Culture / Tour Spots in Saitama Area

  • Tobu Zoo
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    4.0
    190 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...

  • Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
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    4.5
    182 Reviews
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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."

    This bonsai museum gives you a thorough introduction to the art of the bonsai. Different species and styles of the trees and aspects in their nursing and display are presented throughout the museum...

  • 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.
  • Saitama Aquarium
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hanyushi Mitakaya 751-1
    The Saitama Aquarium is located inside the Hanyu Suigo Park which also is a natural habitat for the waterwheel water plant. The aquarium primarily displays the 70 different forms of life that thrive in the Arakawa River. The display is designed to depict 200 kilometers of the Arakawa River, from upstream downwards to the river mouth. A nationally protected species, the Tokyo bitterling, and the prefectural fish, a stickleback species, Pungitius, the carnivorous water plant, the waterwheel plant are nurtured and displayed.

    Very engaging freshwater aquarium for children. It is not the largest aquarium around and lacks large tanks but is still well worth a visit especially if you want to learn more about what’s in the...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Urawa-ku Tokiwa 9-30-1
    An art museum located in Kitaurawa Park along National Route 463 in Tokiwa, Urawa Ward, Saitama City. The museum's collection includes works by Monet, Chagall, and Picasso, as well as Japanese modern artists. The content of the museum's standing exhibition is changed four times a year. The museum also holds five special exhibitions a year as well as workshops, lectures, museum concerts, and other events. In addition, there's a museum shop and Italian restaurant.

    エデンの園のイヴだというF・ボテロの巨大な彫刻がで迎えてくれている美術館はガラガラ。開催の第一期のMOMASコレクション展には六十余点の作品が展示されていたが、その殆どは寄贈されたもので足をとどめるほどものは少なく、杉山寧の「三宝柑」や白木正一の「生まれくる」などが目を引く程度だった。ただスタッフに案内された館外階段に設置されていた3体の彫像は一見に値した。奄美出身で埼玉在住だった故「重村三雄」の...

  • Chichibu Festival Museum
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Bambamachi 2-8
    A museum which presents materials and live demonstrations relating to the Chichibu Night Festival, held each year on December 3 and one of the three largest float festivals in Japan. Making use of the latest technologies, the museum recreates the sights and sounds of the festival for visitors to enjoy. Visitors can also see historical materials up close. There’s a souvenir shop on the first floor selling souvenirs related to the festival as well as original museum merchandise.

    A Small Museum, but does an excellent job of showing how dynamic this festival is! It is a Designated Cultural Treasure which you can experience here. We went on a weekday, not crowded, but the 3-D...

  • Saitama Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 1417-1
    This is a museum in Nagatoro, Nagatoro Town, Chichibu County. The museum collects as well as stores and researches natural materials of the area with the theme “from the past to the future, a 300 million year journey of Saitama and the coexistence of people and nature”. There is an earth science exhibition and a biological creature display as a permanent exhibit. Additionally, the museum holds exhibitions on the living biological creatures and minerals in the Saitama Chichibu area.

    Very hands on little museum that engaged our 4 and 6 year old children for 2 hours. While we were there a Dinosaur exhibition was on, there were 3 skeletons up along with a number of fossils. This...

  • Kawagoe City Art Museum
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-30-1
    An art museum located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The museum's collection of some 2,000 items focuses on works by Kawagoe-born Western-style painter Kyuichiro Aihara and other artists connected to the area. The contents of the museum's standing exhibition hall and Kyuichiro Aihara Memorial Gallery are changed four times a year. The museum also holds special exhibitions as well as events such as gallery talks and museum concerts.

    There are just two rooms in this small museum, but for the area housing the art of Aihara it alone is worth a visit from Tokyo. Aiharas work is on constant rotation; at any one time the museum shows...

  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Takahanachou 4-219
    A museum located in Omiya Park along the industrial road in Takahana-cho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City. The museum collects and researches items relating to the history, folk customs, and art of Saitama. The museum's standing exhibition looks at the lifestyles and culture of the people of Saitama and it also holds special exhibitions on the history and folk customs of the prefecture.

    大宮公園駅から徒歩5分ほど。入館料300円。 旧埼玉県立博物館。1971年竣工の建物は前川國男の設計。暗褐色のタイル張りの外壁、直線を基調としたデザインは同氏設計の東京都美術館と似た雰囲気。外からは平屋に見えるが地階のある2層構造となっている。毎日芸術賞(1971年度)、日本芸術院賞(1973年度)、BCS賞(1973年)を受賞。 埼玉県の歴史や文化に関する資料が時代ごとに展示されており、特に旧石...

  • Kawagoe City Museum
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-30-1
    A museum located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The museum's standing exhibition contains informational panels on the history of Kawagoe from ancient times to the present and models which convey local folk customs such as traditional Kawagoe festivals. The museum also holds special exhibitions. The surrounding area is dotted with cultural facilities such as the Kawagoe City Art Museum, Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace, and Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan, and visitors can purchase a shared museum pass granting access to all of them.

    At the far end of the shopping street was Kawagoe City Museum where there were many exhibits on the history of Kawagoe city. The museum was not large but the staff there was pleasant and conversed...

  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
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    4.0
    29 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.

    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...

