Ribbon Marche pop up play area

Ribbon Marche is a kids dressing-up and make believe pop up play area that travels around the country. It will visit Peony Walk in Higashimatsuyama for the February bank holiday weekend, from Saturday February 9th to Monday bank holiday February 11th. We have been to a couple of their pop-upsRead More →

Kawamin House

Kawamin House, play area in Kawajima – Kawajima is a little known town in the larger district of Hiki. It has become slightly more recognised in recent years as one of the newer exits on the Ken-o Expressway. However, it has quite a bit more to offer, including Japan’s longestRead More →

After visiting Kid’s US Land in Higashimatsuyama (which regretably closed in 2018), I was keen to try out the other branches of the Kids US Land to see how they compare. On the Internet it looked like the branch in Kamifukuoka (Fujimino) was particularly large. A trip there this morning confirmedRead 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 →

Preschooler fun at Bornelund Kid-o-Kid in Cocoon 2, Omiya, Saitama City Bornelund Kid-O-Kid Concealed in the back corner of the third floor of Cocoon 2 is a veritable preschooler’s paradise.  Bornelund’s Kid-o-kid recently celebrated its one year anniversary. It still looks like it just opened.  The equipment is very well kept, pristine, brightRead More →

Fun children’s play center Niko Niko garden in Value Plaza Ageo Niko Niko Garden Value Plaza Ageo is an old style department store and walking into it you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d gone through a time slip to the 1980s. It is a cold and stark building, both indoors andRead More →

Wai Wai Park – In the food court of Aeon (formerly Carrefour) in Sayama they have a play area for children. If you haven’t been there in more than six months, you might remember a broken down excuse of a play center called Yu Kids Ai land. However, they reformedRead More →

Cats Eye Play Center Sayama Cats Eye play and sports centre is very like Spocha in Round 1, just not as classy or clean, and the limited number of staff leave a lot to be desired. There is a smell of stale smoke in the areas outside the play areaRead More →

Named “Sole”, as in the Italian for sun, this jidokan in Higashimatsuyama is particularly nice. A jidokan is a children’s community center. More often than not they are free, but this one has an entry charge for adults. Personally, for what you get, I feel it is certainly worth theRead More →

Ageo Kodomo no Shiro

Kodomo no Shiro Ageo – Saitama has a large number of superb free children’s (community/ play) centres, called jidokan or jido centre “jidose” (児童館・児童センター). Many mothers agree that Ageo’s kodomo-no-shiro, “children’s castle”, is among the best. Ageo Kodomo No Shiro In terms of size, equipment and diversity, I would personallyRead More →