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Saitama

Uncover the rural landscapes of Nagatoro and Chichibu

About Saitama

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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

Hanasanshou

Hanasanshou

Saitama is home to a noodle restaurant chain famous for its use of authentic Sichuan spices, which are not easy to find in Japan. Sichuan cuisine is particularly famous for mala – ma (麻) which means "numbing" and la&nbs..

Makizushi

Makizushi

Makizushi, also sometimes referred to as norimaki, is the primary image that comes to most foreigners minds upon hearing the word "sushi." Wrapping up assorted vegetables, fish, and rice in seaweed paper, makizushi is a refreshing and del..

Tokujuan Restaurant

Tokujuan Restaurant

Popular with both locals and foreigners alike, Tokujuan Restaurant is known for its delicious food and Japanese style rooms. For an extra fee, your party can dine in privacy in one of the many closed off rooms. Serving a wide variety of Japanese dish..

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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Mount Sengen Hiking Course

Mount Sengen Hiking Course

Whilst making my way up Ranzan Valley, I was lucky enough to discover the Mount Sengen hiking course. Starting from Ogawamachi Station on the Tobu-Tojo Line, this picturesque walk passes through a peaceful residential then traverses up to the top of ..

Chichibu's Shin-soba Festival

Chichibu's Shin-soba Festival

Soba (そば) shops are ubiquitous in Japan. These thin noodles made of buckwheat flour (in contrast to thick wheat flour noodles called udon) can be eaten cold with a dipping sauce or hot in a broth. Found in a lot of train stations, sometimes right on ..

Saitama's Ranzan Valley

Saitama's Ranzan Valley

A little over an hour from Tokyo's Ikebukuro Station on the Tobu Tojo Line lies Musashi-Ranzan, a typical non-distinct town in rural Saitama that wouldn't be high on anyone's itinerary if not for one fact; Ranzan Valley. Situated wi..

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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.

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