  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Gyoudashi Sakitama 4834
    A museum located in Sakitama Kofun Park along Prefectural Route 77 in Sakitama, Gyoda City. The museum preserves historic sites in the prefecture including the National Historic Site-designated Sakitama Burial Mound Group. It also collects, researches, and displays relevant materials. Museum exhibits include the Kinsakumeitekken (gold-inlaid iron sword) and other National Treasure-designated artefacts exhumed from the Sakitama Inariyama Burial Mound displayed in the national treasure exhibition hall.

    This museum exhibits many treasures buried in the ancient tombs in the 5th to 7th centuries. Some of them are valued as Japanese national treasures. You may see how the powerful people in the area...

  • Sayama City Chikozan Park Children's Zoo
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Sayamashi Kashiwabara 864-1
    This zoo is located inside Chikozan Park in Kashiwabara, Sayama City. The zoo raises some 90 species of animals, including Asian small-clawed otters, Japanese macaques, and African penguins. Visitors can meet guinea pigs, baby chicks, and other animals in the petting zoo area. There are also pony rides and animal feeding sessions to enjoy.

    Rated by my kids - 4 stars. Its a nice little zoo that lets kids hold chicks and guinea pigs. The kids loved it. Also has a cool Nihon-Zaru Japanese monkey exhibit. We walked from here to the...

  • Hachigata Castle History Museum
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    3.5
    14 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.

    その城で戦闘が行われ、勝敗がどうだったか、それをしっかりと展示しています。城跡だけ巡ってもそのあたりのことは確定できません。 私の場合、まず城跡を一通り巡り、意外とこれは防御力低いんじゃないかなと思ったら、実際落城していました。予想を確かめられました。

  • Saitama Municipal Youth Astronomical Museum
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Urawa-ku Komaba 2-3-45
    This science hall in Urawa Ward, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture has a planetarium attached. The main science hall offers equipment and lab facilities for elementary and middle school science courses, and also holds events such as science shows. In the planetarium, the first half of the show features guides explaining the night sky, while the second half comprises video displays.

    プラレタリウムが主な見どころですが小さい場所ですが地元の小中学校の社会科見学コースでもあります。駒場競技場横にあります。

  • Iruma City Museum ALIT
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Irumashi Nihongi 100
    A museum located in Nihongi, Iruma City. The museum's exhibits look at the natural environments in Iruma such as the forest of Kaji Hills and the Iruma River; the history of the area from the Paleolithic; and key industries which flourished in Iruma such as silkworm farming and silk thread production as well as Sayama tea. The production tooling of Sayama tea is a Registered National Tangible Folk Cultural Property and highlight. There's also a children's science museum area where kids can deepen their understanding of science through experiments and other hands-on exhibits.

    入間市の博物館は2度目です。 今回は主人について行きました。 東野高等学校が入間市博物館の隣にあった。憩いの市民広場の桜が満開で大勢の市民が花見していた。 東北地方の津波災害の展示が3月いっぱいされていた。 入口に津波と同じ高さのモニュメントが展示されていた。 写真展はテレビで見ていたので。 常設展は前に見たので。島根県のボテボテ茶と言う聞いたことないのがあった。 入館料はシニアは無料でした。

  • Chichibu Hodosan Zoo
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    3.0
    31 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 2209-6
    Opened as a wild monkey park in 1960, the Chichibu Hodosan Zoo brings people and animals together in a lush, natural area and is particularly popular with children. Located at the top of 497 meter tall Mt. Hodo, visitors can have fun and take in the great outdoors. The zoo’s closing time varies by season; be sure to check before visiting.

    埼玉県秩父郡長瀞町にある標高497mの宝登山の山頂付近にある小さい動物園。 動物の種類は少ないけど楽しめました。 入園料は大人500円 小人250円です。 宝登山ロープウェイの山頂駅から10分ほどアップダウンする道を歩くと着きます。もう少しロープウェイの山頂駅から近ければお客さんも来そうですが、若干静かな動物園ですね。 表の雰囲気だけ見ようかなって思ってましたがせっかくなので入園しました。 ウ...

  • Skip City Sai-No-Kuni Visual Plaza Visual Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kawaguchishi Kamiaoki 3-12-63 Ayano country visual plaza
    An interactive museum dedicated to visual media located in Sai-no-Kuni Visual Plaza in 3-Chome Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi City. The museum's standing exhibition is filled with interactive exhibits which teach about the history of movies as well as how movies are made, and visitors can see what it's like to film, combine clips together, make a cartoon, and create projection mapping. The museum also holds special exhibitions concerning visual media.

    科学館とハシゴ。アフレコ体験や編集などとてもとても楽しめます!時間も結構持つので小学生にオススメです。

  • 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。

  • Yamazaki Art Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    Saitama Kawagoe-shi Nakacho 4-13
    An art museum launched on the Culture Day holiday in 1982. On display is art by master painter and elder statesmen of the domestic art revolution which occurred during the Meiji period, Hashimoto Gaho. He was the son of Hashimoto Seien, a door screen painter employed by the Kawagoe domain, but outstripped his father's ability and became a pioneer of Japanese art reform. This museum was opened to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Yamazaki, who preserved all Gaho’s works and handed them down to his descendants.

    I visited this site in mid July, 2018. There are three rooms:The first is very small and displays moulds used to make elaborate confectionaries. The second is a bit larger and has an assortment of...

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