Once a year since 2006, around the second weekend of October, a hard rock and heavy metal festival takes place: the Loud Park Festival.
October 8, 2016
Tired of trekking into Tokyo to visit a nice park? Or fancy venturing outside of the big city to explore a park less swamped by tourists? In either case, Kawaguchi Green Center could be the place for you! Situated in Kawaguchi, in the south of Saitama Prefecture, Kawaguchi Green Center is a large botanical garden of around 160,000 square meters, with a range of attractions for all ages to see and enjoy.
July 6, 2016
Located in the north of Saitama Prefecture, Gyoda City is an ideal place to spend a day for history nerds, park enthusiasts, those wanting to learn about Japanese culture – in fact the list is endless, as it is a great day out for anyone!
June 8, 2016
Have you ever been to Nagatoro City in Saitama prefecture? If not, you should go there this summer on your holiday! There, you can enjoy canoeing, hiking and praying in the shrine all combined in a small city.
May 24, 2016
Near the well-known city of Omiya, located in the centre of the Kanto plain, there is a small city, with an estimated population lower than 112,000 but with an amazing and an invaluable Japanese traditional treasure: doll-making.
April 25, 2016
Do you think Sakura is the only flower that you can enjoy in spring in Japan? Of course not. In fact, you can enjoy various colorful flowers around Japan. In this article, I introduce some special flower fields in Tokyo or those that are easily accessible from Tokyo.
April 18, 2016
The walking area called Sayama Hills (Tokorozawa, Saitama prefecture) is unofficially called “Totoro forest.” Ghibli’s famous film director maestro Hayao Miyazaki is said to be getting the inspiration for the legendary animated film “My neighbor Totoro” after daily walks in that forest.
November 13, 2015
Japanese look forward to the changing colors of autumn leaves with arguably the same admiration as they do cherry blossom each year with each region presenting its own festivals and event celebrating season. Musashi Kyūryō National Government Park, more commonly referred to as Shinrin Kōen, in Saitama prefecture is one of those, presenting a breathtaking night illumination and story of the forest.
November 11, 2015
Nagatoro is conveniently accessible from the capital, both by public transportation and by car. This is an excellent destination for day trippers from Tokyo who have limited time and still want to enjoy some attractive natural spot.
October 30, 2015
As I gloomily walked through the streets of Omiya, I discovered a surprising lane in Omiya. Paved and cobbled, in the middle of busy small roads, the sudden serenity of arcing trees and the mystery of the invisible ends of the street drew me in.
July 17, 2015
Washi no Sato is a paper making workshop and cultural heritage centre in Higashi Chichibu where you can see paper being made, participate in paper making yourself, enjoy local culture and heritage through architecture, arts and crafts as well as cuisine.
April 3, 2015