crayon shinchan movie cafe 2020

A Crayon Shinchan movie cafe will be the next seasonal cafe at Box Cafe and Space in Lake Town. Shortly after the Hamtaro Cafe is finished the Shinchan Movie cafe will open to celebrate the 28th Shinchan movie “Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes”. Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and AlmostRead More →

Heuvel Cafe on the HIll Higashimatsuyama

Heuvel cafe on the hill is a small, but picturesque cafe with a view, in the Higashimatsuyama Agriculture Park. The park reopened exactly a year before the cafe, on August 1st 2019. It had been closed for a year for a make over! Unfortunately, in modernizing the park, they removedRead More →

Hamtaro Cafe 2020 Saitama

The Hamtaro Cafe is coming back to Saitama this summer. The last time the cafe “popped up” was in January and February last year, 2019. The limited period pop up cafe will open in Box Cafe and Space in Lake Town Koshigaya on Thursday July 30th 2020.  It will remainRead More →

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed Gyoda

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed, Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture. I didn’t have an opinion on trains one way or another until I came to Japan. But, as happens to so many after spending sometime in Japan, I jumped on the train-loving-train and never got off! I have a fascination withRead More →

Cafe Mozart Former School Shimozato Ogawa

Cafe Mozart is the cafe on the grounds of the former Ogawa Town Shimozato school. The school is known to many as Ashigaoka school from the Non Non Biyori anime. The cafe is attached to the acclaimed school, which has become a popular destination for fans of the anime. ButRead More →

Fukurou no mori

Review of Fukurou No Mori, glamping style barbecue and outdoor cafe with dog run in scenic Ranzan Valley Fukurou no Mori, an outdoor cafe and barbecue site with dog run in Ranzan, celebrated its one year anniversary this month. Last year I shared the official website information about the openingRead More →

Vert Cafe

Vert Cafe in Gyoda Suijo Park captivates the passerby with its atypical European appearance. A beautiful wooden mansion glossed in a light fern green, it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it has an interesting backstory of its near 100 year history. The history From what I can tell fromRead More →

Garden and cafe Prunus Higashimatsuyama places to eat outdoors in Higashimatsuyama

Garden and Cafe Prunus, Higashimatsuyama, piqued my interest when I saw a photo of it in a Moteco issue a couple of years ago. It wasn’t so much the food as the building that grabbed my attention. It is a fetching cross of English country meets Swiss chalet. Perched onRead More →

Kids glamping room and garden play at The Garden Cafe Hotel Shiunkaku collage

Kids Glamping Play Area and garden with swing and trampoline opens in chic “The Garden Cafe” in The Garden Hotel Shiunkaku Higashimatsuyama. An advertisement in this month’s Moteco piqued my interest. The caption read “Kids Gramping Room New Open” with a photo of an indoor outdoor play area. It wasn’tRead More →

Cafe Puisto

Cafe Puisto in Tove Jansson’s Akebono Children’s Forest Park, aka Moomin Valley, which will continue to be the free part of the Metsa Moomin Theme Park opening sometime in the near future… Once upon a time there was a untainted secret children’s forest in the lush hills of Hanno. SomeRead More →