Culture / Tour 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...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kawaguchi Green Center
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    Saitama Pref. Kawaguchishi Araijuku 700
    A botanical garden situated along Prefectural Route 34 in Araijuku, Kawaguchi City. Facilities include a greenhouse where visitors can view tropical water lilies, cacti, and tropical orchids year-round; a Japanese iris garden where hydrangea are also grown; a flower bed square; and azalea mountain. There's also a bird center which raises peacocks; playground with a lookout slide and miniature railroad; restaurant, gathering hall; rest area; and more.
  • Saitama Aquarium
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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.
  • 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。

  • 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。

  • 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."
  • Sayama City Chikozan Park Children's Zoo
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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.
  • Chichibu Hodosan Zoo
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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.
  • Medical Herb Garden Tree of Life Yakkosoen
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    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Misugidai 1-1
    Yakkosoen located in 1 Chome, Misugidai, Hanno City is an herb garden. It has a wide range of facilities such as a garden growing about 200 types of herbs, an herb house where seedlings can be purchased, a restaurant, a bakery studio, a shop, beauty salon treatment rooms, and a bee farm. Products using only natural ingredients are also made and sold at the Handmade Guild, a handmade beauty product studio.
  • Skip City Sai-No-Kuni Visual Plaza Visual Museum
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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.
  • Fossil Museum of Ogano
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Shimogano 453
    A museum located in Shimoogano, Ogano Town, Chichibu County. The museum displays fossils found in the area, including a skeleton of the curious Paleoparadoxia; and the fossil remains of a Chichibusawara, a large fish which was recently recognized as a heretofore undiscovered species. Visitors can also see the Yobake, a large rock outcrop designated a National Natural Monument, from the museum grounds.
  • Yamato Art Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 6175-1 sheep mountain park
    An art museum located in Hitsujiyama Park situated along National Route 299 in Omiya, Chichibu City. The museum boasts one of the largest collections of works by woodblock print master Shiko Munakata and also owns paintings by artists such as Takeshi Hayashi, Shintaro Suzuki, and Morikazu Kumagai.
  • Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels
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    Saitama Pref. Higashimatsuyamashi Shimogarako 1401
    "An art museum located in Shimogarako, Higashimatsuyama City. The museum was established to permanently exhibit the Hiroshima Panels, an art series created collaboratively between husband and wife painters Iri and Toshi Maruki. Of the 15 panels, the museum possesses panels one through 14 (panel 15, ""Nagasaki,"" is in the collection of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum). The museum's permanent exhibition also includes other collaborative works created by the husband and wife team on themes like pollution and atrocities. In addition, the museum holds special exhibitions. (The museum can also be rented out as an art space.)"
  • Saitama Prefecture Forest Science Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Nakatsugawa 447
    A science museum located in the Sainokuni Fureai no Mori park in Nakatsugawa, Chichibu City. The museum contains a model of the topography of Sainokuni Fureai no Mori; exhibits on the animals and plants living in the park as well as its workings; and information on Seiroku Honda, a forest scientist who donated the Nakatsugawa Prefectural Woods, as well as on Hiraga Gennai, a man who engaged in gold mining in the Nakatsugawa area. The museum also has a classroom and woodworking room.
  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds
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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.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
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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.

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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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