Greenpark Fukiware Numata Gunma Riverside Campsite

Greenpark Fukiware is a riverside and forest campsite near the Fukiware falls in Numata, Gunma. The geography and set up of the camping grounds make it suitable for all year round camping. In winter there is snow play, spring brings the cherry blossoms, summer water play and in Autumn theRead More →

Ibaraki Santa Mitsui Outlet Iruma Santa Mori Town Santa

Santa Tokyo Guide – the Ultimate Santa Guide for the Greater Tokyo area. Santa Visits in Japan generally start from the end of November. Occasionally you can find a couple of places that Santa visits as early as October, a few more in early November, but the main Santa greetingRead More →

Camping Gunma Hisuruma Campsite Shibukawa Gunma

Camping Gunma – Our 2019 Golden Week Camping trip and first tent pitch of the year brought us completely off the beaten path to a rural campsite. We “camp” monthly, but during the early spring, late Autumn and throughout winter we stay in log cabins or trailers rather than theRead More →

Santa Meet and Greet Locations

Santa Meet and Greet Locations Greater Tokyo Area – for December 2nd 2018 in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Gunma. The Santa meet and greets are quite different to meet and greets back home. Please note that you have to have your own camera. And thatRead More →

santa greater tokyo

Santa Greater Tokyo Area – When I first started sharing information of where you could meet Santa in the Greater Tokyo area I used to be able to put all the information in one post. That’s how few Santa locations there were. A couple of years ago after a hugeRead More →

Our camping adventures continued this month. I haven’t had a chance to put up information on the last three camps we visited, but our camp last weekend made such an impression on me that it outstrips the others. It wasn’t so much the campsite per se, in fact the campsiteRead More →

On a recent camping trip we had the great pleasure to stay beside the award winning Kawaba Denen Plaza roadside station. Kawaba is only about an hour from Northern / Western Saitama. The area is known for its apple orchards and picking farms. There are many parks in the areaRead More →

Mahoba no Mori Ueno skybridge Forest adventure

Just over the Saitama border, in the stunning and tranquil Ueno Mura in the unspoiled Tano District, the Mahoba No Mori campsite and Forest Adventure Ueno are perched unobtrusively on the side of a lush mountain.  A formidable skybridge, an attraction in itself, links one mountain top to another, givingRead More →

White World Oze Iwakura, GUNMA Oze Iwakura is one of the biggest ski areas in Kanto (the area around Tokyo). It takes about 2 hours 45 minutes to get to Oze Iwakura from either central Tokyo or central Saitama. General Information for White World Oze Iwakura Season: December 16th 2017Read More →

Daruma / Daruma Market – I often get asked about Japanese New Year’s traditions. There are a  lot, but one close to my heart is the ancient tradition of purchasing Daruma dolls. It was the very first quintessentially Japanese New Year’s tradition I had the fortune to try. My firstRead More →