Golden week 2020 kodomo no hi koinobori

Kodomo no Hi – Children’s day Japan, also known as Boy’s Day, is a national holiday that is celebrated annually on May 5th. It is the last of four public holidays that comprise Golden Week. There are two symbols of Kodomo no Hi: the “Kabuto” samurai helmet and “Koinobori” flyingRead More →

Shinrin park water play summer hot air balloon shinrin park

Water Play Shinrin Park – One of the better (non-swimming-pool) water play areas in Saitama is in Shinrin Park. There are two separate places you can play with water in Shinrin Park, both near the West Gate where most of the children’s facilities are. The “Mori no Oasis” is aRead More →

Nagatoro Wisteria Festival

Nagatoro is one area renowned for wisteria. The area has naturally grown wisterias historically and is referred to as the valley of wisteria. There are about 3000 wisteria trees in the area, with the most famous around the Iwadatami. Iwadatami is also a celebrated natural phenomenon of Nagatoro and hasRead More →

golden week 2020 Japan tokyo free tokyo

Golden Week 2020 Japan – This year Golden Week will be unlike any other we’ve ever experienced. With the whole country under a State of Emergency for the whole period of Golden Week what will it mean for Golden Week 2020 in Japan? Update April 24th: Hours after this postRead More →

museum festival

Museum festival – Every year on May 5th the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore in Omiya (Saitama City) have a small Children’s day Museum Festival.  Children can play with old and traditional toys anyday, but for the festival they have an old fashioned showa period shooting gallery. YouRead More →

Free play area tomica plarail Plarail world Peony walk higashimatsuyama

Kawagoe Housing Gallery have a pop up Tomica Plarail play area during Golden Week 2019. It is on between 11 am and 5 pm on public holiday Monday the 29th of April. You need to fill out a small registration form on the day at a dedicated reception tent toRead More →

Otourou festival matsuri iruma otorou otoro

Otourou Festival Iruma – Otourou is one of those words that is hard to translate into English. The word is actually “tourou” and the “o” in front is honorific. The Otourou festival is spelt in hiragana, not kanji. Without kanji it is hard to say for sure, but generally tourouRead More →

sakura center

During Golden Week the Sakura Environmental center is having a family friendly eco fortnight! The event will be on from Saturday April 27th until Bank Holiday Monday May 6th, except for Tuesday April 30th when the center is closed. The event is on when the center is open, which isRead More →

shibazakura saitama

Shibazakura Chichibu – The renowned Shibazakura or Moss Phlox of Chichibu’s Hitsujiyama Park come into bloom annually in April and last until early May. The 2020 Shibazakura festival has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, but the Hitsujiyama park that they are in, is still open for you to admire theRead More →

Its that wonderful time of the year again when we can live without either heating or air conditioning. When spring is in the air, but summer is just around the corner. Golden Week is very aptly named ; between the weather and the events it really is a golden timeRead More →