Hanasaki summer pools

Hanasaki Summer Pools at Kazo Hanasaki Park. The pools will not open to the public in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, several of the other facilities such as bike rental and barbecue are currently closed too. They maybe available at a later date, but the pools will notRead More →

Tafune at Ukiya No Sato from official facebook page

Information for the Ukiya No Sato Iris Festival and boat ride. The featured image ↑ of the tafune is from the official Ukiya no Sato facebook page. The 2020 Iris Festival and Ukiya no Sato Tafune Boat ride has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Every year mid June there isRead More →

Saito Goma Fire walking festival Kazo

Every September in the City of Kazo there is a fire walking ceremony, 柴燈護摩火渡り式, steeped in ritual and history, held at Sougan-ji Temple in Kazo City. Fire walking First the priests walk through the flames of the sacred fire. After the priests have finished they completely extinguish the fire creatingRead More →

CESS Tangible Earth

CESS ~ The centre for Environmental Science in Saitama, or the much more manageable “CESS” for short, is a unique museum in Kazo City, Saitama. It was designed to create awareness and educate about the environment. Particularly, it focuses on the impact of our lifestyles on the ecology and ideasRead More →

Musashi no mura water play plaza 2019

Musashi no Mura family land in the green offers a number of ways to cool down in the summer. One is the mist tunnel, the largest of its kind in the Kanto region. There are also outdoor pools opening mid-July. They have a snow festival in August which is aRead More →

Kona's Coffee

A new branch of Kona’s Coffee Hawaiian Pancake House opened this month in Kazo City. There is a whole new development in the area where it opened: around Viva Home in the Shimotakayanagi area of Kazo. Kona’s Coffee is a Hawaiian style pancake and coffee house restaurant with branches allRead More →

Musashi no Mura Kazo Saitama

Musashi No Mura is an ideal amusement park for small children. They have a really good selection of amusements that are child friendly.  There is also an area with farm animals and and an option to horse ride. You can pick fruits at certain times of year and in summerRead More →

Halloween Events Saitama – Each year the number and quality of Halloween events is improving in the Saitama area. We’ve a way to go before we get to the level of Chiba or Kanagawa, but there is enough in the area for the kids to enjoy. **Halloween kicks off inRead More →

Pedal car at kazo hanasaki park santa kazo

Kazo Hanasaki Water Park made quite an impression on me. It isn’t a huge park, but there is a lot to do in the relatively small area. So much so, I recommend it as one of those parks that it is worth a journey to, even just once. That is, ifRead More →

What an absolutely fabulous selection of festivals on offer the first weekend of the summer school holidays. There is something for everyone in Saitama the weekend of July 16th to 20th. From the very traditional, history rich Japanese festivals, to a taste of Brazil in a Summer Carnival. From family friendly childrenRead More →