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 →

Sunflowers kawajima

Sunflowers in Kawajima at the Shimoyatsubayashi flower field and Lotus Flowers in Heisei No MoriKawajima July 2020 Sunflowers bloom in Japan from as early as the end of June until as late as early September. In Saitama Prefecture, generally you can see sunflowers from mid July. Some places grow themRead More →

coronavirus saitama

New Cases Total cases July 13th 26 1,488 July 12th 31 1,462 July 11th 35 1,431 July 10th 44 1,396 July 9th 22 1,352 July 8th 48 1,330 July 7th 27 1,282 July 6th 16 1,255 July 5th 21 1,239 July 4th 27 1,218 July 3rd 26 1,191 July 2ndRead More →

Coronavirus outbreak updates for Saitama reopening locations

Saitama Prefecture is still under a state of emergency. At this point in time, the state of emergency is set to run until May 31st. Rumors abound that Prime Minister will lift the State of Emergency early. Whether he does or not remains to be seen, but even without anRead More →

Nature spot tokigawa Sanba Gorge Sanba Ravine

Sanba Keikoku – Known in English as either Sanba Gorge, Sanba Valley or Sanba Ravine. It is a beautiful ravine in nature rich Tokigawa, Saitama Prefecture (Japan), North West of Tokyo. Despite the town’s remote location the area is serviced by a (infrequent) train. The station, Myokaku station, is aRead More →

Spring flowers Hana no Oasis

Spring flowers at the flower oasis “Hana no Oasis” in Konosu. Hana no Oasis, Konosu Hana no Oasis is a community garden. It is located in a rural area of Konosu amid dozens of paddy fields. The garden is landscaped through the seasons with seasonal blooms. It isn’t particularly big,Read More →

Purple Mountain

Mitsuba Azalea Garden, the “Purple Mountain” of Saitama Prefecture – We’ve been uncovering several of Saitama secret gems these past few weeks. Today’s adventure brought us on to the Purple Mountain “Murasaki Yama” in Ogose Town. Three thousand Mitsuba Azalea – Rhododendron dilatatum – over three hectares of a privatelyRead More →

Jougaya Embankment Cherry Blossom Bank Kitamoto

Jougaya Embankment Cherry Blossom Bank (Jougaya Tsutsumi Sakura Dote in Japanese), Kitamoto City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Jougaya Embankment Kitamoto City, on the eastern tip of the central area of Saitama Prefecture, has several cherry blossom viewing spots. One of the best known is the Jougaya Tsutsumi Cherry Blossom Bank sandwichedRead More →

Cherry blossoms and rapeseed Yoshimi March 23rd 2020

Cherry blossoms and Rapeseed in Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama. There are several places you can see cherry blossoms and rapeseed in Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Kumagaya and Gongendo Park in Satte are probably the most famous. And for good reason as the scenery is truly stunning. ButRead More →

Cancelled events in Saitama in 2020

Cancelled events in Saitama in 2020. Jump to the live list. Jump to events that are currently going ahead as planned. Even before the Department of Labor, Welfare, and Health encouraged the cancellation of all largely attended events (due to the Coronavirus Outbreak) on February 20th 2020, there had alreadyRead More →