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 →

Hilltop farm

Strawberry and Blueberry picking at Hilltop farm and cafe, Namegawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. Aptly named “hilltop” rustic charm farm cafe with bric-à-brac and antique shop with great views of Namegawa. Strawberry and blueberry picking in season. Hilltop Farm Hilltop farm is part of Yatsu no Sato, a community agriculture parkRead More →

Cosmos in full bloom at Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park

Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park, fruit and vegetable picking, food farming, farm product processing experiences and seasonal flowers. This post includes information for strawberry and blueberry picking as well as seasonal events. Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park The Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park, or Higashimatsuyama Norin Park, re-opened on August 1st 2019 after a year ofRead More →

Something different in Saitama

Santome Konjaku Mura / Village (Santome Konjyamura Kouryu Plaza) for something completely different in Saitama. Part I of a 4 part series about this unique outdoor theme / eco park. We had so many adventures in 2017 and enjoyed each in different ways. However, in terms of new locations forRead More →