Shinrin Park Autumn Leaves Night Illumination sign over the central gate Autumn Leaves Shinrin

Shinrin Park Night Illumination – Every year, Shinrin park in Namegawa Town, Saitama, offer night illumination in the central gate area of the park. They are one of the first to start their night illumination. They have three different displays: Halloween illumination – Halloween Night in the Forest, Autumn LeafRead More →

Tanabata Festival Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Every year on August 7th Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine have a Tanabata Festival. The Tanabata Festival at the shrine is not that well known. However, it falls during the wind chimes display event, which has created quite a name for itself. Wind Chimes During July and August, Hikawa Shrine displays hundredsRead More →

Yaezakura Swan boats lake at Kawagoe Water Park

Kawagoe Park, also known as Kawagoe Water Park, Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Aquatic Park, is one of the bigger aqua parks in Saitama Prefecture. Like all the other seasonal pools, it only opens for 7 weeks over the summer holidays. However, the pools are just one part of aRead More →

Shinrin Park

Best of Saitama: the sprawling lush Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, aka Shinrin Park: Latest information: in an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, Shinrin Park will be temporarily closed from Saturday May 15th to Monday May 31st 2021. Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park West Gate Central GateRead More →

Kitain Temple Cherry Blossoms in Kawagoe City, Saitama, Japan. Kitain is a stunning Buddhist temple with pagoda in the tourist city of Kawagoe – a popular day trip destination from Tokyo. It is an ideal location for combining Japanese culture, history and cherry blossom viewing. Kitain Cherry Blossoms Kitian hasRead More →

Shiroyama Park

We’ve been hanging out in Shiroyama park quite a lot recently. Thanks to the Family Walker magazine featuring the new piece of playground equipment (the red and white pirate ship pictured below) and suggesting it as a hanami location. We had visited a few times in the past, but it didn’t make that much ofRead More →

Konosu dolls' festival

Dolls festival – Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a short bullet train (shinkansen) ride from Tokyo. You can view the dolls display at the mall at the station. Dolls festival The doll festival is celebrated on March 3rd, annually, forRead More →