So yes, we took another road trip to Chichibu, and this time, in spring!
You can see my previous post here when I first went on a road trip to Chichibu in autumn last year. I’m so in love with this place that I can’t even begin to describe. Chichibu is so peaceful and beautiful. The people are so warm and everything is just exciting.
Going to Chichibu would take about two hours by car or by train from Tokyo. It is a city in the westernmost part of Saitama prefecture and is surrounded by forests and mountains.
One of the most famous hiking spots in Chichibu is Mt. Bukou (武甲山). It is composed of limestone and stands at 1,304 meters high. A large part of it is used for mining, resulting in its unique shape. Legend has it that Prince Yamato Takeru, the son of the 12th emperor of Japan and one of the greatest soldiers (武 ) in his time, removed his warrior helmet (甲 ) and put it in a room made of rocks inside this mountain (山), thus the name.
Address: Chichibu 368-0001, Saitama Prefecture
Another famous attraction is the Hitsujiyama Park (羊山 公园). In spring when flowers are in full bloom, this park is covered with Shibazakura and Tulips in different colors. There are also a lot of food stalls in the park where you can buy delicious street food while strolling around.
Address: 〒368-0023 Saitama Prefecture, Chichibu, Omiya, 6360
Chichibu Muse Park is another picturesque spot you shouldn’t miss. There, you can go cycling, play in a big children’s park, see a garden full of colorful Tulips, buy ice cream (yay!), watch fireflies, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains overlooking the whole Saitama region.
Address: 637-2 Kuna, Chichibu City, Saitama
And of course, our road trip wouldn’t be complete without having a little barbecue party in the woods while listening to the birds chirping and the relaxing sound of the river. We spent a night in a big house right in the middle of the forest before heading back to Tokyo the following day. It was another exciting experience I’ll never forget.