early blooming cherry blossom yatsu no sato namegawa

Nature, hiking, flowers, Cats, horses, playground, “Health Road”, an honesty shop, seasonal events and a picking farm with a quaint cafe and antique store. All atop a hill in Yatsu no Sato, Namegawa Town. In September 2019 when visiting Hilltop farm and cafe I walked across the road to investigateRead More →

The main torii to Hodosan shrine with cherry blossoms at the Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival

Nagatoro Cherry Blossoms – Nagatoro is easily one of Saitama’s most beautiful locations. Thus it enjoys tourists all year round due to the abundance of stunning natural scenery. Spring is no exception when thousands flock to see the famous cherry blossoms in full bloom. Until 2019 the Nagatoro Cherry Blossom overlappedRead More →

Kawazu at shrines and temples Sumiyoshi Sakado

Information for shrines and temples and other things to do and see in the Sumiyoshi area of Sakado. All located near the early blooming ‘Kawazu’ cherry blossoms of Sumiyoshi Sakura no Sato, Meiji Chocolate factory and Seitenkyu. Each of those three have a post of their own as they areRead More →

Jomine Park Campsite / Camping ground Saitama prefecture Japan

Jomine Park (or Jyomine Park) on Mt Jomine, by Lake Kanna and the haunted Shimokubo dam in Kamikawa, Saitama on the border of Fujioka City, Gunma. Famed for its winter cherry blossoms that bloom at the same time as the autumn leaves. But those same winter cherries also bloom againRead More →

CHerry blossoms at temple gate Kotokuji Kawajima

Kotoku Temple (Kotoku-ji Temple) is a temple belonging to the Shingon sect Toyozan school. According to official records the temple den, the main hall and the monastery were destroyed by fire in both Shoho (1644 – 48) and Kyoho (1716 – 1736) eras. However, incredibly and luckily for us, exceptRead More →

Rakusato no kai kawazu zakura cherry blossoms

Information for the seasonal blooms and new Roadside Station at Rakusato no Kai, an off the beaten path flower spot in the Kawataya area of Okegawa. Sometimes it pays to get lost. I was attempting to go to one of the three safflower fields in Okegawa today. The safflower wereRead More →

Hatcho lake Hatchoko Park Yoshimi

Hatchoko Park is the park around the eponymous Lake Hatcho in Yoshimi town in the Hiki District of Saitama. Lake Hatcho is a man-made lake in a natural woody hillside in the Prefectural Hiki Nature Park. Since I published this post, in spring 2022, the park has opened a campsiteRead More →

cherry blossoms and rapeseed nanohana and sakura at Sakitama Gyoda

Cherry blossoms and Higanbana at the unique Sakitama Kofun Park, one of Saitama’s famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Gyoda City. While renowned within Saitama as a sakura viewing spot, the cherry blossoms are not that eminent outside of Saitama. Moreover, the spot is not yet known for its spiderRead More →