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Saitama

Uncover the rural landscapes of Nagatoro and Chichibu

About Saitama

Things to do in Saitama

Upcoming Events

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori Festival

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori Festival

This month, join Koshigaya citizens as they celebrate the Obon ancestor season and beat the heat with a lively dance tradition borrowed from Shikoku, the famed Awa Odori. Awa Odori originated in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island in the late 16th..

Saitama's Enmusubi Wind Chime Festival

Saitama's Enmusubi Wind Chime Festival

The sound of summer in Japan is often best encapsulated by the tinkling of wind chimes, delicate creations that can be found hanging above verandas or from the eaves of temples. In the Tokyo area, there’s no better place to experience the charm..

Areas

Chichibu

Chichibu

Situated in western Saitama Prefecture the Chichibu region (and the city of Chichibu) lies to the west-northwest of Tokyo. By train it's about 80 minutes away from Ikebukuro Station on the Red Arrow Limited Express to Chichibu city. By car, it can take from 90 minutes to two hours depending on y..

Nagatoro

Nagatoro

Many places in Japan pride themselves on the welcome they offer tourists. Few would be able to stand up alongside Nagatoro, however, in terms of efforts made to offer every aspect of the local sightseeing spots in multilingual, high-tech, yet simple and down to earth form – both visually and in au..

Gyoda City

Gyoda City

Gyoda City is located in northern Saitama. It developed as a castle town around Oshi Castle built in 1490. Nine large ancient tombs built before the 7th century remain in this pastoral Sakitama area. Gyoda Castle, which was constructed nearly 500 years ago and also known as NOBO NO SHIRO (The Floati..

Dining

Kato Dairy Farm

Kato Dairy Farm

Whenever we miss the American Midwest, we take a trip to Kato Dairy Farm. We buy a waffle cone or a bottle of non homogenized milk and fight over who gets to drink the thick cream at the top. Then, we take our goodies outside and enjoy it in the wide..

Fine Dining For a Good Cause

Fine Dining For a Good Cause

I visited Wakuwaku Mura Restaurant upon the recommendation of the manager of Fuwa Fuwa Bakery Cafe. She said that the restaurant hired a French chef to train the kitchen staff (which included people with various disabilities from the Kawasemi NPO) an..

Chez Noir

Chez Noir

If you visit Chez Noir, you will be greeted by Mr. Kazuo Kuwabara dressed in what looks like the uniform of a wait staff in a European establishment. Mr. Kuwabara built this house with his own hands, learning along the way, using waste materials from..

Places to stay

Grantia Hanyu Spa Resort

Grantia Hanyu Spa Resort

Nothing beats the experience of staying at a spa resort. The warm smiles and helpful staff, convenient amenities, delicious and fresh breakfast dishes, but of course, the highlight is the natural hot springs. At this spa resort, you can appreciate th..

Hotel Route Inn Honjo Ekiminami

Hotel Route Inn Honjo Ekiminami

My journey to Honjo City in Saitama Prefecture led me to a pleasant stay at Hotel Route Inn Honjo Ekiminami. The easy access and friendly service was impressive and helped me check in to this hotel very easily. In the northern part of Saitama, Honjo ..

Hotel Route Inn Ageo

Hotel Route Inn Ageo

Hotel Route Inn Ageo is a wonderful hotel located in Ageo City, Saitama Prefecture. Ageo is just 30 minutes from Ueno station by train, making it a great introduction to Saitama, if you are coming from Tokyo. My room was spacious and very comfortabl..

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Hanata-en Garden

Hanata-en Garden

For visitors seeking the quintessential classic Japanese landscape, Tokyo offers great expanses of greenery and ponds at gardens such as Shinjuku Gyoen and Hamarikyu. These gardens are popular with Japanese and international visitors alike, and they ..

Cafe Nichigetsudo

Cafe Nichigetsudo

Somewhere along the picturesque road on the way to Chichibu from Hidaka is a cozy nook of a stop called Cafe Nichigetsudo (カフェ日月堂). The warm brown of the all-wood house surrounded by greenery makes for an inviting combination. Right beside the cafe i..

Musashi Ranzan’s Ohirayama Park

Musashi Ranzan’s Ohirayama Park

Earlier this month I found myself doing something very unusual in re-visiting somewhere within the space of a year. The reason for this was very simple. Last year after witnessing the autumn foliage at Saitama’s Ranzan Valley, I was so impresse..

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About saitama

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalSaitama
Population7,194,556
Area3797.75 sq. km

Just above Tokyo, Saitama is more than just a suburb for commuters to the nation’s capital.

The city of Kawagoe is famous for its traditional kura-zukuri style warehouses, which remain from the 18th and 19th centuries and house many souvenir shops. The Railway Museum is also an intriguing site, while if you need to do some shopping, Aeon Lake Town in Koshigaya, the largest shopping mall in Japan, is your answer. The Tobu Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the Kanto area and a great place to take children to.

The northern half of Saitama is abundant with nature, especially the Chichibu region, known for its many mountains and temples. The Nagatoro Valley is renowned for its beautiful scenery and whitewater rafting.

Things to Do in Saitama
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