Metsa Christmas

Metsa Christmas 2019 I introduced the Metsa Village Christmas market and Christmas town in the event pages of In Saitama, but now for a personal account. I visited Metsa on the opening day of Christmas town 2019 on November 1st. First impressions were good as Christmas muzak, seasonal flags andRead More →

Santa Ochanomizu Cocoon City Santa Santa Stellar town Kanagawa santa

Ochanomizu Santa, Tokyo – Santa Claus will visit St Clair shopping center in Ochanomizu for the 14th year in a row in 2020. It is usually one of the first places the real Santa from Finland visits on his rounds of Tokyo. The St Clair Santa is not only oneRead More →

white santa

White Santa Ikspiari Christmas Town 2020 White Santa, a Santa Claus dressed in a stunning white Christmas Santa outfit, is the regular Santa Claus of Ikspiari Christmas Town in the public part of Chiba’s Tokyo Disney Resort. The Ikspiari White Santa in Chiba is one of the longest running Santa greetingsRead More →

tokorozawa aviation museum

Tokorozawa aviation museum (所沢航空発祥記念館 in Japanese) is in one corner of the engaging Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. It is very easy to spot thanks to the hangar shaped design of the building and the airplane out front. Update April 2020: the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is temporarily closed due to theRead More →

Cocoon City Night Illumination Christmas Tree Cocoon City Christmas

Cocoon City Christmas – Cocoon City is just one part of Saitama Shintoshin. The whole area of Shintoshin is the most Christmassy location I have found in Saitama prefecture . Between the illumination, the markets, the concerts, candle night, crafts and Santa visits, it really is one of the bestRead More →

tokorozawa santa parade santa takashimaya Kichijoji santa

Five years ago when I wrote about the unusual “only in Japan” places you could meet Santa, there were really only three. One of which was the “Find Santa” event in Tokorozawa. That event thankfully still exists, but since then dozens of other unique Santa events have emerged. Once uponRead More →

the children's castle at Saitama CHildren's zoo

Young children love the children’s castle at Saitama Children’s Zoo. It is not particularly large and not particularly modern, but there is a charm about it that appeals to children of preschool age or younger. Not least of all that for all intents and purposes it is a castle, madeRead More →

Gingko trees at Hikarigaoka Park

Hikarigaoka Park is a refreshing open space in Nerima ward in Northern Tokyo. However, it is right on the border of Wako City, literally a two minute walk on the west side. The park is also on the Tobu Tojo line that runs through central Saitama. For these two reasonsRead More →

Shoden Temple

Komazan Shoden’in Shorakuji commonly called Shoden Temple (Shoudenin | Shoden-in | Shodenji) stands proud at the top of the Koma peak in Hidaka. It is like a beacon for all enthralled by religious architecture. It is easy to spot it from a distance with its impressive temple structure, but moreRead More →

Cat cafe neko katsu

Cat cafes have long been a part of Japan’s thriving foreign tourism industry. However, for the first few years of the cat and animal cafe boom, they were only available in the larger metropolitan cities. I am not sure when exactly Saitama got is first cat cafe. I’m not evenRead More →