wisteria, azalea, peony at Yakyu inari

Information for The Baseball Shrine, Yakyū Inari Shrine, in Higashimatsuyma, which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property since November 2023. This post includes details for the popular peony festival and other seasonal events, such as setsubun. The baseball shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama city in Saitama. ItRead More →

Isanuma Park Cherry blossom festival

Isanuma Park Cherry Blossoms – Isanuma park in Kawagoe is a popular spot to enjoy Hanami for locals. There are cherry blossoms along the river at the playground as well as cherry blossoms lining the street that separates the lake from the park. The park usually has a cherry blossom festivalRead More →

moomin valley akebono children's park feature photo

In the 20th episode of the second season of the anime Yama no Susume, “Climb of Encouragement“, you can see a beautiful park with quirky buildings, that looks completely fictional. Fortunately, for all of us, it’s an actual park in the rural area of Hanno, right beside Tokyo. The park isRead More →

Ukishima Inari Shrine is an unassuming shrine you pass on the walking route from Miyoshino Shrine heading to Naritasan and Kitain Temple. It is not particularly well known or adorned, but it has some beautiful trees including some gingko trees and other trees that are golden in November and create aRead More →

heisei no mori rose tunnel saitama roses

Heisei no Mori – or Heiseinomori – is a park in West Saitama in a town that has recently become better known, due to its exit on the Ken-o Expressway.  Kawajima town, also referred to as Kawashima town,  is beside the cities of Sakado, Kawagoe,  Higashimatsuyama and Okegawa. The park hasRead More →

Besshonuma Park, Minami Ward, Saitama City – a great park for families all year round, but particularly in Autumn when the trees around the lake are shades of yellow, orange, red and green. I read an article on the WordPress DailyPost with suggestions for surviving NaBloPoMo. One of them wasRead More →