Hina no Sato Konosu

Hina no Sato is my personal favorite site of the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival. Moreover, it is home to the biggest AND smallest hina dolls in all of Japan. Something they don’t seem to advertise very well. I had no idea anyway that I would have the very great pleasureRead More →

Kawazuzakura at Cosmos Arena Fukiage Konosu

Information for early spring flowers and the 2024 Fukiage Poppy Festival at Cosmos Arena Fukiage. Which, as the name suggests, is best known for its cosmos. But they bloom in Autumn. This post focuses on a selection of the spring flowers you can see at the venue, including kawazu (earlyRead More →

Motoara River Cherry Blossom Festival

The Fukiage Motoara River Cherry Blossom festival, also known as the Fukiage Cherry Blossom Festival, is another of Saitama’s well known ‘sakura matsuri’ spots! Initially with locals, but it started drawing crowds from further afield after going viral on social media. Moreover, it was added to the official list of theRead More →

kikushidare Takao Sakura park

Takao Sakura Park, as the name implies, is a cherry blossom park in Kitamoto City, Saitama Prefecture. It is also a popular spot for watching the sunset. Perched on the hill overlooking the Arakawa river, you can see as far as Mt Fuji on a clear day. Between February andRead More →

Konosu surprising dolls festival, Japan's largest hina dolls pyramid

Information for, and an account of, visiting Japan’s largest Dolls festival display at the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival or Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri in Japanese. 鴻巣びっくりひな祭り。 Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a 50 minute train ride from Ueno station inRead More →

ひな人形花飾り Flower Hina Dolls at Pansy House near Hana no Oasis in Konosu

As part of the annual Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival, Pansy house in Konosu have an extravagant, stunning flower display depicting the ‘Daira-bina’, the Imperial couple, as you can see in the featured photo above. This life size flower hina doll display, ひな人形花飾り, is unique to Pansy House. They also haveRead More →

Saitama Ice Arena

Saitama Ice Arena – the Saitama Prefecture Ice rink. Two indoor skate rinks in Ageo City, a main and sub rink. The latter which has illumination once a week. They offer ice skating lessons at this rink. They have classes for adults and for children weekly on fixed dates, butRead More →