chipmunks saitama

Chipmunks, Saitama City – a free chipmunk garden in an agricultural area in Saitama City. Chipmunks in Saitama City “Squirrel House” is the official English name of the free furry friends attraction in Saitama City. Contrary to what that conjures up, it is an outdoor attraction. Not large enough toRead More →

tulips and cherry blossoms Fukaya Green Center

Fukaya Green Park Fukaya Green park is a small park beside the indoor pool and leisure center Aqua Paradise Patio. The park isn’t particularly big, but it has some beautiful cherry blossoms. Interestingly ANA describes it as a “vast park”, it makes me wonder did we accidentally miss a wholeRead More →

secret sakura spot Sakado

Jigenji Temple and Sakado’s secret sakura spots Jigenji’s weeping cherry is a natural monument of Sakado City. It is also an image on a 2021 postal stamp! Honestly, while the weeping cherry is famous and attracts hundreds of visitors annually, it wouldn’t make any of my personal “top 10” orRead More →

Motoara River Cherry Blossom Festival

The Motoara River Cherry Blossom festival in Fukiage is another of Saitama’s well known locations for hanami (cherry blossom festival). Especially with locals. The festival is also known as the Fukiage Cherry Blossom festival. The Motoara River in Fukiage may not be in the top 100 spots to view cherry blossoms,Read More →

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 →