Hina Matsuri Dolls Festival floral font at Saimyouji Temple in Kawagoe

LGBTQ+ friendly and discrimination free 800 year old Saimyouji, Kawagoe. Popular attractions at the temple include the anime and seasonally themed floral water fonts and events including temple illumination. LGBTQ+ A few months ago I accidentally caught a snippet of a TV report of a temple, Saimyouji, in Kawagoe performingRead More →

Honda Airport plane and nanohana canola flowers

Arakawa Tarouemon and Honda Airport ~ In the midst of Covid-19 there are few places that feel safe. Indoors is definitely off the table. And this past week we’ve learned that the numbers of people in parks and cherry blossom locations also pose a risk. Even if those type ofRead More →

Sumiyoshi Sakura No sato 2020

Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato is a riverside embankment walk in Sakado City, Saitama, about an hour from Tokyo. Along the embankment there are early blooming cherry blossoms called Kawazuzakura. Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato The 150 Kawazuzakura, a type of early blooming cherry blossom, at Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato were plantedRead More →

early blooming sakura cherry blossoms at Kita Asaba cherry blossom embankment in Nissai Sakado

Early blooming Kanzakura Cherry Blossoms, just North of Tokyo, at the Kitaasaba Sakura Zutsumi cherry blossom promenade in Sakado City Kitaasaba Sakura Zutsumi Less than 50 kilometers north west of Tokyo you can walk under this 1.2 kilometer avenue or ‘tunnel’ of beautiful kanzakura in Sakado city. As early asRead More →

Umerin and Mini SL at Ogose Bairin best flowers 2019 plum blossoms ume

Ogose Bairin is one of three big plum blossom forests in the Kanto area. Bairin 梅林 is the Japanese for a plum grove, or quite literally a plum forest. The whole of Ogose is a virtual plum blossom forest, you can see stretches of beautifully gnarled tree trunks donned inRead More →

The nearest steam locomotive to Tokyo – the Paleo Express. From Kumagaya rugby town the steam locomotive leisurely chugs its way to scenic Chichibu. Paleo Express Information Share The Paleo Express will take its first run of 2021 on Saturday February 13th. Tickets go on sale from January 15th. FeaturedRead More →

Sayama ski resort – indoor ski resort Japan Sayama Indoor Ski Resort Just 40 minutes from Tokyo you can enjoy indoor skiing and snowboarding at the Sayama Ski Resort in Saitama. In 2019 they closed for renovations, but the resort has confirmed a November 12th renewal open date. Among theRead More →

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 →

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 →