Fukkuchan and festival stalls at Hanazono Roadside Station Fukaya

Hanazono Roadside Station is close to the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. It is not on the highway, but a short distance on route 140 from the Hanazono exit / entrance of the highway, in the direction of the Saitama Museum of Rivers. Roadside station (Michi no eki 道の駅) isRead More →

Yorii Little Prince

Yorii Little Prince Parking area, Kanetsu Expressway, Japan. Jump to “Driving in Japan” information. From yesterday’s very Japanese parking area in Hanyu to today’s quintessentially not Japanese parking area in Yorii. Yorii Little Prince parking area may not be a timeslip like Onihei Edo Dokoro parking area in Hanyu, butRead More →

Hanyu Parking Area

The Onihei Edo-dokoro Parking Area is a rest stop in Hanyu, Saitama, on the Tohoku Expressway on the way into Tokyo. It is most commonly called the Hanyu Parking Area despite their best efforts to market it by the name of the character it was called after. Onihei Edo-dokoro OniheiRead More →

Santa Tochigi

Santa Tochigi Meet and Greets / Santa Photo / Santa Spots 2018 – I have saved the best for last! This is the 7th and final round up by prefecture of places you can get a Santa photo or meet / greet Santa in the Kanto Plain.Saitama | Tokyo |Read More →

Ibaraki Santa Mitsui Outlet Iruma Santa Mori Town Santa

Ibaraki Santa Meet and Greets 2018 – Places you can visit Santa Claus in Ibaraki in Winter 2018. Unfortunately, some places already had Santa visit earlier in December, such as Toys R Us in Tsukuba and Premium Outlets in Ami on the 9th.  Ibaraki Santa 🎅Hitachi Naka Seaside Park Santa Claus isRead More →

Santa Ochanomizu Cocoon City Santa Santa Stellar town Kanagawa santa

Kanagawa Santa – A selection of places you can meet and greet Santa in Kanagawa during December 2018. All information was, to the best of my knowledge, accurate at the time of publishing. The official sources stress that Santa Claus visits (and events in general) are subject to change, soRead 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 →

Santa Redbrick Warehouse Santa 2019

Santa Redbrick Warehouse – The landmark Redbrick Warehouses in Yokohama (akarenga 赤レンガ), Kanagawa Prefecture, are running a number of Christmas events again this holiday season. One of the highlights for families with small children is the chance to meet Santa Claus. Redbrick Warehouse Santa Dates If you are looking toRead 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 →