shingashi river today

Daily life brought me to Kawagoe today, right by the Shingashi River. As I turned the corner to the street that runs along the river by Hikawa Shrine, I could see straight away that the cherry blossoms have opened. There are a few trees that are quite far along, butRead More →

adomani cafe konosu

Al fresco dining in Saitama Prefecture, at Adomani Cafe in Konosu With the Coronavirus still in our midst, I’ve never been so interested in “al fresco dining”. Amazingly, it is not as popular in Japan as you would expect. Therefore, it is quite hard to find a good restaurant withRead More →

Café N36° Okegawa

English information for カフェN36° Café N36° Café N36° (カフェN36°) is a cafe with a dog run in Okegawa City, Saitama Prefecture. But rather than being ‘a cafe with a dog run’, it feels more like a dog run with a cafe! The cafe was doing a roaring trade today, despiteRead More →

Starbucks Sayama with playground and cherry blossoms

In Spring 2021, the newest Starbucks in Saitama will open in Sayama City. It will be the first branch of the coffee chain to open in Sayama city. Moreover, it will be the very first Starbucks to open in a public park in Saitama Prefecture. In addition, it has terraceRead More →

Starbucks Kanetsuki Street Kawagoe Japan

This is a long overdue post about the famous Starbucks on Kanetsuki Street in the old warehouse district of Kawagoe. The branch opened in March 2018 and most of the photos in this post are actually from back then! But it hasn’t changed much in the two years since itRead More →

Vegetable Plate at Yururi Cafe kawagoe

Today’s Lunch (Kyou no gohan in Japanese) Yururi Cafe is a trendy cafe beside Renkeiji in the tourist district of Kawagoe. Hereafter “Yururi Cafe” for short. During the Coronavirus outbreak they have take out and delivery options available until May 6th. From May 6th there is no delivery, but thereRead More →

Garden Cafe Greenrose ~ View the stunning roses and seasonal blooms over a cup of tea and cake during the open garden period… Garden Cafe Greenrose is a private garden that opens to the public for the rose season twice a year. Roses bloom in Saitama during the spring andRead More →

Hilltop farm

Strawberry and Blueberry picking at Hilltop farm and cafe, Namegawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. Aptly named “hilltop” rustic charm farm cafe with bric-à-brac and antique shop with great views of Namegawa. Strawberry and blueberry picking in season. Hilltop Farm Hilltop farm is part of Yatsu no Sato, a community agriculture parkRead More →

Cafe Mozart Former School Shimozato Ogawa

Cafe Mozart is the cafe on the grounds of the former Ogawa Town Shimozato school. The school is known to many as Ashigaoka school from the Non Non Biyori anime. The cafe is attached to the acclaimed school, which has become a popular destination for fans of the anime. ButRead More →

Cafe Pour Toi #cafehoppingsaitama #higashimatsuyama

Cafe Pour Toi, Higashimatsuyama Social Media is a great resource for finding cafes in Saitama that aren’t easily found elsewhere online. Cafe Pour Toi is a point in case. They don’t have a dedicated website, but instead use a Facebook page. A lot of cafes are using social media accountsRead More →