Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Saitama Area

  • Tobu Zoo
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    4.0
    186 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Minamisaitamagunmiyashiromachi Suka 110
    This is a zoo and amusement park in Suka, Miyashiro Town, Minami-Saitama County. There are 120 species and 1,200 animals kept at the zoo including white tigers and brown bears, and there are roller coasters and rides suitable for children in the amusement park. Also there are a number of restaurants and stores. There is also a large outdoor pool facility called the “Tobu Super Pool” within the grounds.

    I went for the winter illuminations and was horrified to find a crying lion in freezing cold temperatures outdoors. The cheetah cage is the smallest I’ve ever seen. I was horrified to see this type...

  • Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hikigunnamegawamachi Yamata 1920
    Japan’s first National Park. It was created as part of the centennial celebration of the Meiji Restoration. Roughly three million square meters in size—enough to fit about sixty-five Tokyo Domes—the park includes Japan’s largest air trampoline, a playground, athletic equipment, a barbeque spot, an area for viewing all kinds of plant life, from cherry trees to camellia and plum trees. There is also a cycling course and other facilities. You can enjoy them all regardless of age all day in the park.

    Great spot, sure you have to pay to get in but it is well worth it. Go early and plan to stay for the whole day. Take a picnic lunch. Our children 1st and 2nd graders loved it. Highlights were the...

  • JGSDF Public Information Center (Rikkun Land)
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Tokyo Nerima-ku Oizumigakuenchou
    A facility located on the grounds of JGSDF Camp Asaka in Oizumigakuen-cho, Nerima City, Tokyo. In addition to materials on the role of the Japan Self-Defense Force and its activities at home and overseas, the facility also displays JSDF equipment such as tanks and helicopters. There are also interactive exhibits through which visitors can learn about the JSDF such as shooting and flight simulators as well as a 3D theater.

    The place shows real tanks and helicopters used by the Japanese ground defense force. And sometimes you may see helicopters flying by this center. Though it is quite far away from the nearest train...

  • Hitsujiyama Park
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 6360
    Hitsujiyama Park is a green land park spread on a hilltop with a panoramic view of Chichibu City, and is known as a flower viewing place for the beautiful cherry blossoms, iris and moss phlox. In the park, moss phlox with more than some 400,000 plants from nine varieties are cultivated over about 17,600 square meters, and red, pink and white moss phlox flowers cover the whole area in spring like a patchwork of flowers. There are a range of facilities such as Fureai bokujo (ranch) where you can pat sheep, a museum for Mt. Buko which is a symbol of Chichibu and an athletics area. Anyone can enjoy the whole day there regardless of their age.
  • The Railway Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Onarichou 3-47
    The Railway Museum is located near Tetsudo Hakubutsukan Station in Onaricho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City. Built to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of JR East, The Railway Museum undertakes preservation and research work in relation to both Japanese and international railways. Using exhibits of real railway locomotives from different eras, as well as train-driving simulators etc., the Museum enables visitors to learn about both the history of railways and the latest rail technology.
  • Aqua Paradise Patio
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Fukayashi Kashiai 763
    The popular Aqua Paradise Patio, which features the largest indoor pool in the North Kanto area, was modeled after resorts on the southern European Mediterranean coast. It hosts many free lessons, including some out of water, like their popular hula dancing and yoga. These lessons are as fun as frolicking in their wave pool, wading river, or on the water slide. (Closed over an extended period in February for inspection)

    The pool offers:mini-wave pool, kiddie section, current-pool, 25m pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi.

  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Kozono 39
    Opened in 1997, the Saitama Museum of Rivers teaches visitors through a variety of workshops about the Arakawa River, Saitama’s most prominent waterway, as well as the relationship between rivers and people’s lives. Its Arakawa Wakuaku Land facility is open from the Spring Equinox until the mid-November. This extremely popular “water athletics” park lets visitors learn about the scientific properties of water, flood control, and water use first hand through various activities.

