The house in Nanbata Castle Park in which the hina matsuri dolls are on display is currently closed during the State of Emergency. As such, the hina dolls display event will not be on this year. Looking for a dolls display in Fujimi, Saitama? At Nanbata Castle park‘s period houseRead More →

O park formerly you park in Ogose

O park Ogose, formerly Opark / You Park and – like so many places in Japan – many other names. Until 2019 it was best known as You Park. It was also called “Little Indian Village”, “Ogose Fureai Center” and “Yu Park” (or Yuu Park) . However, with the renewalRead 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 →

Sayama Inariyama Prefectural park or Inariyama Park for short. This article contains general information about the park as well as cherry blossom, barbecue and annual event information. There is a museum and cafe in the park. Inariyama Park Inariyama Park was once an American military facility; part of Johnson airport.Read More →

Aruzo Land – It was certainly a first for me to discover a free play center in a Real Estate Agency. Sure, lots of real estate agencies (plus car sales showrooms, dentists, phone shops…you name it), have play areas in Japan. But this is a full on PLAY CENTER, not justRead 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 →

Team Lab Islands

The very first TeamLab Islands opened in Lalaport Fujimi, Saitama in 2015. TeamLab Islands Team Lab has made quite a name for itself in the last couple of years (2019). However, when they opened their first permanent shop in Lalaport Fujimi in 2015 it was virtually unheard of (pun intended).Read More →

Lego School Lalaport Fujimi Japan’s 1st lego school, an after school education programme, opened in Lalaport, Fujimi, last month (April 2015). The “school” runs a number of different programmes, by age group. A lesson costs 3,000 yen. Next door is the lego store.  The lego store sells lego sets as wellRead More →

Saitama Space Museum

Saitama Space Museum (Urawa, Saitama City) – It’s spring break in Japan.  It is also end of school year.  Traffic tends to increase and queues lengthen, but there are still some hidden gems that evade the chaos. Saitama’s space museum, or officially the Saitama Municipal Youth Astronomical Museum, is oneRead More →