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Maple Hunting In Saitama: Nagatoro

A river engulfed in floral flames Located along the Arakawa river in the mountains of the Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture, is the town of Nagatoro, a picturesque nature paradise that flaunts its assets throughout the year....

Editor’s Pick: Top Three “Little Edo” Streets

For a feel of what it was like to live during the Edo era, one can head to an Edo themepark, but why pay an entrance fee when you can still walk along streets...

Yakitolympic: That Other Event Hosted By Japan

Japan's best skewers all at one spot If you are a Yakitori lover, you absolutely have to visit the Yakitolympic, which will be held in Higashimatsuyama (Saitama) on the weekend of September 26 and 27....

Take A Day Trip Back In Time At Kawagoe

Kawagoe city makes for a pleasant day trip back in time - after all, it is known to the locals as "Little Edo". This is because of the many traditional wooden buildings that still...

Tokorozawa city; nature, history and anime!

I was greeted at the revamped Tokorozawa station by our friendly guides for the day. The hospitality was felt immediately after exchanging greetings. We were all presented with a cold bottle of local green...

A Day Trip from Tokyo: Chichibu

Speaking of tourist destinations on the Seibu Railway network, Chichibu and Kawagoe are by far the most well known. In particular, Chichibu has been gaining popularity in recent years on the back of traditional...

Japan’s 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

Original surviving Japanese castles are a rarity. Only a dozen retain their original keeps, though there are many more that lie in ruins or have been reconstructed. Beyond the castles, however, many historic castle...

A Peek into Japan’s Past and Future in Saitama

The highlights of Saitama City’s booming skyline include Saitama Shintoshin Station, high-rise skyscrapers, Saitama Super Arena with seating capacity of 30,000 and COCOON CITY, a cluster of shopping malls offering pretty much everything you...

July 2016 Fireworks Festivals Schedule – In & Around Tokyo

Summer means Hanabi Matsuri (花火祭り) season in Japan, and refers to great Fireworks Festivals held throughout the country. During the hot and humid summer, the festivals lighten up the mood and provide a sparkling...

Meisen – The Funky Kimono

The "Meisen" style silk kimono was the most popular garment during the 1920's and 1930's when people still wore kimono daily. It is very different from all the other kimonos which always had a...