Wired Cafe Omiya

Wired Cafe is one of the better known brands of coffee shop giant Cafe Company. There are branches of Wired Cafe all over Japan with a large concentration in Tokyo and the greater Tokyo region, including in our lovely Saitama. We actually only have a couple of Wired Cafe inRead More →

Omiya Park museum

Located in Omiya Park, the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore is made up of three main parts: the exhibits, crafting and a free outdoor play area. This article concentrates on the latter two which do not have a cover charge to enter, and the free exhibits. The exhibitRead More →

Bonsai Seikouen saika bonsai

Saika Bonsai Saika Bonsai is a modern type of bonsai invented by the fifth generation bonsai master Yamada of Seikouen. Seikouen is one of the six bonsai gardens in the bonsai village in Omiya ward, Saitama City. Ms Yamada recognised that bonsai needed reinvention to appeal to a larger audience.Read More →

Cocoon City Night Illumination Christmas Tree Cocoon City Christmas

Cocoon City Christmas – Cocoon City is just one part of Saitama Shintoshin. The whole area of Shintoshin is the most Christmassy location I have found in Saitama prefecture . Between the illumination, the markets, the concerts, candle night, crafts and Santa visits, it really is one of the bestRead 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 →

Night Illumination Cocoon City – Autumn 2015 (updated in 2018) It used to be that you would have to travel into Tokyo to get some night light action, but nowadays even the smallest of prefectures have some winter illumination for all to enjoy. The displays run for up to 4Read More →

Akihanomori 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 in Nishi-ku (Saitama).Read More →

On this the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen (bullet train), October 1st 2014, it seems fitting to introduce one of Saitama’s top attractions.  Japan’s largest Railway Museum in Omiya,  鉄道博物館. It is known locally as Omiya train museum and as Saitama railway museum nationwide. Whatever you chose to call it is a really goodRead More →

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 →

Light Art Healing, Winter Illumination at Cocoon, Saitama Shintoshin Dates: November 2nd 2013 to February 14th 2014 Hours: 17.00 – 24.00 Place: Selected areas of the Cocoon Mall at the east exit of the Saitama Shintoshin station Price: Free Parking: Open 9.00 – 1.00. 200 yen for 30 minutes, butRead More →