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 →

Nasunogahara Park Campsite with Crafting, Swimming pools, Hot springs, Grass Sledging, Athletic Playground, Multipurpose playground, Climbing playground, Tennis, Windmill, Observation Tower, Bike rental   My family of six are unanimously agreed that Nasunogahara campsite is our favourite camping ground to date. It is the perfect location for a family tripRead 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 →

Edo Wonderland

Edo Wonderland, Nikko City, Tochigi There are many reasons why people become interested in Japan. For me, my interest started when I was very little, but it was reading James Clavell’s Shogun as a prepubescent girl that really ignited the passion and desire to visit this illustrious country. Further toRead 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 →

Santa Tochigi

Santa Tochigi – I have saved the best for last! Tochigi, specifically Nasu, is my personal favourite place to visit Santa. There is a lovely Christmas atmosphere in the area with lots of Christmas and Santa decorations. Santa Tochigi 🎅Toysrus Sano Santa Claus visits the Toysrus in Sano on DecemberRead More →

Ibaraki Santa Mitsui Outlet Iruma Santa Mori Town Santa

Santa Ibaraki – Places you can visit Santa Claus in Ibaraki in Winter 2017. Unfortunately, some places already had Santa visit earlier in December, such as Toysrus in Mito. As published at the end of November on this blog; he also visited the Premium Outlets in Ami on the 10th. Read More →

The landmark Redbrick Warehouses in Yokohama (akarenga 赤レンガ) are running a number of Christmas events this holiday season, including the chance to meet Santa Claus. Redbrick Warehouse Santa Dates If you are looking to visit Santa on a weekday near Tokyo, this might be the place for you. As allRead 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 →

In the big search for Santa in 2015, one prefecture that stood out for having a great selection of Santa events and attractions was TOCHIGI. So my family of six took to the road to do a bit of reconnaissance. We were very happy with the trip and the abundance of Christmas events andRead More →