Setsubun sign written in Japanese with February 3rd date in kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

An account of the Setsubun Festival with a mamemaki bean throwing ceremony at Kitain Temple in Kawagoe. Information for the 2024 bean throwing ceremony also included. Setsubun Setsubun celebrations at Kitain Temple Kawagoe February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan, which marks the end of winter. People celebrate annually with traditionalRead More →

A toddler picks strawberries at a strawberry picking farm near Tokyo, Japan

A selection of 10 Strawberry Picking farms in Saitama, near and commutable from Tokyo, for the 2024 Ichigo-gari season. Strawberry Picking near Tokyo Strawberry picking is called “ichigo-gari” イチゴ狩り in Japanese. Ichigo イチゴ means strawberry and gari means picking or, literally, hunting. In Japan, strawberry picking is predominantly indoors, inRead More →

Strawberry Picking Chichibu

A selection of 10 Strawberry Picking farms in the Northern area of Saitama, including Chichibu, for the 2024 strawberry picking season. Strawberry Picking Chichibu and Northern Saitama Finally… for the first time in four years, it looks like most of the strawberry farms are going back to pre-pandemic hours inRead More →

Saitama Strawberry Picking

A selection of 10 Strawberry Picking farms in Western Saitama, for the 2024 strawberry picking season. Some of these farms are open from December 2023, which is included in the information below. Western Area There are five areas in Saitama: Central, Eastern, Western, Northern and Chichibu. The Western area ofRead More →