Ukishima Inari Shrine is an unassuming shrine you pass on the walking route from Miyoshino Shrine heading to Naritasan and Kitain Temple. It is not particularly well known or adorned, but it has some beautiful trees including some gingko trees and other trees that are golden in November and create aRead More →

Sayama Ski Resort in 2019

Sayama Ski Resort, Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture – an indoor Ski and kids snow park near Tokyo that transforms into an indoor water slider park in summer! Summer at Sayama Ski Resort Water Fes Summer 2022 Since the Sayama Ski Resort reopened in Autumn 2020 there have been quite a fewRead More →

playground miyoshino shrine kawagoe

Miyoshino Shrine, Kawagoe 三芳野神社、川越- 日本語 Miyoshino Shrine The Miyoshino shrine features in a famed traditional song (Warabe uta) that is known by Japanese people all over Japan. The song name is “Tooryanse”. As such, the shrine is much beloved by many, particularly the proud locals. A monument was erected toRead More →

kakitsubata iris at Chikozan Park Saitama

Suitable for a day trip from Tokyo, Chikozan park is a Multi-purpose park with Campsite, BBQ, Zoo, Fishing, Sport facilities, Athletic Playground, Multi-use Playground, Beautiful Flora and Fauna with seasonal flower festivals Chikozan Park Chikozan Park in Sayama is a beautiful, vast park with lots of attractions for all typesRead More →

Kawagoe Kita-in (Kitain / Kita Temple) Kawagoe – One of my favorite local places to bring visitors in Autumn (with or without young children) is Kita-in Temple in Kawagoe (Saitama). On the grounds of Kitain there is a very special building, which is home to some important national treasures. It is the only remainsRead More →

Tove Jansson Akebono children's forest moomin valley park with puisto in the background

Night light up, Christmas events and general information for Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest (formerly Moomin Valley) in Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo. Last update 2022.11.30. Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Once nicknamed “Moomin House” and now known as “Mushroom House” the quirky building pictured below is one of threeRead More →