Ranzan Valley Barbecue Site

Review of the Ranzan Valley Country BBQ Area on the Tsuki River Ranzan Valley barbecue area is a popular riverside day camp destination in the scenic area of the countryside in Hiki District, Saitama. It is commutable from Tokyo and attracts day trippers from around the Kanto plain. Country BBQRead More →

free foot spa at yoshida genki mura chichibu kakkaku dam saitama japan

Yoshida Genki Mura – Cabin Accommodation in scenic Ogano town nicknamed Yoshida Rocket Town after the annual rocket festival. Yoshida Genki Mura is located next to Kakkaku Dam. There is a Biomass Generator educational facility on site as well as sporting facilities and a river where kids can play inRead More →

Kurakake Barbecue Site Higashimatsuyama Countryside bbq area near Tokyo

River BBQ and water play at Kurakake barbecue site in Higashimatsuyama, commutable from Tokyo on a day trip. 東松山・くらかけ清流の郷バーベキュー場・バーベキューできる川・川 バーベキュー・川遊び・都幾川・日帰り旅行・埼玉県 Kurakake barbecue site, also known as Kurakake Clear Stream Village or Kurakake Seiryu no Sato in Japanese, is a riverside barbecue spot in Higashimatsuyama. The area has been used forRead More →

Waterpark Nagatoro

Our first camp of the year, back in January, was in Waterpark Nagatoro. A delightful trailer and camping grounds with water activities in scenic Minano, on the border of Nagatoro, in Chichibu. We didn’t brave the extremes and actually stayed indoors. In a pleasing trailer house, a first for theRead More →

Super God Festival

Now this is definitely a first for me… a Super God Festival! I automatically envisioned some sort of religious event when I heard the name, but I think it is more a pun on the name of the town the event is being held in. Kamikawa town is written inRead More →

Glamorous Hyde Park

Glamorous Hyde Park is an initiative by Inariyama Park to enjoy a living area in the great outdoors. Essentially it is day glamping, the term coined for glamorous camping. Hence the park uses the word glamping in this annual seasonal event. Please note it is only available on Fridays, SaturdaysRead More →

Hodosan ropeway

The Hodosan ropeway offers not only magnificent views, but a shortcut to the top of Mt Hodo (Hodosan). Mt Hodo is a vibrant mountain in Nagatoro Town, a picturesque and tourist town of the Chichibu District. Chichibu district incorporates many of Saitama’s famous tourist retreats, such as the eponymous ChichibuRead More →

Gingko trees at Hikarigaoka Park

Hikarigaoka Park is a refreshing open space in Nerima ward in Northern Tokyo. However, it is right on the border of Wako City, literally a two minute walk on the west side. The park is also on the Tobu Tojo line that runs through central Saitama. For these two reasonsRead 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 →