Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles are one of three icicle winter spectacles of Chichibu. “Hyakkei” means hundred and the Saitama Prefectural Tourism website translates the icicles name as Onouchi Hundred Icicles. However, the icicles are most commonly referred to as the Romanized version of their Japanese name. But in 2021 Chichibu announcedRead More →

The Otaki Ice festival, illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles in 2021 – One of the most famous, and beautiful, winter scenes of Saitama is at the Otaki Ice Festival – in the former Otaki village – in Chichibu. The Misotsuchi Icicles are the only naturally formed icicles of the three Great iciclesRead More →

ogano gun festival

Ogano Gun Festival. Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. It is known informally as the “finale of the Chichibu festival”. The event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. This eventRead More →

Featured photo Chichibu Night Festival from John Becker

Chichibu Night Festival 2020 – held annually on December 2nd and 3rd. The Chichibu Night Festival 2020 is scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd 2020. However, due to the current Coronavirus situation they have downsized it significantly and it may even be cancelled yet. Already, the fireworks and float paradeRead More →

Yoshida rocket festival

An unique event for your list of things to do in Saitama: Information for the annual “ryusei” rocket festival in the Ogano area of the Chichibu District in Saitama Prefecture Japan. Read 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 →

hanamomo no sato ouchizawa higashichichibu earthly paradise

A village of Peach Blossoms “Hanamomo no Sato” nicknamed an earthly paradise. In the Ouchizawa area of Higashichichibu, Saitama Prefecture. An Earthly Paradise The village of peach blossoms Ouchizawa Hanamono no Sato is one of Saitama’s most stunning spring scenes. Rightly nicknamed as “an earthly paradise” the location is remarkablyRead More →

Dahlia at arakawa roadside station chichibu

The Chichibu area is known for its Dahlia. The Dahlia Garden at Mt Ryokami Fumoto Hana no Sato is one of the largest and most popular places to see Dahlia in Saitama. Mt Ryokami Dahlia Garden The Dahlia Garden at Mt Ryokami opens annually in Autumn. It generally opens fromRead More →

Buckwheat at the Arakawa Roadside Station

Arakawa Roadside Station is a rest area in the Arakawa Hino area of Chichibu. The area is also known as the Hino Sightseeing Plantation Village. Attractions within and around the roadside station include fruit picking, nature museum, flowers, playground, restaurant, shopping, hot spring and steam locomotive! And in September theRead More →