Iwadono Kannon Shoboji Higashimatsuyama

Iwadono Kannon is the most common name used for Shoboji temple in Higashimatsuyama. However, on Google maps its called Shōbōji and that is the name that has stuck with me. The legendary gingko tree at Shoboji is one of my personal favorite posts on this blog! But there is moreRead More →

New Year display at Higashimatsuyama Botanen with Japanese brolleys

Botanen Park in Higashimatsuyama is the largest peony garden in all of Japan. However, more than just a peony garden, it is also a small park with several things to offer: Botanen Park Introduction Winter flowers Spring and the Peony Festival Summer flowers Autumn colors Playground Barbecue Events Information BotanenRead More →

Ooka SHimin

Every November in Japan there are chrysanthemum festivals all around the country where you can see potted chrysanthemum displays. However, there are only a few places where you can actually see chrysanthemum flower beds. In Saitama anyway. One place you can see chrysanthemum growing in a manicured garden is theRead More →

Pear picking Higashimatsuyama Saitama Japan 2020

Higashimatsuyama is famous for pear picking. There are about 20 tourist pear farms in Higashimatsuyama City, Saitama Prefecture. However, in 2021 due to the Coronavirus only eight of them will offer pear picking. Of those 8 one of the farms has two different orchards, hence the map below has 9Read More →

Sunflowers Higashimatsuyama Agricultural Park Norin Park

Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park, fruit and vegetable picking, food farming, farm product processing experiences and seasonal flowers. Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park The Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park, or Higashimatsuyama Norin Park, re-opened on August 1st 2019 after a year of work and renovations. There was a lot of discourse about the changes, mainly negative,Read More →

The obseration tower of the peace museum of saitama at sunset

Peace Museum of Saitama, Iwadono area of Higashimatsuyama The Peace Museum of Saitama (埼玉県平和資料館 in Japanese) is set in the lush tranquil hills of Iwadono in Higashimatsuyama. The area of Iwadono is part of the vast 4,638 hectare “Prefectural Hiki Nature Park” . If you’ve ever been to the SaitamaRead More →

Cafe Pour Toi #cafehoppingsaitama #higashimatsuyama

Cafe Pour Toi, Higashimatsuyama Social Media is a great resource for finding cafes in Saitama that aren’t easily found elsewhere online. Cafe Pour Toi is a point in case. They don’t have a dedicated website, but instead use a Facebook page. A lot of cafes are using social media accountsRead More →

Australia Fair at the Saitama Children's zoo. Saitama with kids

Australia Fair at the Children’S Animal Nature Park in Saitama, most commonly called the Saitama Children’s Zoo. Australia fair The Australian animal fair is being held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th between the hours of 10.30 am and 4 pm. The event space is close to theRead More →