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 to see how they compare. On the Internet it looked like the branch in Kamifukuoka (Fujimino) was particularly large, and a trip there this morning confirmed that is it indeedRead 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 →

baseball bat ema

The Baseball Shrine – Yakyu Inari Shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, 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” 箭弓) are pronounced the sameRead More →

Named “Sole” as in the Italian for sun, this is one of the few Higashimatsuyama state run jidokan (children’s centre) you have to pay into. Children are free essentially, but they charge for adults. It is 200 yen for an adult who does not reside in Higashimatsuyama, and 100 yen forRead More →

The Wakaba Walk Santa statue is taking his pride of place in the main courtyard again this year.  By sitting on Santa’s lap the Christmas tree behind him lights up. Wakaba Walk is a mall in Sakado, a minutes walk from the Wakaba Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. It is a small mall,Read More →

Autumn leaves by night at the Central Gate of Shinrin park This post was written in 2013. The up-to-date and more detailed version for 2018- https://insaitama.com/event/halloween-night-in-the-forest-shinrin-park-namegawa-4/   Dates: November 1st to December 1st, 2013 Hours: 16.30 to 20.30, last entry 20.00 Place: CENTRAL GATE of Shinrin Park Price: 400 yen perRead More →

    One of my favourite local places to bring visitors during Autumn with young children is Kitain Temple in Kawagoe (Saitama). There are some truly beautiful scenes to be captured around the temple and in the period house on the grounds. Unfortunately, my photos were only taken with a camera phone,Read More →

There’s a great selection of Halloween goods at Daiso, one of the better known 100 yen shops in Japan. A 100 yen shop is roughly equivalent to a one pound/ euro / dollar store. They carry a huge range of goods most of which are quite decent quality. I tookRead More →