The 100 caves of Yoshimi will have a festival this coming Saitama Prefecture Day, November 14th. And every year on the same date in celebration of the prefecture’s day. The unusual attraction in Yoshimi will be free in for the occasion. Usually it costs 300 yen per adult and childrenRead More →

Hatcho lake Hatchoko Park Yoshimi

Hatchoko Park is the park around the eponymous Lake Hatcho in Yoshimi town in the Hiki District of Saitama. Lake Hatcho is a man-made lake in a natural woody hillside in the Prefectural Hiki Nature Park. Hatchoko Park In my personal opinion there is nothing exceptional about Hatchoko park. Don’tRead More →

Yoshimi daffodil and narcissus festival

  Yoshimi Recreational Park is host to the Yoshimi Spring Festival annually. The site of the Yoshimi SPring Festival is quite hard to find, but it is worth the effort for this annual free spring flower festival. You have to drive down onto the flood plains of the Arakawa River,Read More →

Cherry blossoms and rapeseed Yoshimi March 23rd 2020

Cherry blossoms and Rapeseed in Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama. There are several places you can see cherry blossoms and rapeseed in Saitama Prefecture, just north of Tokyo. Kumagaya and Gongendo Park in Satte are probably the most famous. And for good reason as the scenery is truly stunning. ButRead More →

100 caves of yoshimi cherry blossom festival

The 100 caves of Yoshimi 2020 cherry blossom festival has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus Covid-19. The festival was scheduled from March 20th until April 12th. Normally, during the festival period the sakura trees are lit up at night between 5 and 9 pm.Read More →

Illumination Fresa Yoshimi

The illumination in Fresa Yoshimi is a particularly child friendly winter lights display. It is on annually from December 1st to 24th. The official hours are 5 to 9 pm, but it is usually turned on as early as 4 pm. They use 200,000 lights in the display. Fresa YoshimiRead More →

Yoshimi Kannon Anrakuji (2)

Anrakuji Yoshimi Kannon is one of a few temples where I personally have felt a strong presence upon entering the grounds. Whether you believe in power spots or not, Yoshimi Kannon is set in such a magnificent setting that it will awe you with its beauty, if not its mysticRead More →

Cosmos festival yoshimi

Scarecrows and Cosmos Festival Yoshimi There are about eight million cosmos in about 8.3 hectares of flower fields in rural Yoshimi. Thankfully they are beside three landmarks which makes them easier to find (see access) and they have a large hot air balloon on the days of the festival forRead More →

Red, Orange, Yellow and White spider lilies in Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama. Kinchakuda, Gongendo and Terasaka Terraced Rice Fields may be known for their red spider lilies, but Sakura Tsutsumi Park in Yoshimi Town is creating a name for itself as the home to spider lilies of different colors.Read More →

denjiro science show

Denjiro ‘s fascinating science show in Fresa Yoshimi on August 25th 2019. Many of you will be familiar with the genius scientist, Yonemura Denjiro, who appears on national TV frequently with his funny, wacky and fascinating science experiments. On Sunday August 25th there is a rare opportunity to watch oneRead More →