The house in Nanbata Castle Park in which the hina matsuri dolls are on display is currently closed during the State of Emergency. As such, the hina dolls display event will not be on this year. Looking for a dolls display in Fujimi, Saitama? At Nanbata Castle park‘s period houseRead More →

2019 Wind chimes Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

An idea of what to see in Kawagoe and what to do in Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine in the summer. Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine an annual event that is a popular place to visit during summer in Saitama Prefecture.Read 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 →

Sayama Inariyama Prefectural park or Inariyama Park for short. This article contains general information about the park as well as cherry blossom, barbecue and annual event information. There is a museum and cafe in the park. Inariyama Park Inariyama Park was once an American military facility; part of Johnson airport.Read More →

Aruzo Land – It was certainly a first for me to discover a free play center in a Real Estate Agency. Sure, lots of real estate agencies (plus car sales showrooms, dentists, phone shops…you name it), have play areas in Japan. But this is a full on PLAY CENTER, not justRead More →

Glass blowing at Matsumoto Shoyu Factory

Free factory soy sauce factory tour at Matsumoto Shoyu, Kawagoe Soy Sauce Factory tour Kawagoe Free Soy Factory Tour Kawagoe – Where in Kawagoe to bring a visiting famous Japanese food chef and author?  This is the question that faced me when I was bringing Fiona Uyema, Ireland’s leading Japanese food expertRead More →

Kitamoto Children’s Center – free indoor play center “jidokan” We’ve been spending a bit of time at the Kitamoto Children’s Center this summer, as it is a great space for a bit of psychical activity as well as quiet play time. My older kids particularly love the climbing wall here,Read More →

JAXA earth observation center and a drive in the Hiki hills

JAXA Earth Observation Center is located in Hatoyama Town in the Hiki District of Saitama Prefecture. The town is probably the most famous place in Hatoyama, apart from the golf courses! To be upfront: my kids were too young the time we visited, so we ended up spending less thanRead More →

Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival in Tsurugashima City in the Western area of Saitama within commutable distance of Tokyo. Suneori Amagoi The Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival, which started in 1781, holds a number of cultural and festival accolades. The awards include the prestigious and coveted city designated intangible folkRead More →

Tokyo 2020 skateboarding training camp Konosu Saitama with kids saitama olympics

Looking for a skatepark in Saitama or near Tokyo? One place children, in particular, can enjoy skateboarding in Saitama is at Kamiya Park. It has a designated, supervised skatepark. It opened in the winter of 2015 inside the Kamiya General Park, which itself is still relatively new. This multi-use parkRead More →