Ofuro Cafe Bivouac Rugby Town Kumagaya

Ofuro Cafe Bivouac, Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. 2019 was the first year that Saitama prefecture was represented in the prestigious All Japan ofuro competition Ofuro Koshien . Not just one, but two of Saitama’s hot springs were selected: Retro Onsen Tamagawa and Ofuro Cafe Bivouac. Both owned and managed by OnsenRead More →

Hemulin's playground Moomin Valley Park Metsa

Hemulin’s Playground at Moomin Valley Park. Moomin Valley Park is one of the two key areas of Metsa, a Finnish theme park in Hanno, Saitama. Moomin Valley Park has an entry fee, but it is a reasonable at 1,500 yen per person. The other area of the resort is MetsaRead More →

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Bustival Tokorozawa

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park is one of Saitama’s better known attractions. It has been around for a long time and given its proximity to Tokyo and other popular tourist areas, it has always enjoyed a steady flow of customers and great reviews. It is a great place for a familyRead More →

Something different in Saitama

Something different in Saitama – We had so many adventures in 2017 and enjoyed each in different ways. However, in terms of new locations for families in the Saitama area, both my husband and I have Santome Konjaku Mura (hereafter Santome) high on our list of favourites for 2017. SantomeRead More →

Moomin Valley – Nicknamed “Moomin House” the quirky building pictured is one of three buildings (and a cafe added in 2018) in this free, unique and imaginative theme park for children in Hanno City; Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park. Once you leave your shoes at the door (which we didn’t on ourRead More →