Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children's Zoo saitama children's animal nature park

Wading pool Saitama Children’s Zoo – It is hard to believe it is already the time of year for wading pools and rivers. Las year, things were quite different with so much still unknown about the Coronavirus. Normally, the wading / splash pool in the Children’s Zoo opens for theRead More →

Shinrin park water play summer hot air balloon shinrin park

Water Play Shinrin Park – One of the better (non-swimming-pool) water play areas in Saitama is in Shinrin Park. There are two separate places you can play with water in Shinrin Park, both near the West Gate where most of the children’s facilities are. The “Mori no Oasis” is aRead More →

Pedal car at kazo hanasaki park santa kazo

Kazo Hanasaki Water Park made quite an impression on me. It isn’t a huge park, but there is a lot to do in the relatively small area. So much so, I recommend it as one of those parks that it is worth a journey to, even just once. That is, ifRead More →

Isanuma park in Kawagoe is a popular spot with locals. It also attracts professional photographers and bird lovers from further afar, who come to capture the wildlife on the lake. It is not a big park, but it has good facilities for its size. In summer, the trees of the wood and its position byRead More →

Hidaka Sougou Park total park things to do in Hidaka

The Japanese sougou 総合 is used to indicate a multi-purpose park and that is exactly what Hidaka Sougou park is. It is often translated into Hidaka Total Park in English. The park is free in, with free parking. It is close to the golf course for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. HereRead More →

We’ve been hanging out in Shiroyama park quite a lot recently. Thanks to the Family Walker magazine featuring the new piece of playground equipment (pictured) and suggesting it as a hanami location. We had visited a few times in the past, but it didn’t make an impression. It does now. The timing was convenient, too.Read More →

The Mallage in Kuki city offers a number of facilities and services for children, including the Soyu Himitsu No Mori, or Secret Forest, play centre on the 1st floor. It has the unique feature of an indoor paddling / splash pool, which is part of the Secret Waterfall area. There is a changing areaRead More →

Heisei no Mori park is situated in a town that few people even in Saitama know, even fewer by its proper name, Kawajima. Due to a mistake in the roads department, the Interchange that should have familiarised people with the town’s name didn’t as it was mistakenly called “Kawashima”! ThisRead More →

Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival

Maruyama park is frequently listed in Saitama’s top 3 list of parks. It is personally one of my favourites.  I love that although the park isn’t massive, there is so much to do and see that you can spend a full day there. I particularly like that they have swings that toddlers can sitRead More →