hatsumode saitama kitain hatsumode Japanese new year tradition

The Japanese New Year tradition of Hatsumode – Hatsumode is the first visit of the year to a shrine or a temple, an important and much practised tradition of new year celebrations in Japan. There are many shrines and temples all around Saitama where you can practise Hatsumode. Technically youRead More →

Halloween kumagaya  The 8th annual Halloween festival and costume party at Onikko House in Kumagaya will take place on October 28th from 10 am to 3 pm. The line up is quite different to last year when a lot of the activities were outdoors. I remember that it rained onRead More →

Little planet

A new digital and creative play space for children, Little Planet, is opening in the Lalaport in Shinmisato on July 11th 2018. Little Planet or Litpla for short The Little Planet or Litpla play centers use virtual reality and mapping technology. The Lalaport Shinmisato official website refers to it asRead More →

Indoor Play Center Saitama – A list of 65 of the Play / Fun / Amusement Centers (excluding Jidokan community play centers) in the prefecture of Saitama. Find a play center in your area. **I have no affiliation to any of these companies, nor do I receive any reward orRead More →

Ofuro Cafe Bivouac – The opening day for the new super hotspring in KUMAGAYA Saitama is drawing close. This is one to get excited about folks, because apart from being a state of the onsen, it has lots of extra services AND hammocks and a climbing wall for adults! PleaseRead More →

Japan's largest water mill, waku waku land and attractions at Saitama Museum of rivers in Yorii Saitama Prefecture

Saitama Museum of Rivers is located in Yorii town. It is home to the largest water mill in Japan. It has a number of facilities available under the general admission price including their main educational hall where children can learn about rivers in general as well as river dams, transport, trivia,Read More →

Kumagaya Sports Bunka Park – There is a belief in Japan that how you spend your New Year’s is reflective of how your year will be. The New Year period lasts until the 7th of January. With that in mind, we spent those 7 days, the last of the kid’sRead More →

WRITTEN IN 2013, but the places are the same year on year. Saitama Prefecture Day or Saitama Prefectural day, kenmin no hi in Japanese, is on the 14th of November each year. Many venues and locations offer free entry to their attractions on this day.  You can also get specialRead More →