Shinrin Park

Best of Saitama: the sprawling lush Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, aka Shinrin Park: Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park West Gate Central Gate North Gate South Gate The Playgrounds of Shinrin Park Adventure Playground Musashi kids dome Giant Ball Area Ponpoko Mountain (Water play areas are included in seasonal attractionsRead More →

Hidaka Sougou Park total park things to do in Hidaka

The Japanese sougou 総合 is used to indicate a multi-purpose park and that is exactly what Hidaka Sougou park is. It is often translated into Hidaka Total Park in English. The park is free in, with free parking. It is close to the golf course for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. HereRead More →

Water play Tokyo

Water play Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama: My latest contribution to the KA Japan website; kajapan.org. A round of parks where the kidlets can play with water in the Greater Tokyo Area, which includes Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama. via Parks with Water Play in the Greater Tokyo Area | K-ARead More →

Japan's largest water mill, waku waku land and attractions at Saitama Museum of rivers in Yorii Saitama Prefecture

Saitama Museum of Rivers is located in Yorii town. It is home to the largest water mill in Japan. It has a number of facilities available under the general admission price including their main educational hall where children can learn about rivers in general as well as river dams, transport, trivia,Read More →

Cherry blossom festival, Kitain Temple, Kawagoe City, Saitama, Japan 2020. Kitain is a stunning Buddhist temple with pagoda in the tourist city of Kawagoe – a popular day trip destination from Tokyo. There are two main ways you can celebrate the blooming of cherry  blossoms in Japan; hanami, which involves picnickingRead More →

The festival lanterns hang, a promise of beautiful blooms to come. These paper lanterns are a common sight at festivals in Japan. Shiroyama park in Okegawa has hung these lanterns for the cherry blossoms, which are set to bloom any day now. It is a long practiced and much reveredRead More →

I guest posted on  K-A International Mothers in Japan for the 2nd ever. The first time was a strawberry picking article, so check that out if you are looking for somewhere to pick strawberries in the Kanto plain. This time its a list of places to view Cherry blossoms in Tokyo,Read More →

Today is White Day in Japan; Valentine’s day for girls. My daughters got a really lovely present with a REALLY unfortunate name.  These delightful character chocolates and macaroons come to you from the Royal Gastro Club.  Where I’m from gastro is short for gastroenteritis, which is basically the stomach flu!Read More →

We’ve been hanging out in Shiroyama park quite a lot recently. Thanks to the Family Walker magazine featuring the new piece of playground equipment (pictured) and suggesting it as a hanami location. We had visited a few times in the past, but it didn’t make an impression. It does now. The timing was convenient, too.Read More →