Cherry blossoms and rapeseed Yoshimi March 23rd 2020

Cherry blossoms and Rapeseed in Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama. There are several places you can see cherry blossoms and rapeseed in Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Kumagaya and Gongendo Park in Satte are probably the most famous. And for good reason as the scenery is truly stunning. ButRead More →

Shinrin Park

Happy Spring Park –  Shinrin Park is Saitama’s largest and arguably best park. However, it is also one of the few that charge you to enter. Most of their activities cost extra too. It was Japan’s first national park, constructed as part of a Meiji centennial project. It’s official name isRead More →

January 2020

January flowers, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. A week in photos. January 2020 week one. I say it often, because it is true, but my favorite month in Japan is January. There is so much to do in Japan in January. And as it is one of the driest months of theRead More →

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 →

Garden Cafe Greenrose ~ View the stunning roses and seasonal blooms over a cup of tea and cake during the open garden period… Garden Cafe Greenrose is a private garden that opens to the public for the rose season twice a year. Roses bloom in Saitama during the spring andRead More →

Spider lilies (aka Lycoris, Cluster Amaryllis, Equinox flower etc) in Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama 2020. The spider lilies appeared much earlier than usual this year. As I update this on September 10th, the spider lilies in Yoshimi are already close to full bloom. Pictured above as they were today.Read More →

Cosmos Saitama

A selection of ten Cosmos fields in Saitama near both Tokyo and Gunma. Cosmos Saitama Ten places for Cosmos flower viewing in Saitama Prefecture, beside Tokyo, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki. The largest two, in Konosu and Yoshimi, have greater detail. The other eight provide a synopsis of the main informationRead More →

Hodosan Nagatoro

Wintersweet Nagatoro, Chichibu at Hodosan Robaien. In the hottest month of the year, I am nostalgic for the coldest month of the year. And judging by my blogs currently trending posts, it would seem I am not the only one. At the moment, the top three read posts of AugustRead More →

Kinsenji Ranzan Things to do in Saitama in June Hydrangea Temple (4) Rainy Season

Hydrangea Temple Kinsenji, Ranzan. Kinsenji: the Hydrangea Temple Update: viewing not permitted in 2020. The hydrangea of Kinsenji Temple have created quite a name for themselves. Thanks to online videos, photos and posts, the otherwise unknown temple in bucolic Ranzan, has come into the spotlight. It is drawing more visitorsRead More →

Visiting Ranzan Lavender Festival at Sennen No Sono Saitama flowers June Saitama rainy season japan

Visiting Japan’s largest lavender field at Sennen no Sono, close to Tokyo. Where the Ranzan Lavender festival is held annually in a beautiful rural town of Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Sennen no Sono Lavender Field Sennen No Sono is the name of the largest lavender field in Japan. It is inRead More →