Ranzan Autumn leaves from Chokotabi

Ranzan Autumn leaves festival, walk and gourmet at Ranzan Gorge, also referred to as Ranzan Valley. Here’s hoping that ‘third time’s a charm’. The event was cancelled in 2019 after substantial damage from Typhoon Hagibis. And it was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The event isRead More →

Shinrin Park Autumn Leaves Night Illumination sign over the central gate Autumn Leaves Shinrin

Autumn Leaves Light up Shinrin Park – Also known as Musashi Kyuryo National Goverment Park, Shinrin Park is a 304 hectare park in Namegawa, rural Saitama. You can enjoy night illumination here at the central gate area, three different times during autumn and winter annually. The Halloween Night Light up isRead More →

winter cherry blossom festival and light up

The annual winter cherry blossom festival “Fuyuzakura Matsuri” in Jomine Park, Kamikawa (Kodama district, Saitama) is scheduled to go ahead as normal despite the Coronavirus. Some trees already have blooms, others have buds and are currently showing signs of coming into bloom. It is expected the cherry blossoms will bloomRead More →

Ryokami sanroku camping ground Ogano Chichibu

Ryokami Sanroku Camping Ground is an old style riverside camping ground with cabins, deep in a mountain valley and cocooned by forest. The campsite is an isolated area of Ogano that has for the most part escaped tourism development. I think it is the most remote location in Saitama thatRead More →

Nagatoro Autumn leaves

The best time to view Autumn leaves in Nagatoro is generally November. Stretching 6 kilometers along the Ara river from Iwadatami, resplendent fall colours decorate the Nagatoro Valley. Trees include Momiji, Kunugi and Oak. Taking the famous Kudari line down the river is a great way to take in theRead More →

Cock's comb plumed cockscomb celosia shinrin park

The plumed cockscomb, also known as Celosia, (Keito in Japanese) are a relatively recent addition to Shinrin Park. In the inaugural year they had about 50,000, but now there are approximately 500,000. So many events are cancelled this year, 2020, on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. However, this event andRead More →

Toryu Bridge

Toryu bridge (also called Toryumon) is over the Ara River (Arakawa) in the Mitsumine area of the former Otaki Village in Chichibu, Saitama. Toryu Bridge Toryu Bridge is a footbridge at the start of the “omotesando”, the sacred trail, to the famous Mitsumine Shrine. The hike from the bridge toRead More →

Hatcho lake Hatchoko Park Yoshimi

Hatchoko Park is the park around the eponymous Lake Hatcho in Yoshimi town in the Hiki District of Saitama. Lake Hatcho is a man-made lake in a natural woody hillside in the Prefectural Hiki Nature Park. Hatchoko Park In my personal opinion there is nothing exceptional about Hatchoko park. Don’tRead More →

Shoboji's Legendary Gingko Tree

Shoboji’s Legendary Gingko Tree at Shoboji Temple, Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama ( previously Hatoyama) Previously I wrote about a summer drive we took in the Hatoyama and Higashimatsuyama area where I saw the most impressive gingko tree I’ve ever seen.  Last Autumn we revisited the area to witness the famed Autumn colours inRead More →

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, shareRead More →