Life in Saitama

Life in Saitama: A week in photos. January 2020 week three – January 11th to 17th. 1000 hours outside update We are into the third week of January 2020. And the third week of the 1000 hours outside challenge. Our pace for spending hours in the great outdoors has slowedRead More →

January 2020

January flowers, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. A week in photos. January 2020 week one. I say it often, because it is true, but my favorite month in Japan is January. There is so much to do in Japan in January. And as it is one of the driest months of theRead More →

Hodosan Nagatoro

Wintersweet Nagatoro, Chichibu at Hodosan Robaien. In the hottest month of the year, I am nostalgic for the coldest month of the year. And judging by my blogs currently trending posts, it would seem I am not the only one. At the moment, the top three read posts of AugustRead More →

Kawajima swans

Kawajima Swans – As a local and travel information blogger, it is rare that I make a conscious decision not to share an interesting location or experience. Intentionally choosing not to share a location is very different to not having the time to write about a location or experience. TheRead More →

Hodosan ropeway

The Hodosan ropeway offers not only magnificent views, but a shortcut to the top of Mt Hodo (Hodosan). Mt Hodo is a vibrant mountain in Nagatoro Town, a picturesque and tourist town of the Chichibu District. Chichibu district incorporates many of Saitama’s famous tourist retreats, such as the eponymous ChichibuRead More →

Saitama February

12 things to do in Saitama this February, all commutable from Tokyo. Saitama February Activities and events suitable for a day trip from Tokyo.Read More →

Tranquil night illumination Heisei no mori

Tranquil night illumination in remote location – With such a variety of night illumination in Saitama, most people have access to a display within commutable distance. If you are feeling adventurous and / or want to travel a little further, or maybe choose a display on its merits, it takesRead More →

Things to do in Winter in Saitama – With the dry and sunny weather, January is a great month to be out and about in Saitama. The choice of winter-only activities is an added incentive to don some winter woollies and head out into the cold. We may not have muchRead More →

Shidax Karaoke – The Shidax are a family friendly Karaoke chain that offer many different packages for an affordable few hours of fun with family or friends.  As it is a franchise, each branch is independently run and has its own system. Prices, packages and facilities differ between each branch.Read More →

Ofuro Cafe Bivouac – The opening day for the new super hotspring in KUMAGAYA Saitama is drawing close. This is one to get excited about folks, because apart from being a state of the onsen, it has lots of extra services AND hammocks and a climbing wall for adults! PleaseRead More →