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Manjushage Festival, Koma

Manjushage Festival, Koma

For fifty weeks of the year, the town of Koma (one stop past Hanno on the Seibu Ikebukuro line; 50 km from Ikebukuro, Tokyo) could be just about anywhere in rural Japan: peaceful, relaxing and a good hiking area. But at the end of September and early..

Manjushage Festival

Manjushage Festival

This carpet of over 5,000,000 bright red spider lilies beside the Koma River made it to the list of the top 30 reasons to visit Japan or really, the top 30 most beautiful places in Japan. So remarkable, in fact, that the Emperor and Empress of Japan ..

Sakado Yosakoi Festival

Sakado Yosakoi Festival

In the middle of summer, people flock to Saitama's Sakado City for one of the biggest yosakoi festivals around. Yosakoi is a type of dance festival in which teams from all over come to perform. Dressed in elaborate costumes and immaculately chor..

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 aud..

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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Village of the Dolls

Village of the Dolls

Like many villages in Japan, Niegawajyuku in Chichibu is coping with the issues of an increasing number of elderly residents on the one hand, and a decreasing number of children and young adults on the other. Due to its proximity to the Mitsumine Shr..

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..

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About saitama

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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.

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