taishi lotus at Honjo park from the Honjo Tourism association

With summer holidays around the corner, it has me thinking about places to bring the kids. In a “normal” year we visit Ireland for the whole of summer. However, due to the pandemic, we have been confined to Japan the last two years. As we are avoiding indoors at allRead More →

seseragi iris garden in Yamazaki park fujimi city Saitama

Yamazaki Park’s Seseragi Iris Garden, 2021. Second post of the day (first one here) and another mini one. The flowering season is so short that if I don’t get these posts out now they will be of no use for 2021. The Iris at Yamazaki Park in particular probably onlyRead More →

river play Ogose

A Little known river play spot, where you can also barbecue, along the Oppe River at Daima Nozon Hiroba in Ogose. River play / BBQ Ogose Given the year that’s in it, we’ve been spending a lot of our time “off the beaten path”. On our spring adventures this yearRead More →

Nature spot tokigawa Sanba Gorge Sanba Ravine

Sanba Keikoku – Known in English as either Sanba Gorge, Sanba Valley or Sanba Ravine. It is a beautiful ravine in nature rich Tokigawa, Saitama Prefecture (Japan), North West of Tokyo. Despite the town’s remote location the area is serviced by a (infrequent) train. The station, Myokaku station, is aRead More →

Kurakake Barbecue Site Higashimatsuyama Countryside bbq area near Tokyo

Kurakake Clear Stream Village: River BBQ and water play at Kurakake barbecue site in Higashimatsuyama, commutable from Tokyo on a day trip. Booking for the 2021 barbecue season at Kurakake is now open temporarily closed. They opened the booking on March 1st and then closed it due to prefectural directives.Read More →

Rice Field Art, Ancient Lotus, Cherry Blossoms, Observation Tower, Nature Hall, Winter Illumination and Park (with small playground) at Kodai Hasu no Sato in Gyoda Ancient Lotus at Kodai Hasu no Sato “Kodai Hasu no Sato (Ancient Lotus Pond)” treats visitors to the mysterious beauty of Gyoda lotus flowers thatRead More →

O park formerly you park in Ogose

O park Ogose, formerly Opark / You Park and – like so many places in Japan – many other names. Until 2019 it was best known as You Park. It was also called “Little Indian Village”, “Ogose Fureai Center” and “Yu Park” (or Yuu Park) . However, with the renewalRead More →