitama. It opened in March this year. After visiting both the Higashimatsuyama and Kamifukuoka branches, I was keen to visit the Kawagoe one too, to see how it compares. It has nothing on the other […]

Log cabin in Midori No Mura

Midori No Mura: Remote Retreat, Park and Log cabins | OGANO

  Midori no Mura, Ogano, Chichibu – Driving up through Yokoze and Chichibu Town there was a definite chill in the air. I felt thankful we’d packed some sleeping bags and blankets for our one night stay in log cabins in Ogano. We had packed the additional covers even though futons and duvets are provided at the campsite, because we […]

Huge branch of Kid’s US Land beside station | FUJIMINO

After visiting Kid’s US Land in Higashimatsuyama, I was keen to try out the other branches to see how they compare. On the Internet it looked like the branch in Kamifukuoka (Fujimino) was particularly large, and a trip there this morning confirmed that is it indeed larger than the Higashimatsuyama or Kawagoe branches. It is about 1.5 times larger than Higashimatsuyama […]

Fun for kids of all ages at Kid’s US Land | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Play Center Higashimatsuyama – We are largely an outdoor family, but there are times of the year that we relish indoor play. By and large, summer is spent indoors, first to avoid the rain, then to escape the heat.  As my eldest son (7) and daughter (6) get older it gets harder and harder to find a play center that engages them […]

Must visit shop and foot spa cafe “Tsubaki No Kura” | KAWAGOE

Foot Spa Cafe in souvenir shop – Tsubaki no Kura is a Kura Dai-kukan (Traditional Japanese storehouse space) that has been transformed into a shop that sells Japanese condiments, souvenirs, textiles, sake, Power stones, shrine goods and has a FOOT SPA CAFE and displays art. It is one of my personal favourite spots in Kawagoe and always a stop off […]

Shidax Karaoke with kids | VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Shidax Karaoke – The Shidax are a family friendly Karaoke chain that offer many different packages for an affordable few hours of fun with family or friends.  As it is a franchise, each branch is independently run and has its own system. Prices, packages and facilities differ between each branch. Some branches offer a kids room with extra facilities for […]

Last day of summer food treats, dentist and cat cafe | KAWAGOE

The kids are fairly exhausted after seven weeks of play dates, play centres, day trips, weekends away, special treats and seasonal activities. For their last day of holidays I wanted to treat them without physically exerting them, before the older three go back to school and preschool tomorrow. So rather than a play centre or physical activity, I settled on […]

The local guide to cafes in Kawagoe: Part ①

There is a huge choice of cafes in Kawagoe, too many for one article. Part 1 introduces THREE of my favourites, simply chosen for the first article as they are the ones I visited most recently. The featured photo with the parasols is the last entry; Tsubakiya. Each of these 3 cafes are mapped in a My Map at the bottom of the […]

NEWS: Ofuro Cafe Bivouac | KUMAGAYA

Ofuro Cafe Bivouac – The opening day for the new super hotspring in KUMAGAYA Saitama is drawing close. This is one to get excited about folks, because apart from being a state of the onsen, it has lots of extra services AND hammocks and a climbing wall for adults! Please note, this onsen is not suitable to children under 7 […]