Travel / Tourism Spots in Saitama Area

  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine
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    445 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Takahanachou 1-407
    Founded over 2,400 years ago, Hikawa-jinja Shrine is famous for its “Hikawa Gagaku-kai,” which was organized in 1935. This society performs ancient court music known as gagaku at the shrine’s festivals. Although it is also held in the spring, the annual kangetsu (moon viewing) gagaku performance at the shrine’s music pavilion in the fall lets visitors enjoy a fantastic autumn evening with a performance that blends kagura and kangen dance.

    境内の周囲は住宅地であるのに、境内は木々が生い茂っている自然豊かな神社です。武蔵国の中で最も格式の高い一宮の神社ですが、いわゆる高い格式に伴う排他的な雰囲気は無く、1時間もあれば全て周遊できる程度の境内の広さです。年末年始であれば初詣客で混雑しますが、それ以外の季節は特に神事を始めイベントでもない限り、休日でもそれほど混雑しておらず、ゆっくりと境内を散策することが出来ます。 神社そのものは大宮駅...

  • Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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    339 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Miyashitamachi 2-11
    Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is said to be over 1,500 years old. The main deity venerated here is Susanoo-no-Mikoto, often worshiped as the god of harmonious families, matrimonial happiness and matchmaking. One popular item is the charm for forming good relationships, made to resemble the red thread that represents the power of the god of matchmaking.

    What a beautiful and fun shrine to visit! The wind chimes - which you can buy at the shrine - are beautiful and appear to be handmade. This shrine is also popular for couples to visit. It’s...

  • Kitain Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kosembamachi 1-20-1
    Boasting a 1200-year history, Kitain Temple is a National Designated Important Cultural Property that houses several valuable Cultural Properties. In addition to ordinary worship and visits to the main temple building, it also puts on occasional exhibitions of its treasures, which make available to visitors the precious items it has kept throughout its long history. The souvenir shop within its precincts was opened in 1972 and is well known as the first temple-based souvenir shop for tourists within the city limits of Kawagoe.

    Rather large temple complex in Kawagoe containing some interesting sites. One can look in the well-kept room where the 3rd Shogun of Japan, Iemitsu Tokugawa, was born or be amazed by the so called...

  • Saitama Super Arena
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Chuou-ku Shintoshin 8
    Saitama Super Arena is used as the site for many concerts and sporting events. Keyaki Hiroba, located adjacent to the arena and stadium, contains a number of cafes, taverns, and other eating and drinking establishments. The presence of a convenience store and a drugstore make the site especially convenient. Inside the arena is a temporary daycare center, so that parents can enjoy concerts and events without worrying about their children.
  • Chichibu-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    273 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Bambamachi 1-3
    The ancient and historic Chichibu-jinja Shrine, is a Saitama Prefecture designated Tangible Cultural Property, famous for its well preserved main hall, gifted by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1592. The Chichibu Night Festival, held annually on December 3, is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and is one of the Big Three Japanese Shrine Float Festivals along with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and Hida Takayama Festivals in Gifu Prefecture.

    A day of visiting many temples for a run of good fortune. A place where the first japan coin was made.

  • Mitsumine-jinja Shrine
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    39 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Mitsumine 298-1
    Mitsumine-jinja Shrine (literally meaning “three peaks shrine”), so called by that name because of the three peaks of Mt. Kumotori, Mt. Shiraiwa and Mt. Myohogatake which can be seen overlooking the eastern side of the shrine are beautifully positioned in a line. The god worshipped at the shrine is in fact Gokenzoku, the wolf and so the shrine is affectionately known as the Oinusama, meaning “honorable wolf deity”. There is also Mitsumineyama Museum in the shrine’s precincts with exhibits and treasures relating to mountain worship and temple retreat on display.

    This is the venue for our Karate Seminars for many years.The hotel is a total Japanese experience,,,,Sleeping on Tatamis,Eating on Tatamis,,,,So comfortable.Training area is big enough for a couple...

