Monthly Archives: June 2012

Okara donuts in Ogawa-machi

On the way to Chichibu! In front of Ogawa-station, between Chichibu and Kawagoe, is a tofu shop which also sells scrumptuous okara donuts. Okara is the nutritious soy meal which is left after making soy milk out of soy beans. These donuts are prize winning! They came number 6 in a national sweets/snacks competition held in Ikebukuro in 2011.

okara (soy meal) donuts


healthy donuts!


“sandaime shimizuya” tofu shop, Ogawa


different types of tofu


It’s a fabulous drive over the mountains from Chichibu via Higashi Chichibu-mura to Ogawa town. The road between Higashi Chichibu-mura and Ogawa is a good road for cyclists, through lovely rural scenery.


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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in fun stuff



Poppies will be blooming unti mid-June (from around mid-May) on the hill below Chichibu Kogen Bokujo (Chichibu Hilltop Farm). It’s a beautiful drive and the road goes on over the mountains to Sadamine Pass, or Higashi-Chichibu-mura (village) then onto Ogawa and Kawagoe.

poppies in Chichibu




near the free parking!



The farm is just 2km away and has soft cream ice cream, a great view, and goats you can go in the field with. It’s a popular dating spot in Chichibu!!

romance at the farm


gnomes watching for romances going past