    花園インターの近くにあり、日本一の大きさを誇る水車の迫力が圧巻です! 水車の近くに行くと、上から雨のように水しぶきが飛んできます! こんにゃくを作るための水車もあり、博物館に入る前から面白いです。 博物館は荒川の歴史と人々と川の関わりがよく分かるように展示されていて、荒川の流れが体感できる体験シアターもあります。 展示内容から子供の自由研究に持ってこいです! 台風19号の被害で、駐車場が一部閉鎖...

  • Mizuko Kaizuka Park
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Fujimishi Mizuko 2003-1
    This is a history park just a 15-minute walk from the Mizuhodai Station on the Tobutojo Line. This park was created to preserve and replicate the shell mounds, kaizuka, and villages from the Jomon Period discovered at this site. Discovered in 1917, and deemed of “good quality and of great scientific value,” this site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969. One can visit the exhibit introducing the lifestyle of the people at that time, and see the excavated earthenware, animal bones and learn about the pit dwellings replicated outdoors.

    Oh my goodness, this is a hidden gem. The gentleman showing us around was amazing. He was able to take us back in time so we could experience this amazing park. As a history buff I was amazed!

  • Tokaen (the Wisteria in Ushijima)
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kasukabeshi Ushijima 786
    Just a 10-minute walk from the Fujino-Ushijima Station on the Tobu Noda Line (Urban Park Line), and approximately a 10-minute drive from the Iwatsuki Interchange off the Tohoku Expressway, this Wisteria Ushijima tree is over 1200 years old and is located inside the botanical garden near the Komatsu area civic center. This rare and unusual tree, was designated a National Natural Monument in 1928, and a National Specially Preserved Tree Monument in 1955. The foliage of this amazing tree spreads across a trellis above covering approximately 700 square meters, and there are two more wisteria arbors of the same size in the garden as well. Some of the roots cover approximately 10 square meters while some of the hanging blossoms can reach up to two meters in length. During the peak season of late April to early May this beautiful display is a glorious site to see.

    東武牛島駅から徒歩10分ほど。 駐車場は、隣接するパチ・スロ店に無料で停められます。 入園料は1,000円。足利フラワーパークの藤と比較するのは酷です。見せるための特別な仕掛けはなく地味ですが、落ち着いた綺麗さがありました。 昭和30年文化財保護法により改めて国の指定となったと説明がありました。樹齢は1,200年とのこと。そんな昔から・・・と思うと、気が遠くなるような・・・。 しっとりとした藤を味...

  • Saitama Super Arena
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Chuou-ku Shintoshin 8
    Saitama Super Arena is used as the site for many concerts and sporting events. Keyaki Hiroba, located adjacent to the arena and stadium, contains a number of cafes, taverns, and other eating and drinking establishments. The presence of a convenience store and a drugstore make the site especially convenient. Inside the arena is a temporary daycare center, so that parents can enjoy concerts and events without worrying about their children.
  • Hachigata Castle History Museum
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Hachigata 2496-2
    This historical museum is in Yorii Town, Osato County, Saitama Prefecture. It serves as both a guidance center for the Hachigata Castle ruins and an activity center to educate visitors about local culture and history. There is an exhibition room dedicated to Hachigata Castle's history and construction, and there are special exhibition rooms on the themes of spring and autumn. The lecture hall can also be used for meetings and club activities except commercial purposes.

    鉢形城跡にある氏邦桜を見るために訪れました。駐車場が広く、北条氏の家紋のはいった幕がはられたあずま屋もあります。

  • Satte Gongendo Tsutsumi (Gongendo Prefectural Park)
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    Saitama Pref. Satteshi Uchigouma 887-3
    This prefectural park is located on the border between Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures. At its center is the Gongendo Reservoir, which hosted the flatwater kayaking competition during the 59th National Sports Festival. It consists of four zones in total, including green spaces and multipurpose areas. Gongendo Tsutsumi is on the grounds, known as one of the best flower viewing spots in the Kanto region. Throngs of tourists visit, especially when the cherry trees are in bloom. The Satte Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year at this time.
  • Ranzan Historical Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hikigunranzanmachi Sugaya 757
    Located a 10-minute drive from the Higashimatsuyama Interchange or the Ranzan-Ogawa Interchange off the Kan-Etsu Expressway or a 15-minute walk from the Musashiranzan Station on the Tobutojo Line, this museum is located inside the Sugayakan ruins, a nationally designated and one of the continued series of Japan's Top 100 Castles. The exhibits are centered around the introduction to the four locations of the ruins of a medieval castle and a robot impersonating the Kamakura era samurai lord of the castle, Hatakeyama Shigetada, who tells a story of his own history. Various other exhibits are hosted annually along with special tours and history classes offered at specific times.

