Enomoto Dairy Farm – family run, amiable dairy farm in rural Ageo, Saitama, but close to big cities and even Tokyo itself. The Enomoto Dairy Farm reminds me of the farms at home in Ireland. Its most famous acclaim is its delicious ice-cream, or as they call it ‘gelato’, which hasRead More →

Saitama Children's zoo Saitama children's Animal Nature Park

The Saitama Children’s Zoo is called the Saitama Children’s Animal Nature Park in Japanese. The zoo is in Takasaka, Higashimatsuyama on the Tobu Tojo line from Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It is fantastic value for money, but furthermore it is one of the best days out for children in Saitama prefecture. ItRead More →

Kamihira Park

Kamihira park is located in Ageo City in the central area of Saitama Prefecture. It has lots of sporting facilities, playground equipment, water play and some seasonal flowers too. There is also a shop / café in the park at the baseball stadium. Kamihira Park, Ageo My overwhelming impression ofRead More →

Saiboku Ham and Hot spring, in Hidaka City on the border of Kawagoe in Saitama, near Tokyo. This food centered leisure village (with hot springs and play areas) is located very close to the Kasumigaseki 2021 Olympic golf course. Saiboku hot spring near Tokyo is often described as a food themeRead More →

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 →

Grape picking Sayama, Saitama. Sayama Grape season generally starts in August. What week in August depends largely on the fruit picking farm. The grape picking season is one of the shorter fruit picking seasons, generally finishing up in the middle of September. However, you can currently only buy directly fromRead 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 →