  • Kinchakuda
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    182 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Komahongou 125-2 (purse field management office)
    A park shaped like a kinchaku (traditional purse/pouch) located on level ground and surrounded by the Koma River in Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture. In autumn, the park explodes with the blossoms of some 5 million red spider lilies, their scarlet carpet creating a fantastical landscape. Situated amongst a forest of trees, such a vast amount of red spider lilies is found almost nowhere else in Japan. The Aiai Bridge provided for pedestrians to cross the Koma River is the longest wooden truss bridge in Japan.

    I made it a day trip to Saitama to see the 5 million spider lilies. It was also a festival from 14-28 Sep with food stalls etc. Unfortunately the flowers were late this year even though I went on 23...

  • Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace
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    178 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-13-1
    A historic structure located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The palace was built in 1848 by Matsudaira Naritsune, then lord of Kawagoe Domain. Today, the palace's entranceway and reception hall as well as the transplanted and restored chief retainer's office are the only original parts of Kawagoe Castle which still stand today. The palace is used as a museum containing exhibits on Kawagoe Domain. Visitors can purchase a joint museum pass which also grants access to the nearby Kawagoe City Museum and Kawagoe City Art Museum.

    Walking through the rooms of this magical residence of the first Shogun is a truly fantastic experience. At every step the tatami postpones the stories and legends of the Edo period. The beauty of...

  • Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
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    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...

  • Nagatoro River White Water Rafting
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    169 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 489-2
    This traditional river rafting tour is offered each year from around March 10 to early December. Customers can choose between three courses - from Oyahana Bridge to Iwadatami, from Iwadatami to Takasago Bridge, and one course traveling the full length from Oyahana Bridge to Takasago Bridge. No advance reservation is required and tours leave every five to 20 minutes. A special limited time tour is also offered in winter which has riders sit in a toasty-warm kotatsu (heated table with a blanket).

    Took the long (in terms of time) train trip out to Nagatoro on a beautiful day, looking forward spending time on the river, planning to do both routes. When we arrived, we were told that I...

  • Roadside Station Chichibu
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    3.5
    105 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 4625
    The center of sightseeing along the Chichibuji road, Roadside Station Chichibu is a popular road station that sells souvenirs unique to Chichibu and has restaurants where you can taste local cuisine. Chichibu no Mizu, a fountain with water sourced from an Arakawa River tributary (Urayama River) and groundwater from Mt. Buko, has safe and delicious water cleaned through slow sand filtration. Feel free to take some home.

    There is a restaurant and a lunch counter, but we just made a quick stop to pick up the Local Iwana Oshizushi (pressed river fish sushi eaten with ginger, not wasabi) Obentos. They also have the...

  • Roadside Station Showa
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kasukabeshi Kamiyanagi 995
    Surrounded by bountiful views of nature and rice fields, the Roadside Station Showa is located within the Kasukabe Showa District. This Roadside Station offers light meals and souvenirs, and also serves as a fresh vegetable and fruit market where bento lunchboxes, sweets, juice, sake, and other light meals can be purchased from outdoor vendors. They also sell miniature replicas of their trademark Showa kite, displayed atop the main entrance.

    Plenty of parking room. Can get a good distance from the noisy trucks Toilets plentiful and clean Fresh food available But Rest room locked shut at 6 pm And no hot drinks!! 15 vending machines and...

  • 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.
  • Sakitama Kofun Park
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Gyoudashi Sakitama 4834
    A public park situated along Prefectural Route 77 in Sama, Gyoda City. The park encloses the Sakitama Burial Mounds, a group of several large ancient burial mounds which includes the Maruhakayama Burial Mound and the Futagoyama Burial Mound. Park facilities include the Shogunyama Burial Mound Exhibit Hall, the Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds, a public square, botanical garden, and rest house. The park is also a popular destination for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring.

    Partial archaeological excavations have found that Inariyama Tumulus belongs to an important lord or owake who served Wakatakeru no Ookimi. Wakatakeru inscribed in the iron sword buried in the...

  • Koma-jinja Shrine
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    84 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Nihori 833
    The Koma-jinja Shrine enshrines Komano Jakko, a settler from Kokuri that was a flourishing northern region of the Korean Peninsula. The shrine celebrated its 1300th year since Koma County was established in 2016. The shrine’s cultural artifacts are exhibited with a chosen theme every year in September in the Koma-jinja meeting hall main room.

