Starbucks Sayama with playground and cherry blossoms

In Spring 2021, the newest Starbucks in Saitama will open in Sayama City. It will be the first branch of the coffee chain to open in Sayama city. Moreover, it will be the very first Starbucks to open in a public park in Saitama Prefecture. In addition, it has terraceRead More →

EJ Anime Hotel opened within the “cool Japan”  Sakura Town Shin Tokorozawa in Autumn of this year, 2020. The Sakura Town is a project by the Kadokawa Corporation- one of the largest publishing companies in Japan – and Tokorozawa city. Apart from books, mooks, magazines and manga, Kadokawa also produceRead More →

Da Vinci Store Tokorozawa Sakura Town

Da Vinci Store – just one of dozens of new shops and attractions at the Tokorozawa Sakura Town🔗. Tokorozawa Sakura Town is a unique entertainment mall. It is the brain child of Kadokawa Corporation and was developed with the cooperation of Tokorozawa City. Da Vinci Store The 507㎡ Da VinciRead More →

TeamLab Acorn Forest

On August 1st 2020 TeamLab opened a permanent digitized nature solo exhibition called Resonating Light in the Acorn Forest. It is in the Musashino Woods of Higashi Tokorozawa Park. The Higashi Tokorozawa park is located next to the much anticipated Shin Tokorozawa Sakura Town. Sakura Town has several attractions includingRead More →

Kadokawa Culture Museum Tokorozawa

A floor by floor guide of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum, also known as the Kadokawa Culture Museum or Kadcul for short. Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture. Part of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum opened at the Tokorozawa Sakura Town yesterday Saturday August 1st 2020. Initial reviews are excellent. I was supposed toRead More →

Metsa Village closed during Coronavirus Saitama

Metsä Village  – Metsa Village opened in Hanno City in Saitama Prefecture on November 9th 2018. Metsa Village is the free part of the larger “Metsa”, a Finnish leisure park around Miyazawa lake. The charged area is a Moomin theme park Moominvalley Park. The resort encompasses relaxation, activities, shopping andRead More →

The Moomin Valley Diorama at Kokemus Exhibition space Metsa Hanno Saitama Saitama with kids

I’ve been itching to share our adventures at Moomin Valley Park. Yesterday was a precursor with information about the Umbrella Sky Project. Today, a teaser with information about just one attraction – the Kokemus Exhibition Facility. Moomin Valley Park (in Metsa) Moomin Valley Park is the part you pay intoRead More →

Little Prince Star parking area on the Kanetsu Expressway

Yorii Little Prince Parking area, Kanetsu Expressway, Japan. Jump to “Driving in Japan” information. From yesterday’s very Japanese parking area in Hanyu to today’s quintessentially not Japanese parking area in Yorii. Yorii Little Prince parking area may not be a timeslip like Onihei Edo Dokoro parking area in Hanyu, butRead More →

Hanyu Parking Area

The Onihei Edo-dokoro Parking Area is a rest stop in Hanyu, Saitama, on the Tohoku Expressway on the way into Tokyo. It is most commonly called the Hanyu Parking Area despite their best efforts to market it by the name of the character it was called after. Onihei Edo-dokoro OniheiRead More →

Unusual komainu

Komainu The guardians of shrines, Komainu are usually referred to as lion-dogs in English. They are the guardian stone statues you see near the entrance to a shrine. One on either side of the walkway. One if male, one is female. Commonly one, believed to be the male one, hasRead More →