Hanyu Riverside Park

Hanyu Riverside Park – Hanyu Suigo Park – is a beautiful park alongside the Tone River in Hanyu City in Saitama. It is best known for three main reasons. One, the Saitama Aquarium is located in the park. Two, there are some stunning cherry blossoms in the park. And three,Read More →

Akiha no mori Park – We stumbled across this park by accident while taking a respite from visiting a relative in nearby Saitama Iriyo Center.  Unless you find it by accident as we did, you would need a car and a satnav (GPS) to get to this rural park inRead More →

Kumagaya Sports Bunka Park

Kumagaya Sports Bunka Park (Kumagaya Sports & Culture 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,Read More →

CHerry blossoms Mihashi park

Mihashi Park –  Mihashi Recreational Park, 三橋総合公園, is a park enjoyed by locals in Nishi ward. Unlike other parks in the area it has plenty of free parking and for the most part it is free to play in, but the sporting facilities have a nominal fee. They also haveRead More →

Kawagoe Sports Park or Kawagoe Undo Koen in Japanese. Written in 2013, updated in 2017. The first time I visited Kawagoe Sports park (川越運動公園)I wasn’t all that enamored with it.  From the point of view of a parent, there is little to entertain older children and it is most suited to aRead More →

Chikozan park – Multi-purpose park with Campsite, BBQ, Zoo, Fishing, Sport facilities, Athletic Playground, Multi-use Playground, Beautiful Flora and Fauna. Chikozan Park Chikozan Park in Sayama is close to the controversial proposed site of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Golf Tournament. It is a beautiful vast park with lots of attractionsRead More →

Kamihira Park

Kamihira park is located in Ageo City in the central area of Saitama Prefecture. It has lots of sporting facilities, playground equipment, water play and some seasonal flowers too. There is also a shop / café in the park at the baseball stadium. Kamihira Park, Ageo My overwhelming impression ofRead More →

Kitamoto Children's park cherry blossoms

Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park 2012 to 2020! Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park is called Kitamoto Children’s Park in English. When I first wrote this blog post in 2012 I only had two children and they were both toddlers. Fast forward eight years and I now have four children aged between 5 and 10Read More →