    You can just imagine those historical Korean drama. I wish someone make drama out of this place. Also, dont forget to have Koma nabe(hot pot) at Asahi Japanese restaurant. This restaurant serves...

  • Roadside Station Kajukoen Ashigakubo
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    16 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Ashigakubo 1915-6
    A roadside station standing in front of Ashigakubo Station along National Route 299 in Ashigakubo, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. Facilities include a farm fresh shop selling produce from local farms and other foods; two restaurants serving Chichibu's famous miso potatoes, zuriage udon noodles, and other local dishes; an activity facility where visitors can learn how to make ceramics and soba and udon noodles; a gallery; and shower rooms. The adjoining Mizube no Cafe serves a popular premium soft serve ice cream.

    They sell local food which is fresh and popular with Japanese Tourists Its interesting place to stop and shop There is a good sized carpark and Toilet facilities on site The local scenery is quite...

  • Roadside Station Agri Park Yumesugito
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    37 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kitakatsushikagunsugitomachi Saiba 823-2
    A roadside station located in Saiba, Sugito Town, Kitakatsushika County. Facilities include a shop selling fresh vegetables from local farms as well as foods; a shop selling locally grown rice which will also polish the rice for you for free; a restaurant serving set meals made with local agricultural products; and a flower shop selling fresh flowers, vegetable seedlings, and gardening tools. Visitors can also try harvesting seasonal vegetables in the adjoining farm and grill and eat what they've gathered at the barbecue ground on the station's grounds (advance reservation required).

    じゃぶじゃぶ池やふわふわの遊具、長い滑り台などがあります。広い広場があるのでテントも広げられますし、食堂もあるのでご飯に困ることもありません。今の時期限定の巨峰のソフトクリームも美味しかったです。野菜の直売所もあり、お土産も買えて大人も子供も大満足です。

  • Hijiri-jinja Shrine
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    54 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kuroya 2191
    "A Shinto shrine located in Kuroya, Chichibu City. The surrounding area is known for having produced ""nikiakagane"" in 708, a native form of copper which was presented to the then Empress, and this served the opportunity for changing Era name to Wado and casting Japan's first coinage, the Wadokaichin. This shrine was built in dedication to this coinage and even today it attracts worshippers seeking improved financial fortunes."

    慶雲五年、西暦七〇八年、武蔵国秩父郡(現在の埼玉県秩父市黒谷)から自然銅が発見され、これを喜んだ朝廷は年号を「和銅」と改元し、日本最初の流通貨幣[和同開珎]を、発行しました。和同開珎が祀られている聖神社は、地元の人々からも銭神様と呼ばれ、お金儲けの縁起の神様として地元の人達に親しまれています。宝くじ祈願やビジネス開運祈願など多くの人達が訪れます。(境内の案内より)

  • Renkeiji Temple
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    68 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Renjakuchou 7-1
    A Buddhist temple located in Renjaku-cho, Kawagoe City. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Amitabha Tathagata created in the distant Kamakura period. The temple also enshrines a statue of the high priest Donryu said to grant worshippers safe childbirth and aid in childrearing, and a statue known as Obinzuru-sama which is said to cure one of illness when one touches it. A festival is held at the temple on the eighth of each month to worship Donryu, and on these days a variety of shops open up on the grounds and traditional art performances are held, attracting large numbers of visitors. The temple is also dedicated to Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, and the temple makes up part of the Koedo Kawagoe Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage.

    Renkei-Ji was built in 1549 and was popular during the Edo Period. A disciple of Buddha sits near the entrance and it is said that it has healing properties. Sadly it did not fix my problems but...

  • Roadside Station. Arakawa
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    63 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Arakawahino 538-1
    A roadside station located in Arakawahino, Chichibu City. The station has a direct sale market selling fresh, local farm produce and a shop selling local specialty products such as soba noodles and alpine leek pickled in soy sauce. There's also a community center Chichibu-shi Yamazato Nature Hall which offers nature programs and craft workshops, and a restaurant Suzuhiroan which serves noodles and other dishes made with local vegetables as well as seasonal fruit soft serve ice cream.

    HaHaHa, Went for the Soft Cream my daughter had told me about-couldnt forget. Very rare combination of onion+ cream. But wished Id researched this stop before we went. We missed all the displays of...

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