kitain daruma festival

Takasaki is famous for Daruma and for the largest and most popular Daruma market in Japan, but it is not the only place you can buy the popular talisman. The Kitain Temple Daruma Festival has also become well known over the years. It is held on the same day asRead More →

Setsubun

February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan, which marks the end of winter. People celebrate annually with traditional ceremonies in both homes and temples. A common tradition associated with this ancient festival is mamemaki or bean throwing. A lot of families carry out this fun tradition at home, but you can alsoRead More →

Kitain Temple – On the grounds of Kitain Temple there is a very special building, which is home to some important national treasures. The house protects the only remains of the Edo Castle living quarters, which was once located at the site of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The rooms where moved from the EdoRead More →

Cherry blossom festival, Kitain Temple, Kawagoe City, Saitama, Japan 2020. Kitain is a stunning Buddhist temple with pagoda in the tourist city of Kawagoe – a popular day trip destination from Tokyo. There are two main ways you can celebrate the blooming of cherry  blossoms in Japan; hanami, which involves picnickingRead More →

    One of my favourite local places to bring visitors during Autumn with young children is Kitain Temple in Kawagoe (Saitama). There are some truly beautiful scenes to be captured around the temple and in the period house on the grounds. Unfortunately, my photos were only taken with a camera phone,Read More →