Saitama

Found directly north of Tokyo, Saitama has an ill-deserved reputation of being "lame." Despite this, the prefecture actually has many allures.

Oct 7, 2021

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

Found in Saitama, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park is home to a 5 million spider lilies. Known as higanbana in Japanese, these flower around the autumn equinox.

Oct 25, 2019

Backyard Tourism Vol. 3

Backyard Tourism Vol. 3

Found just to the north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, Omiya’s Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine is an often overlooked hidden gem.

Sep 20, 2019

Masquerading as a Tourist

Masquerading as a Tourist

This lengthy article recounts an incredible whirlwind trip that I took across Greater Tokyo with four other content creators in 2019.

Jul 17, 2018

Chichibu’s Mitsumine Shrine

Chichibu’s Mitsumine Shrine

Found in the mountains of Chichibu, Mitsumine Shrine is an ancient sanctuary that pays homage to the now-extinct Japanese wolves of yesteryear.

Oct 20, 2017

The Kawagoe Festival

The Kawagoe Festival

Saitama Prefecture's Kawagoe Festival is an epic celebration that honors the town's historical legacy as a merchant supplier to Japan's capital.

May 25, 2017

The Castle at Kita-in?

The Castle at Kita-in?

The Kita-in temple complex in Kawagoe belies a hidden secret. It was essentially constructed out of the former pieces of the former Edo Castle.

Jun 30, 2016

Kawagoe’s Old Warehouses

Kawagoe’s Old Warehouses

Found less than an hour north of central Tokyo in Saitama, Kawagoe is home to a number of historic warehouses from the Edo period (1603-1868).