Shingashi River collage March 21st 2019 today in Saitama Cherry blossom update

The Shingashi River cherry blossom boat event is the third most popular post on my blog of all time. In the last week it has had thousands upon thousands of views (thank you) and not just from within Japan. It is the most globally read post on the blog. WithRead More →

Moku moku festival

The first ever Moku Moku festival in Mokkokan Kawagoe. Ishihara Mokkokan is a real fun and quirky mini mall near Penny Candy Alley in Kawagoe. It is home to a few of the styrofoam art displays famous in Kawagoe. There is a free retro showa museum beside the main cafeRead More →

Cafe Terrace Lodge

I seem to be going to a lot of lodge / chalet type cafes lately. It is the draw of the natural wood, high ceilings, charm and atmosphere of these type of atypical architecture. Cafe Terrace Lodgi is in “urakawa”, the term used by locals for off the beaten pathsRead More →

Free golf event

Free golf event – In celebration of only 500 days left to the olympics, the golf club – Kasumigaseki Country Club – that will host the golf competition of the olympics is hosting a special event. Please note the event itself is on Monday March 18th, but you need toRead More →

Cafe Matilda exterior

Cafe Matilda is a pancake house in the tourist town of Kawagoe. The restaurant itself is outside the tourist area, but it is close to Hon-Kawagoe station making it a convenient place to pick up a bite before or after a tour of Kawagoe city. Currently, during the Coronavirus outbreak,Read More →

Nabe Festival

On Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February 24th there is a nabe festival in Kawagoe Aquatic park from 10 am to 4 pm. It costs 400 yen to enter the (food) festival area for people 15 years or older. The event is held in the summer pools forecourt area, notRead More →

Kawagoe styrofoam art

Kawagoe Styrofoam Art – In 2015 I wrote a popular post about the styrofoam art displays by Yajima Kimio in Kawagoe. Mr Yajima has continued to make incredible art from styrofoam for the last four years. And I have discovered displays I hadn’t noticed back in 2015! This is anRead More →

Strawberry Selection Afternoon Tea Kawagoe Prince Hotel

From a quaint tea house in an idyllic setting in Tokyo, to the wanting tea room of the bleak Lobby Lounge in Kawagoe. Today’s post is ironically in stark contrast to yesterday’s. You would think that Tokyo would have the austere building and impersonal afternoon tea and that Kawagoes’ wouldRead More →

Kore ga kakigori kawagoe with kids Shaved ice

Kakigori is shaved ice. It is typically associated with festivals stalls or food vans at events. However, in recent years there has been an increase in cafes or restaurants that specialise in kakigori. Kore ga kakigori is one such place, a kakigori cafe just outside the tourist district of Kawagoe,Read More →

Pottery workshop kawagoe touho yamawa activity kawagoe with kids

Pottery Workshop Kawagoe – As the year comes to a close, I want to share one of our favourite experiences of 2018. At the start of the year, while my family were showing my cousin around Kawagoe, we passed a kura (storehouse) down an alleyway with crockery drying in theRead More →