Hanyu Riverside Park

Hanyu Riverside Park – Hanyu Suigo Park – is a beautiful park alongside the Tone River in Hanyu City in Saitama. It is best known for three main reasons. One, the Saitama Aquarium is located in the park. Two, there are some stunning cherry blossoms in the park. And three,Read More →

Favourite photo friday

Once upon a time “Favourite Photo Friday” was a regular weekly post on Saitama with kids. I’ve since deleted many of those posts, because they weren’t informative enough. The blog took a turn from a blog-blog to a website-blog and the favourite photo Friday feature lost its place. The emphasisRead More →

Yanasegawa Cherry Blossoms Shiki Sakura

Yanasegawa Cherry Blossoms – There are three main cherry blossom spots in Shiki: Shingashi River, Yanasegawa River, and Shikishima Shrine. The city hosts cherry blossom festivals too, including the Sakura Festa at Iroha park on Shingashi river near city hall. The sakura typically bloom the end of March to earlyRead More →

early blooming sakura cherry blossoms at Kita Asaba cherry blossom embankment in Nissai Sakado

We’ve been doing hanami since the start of the year. In January it was under the wintersweet, in February under the plum blossoms. Finally, the one we’ve all been waiting for: cherry blossoms. When I wrote this article in 2019 we had enjoyed Sakura Hanami in mid March thanks toRead More →

Isanuma park in Kawagoe is a popular spot with locals. It also attracts professional photographers and bird lovers from further afar, who come to capture the wildlife on the lake. It is not a big park, but it has good facilities for its size. In summer, the trees of the wood and its position byRead More →

Isanuma Park Cherry blossom festival

Isanuma Park Cherry Blossoms – Isanuma park in Kawagoe is a popular spot to enjoy Hanami for locals. There are cherry blossoms along the river at the playground as well as cherry blossoms lining the street that separates the lake from the park. Isanuma Park cherry blossoms – We have enjoyedRead More →

Cherry blossom festival, Kitain Temple, Kawagoe City, Saitama, Japan 2020. Kitain is a stunning Buddhist temple with pagoda in the tourist city of Kawagoe – a popular day trip destination from Tokyo. There are two main ways you can celebrate the blooming of cherry  blossoms in Japan; hanami, which involves picnickingRead More →

I guest posted on  K-A International Mothers in Japan for the 2nd ever. The first time was a strawberry picking article, so check that out if you are looking for somewhere to pick strawberries in the Kanto plain. This time its a list of places to view Cherry blossoms in Tokyo,Read More →

Enomoto Dairy Farm – family run, amiable dairy farm in rural Saitama, but close to big cities and even Tokyo itself. The Enomoto Dairy Farm reminds me of the farms at home in Ireland and is known fondly as Little Hokkaido in Ageo! Enomoto Dairy Farm You can buy freshRead More →