omiya dai ni plum blossom festival

Omiya Daini Park is one of Omiya’s three eponymous public parks. They are all located relatively close together, but Omiya Dai Ni, or Omiya second park in English, and Omiya Dai San, Omiya third park, are right beside each other. Omiya Dai Ni park is best known for its plum blossomsRead More →

Wintersweet at Shinrin park January in Japan used as the feature photo for 10 places to see wintersweet in Saitama Prefecture

Places to see / smell wintersweet in Saitama Prefecture in 2023. On December 22nd 2022 Nagatoro tourism association reported that the wintersweet have started to bloom on Mt Hodo. They are usually the first, but it won’t be long until the other wintersweet in the prefecture start to bloom. ByRead More →

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles

Onouchi Icicles are one of three icicle winter spectacles of Chichibu. The icicles are located in Ogano Town, deep in the Okuchichibu mountain range. Until 2021 they were called Onouchi Hyakkei. “Hyakkei” means hundred and the Saitama Prefectural Tourism website translated the icicles name as Onouchi Hundred Icicles. However, theyRead More →

Kotatsu boat

Information for the Kotatsu Boat Nagatoro in 2023, one of several winter only activities in Nagatoro in the Chichibu district of Saitama Prefecture. Its all happening in Nagatoro and Chichibu in January! Icicles, strawberry picking, wintersweet festival and a truly only in Japan activity of Kotatsu boat riding! From JanuaryRead More →

A photo of blurred lights for the 2022 - 2023 Kawaguchi Illumination display event

Kawaguchi Illumination かわぐち光のファンタジー 2022 / 2023. Kawaguchi city are planning their annual illumination again for the 2022 / 2023 winter season. On the first night of the event they will have a switch on event, which in 2022 is Friday December 2nd. On that night the illumination is turned on,Read More →

Tokorozawa Station illumination in 2005

The Tokorozawa Station is a privately run by the Seibu Railway, which is part of the larger Seibu Group. Seibu has a large presence in Tokorozawa City, with facilities including but not limited to the Belluna Dome, home to the baseball team Seibu Lions, and the Seibuen amusement park. TheRead More →

Capybara Onsen at Saitama Children's zoo aka Saitama Children's Animal Nature Park

The Capybara Onsen, aka hot spring, is one of the (thee?) most popular annual events at the Saitama Children’s Zoo. Indeed the love of the Capybara Onsen in general is a phenomenon hard to explain – you just have to go and see for yourself. I guarantee you, even theRead More →

Stunning Ashigakubo icicles lit up at night in 2022 for the 2023 event information, booking form opened December 14th 2022

Annual information for the Ashigakubo Icicles in Yokoze Town, one of the “three great icicles of Chichibu”, along with Onouchi and Misotsuchi Icicles. The icicles are open to the public from early January to mid February annually. However, there are years when the weather interferes! For example, in 2020, dueRead More →