Mizonuma Kids Pool Asaka

The Mizonuma Kids Pool in Asaka will not open in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The pools are designed for families with small children. There is a toddler and preschooler pool as well as pools for older children. Unlike the prefectural pools which have a number of different pools,Read More →

Kawagoe bakery raku raku

Kawagoe Bakery Raku Raku is possibly the most popular bakery in Kawagoe. It is certainly one of the busiest and most famous. Raku Raku is one of dozens of eateries in Kawagoe offering take out and delivery services during the Saitama State of Emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. KawagoeRead More →

After visiting Kid’s US Land in Higashimatsuyama (which regretably closed in 2018), I was keen to try out the other branches of the Kids US Land to see how they compare. On the Internet it looked like the branch in Kamifukuoka (Fujimino) was particularly large. A trip there this morning confirmedRead More →

Small local park, with beautiful cherry blossoms, suited to hanami with kids on the Tobu Tojo Line Katsusehara Memorial Park Katsusehara Memorial park in Fujimi is a great park for hanami (cherry blossom picnic) and play dates with toddlers. It was one of my favourite parks for meeting my ownRead More →

Aruzo Land – It was certainly a first for me to discover a free play center in a Real Estate Agency. Sure, lots of real estate agencies (plus car sales showrooms, dentists, phone shops…you name it), have play areas in Japan. But this is a full on PLAY CENTER, not justRead More →

Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple is a branch of the Naritasan Shinsoji Buddhist Temple of Narita, Chiba. It has a very interesting, but complex history with many layers of detail. The founder Ishikawa Tomegoro, with the financial backing of wealthy locals, restored what was previously the ruined Hongyoin Temple toRead More →

Hikawa shrine shingashi river cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River – Kawagoe is just 31 minutes from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on the Tobu Tojo line (jump to access from Tokyo).  It is a popular tourist town. One of Kawagoe’s most spectacular spots to enjoy “sakura” is out the back of Hikawa shrine, where the cherry blossoms line the ShingashiRead More →

baseball bat ema

The Baseball Shrine – Yakyu Inari Shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama city in Saitama. It is just 1 hour and 10 minutes from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo line.  It is one of many shrines to the God Inari. However, what makes it special is that its Chinese characters (“Yakyu”Read More →

Named “Sole”, as in the Italian for sun, this jidokan in Higashimatsuyama is particularly nice. A jidokan is a children’s community center. More often than not they are free, but this one has an entry charge for adults. Personally, for what you get, I feel it is certainly worth theRead More →

Wakaba walk

Wakaba Walk, a local mall close to a station in the city of Tsurugashima. Its funny, for all these years I thought Wakaba wall is in Sakado, but it actually turns out its in Tsurugashima! My hairdresser is just across the road, not even 500 meters away and her addressRead More →