Japan's longest sakura corridor Minuma

Did you know Saitama Prefecture is home to Japan’s longest cherry blossom corridor? And according to Saitama City, it is not just the longest, but also Japan’s number 1 “sakura kairo”! Saitama Prefecture, beside Tokyo, is the only prefecture with a twenty kilometer long cherry blossom ‘corridor’ in all ofRead More →

Red Poppies and purple nadeshiko flowers in Fukiage, Konosu, Saitama Prefecture. Where the Fukiage Poppy Festival is on

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 →

jogenji Saitama city kawazu x weeping plum

Weeping plum blossoms, Kawazu cherry blossoms, weeping cherry blossoms with cherry blossom festival and light up in Saitama City. The scene of kawazu cherry beside weeping plum blossoms, the two shades of pink side by side, is absolutely breathtaking. It was an absolute delight to find this kawazu cherry blossomsRead More →

kawazuzakura in Kawajima along the Ando River

Kawazuzakura are an early blooming, pink cherry blossom. They normally bloom from around the third week in February to early March, generally speaking. There are locations where they bloom earlier and places where they bloom later. However, in Saitama Prefecture the kawazuzakura are more fickle than the main variety ofRead More →

Honjo Park Plum blossoms

Honjo is quite far from us so its a city I didn’t visit much when the kids were very small. However, since all four of my kids started elementary school last year, I’ve been several times. And I will keep going back, as there is quite a lot to discoverRead More →

Ryusenji lanterns

Ryusenji / Ryusen Temple is the undisputed home of papercut ‘Goshuin’. A ‘Goshuin’ is a stamp or seal that you can receive for a fee at temples and shrines in Japan. What makes Ryusen-ji’s so special is that they are intricately cut from paper, like a stencil. Ryusenji was theRead More →

Shouganji temple at Konosu Park

Konosu Park is located beside Shouganji¹ temple, which is a famous doll temple. The temple is renowned for its unique “Doll Memorial Service”. Konosu Park is relatively small, but during the cherry blossom season it attracts hundreds of visitors for its mature cherry blossoms. The scene of the temple gatesRead More →