Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Saitama Area

  • Tobu Zoo
    186 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    122 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • The Railway Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • JGSDF Public Information Center (Rikkun Land)
    58 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Fukaya Green Park AQUA PARADISE Patio
    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
    27 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.

    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...

  • Stellar Town
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Saitama Children’s Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Azu 893-1
    Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park is a Moomin-themed park in an attractively planted environment. The Moomin Mansion, three stories plus a basement, a large, warm, wooden building centered on a fireplace, is a place for excited children to explore. The Forest House is a museum that displays materials about the life of children's author Tove Jansen, and there is a library on the second floor. Near the entrance to the park is a children's theater, popular with children for the musical events and story readings are held.
  • Saiko Doman Green Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Akigase Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Sakura-ku Doujou 4-17
    In response to the sprawling growth of the cities, Saitama Prefecture opened this park in 1971. This park, along the Arakawa River banks, flourishes with a variety of woods, including a bird watching sanctuary, and other areas for enjoying nature. It also has tennis courts, and other sports facilities, and barbecue areas. Residents of all ages enjoy the Akigase Park for relaxation, nature fieldtrips, and recreation.
  • Satte Gongendo Tsutsumi (Gongendo Prefectural Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Chichibu Muse Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Omiya Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Mizuko Kaizuka Park
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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)
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Seibuen Yuenchi (Amusement Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Yamaguchi 2964
    With pools and waterslides to enjoy in summer, sleigh-riding and illumination in winter and early spring, the Seibuen Yuenchi has many events all year long. It’s the perfect amusement part for families, thanks to its many attractions that even toddlers can enjoy. And the former park master, a Hokkaido native, confidently recommends the popular barbeque-style “jingisukan” (Mongolian BBQ using mutton) naming it “Jingisukin.”
  • LaLa Garden Kasukabe
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Kasukabeshi Minami 1-1-1
    The LaLa Garden Kasukabe has a plethora of services including a veterinary hospital, a dental office, a movie theater, and many other shops and restaurants. However, one cannot miss the Crayon Shinchan Game Center and the Arashioyobu Buriburi Cinema Studio upon any visit. This amusement studio is designed along the theme of Crayon Shinchan movies. You can find some Crayon Shinchan goods cannot be purchases anywhere else.

Saitama Areas


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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