Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Saitama Area

  • Tobu Zoo
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    4.0
    188 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fukaya Green Park AQUA PARADISE Patio
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
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    Saitama Fukaya-shi 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.

  • Tokaen (the Wisteria in Ushijima)
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    3.5
    23 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.

    樹齢1,200年余、根まわり10㎡、藤棚の面積700㎡、最長2mの花房を持つ特別天然記念物の「牛島の藤」があります。丘の上から見て藤棚の広さに驚き、藤棚の下では古木の姿に魅了されました。他にも立派な藤棚・松、美しい花を見ることができます。開園時期や開花情報は、藤花園の公式ホームページで見ることができます。

  • COCOON CITY
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Kishikichou 4-263-1
    Cocoon City is a large shopping area near the east exit of Saitama-Shintoshin Station in Omiya Ward,Saitama City. The prefecture's largest cinema complex, Cocoon 1, is directly connected to the station, while Cocoon 2 is a great place to spend some time and walk around, and Cocoon 3 is built around a Yodobashi Camera store. Altogether, the complex contains about 270 shops.
  • Saitama Children’s Zoo
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    Saitama Pref. Higashimatsuyamashi Iwadono 554
    Located among gentle hills, this largest zoo in the prefecture is home to over 200 popular animal species (1,600 total animals), including koalas, lesser pandas, and capybaras. There are lots of activities to try too, like riding ponies, petting monkeys and marmosets, and milking animals. You can watch the cute capybaras play in a rock bath during winter.
  • 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.
  • Aeon LakeTown
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    Saitama Koshigaya-shi Laketown
    Japan's largest Eco-Shopping Mall developed around the concept of harmony between people and nature. Situated on a take side plot covering 224,000 square meters the mall is split into two sections, Kaze and Mori, each with different styles. And with an outlet mall located just a seven-minute walk from LakeTown you can easily relax and spend an entire day shopping.
  • Chichibu Muse Park
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Nagaru
    This theme park, flourishing with greenery, displays a variety of flowers throughout the year, including cherry blossoms, daffodils and azaleas. In the fall, the three-kilometer long boulevard of Ginkgo trees is a glorious site to see. The park is full of children friendly activities, such as the Skytrain that runs through the park, and the children’s playground obstacles including a tall observatory.
  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    本館は館内音響環境が悪く、壁面に反響してアナウンスが明瞭に聞こえない。 「鉄砲堤実演イベント」を観覧したが、小学生ならば早々に(よく聞こえないので)飽きてしまうだろう・・・という感じ。 如何にも“予算内で設備を作りました”・・・後は知りません・・・というのが見え見え。 館内案内人にPAがダメだというと「よくそのように言われます」とのこと。 心に訴えかけるものが無く、全く響かない案内。博物館員の方々...

  • Saiko Doman Green Park
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    Saitama Pref. Todashi Bijogi 8-15-4
    This municipal park is located along Saiko Lake, an Arakawa River reservoir. It has various facilities such as a wooded barbecue area, sports facilities, a dog run, and a fishing area are popular with people of all ages. Many cherry trees are planted along the park’s promenade, and a wild primrose field is maintained as a Special Natural Monument. It is known as one of the city’s best flower viewing spots.
  • Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park
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    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Namiki 1-13
    The first site of aviation in Japan, the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park opened in 1978. Located amidst its expansive grounds is the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Hall, a baseball field, tennis courts and other sports facilities, an outdoor stage, and a Japanese Garden Tea House, this park is bustling with many people.
  • 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.
  • Ashigakubo Fruit Park
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Ashigakubo 159
    An area of fruit farms in Ashigakubo, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. There are 13 farms in the area where visitors can pick strawberries from January through to the middle of May, plums in July to early August, and grapes from mid-August to mid-October.
  • Misato Park
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    Saitama Pref. Misatoshi Takasu 3-362
    A public park located in Takasu, Misato City. Built along the Koaidame, a reservoir built in the Edo period which straddles the border Between Saitama Prefecture and Tokyo, the park faces Mizumoto Park in Katsushika City, Tokyo on the opposite side of the reservoir. Park facilities include a grass lawn with large wooden playground equipment, and a barbecue ground.
  • 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!

  • Shirakobato Water Park
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    Saitama Pref. Koshigayashi Osogawa 985
    Located in a rural area that straddles both Koshigaya City and Iwatsuki City, ShirakobatoAquatic Park is a prefectural park named after the official prefectural bird, theshirakobato (collared dove). This 21.5 hectare park contains nine swimming pools, including one with flowing water and one with a slide. Other recreational facilities include barbecue areas, a fishing area, and a miniature golf course. These facilities make the park popular across generations, especially with family groups.

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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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