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 →

Purple Mountain

Mitsuba Azalea Garden, the “Purple Mountain” of Saitama Prefecture – We’ve been uncovering several of Saitama secret gems these past few weeks. Today’s adventure brought us on to the Purple Mountain “Murasaki Yama” in Ogose Town. Three thousand Mitsuba Azalea – Rhododendron dilatatum – over three hectares of a privatelyRead 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 →

Senbonzakura Torayama Higashichichibu close to the earthly paradise of ouchizawa

Senbonzakura, the name of a famous song, is the Japanese for a thousand cherry blossoms. There are many spots or parks in Japan called Senbonzakura. In Saitama, one of the most stunning Senbonzakura locations is on Mt Torayama in Higashichichibu. Not to be confused with the Senbonzakura in Honjo, whichRead More →