Culture / Tour Spots in Saitama Area

  • Tobu Zoo
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    4.0
    194 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.

    Wide range of animal including elephants, white tiger and lions and even penguins. Can see animals in close distance and interact with rabbit, kangaroos and ducks, sheep. Lots of fun specially with...

  • 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
    38 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.

    Lots of parks around the immediate area. There’s a nice lake and large children playgrounds at the park. There was three food trucks and if you have kids that have dairy, egg and sesame allergies...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
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    4.0
    54 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.

    ずいぶん久しぶりに埼玉県立近代美術館に行きました。1Fは常設展のMOMASコレクション、2Fは企画展です。MOMASとは、埼玉県立近代美術館(The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama)のことです。入館料は常設展のみだと200円、企画展も合わせると1,200円でした。わずか200円で気軽に見ることができるので、ぶらっと立ち寄るのも良いと思います。

  • 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...

  • Kadokawa Musashino Museum
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    Saitama Tokorozawa-shi Higashitokorozawawada 3-31-3
  • 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 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.

    横穴式と言う複数埋葬できるように作られた石室だそうですが、その石室を公開しており、他にはなかなかこういう施設は見当たらないのではないかと思う。盗掘された跡があった影響なのか、発掘された当時の写真や様子などからの解説が乏しいのが残念ですが、メインの博物館よりも別館で離れた所にあるこちらの方が、興味深い展示館でした。

  • Saitama Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    32 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.

    埼玉県に40年以上住んでますが、子供と初めて訪れました。 他県の自然博物館に比べると小振りな博物館でしたが、秩父で発掘された化石から、大昔は海であったことがよく分かります。 パレオパラドキシアの化石は大変興味深いです。 秩父の自然や成り立ちを学べるので、秩父観光前に訪れると、秩父巡りがより楽しめると思います。

  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
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    4.0
    34 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.

    Learning the history of Saitama. Total of 10 halls for the permanent exhibition. Ticket for permanent exhibition is ¥300, permanent and special exhibitions (on kimono) cost ¥400.

  • Chichibu Festival Museum
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    4.0
    60 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...

  • 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。

  • 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.

    なんと料金200円という激安なのに 半日は間違いなく、楽しめる動物園。 動物との触れ合いコーナーがあったり、 1時間おきくらいにイベントをやってたりと 園の努力も凄いです。 動物の数こそ少ないですが、小さいお子さんと立ち寄るならちょうど良い感じです。 駐車場も無料です。

  • Mint Museum of Saitama Branch
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
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    Saitama Saitama-shi Omiya-ku Kitabukurocho 1-190-22
    A museum attached to the Mint Bureau Saitama Branch, which relocated from Toshima, Tokyo to Saitama City in 2016. Nearly 1000 different items are on display including all prior commemorative coins, medals, Olympic medals, and ancient coins. On weekends and holidays they offer guided tours as well as quiz shows aimed towards elementary and middle school students.

    Free entry. Best museum visit so far, because the staff were patient to explain in English and proactively pointed areas that i should see, yet gave space for me to explore the tour myself.

  • Chichibu Hodosan Zoo
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    3.5
    32 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.

    宝登山ロープウェイ山頂駅から少し歩いたところにある小動物園です。 小さい子供が楽しめる観光スポットが少ない 秩父エリアでは、貴重な場所です。 うさぎと触れ合えたり、猿に餌やりができました。 山頂にあるので眺望がよく、ちょっとしたハイキング気分になれました。

  • 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.

    3館共通券(市立博物館、川越城本丸御殿、市立美術館)大人370円、小学生無料で訪ねてみました。企画展の内容によっては十分楽しめるのではないでしょうか。 川越ゆかりの画家、川越市名誉市民の洋画家、相原求一朗(1918-99)記念室がありました。 家業を継ぐため美術学校はあきらめ、戦争を奇跡的に生き延び、日本美術界がめまぐるしく変化した1950年代は絵筆のとれない日々を過ごし苦悩に満ちた人生...

  • 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
    18 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.

    機械仕掛けの中にボール転がして動かしてみたり、なんだかよくわからない仕掛けの機械とか、割と体験学習的に遊べるので地味に楽しいです。 後は駒場競技場が隣にあるので、天気がいいとふらっと散歩もできて健康的なでした。

  • 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。

  • Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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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.)"

    東松山にある美術館です。交通の便が悪いので基本車での移動となります。有名な原爆の絵など様々な戦争の悲惨さを感じさせる美術品が展示されています。是非訪れてほしい場所です。

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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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