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Saitama

Uncover the rural landscapes of Nagatoro and Chichibu

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Top Attractions in Saitama

Around Saitama

Nagatoro

Nagatoro

Many places in Japan pride themselves on the welcome they offer tourists. Few would be able to stand up alongside Nagatoro, h...

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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...

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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...

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Kawagoe

Kawagoe

Kawagoe is quite famous in the Kanto area. Every year more than five million sightseers visit this small little Edo-style tow...

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Kumagaya

Kumagaya

Surrounded by mountains, bordered by rivers and blessed with space, Kumagaya (熊谷市, Kumagaya-shi) is a hidden jewel of Japa...

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Upcoming Saitama Events

Seibu Train Festa 2018

Seibu Train Festa 2018

Sherilyn Siy

The Seibu Train Festa is a family-oriented event for train lovers of all ages. Entrance is free and the first 5,000 visitors ...

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Where to eat in Saitama

1110 Cafe and Bakery

1110 Cafe and Bakery

Kim

Saitama's 1110 Cafe and Bakery has a 100% plant-based menu, with a variety of breads and to-go main dish "foodboxes" on offer.

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Hougetsu

Hougetsu

Sherilyn Siy

Hidden away from the main tourist draws in Koma is a small kaiseki restaurant run by a husband and wife. Despite (or perhaps ...

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Places to stay in Saitama

Hotel Route Inn Ageo

Hotel Route Inn Ageo

Febry Fawzi

It is easy to navigate the place. I just needed 10 minutes to walk from Okegawa station to Hotel Route Inn Ageo. As I first v...

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Hatogo Ichiban

Hatogo Ichiban

Febry Fawzi

Experience the tatami-matted rooms, onsen bath, yukata, and delicious food at Hatogo Ichiban, Chichibu, Saitama

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Latest Saitama Reports

Moominvalley Park 6

Moominvalley Park

Lynda Hogan

Moominvalley park is a theme park from Tove Jansson's Moomin stories. Hanno was chosen as the first location outside of Finla...

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About Saitama

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
Region Kanto
Island Honshu
Capital Saitama
Population 7,194,556
Area 3797.75 sq. km

Just above Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県, Saitama-ken) 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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