About things to do “In Saitama” ~ with or without kids.
2019 update: There are currently 515 published posts, and 193 posts in the pipeline, on things to do in Saitama. There are also 571 events for Saitama on insaitama.com
June 14th 2018
Saitama with kids is 10 years old today. Thank you so much for your continued support .
Things to do in Saitama: The blog and I! Updated 2018.
A foreign wife to a Japanese man, living in rural Japan. An outdoor loving, adventure seeking Stay-At-Home-Mother (and occasional WAHM!) to four beautiful children, aged between 3 and 8 years old.
insaitama.com is a not-for-profit blog, providing free information in English to people living in and/or travelling to Saitama. There are sponsored Google Adverts since 2016, however, they do not “make” money, but contribute (marginally) to the costs of self-hosting a blog.
Things to do in Saitama
In 2008 I decided I wanted to write about life in Saitama, so I started this blog as “Days of Our Lives Japan”. Yes, I know, I cringe at the name now too! I never really did do much with it until 2012. While on bed rest with my 3rd child, I decided I wanted to showcase all the wonderful play areas that are available in the prefecture of Saitama. That concept and desire have remained, but the blog and its name have continued to undergo changes (hopefully improvements!) over the years.
When I started this blog there was very little, almost zero, information in English about this prefecture, even though we are right beside Tokyo. However, there is a wealth of information in Japanese about all the incredible things to do, see, experience, taste etc in the Saitama prefecture.
One thing I really enjoy doing, no matter how busy I am, is finding new places and then visiting with my children. When I have time I then showcase them here. I want to share the information so that other English-speaking parents know more about the vast and diverse range of play areas available in the prefecture and surrounding prefectures. I have been to over 500 play areas or tourist attractions in the last 8.5 years and there are still places to discover…
I started self hosting my blog as Saitama With Kids in 2015 and it was an absolute disaster at first. I lost around 400 followers overnight due to technical glitches or more accurately my ineptitude, but the challenge paid off in the long run. Not literally unfortunately, I’ve a way to go there yet!
My aim for 2018 and beyond is to improve and add to the information on this blog, so it will be equally useful to residents of Saitama as well as visitors to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo Olympics 2020. * I have added Adsense in an attempt to cover the cost of self-hosting a blog. For each ad clicked I get a minimal fee (coins, not notes!). If you have any queries about living in or travelling to Saitama that you think I might be able to help with, or if there is a topic you would like to see covered on this blog, please do leave a comment below. Thank you.
Thanks for stopping by. All comments and feedback are always welcome. 🙂
Updated in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Saitama Prefecture
Saitama Prefecture is just North of Tokyo. Many of the areas of Saitama are satellite and / or commuter towns of Tokyo and thousands of people commute to work in Tokyo from Saitama daily.
Dasai is the Japanese word for lame. It has been perceived by Japanese locals for a long time that Saitama has little to do and there is little of interest and so nicknamed the prefecture Dasaitama – lame Saitama. The truth is, that there is a lot to do and we have many unique attractions that are not available in Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan.
One of the things that contributed to Saitama being nicknamed Dasaitama is that there is little the prefecture is famous for, particularly food. However, there are many attractions here that are highly acclaimed and that can’t be found anywhere else in Japan. For example, just one of the bragging rights of the prefecture is the Bonsai Village – the only bonsai village in all of Japan. We have the only Moominvalley park outside of Finland, the only Chukaman museum in Japan, the only Pocky Factory Tour, the Totoro Forests, the historic tourist town of Kawagoe, “suneori amagoi” dragon festival, the 100 Caves of Yoshimi, to name, but a few.