Best Saitama Flowers 2019

Saitama flowers – I’m writing up my “want to go” list for 2020 and reflecting on the year gone by. In 2019 lots of places were crossed off my want-to-go list, but a few I didn’t make it to will naturally be added to the 2020 list. I did soRead More →

Kawagoe WIth Kids

28 things to do in Kawagoe from a Kawagoe Local Guide. Ideas for what to do in Kawagoe and what to see in Kawagoe, Including the famous museums, playgrounds, festivals, activities, craft and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.Read More →

Azalea Ogose at Godaison Azalea Park Godaison Tsutsuji park ogose saitama things to do in saitama azalea saitama

Azalea Ogose – beautiful azalea sightseeing spot in Ogose town, Saitama. It is a little sad when the prunus (plum, cherry, peach blossoms) finish in Japan. But only a wee bit, because right behind them comes a multitude of equally stunning flora. Straight after the yaezakura, a late blooming cherryRead More →

Pottery workshop kawagoe touho yamawa activity kawagoe with kids

Pottery Workshop Kawagoe – As the year comes to a close, I want to share one of our favourite experiences of 2018. At the start of the year, while my family were showing my cousin around Kawagoe, we passed a kura (storehouse) down an alleyway with crockery drying in theRead More →

Bonsai Seikouen saika bonsai

Saika Bonsai Saika Bonsai is a modern type of bonsai invented by the fifth generation bonsai master Yamada of Seikouen. Seikouen is one of the six bonsai gardens in the bonsai village in Omiya ward, Saitama City. Ms Yamada recognised that bonsai needed reinvention to appeal to a larger audience.Read More →

Sakado Meiji Chocolate Factory

Meiji Chocolate Factory Tour in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture – commutable from Tokyo. Meiji have seven factories with a free guided tour in the whole of Japan. We are lucky here in Saitama, that not only do we have one, but we have one of the chocolate and snack ones! AndRead More →

Omiya Park

Omiya Park – original 2012 article revamped and republished in 2018. Omiya park has a lot to offer for a full family day of fun. There is a small free zoo where you can see the animals up close. Unfortunately, the playground in the park is a bit lacking, butRead More →

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Bustival Tokorozawa

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park is one of Saitama’s better known attractions. It has been around for a long time and given its proximity to Tokyo and other popular tourist areas, it has always enjoyed a steady flow of customers and great reviews. It is a great place for a familyRead More →

Totoro at Kurosuke House in Sayama hills tokorozawa

Information for the Kurosuke House, with lifesize Totoro, located in the Totoro Forest of the Totoro Foundation. In Sayama Hills, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.Read More →

Something different in Saitama

Santome Konjaku Village ~ Something different in Saitama. We had so many adventures in 2017 and enjoyed each in different ways. However, in terms of new locations for families in the Saitama area, both my husband and I have Santome Konjaku Mura (hereafter Santome) high on our list of favouritesRead More →