Terasaka Rice terraces higanbana red spider lily cluster amaryllis from the official Yokoze Tourism website

Cluster Amaryllis / Higanbana  / Red spider lilies at the Terasaka terraced Rice fields in Yokoze. In 2020 the Terasaka Terraced Rice fields are off limits to the public. Not only is the festival not on, they are cutting all the red spider lilies to deter people from visiting theRead More →

red spider lilies Kawajima Saitama Japan

Lycoris radiata in Kawajima Town. The lycoris of Kawajima popped up on Thursday, but its only today – Saturday September 19th – that some of them have come into bloom. It will be another couple of days before you can see the dramatic contrast of the red against the green.Read More →

Dahlia at arakawa roadside station chichibu

The Chichibu area is known for its Dahlia. The Dahlia Garden at Mt Ryokami Fumoto Hana no Sato is one of the largest and most popular places to see Dahlia in Saitama. Mt Ryokami Dahlia Garden The Dahlia Garden at Mt Ryokami opens annually in Autumn. It generally opens fromRead More →

Totoro Instaspots in Saitama Prefecture Japan

Donguri Yama Totoro in Tokigawa is one of three Totoro Instaspot in Saitama. That is, places with characters from the Ghibli Movie My Neighbor Totoro. The one at Donguri Yama Totoro is just a quick stop for a photo opportunity with Totoro, if you happen to be in Tokigawa. ItRead More →

Fuppu Nijimasu Fishing ponds Yorii

Fish your own lunch at Fuppu Nijimasu Fishing Ponds! Fuppu is the name of the area in Yorii. Nijimasu is the Japanese for Rainbow Trout. Fuppu Nijimasu fishing ponds is a type of fishing restaurant cum fishing center. You can fish for rainbow trout for consumption. You can either eatRead More →

Tsuchiuchi cacmping grounds and otaki ice festival chichibu

Tsuchiuchi Camping Grounds is deep in a valley in the former Otaki village in Chichibu. Pitched on the staggered sides of the ravine, the camp and cabin grounds are hugged by beautiful forest on all sides. Natural moss grows thick on craggy rock with fresh water rolling over forming beautifulRead More →

Saitama Covid-19 2020

Saitama Covid-19 updates for August 2020 will be added to this post as they become available. The previous Coronavirus post was starting to lag because it had close to 10,000 words. I was also encountering technical problems when trying to update it. So I have started a fresh post forRead More →

Toryu Bridge

Toryu bridge (also called Toryumon) is over the Ara River (Arakawa) in the Mitsumine area of the former Otaki Village in Chichibu, Saitama. Toryu Bridge Toryu Bridge is a footbridge at the start of the “omotesando”, the sacred trail, to the famous Mitsumine Shrine. The hike from the bridge toRead More →

Satte Summer Festival

Day two of the four day 300 year old Satte Summer Festival sees the children’s mikoshi event. A mikoshi is a portable shrine. Local children participate in carrying the portable shrine through the town. This year, 2020, the date has been set for Thursday the 16th of July. This eventRead More →

coronavirus saitama

Saitama Coronavirus updates for July. August 21st ~ Here August here. June here. Last update Friday August 1st at 11:08. August Updates This file is so big it is starting to lag and encounter technical problems when I update it, so I have started a brand new post for AugustRead More →