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Riding the Steam Locomotive Train SL PALEO – Now the Rugby WC2019 & Sake Train!

by Zoria Petkoska Author’s Photo Puffing and smoking, the SL Paleo Express pulls into Kumagaya station and it seems we’ve all found ourselves in a time slip. Yet, that very time slip magic is what people come for every weekend – some riding the train, some waiting along the tracks to see it passing. Some…

The Future of Japanese Tea: Sayama Tea Blends and Tea Culture in Japan

This year, in November, I was lucky enough to participate in an event organized by Pony Canyon (PoniCan), quite a famous name here in Japan and recognized overseas, as well. The spotlight of the event was Sayama Tea(狭山茶/ Sayama Cha) and me and my coworker even got to taste various blends in the second half…

Check Out This Amazing Moomin Park in Saitama!

In the middle of Saitama Prefecture lies a park that is based on Moomintroll, a beloved cartoon character in Japan. Moomintroll is the main character in the books by Finnish author Tove Jansson. The story has been adapted into an anime series in Japan and has gained popularity ever since, with several cafes, theme parks,…

5 Interesting Things to Do in Chichibu City, Saitama Just an Hour Away From Tokyo

About an hour away via train to the north of Tokyo is Saitama Prefecture. In this prefecture lies Chichibu, a city amidst the beauty of nature. The lush mountains that surround the town contribute to its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. It was only recently that Chichibu started to actively promote itself as a tourist destination.…

Have an Extraordinary Stargazing Experience at This Observatory in Saitama!

Have you ever wanted to visit an observatory in Japan to see the stars but wondered about finding a suitable accommodation to spend the night in? Or do you want to do more than stargazing but have no idea what other activities you can engage in? If you are keen on sleeping under the stars…

Admire a Rare National Treasure Found Within the Ancient Tombs of Saitama, Japan

As you can probably tell from my other article, my fascination with kofun (古墳) has taken me all over Japan in search of the next 1,500-year-old ancient tomb to admire. The search for kofun can sometimes be a mini adventure which leads me to unpopulated forest areas or remote mountaintops. In contrast, kofun can also…

Watch as Japan Turns Red at the Red Spider Lily Festival in Saitama This Summer

Japan is home for literally hundreds of floral festivals you could possibly imagine. The Japanese people adore flowers. Summer in the country, which usually starts in June and continues until mid to late September, is the time to witness more colorful flowers. There is a lily variety called the “red spider lily” which blooms in…

Feeling Adventurous? Skydive and See What Tokyo Has to Offer From Up Above!

When we travel, we always tend to look up to skyscrapers, mountains, and huge natural or man-made attractions. However, instead of looking up, have you ever tried considering looking down on some of the amazing tourist icons that can be seen in Japan? If you have the courage to jump from 12,500 feet, gear up…