Visiting Ranzan Lavender Festival at Sennen No Sono Saitama flowers June Saitama rainy season japan

Visiting Japan’s largest lavender field at Sennen no Sono, close to Tokyo. Where the Ranzan Lavender festival is held annually in a beautiful rural town of Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Sennen no Sono Lavender Field Sennen No Sono is the name of the largest lavender field in Japan. It is inRead More →

The Moomin Valley Diorama at Kokemus Exhibition space Metsa Hanno Saitama Saitama with kids

I’ve been itching to share our adventures at Moomin Valley Park. Yesterday was a precursor with information about the Umbrella Sky Project. Today, a teaser with information about just one attraction – the Kokemus Exhibition Facility. Moomin Valley Park (in Metsa) Moomin Valley Park is the part you pay intoRead More →

Metsa Village umbrella sky Japan's largest umbrella art installation Things to do in Saitama

Metsa Village Umbrella Sky “Forest and Lake and Umbrella“ We visited the Forest and Lake and Umbrella Metsa Umbrella Sky Project in the summer of 2019. And we weren’t disappointed. Its coming back this year, 2020, even bigger and for longer than last year. (2020 Event Information here). Umbrella SkyRead More →

J.S Pancake Lalaport Fujimi

J.S Pancake is a small restaurant / cafe in Lalaport Fujimi shopping mall. J. S stands for Journal Standard, the name of the clothes shop behind the trendy chain cafe. J.S Pancake Lalaport Fujimi Menu The menu, as the name of the restaurant suggests, is mainly pancakes. It is aRead More →

Cafe Pour Toi #cafehoppingsaitama #higashimatsuyama

Cafe Pour Toi, Higashimatsuyama Instagram 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. Their page wasn’t how I found them, it is quiteRead More →

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Saitama Pools ~ In about a month’s time more than a dozen summer outdoor pools will open for the 2019 season. Below is a round up of 19 of Saitama’s seasonal outdoor pools. Please note that the majority of swimming pools have a last entry that is an hour beforeRead More →

Basic information for the Hanno Green Carnival at the Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest previously known as Moomin Valley. This is the free area that has been around for decades, not the Moomin Valley Park and Metsa village that opened in 2019 and 2018 respectively. Date and Time: Saturday 1stRead More →

poppy picking shinrin park saitama with kids things to do in saitama in may

Poppy picking event in Musashi Kyuryo National Government park. Or Shinrin Park as it is most commonly called. They specify that they are charley poppies. If you’ve been in Japan any length of time, you probably already know that picking flowers in Japan is a big no no. And toRead More →

Free play area tomica plarail Plarail world Peony walk higashimatsuyama

Kawagoe Housing Gallery have a pop up Tomica Plarail play area during Golden Week 2019. It is on between 11 am and 5 pm on public holiday Monday the 29th of April. You need to fill out a small registration form on the day at a dedicated reception tent toRead More →

asobeats pop up digital play area

Asobeats is a pop up digital play center. For Golden week, from Saturday April 27th until Wednesday May 1st, Mallage Shobu in Kuki will host the projection mapping and music travelling play area. It is quite similar to Team Lab Islands in Lalaport in Fujimi or Little Planet in LalaportRead More →