    日本百名城巡りの一環として初めて行きました。かつての菅谷館跡の中心部に、嵐山史跡博物館があり、スタンプも受付で押せました。せっかくなので展示と映像を見て勉強しました。博物館裏には柱の跡が発掘されていました。

  • MetLife Dome
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    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Kamiyamaguchi 2135
    A stadium located near the Seibukyujo-mae Station in Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa City. The stadium is home to the Seibu Lions professional baseball team, boasting a history of nearly 40 years since 1979. On site is the Seibu second stadium, a soccer park, tennis courts, and an indoor kid’s park. Visitors to the stadium can enjoy more than 1,000 kinds of food at shops both inside and outside the stadium and in the Owner’s Restaurant (restricted to season ticket holders, etc.).
  • Saitama Stadium 2〇〇2 Park
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    Saitama Prefecture Saitama-shi Green Area Ward 2-1
    Saitama Stadium 2002 Park located in Misono, Midori Ward, Saitama City is Japan’s largest dedicated soccer stadium. The whole area of the park including the main stadium, three sub-grounds, two futsal courts and an open space spreads over about 30 hectares. Events related to soccer including J-League and Japan representative matches as well as a soccer academy are held here as well as other events such as a flea market in the open space.
  • Ichigo no Sato Farm Saido Branch
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Irumagunmoroyamamachi Saido 781-6
    A strawberry farm situated along Prefectural Route 343 in Saido, Moroyama Town, Iruma County. The farm grows its strawberries on raised platforms and incorporates universal design principles. The farm also offers classes teaching how to make strawberry jam, strawberry daifuku rice cakes, strawberry juice, and strawberry cake by hand. An advance reservation is required for strawberry picking as well as the farm's classes.

    Great strawberry to pick and eat. Had 30 minutes to pick and eat,was great. Highly recommended for a quick stop.

  • Omiya Park
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Takahanachou 4
    This park was opened in 1885 as Hikawa Park, and began to be operated by the Prefecture from 1898 as Omiya Park. With over 1,000 cherry blossom trees, it is famous for cherry viewing, and was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. With a small zoo and a large playground with play-equipment, this is a family friendly park.
  • Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Kita-ku Torochou 2-24-3
    "A bonsai art museum located in 2-Chome Toro-cho, Kita Ward, Saitama City a short walk from Omiya Bonsai Village, a mecca for bonsai-lovers. The museum's collection includes bonsai as well as vessels for holding bonsai, visually striking ""suiseki"" stones, and paintings. Over 40 bonsai are on display in the museum's bonsai garden. The museum also displays items from its collection in its gallery area and also holds special, bonsai-related exhibitions."
  • Shikisai no Oka Park
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    Saitama Pref. Irumagunmoroyamamachi Shukuya
    A park located close to Lake Kamakita in Shukuya, Moroyama Town, Iruma County. The park's two-hectare grounds are outfitted with walking paths and visitors can enjoy natural, seasonal sights such as cherry blossoms, fall foliage, azaleas, and hydrangeas. There's also an observatory overlooking Lake Kamakita.
  • Stellar Town
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Kita-ku Miyaharachou 1-854-1
    Stellar Town, which opened in 2004, hosts about 110 shops and restaurants along its Stellar Mall shopping street, as well as block stores like Ito Yokado, Yellow Hat, and Daiso. It holds many events, including small concerts, product fairs, and handicraft workshops. It’s always crowded with families.

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Eclipsed by neighboring Tokyo, Saitama is often branded as the sleepy suburbs. However, look a little deeper and you'll uncover quaint towns bursting with history and crafts from the kurazukuri Edo-period clay houses of Kawagoe to the ancient tree-enveloped temples of Chichibu.

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