Tokigawa Iris Garden

The 2021 Iris Festival in Tokigawa Iris Gardens has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. It was also cancelled in 2021. The Iris bloom in the garden for the month of June. They are relatively near (by car) the lavender fields of Ranzan. Last year I combined a trip toRead More →

Tokigawa Peach Blossom Festival

The 21st annual Peach Blossom Festival Tokigawa has been cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19. This is the second year in a row that the event has been cancelled on account of the pandemic. Even though the festival wasn’t on, I dropped by the shrine in 2020 to check out theRead More →

peach blossoms tokigawa

Each year in early April, we are absolutely spoiled for choice for things to see in Saitama. There are so many flowers and blossoms in bloom. And accordingly there are literally hundreds of flower festivals on. Usually the cherry blossoms steal the limelight, but their ‘sister’, the peach blossoms, areRead More →

Totoro Instaspots in Saitama Prefecture Japan

Donguri Yama Totoro in Tokigawa is one of three Totoro Instaspot in Saitama. That is, places with characters from the Ghibli Movie My Neighbor Totoro. The one at Donguri Yama Totoro is just a quick stop for a photo opportunity with Totoro, if you happen to be in Tokigawa. ItRead More →

Kinomura Camp Tokigawa

This is one post I am particularly happy to be bringing you! We have been trying to stay at Kinomura Camp in Tokigawa for the last five years. However, as it is extremely popular we have never been able to secure a booking for a date we wanted. This year,Read More →

Suzumegawa sabo dam tokigawa

Five year old really wanted to play in some water today. However, most of the water play areas in parks are closed on account of the Coronavirus. It was a blessing in disguise, because instead we went to a Suzumegawa Sabo Dam park with a natural river. My favorite kind!Read More →

Different stages of washi making washi workshop

Nowadays, there are several places you can try a washi workshop, even in Tokyo. But there are only three places in the whole of Japan with the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition for their traditional handmade washi paper. In Shimane prefecture it is Sekishubun paper, in Gifu prefecture it isRead More →

Comoriver Glamping Site

The Comoriver Tokitama Himitsu Kichi campsite and restaurant by Onsen Dojo in Tokigawa Town in the Hiki District of Saitama Prefecture. Comoriver Comoriver Tokitama Himitsu Kichi is a campsite, glamping site, cafe and riverside day camp. Onsen Dojo is the chain relaxation service provider behind hot spring resorts such asRead More →

Tamagawa Hot Spring

Tamagawa Hot Spring, Tokigawa, or the mouthful that is their full name 昭和 レトロ な 温泉銭湯玉川温泉 ~ Showa Retro Naonsen Sento Tamagawa Hot Spring. A hot spring by the award winning hot spring management company Onsen Dojo. Hereafter Tamagawa Hot Springs for short. Occasionally with the Retro in front, justRead More →