Grape picking Sayama, Saitama. Sayama Grape season generally starts in August. What week in August depends largely on the fruit picking farm. The grape picking season is one of the shorter fruit picking seasons, generally finishing up in the middle of September. However, you can currently only buy directly fromRead More →

Peony Walk is a large mall in the city of Higashi Matsuyama.  It’s nearest station is Takasaka, which is probably best known as the station for Saitama Children’s Zoo.  Until the mall was built a few years ago, there wasn’t much in the area at all. Now there are a numberRead More →

Kitamoto Children's park cherry blossoms

Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park 2012 to 2020! Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park is called Kitamoto Children’s Park in English. When I first wrote this blog post in 2012 I only had two children and they were both toddlers. Fast forward eight years and I now have four children aged between 5 and 10Read More →

Nanbata Castle Park Musket Shooting Festival

Nanbata Castle Park in Fujimi City. In Saitama‘s oldest published post! First published in 2008 and still going strong in 2020, thank you very much for your readership and support. Please note that during the 2021 State of Emergency the period house is closed. It will remain closed until atRead More →