Chichibu Muse Park Plum Blossom Festival

The plum blossom grove at Chichibu Muse Park is particularly beautiful. There is something about it and Shinrin Park’s plum blossom grove that sets them apart from the other “bairin”, plum blossom groves, in Saitama Prefecture. Possibly, the clever design that makes them more picture perfect than others. And inRead More →

Information for the nearest steam locomotive to Tokyo – the Paleo Express. From Kumagaya rugby town the steam locomotive leisurely chugs its way to scenic Chichibu. In addition, this post also contains information for a VERY SPECIAL event – a chance to drive and coal up the steam locomotive! InRead More →

Misotsuchi icicles lit up at night, aka Otaki Ice Festival Ogano

The Otaki Ice festival, illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles in 2024 will close earlier than initially planned. It was only announced on February 11th that they will close on the 14th. They don’t give a reason, but it has been a very mild winter, so I would speculate it is because theRead More →