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Tokyo Daytripper: A Quick Journey To The Charming & Chilled Chichibu Area

This rural a part of Saitama is considered one of my favorite locations within the prefecture (one of many high 10  Saitama sights on this put up from a decade in the past!) however one which I’ve solely visited just a few occasions, and never for over ten years! It was time to vary all that and on this event it was really my spouse who pushed for us to go there.

The primary motive for this journey was to journey on Japan’s most futuristic luxurious liner and to take the canine out for a half-day journey. In fact if we had solely needed to journey the prepare, we may have simply taken it between a few the stations however we determined to take it the complete distance and have a stroll spherical a few of Chichibu.

Not lengthy after disembarking at Seibu-Chichibu station we noticed Laview in full flight because it sped by us. It’s fairly the sight and naturally extra spectacular than seeing it stationery.


On the outskirts of the park have been the small however nice Bokusui Falls with an attractive and charming water wheel close by.


Hitsujiyama Park was our predominant (solely!) vacation spot for the day and this western-style constructing seemed like an fascinating sight till we acquired nearer and realised it was only a rest room block!

When my spouse and I have been deciding the place to go to see the blooming pink moss phlox in all its glory simply over a decade in the past, Shibazakura no Oka (pink moss hill) in Chichibu was considered one of two choices however we ultimately selected the opposite one because it included Mount Fuji within the background.

Fuji Shibazakura in Could 2012

This one in Saitama might not have that iconic image of Japan however it does nonetheless have some lovely and glorious-looking mountains within the close to distance.

Throughout the peak season when the gorgeous pink carpet of flowers is in peak bloom, the place will not be surprisingly packed full of holiday makers. Out of season although is a unique story and there wasn’t anybody else to be seen on the day we have been there. It was a gloriously sunny morning and so peaceable and quiet that we each had a brief nap on the benches!


As we headed north by the remainder of the park I couldn’t resist climbing over this wood construction at Journey Forest Wanpaku Sq.. It’s actually been just a few many years since I did such a factor!

Kazuhainari Shrine was simply past that which requires a climb of 62 steps if you happen to’re coming from the automobile park or the highway. Happily, we didn’t must ascend it as we have been already on the high!


Our last place to go to was what I believed was an enormous lake that I’d seen on Google Maps. It appeared a pleasant view from a close-by wood bandstand however as we neared it I realised it wasn’t a lake that we may take a break subsequent to.

That was as a result of it was a reservoir constructed for agricultural functions.


This stone buddha was situated on a bit hill beside the pond and was erected for a slightly complicated historic story involving the curse of a travelling nun. By you could in all probability infer that I didn’t actually perceive the complete story!!

We didn’t return to Seibu-Chichibu station as I realised on the best way that Yokoze station was a extra handy finish level that means that we didn’t must backtrack in any respect.


It made for a pleasant and compact circuit path of the Chichibu space which my spouse had by no means been to earlier than. As I stated this journey was extra concerning the prepare journey however what we did see whetted our urge for food to discover the world a bit extra on our subsequent go to.

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