Today, I went on a spontaneous adventure to Chichibu once again! It was actually my third time visiting Chichibu, also known as the home of the famous icicles & shibazakura. Currently, I'm on a mission to spend my "soulful" sundays alone to discover more beautiful parks & sceneries here in Saitama and its neighboring prefectures. ^^ It's funny how I've changed so much over the years. Before, I would prefer going to Tokyo / Harajuku / Shibuya for the kawaii cafes and such (I'm still into cute culture of course) but now, the grandma in me would tell Kaila to just have a kawaii zen day, lolol. Your priorities in life really change when you age, hahaha.
I was actually having second thoughts whether I should run / jog as usual but my soul was craving for some nature / trees / flowers since last week.... so this adventure was ought to be fulfilled haha. I felt like I had to follow my inner voice even though my bed was hugging me so tight earlier this morning. XD
Anyway, let the photos do the narrating~! Enjoy!
Unfortunately, there were no food vendors in the area. I was looking for a softcream / icecream stall! :))
My 2-yr. old icecream umbrella from swimmer should replace for now, haha!
When on a journey in Japan, you must always bring folded sheets of paper with you! Stamp rally activities by JP train stations are just too fun!!
If you can't find the stamp corner, just ask the train staff: "Eki stampu wa doko desu ka? (where is the train stamp?)" hehehe
I always find it fascinating how these train engineers operate the train. So effortless!
I brought with me this kawaii Cardcaptor Sakura iPhone case designed by Crissey!
From Omiya station, I took the Takasaki Line for Kumagaya. I went out of the Kumagaya station for the Chichibu Railway station. Ride the Chichibu railway bound for Mitsumineguchi station and get off from Minano.
As soon as I went out, I tried looking for the "free shuttle bus" while using this helpful travel guide as my reference. Since I could not find the bus stop / pick-up point, I thought that I should take a taxi ride instead. The taxi driver that I inquired from was a very kind grandpa / ojiichan and he directed me to the bus stop. Huhuhu, thank you so much kind locals for always helping this lost girl ;_;
The admission fee was 200 JPY and it was worth every yen! I could not believe that I only had to pay 200 JPY with a free shuttle bus service.
*I did it!!*
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Enjoy the poppy spam! ;)
I was so shy to ask others to take a photo of me... so here's a selfie attempt haha
According to my research, the free shuttle bus service will end this May 31 and tomorrow (May 30), there will be heavy rain in the area.
Huhu, thank You for letting me experience this! I'm sure that today would have been my last chance as well and the poppy flowers might not be in full bloom by next weekend too ;_;
It was hot and it amused me how my umbrella coincidentally matched the poppy fields haha
Japan, why you have cool trains?!
I was so thirsty and I craved for something cold + sweet but not-so-sweet!
Say hello to Totoro and my newly acquired Anello bag! Been looking for a sturdy yet fashionable everyday bag for so long!
Another cool train design. Japan, U ALREADY
And of course, more eki stamp hunting commenced afterwards! :)
If you're curious what happened during the entire day, my snaps are still live! My account is rainbowholic.me ^^
Thank you so much for reading!