Japan's longest sakura corridor Minuma

Did you know Saitama Prefecture is home to Japan’s longest cherry blossom corridor? And according to Saitama City, it is not just the longest, but also Japan’s number 1 “sakura kairo”! Saitama Prefecture, beside Tokyo, is the only prefecture with a twenty kilometer long cherry blossom ‘corridor’ in all ofRead More →

Temporary Cover photo for Shingashi River

Cherry Blossoms and boat ride, Shingashi River – Kawagoe is just 31 minutes from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on the Tobu Tojo line.  It is a popular tourist town. One of Kawagoe’s most spectacular spots to enjoy “sakura” is out the back of Hikawa shrine, where the cherry blossoms line the Shingashi River. UntilRead More →

shibazakura saitama

Information for the 2024 Shibazakura Matsuri, aka Moss Phlox Festival, on the Shibazakura Hill at Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu. Shibazakura Hill Shibazakura are a dainty bright flower that create a striking colored carpet. In English, the most common name is moss phlox (phlox subulata). Shibazakura no Oka (Moss Phlox Hill)Read More →

The main torii to Hodosan shrine with cherry blossoms at the Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival

Nagatoro Cherry Blossoms – Nagatoro is easily one of Saitama’s most beautiful locations. Thus it enjoys tourists all year round due to the abundance of stunning natural scenery. Spring is no exception when thousands flock to see the famous cherry blossoms in full bloom. Until 2019 the Nagatoro Cherry Blossom overlappedRead More →

Konosu surprising dolls festival, Japan's largest hina dolls pyramid

Information for, and an account of, visiting Japan’s largest Dolls festival display at the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival or Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri in Japanese. 鴻巣びっくりひな祭り。 Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a 50 minute train ride from Ueno station 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 →