Shimokubo dam and Kanna Lake Saitama / Gunma

I have been to several dams in Japan over the years. They are all very picturesque and the engineering admirable. I never really had a favorite… until earlier this month. I was instantly bewitched when I visited the Shimokubo Dam that straddles Fujioka City in Gunma and Kamikawa town inRead More →

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 →

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, Mahoba No Mori campsite and Forest Adventure Ueno are perched unobtrusively on the side of a lush mountain. They are located in the stunning and tranquil Ueno Mura which is part of the unspoiled Tano District. A formidable skybridge, an attraction in itself, links oneRead More →

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Ikaho Green Farm, tourist farm with a famous sheepdog show. Animals at the farm include sheep, cows, horses, dogs, goats and rabbits. Ikaho Green farm has a very good reputation and most people who go to it give it a good review. However, while I liked it and we reallyRead More →

We visited the Toy’s Kingdom during the summer, while staying in Karuizawa. They have a huge marketing and advertising campaign this year and its working; I would never have known about the place otherwise. It is a nice place for young children and it’s quite reasonably priced. Toy’s Kingdom They haveRead More →

To be quite frank I was a little disappointed with Poppo Town, a Railway Cultural Village in Gunma, but I had high expectations due to the excellence of the Saitama Railway Museum which we visit often. There is no comparison between the two. The Saitama Railway Museum is in aRead More →