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  • 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.
  • Mitsumine-jinja Shrine
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    339 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.

    I visited Mitsumine at the end of 2016 with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed our time there. This year we were back in Tokyo and we both wanted to go back - not least because we missed part of...

  • The Railway Museum
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    639 Reviews
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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.

    This museum is an excellent and impressive history of Japanese railways and includes interactive facilities that are in Japanese and are very popular. A large range of trains are on display from...

  • Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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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.
  • Sonic City
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Sakuragichou 1-7-5
  • Chichibu-jinja Shrine
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    218 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 shrine with over 2100 years of history, rebuilt in the 1500s by Ieyasu is well preserved. The outside walls of the temple has exquisite carvings. Lots of tigers featured since Ieyasu was born in...

  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine
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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.

    We arrived here early via Kita Omiya Station and traversing Omiya Park. Temple is in a flat setting. They have a temple office where they allow you to watch them do calligraphy in temple stamp book...

  • Time Bell Tower
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Saiwaichou 15-7
    A historic structure situated along Kanetsuki-dori Street in Saiwai-cho, Kawagoe City. The tower was originally built some 400 years ago by Sakai Tadakatsu, then the lord of what was Kowagoe Domain. The tower was destroyed by fires and rebuilt many times; the current tower was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the Great Kawagoe Fire in the Meiji period. The tower's bell still rings out four times a day to announce the time and this sound has been selected by the Ministry of the Environment for inclusion of its list of 100 Soundscapes of Japan.
  • Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley)
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 2-7
    Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley) was selected as one of Japan’s “Top 100 Scent Scapes” by the Ministry of the Environment in 2001. It was originally set up to make and offer inexpensive sweets for heavily damaged Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake, and there are still more than 20 shops in operation. The cheap downtown style sweets they sell have many fans.
  • Nagatoro River White Water Rafting
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 489-2
    From the Oyahana Bridge to Iwadatami, from Iwadatami to Takasago Bridge, and both courses combined create three boat trips to choose from on the Nagatoro River White Water Rafting which operates five times daily from around March 10 to the beginning of December. Reservations need to be made at some point between 30 days before and 12 o’clock on the day before the scheduled boat trip, although if there are space places on the boat can be booked 30 minutes before departure. They also have special service boats such as the poka poka kotatsu boat which runs only in the winter.
  • Hodosan-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 1828
    Hodosan-jinja Shrine with its soothing atmosphere is blessed by the gracefully shaped Mt. Hodo and the beauty of its four seasons. The shrine buildings include the Honden (main sanctuary), Heiden (hall of offerings), and Haiden (hall of worship), constructed in the Gongen-zukuri style. There are many wooden carvings, including the “Nijushiko,” on the transoms. The kami enshrined here with beautiful statues are virtuous ones offering protection against fire and theft.
  • Hijiri-jinja Shrine
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    32 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."

    この神社へは数年前から訪問しています。謂れ所以は既報の通り。信じるかどうかはご自由ですが私は御利益がありました。高級外車が買えるくらいでしょうか。御礼参りも忘れずに。

  • Kitain Temple
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    275 Reviews
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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.

    This temple closes at 4PM( 4.20 PM on Sundays and public holidays). Also it is slightly away from the main Kurazukuri zone. So plan your visit well. Assuming you are coming to Kawagoe by train it...

  • Koma-jinja Shrine
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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.
  • Sakitama Kofun Park
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    77 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...

  • Roadside Station Agri Park Yumesugito
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    29 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).

    農地に突如現れる道の駅。街道筋にあるわけでないのがめずらしいです。広場があり子供達がのびのび遊んでいます。

  • Oshi Castle Park
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    Saitama Pref. Gyoudashi Honmaru 17-23
    "A park maintained on the grounds of a castle situated along National Route 125 in Honmaru, Gyoda City. Oshi Castle, counted as one of the seven great castles of the Kanto region, is also known as the ""Floating Castle"" after it withstood Ishida Mitsunari's attempt to flood it during Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 1590 campaign to subjugate Kanto. The castle's citadel was demolished in the early Meiji period. Today, a three-tier reconstruction stands on the site; serving as part of the Gyoda City Folk Museum, inside visitors will find exhibits on the history and culture of Gyoda."
  • Roadside Station Showa
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    3.0
    1 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.

    道の駅庄和のレストラン・食彩館に入っている店舗。カレー料理が中心です。塩麹から揚げ定食カレーセット700円をいただきました。3連休のお昼に行ったので、できあがるまで10分くらい待ちましたが、揚げたての唐揚げで美味しかったです。

  • Roadside Station Hanyu
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    1 Reviews
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    Saitama Pref. Hanyushi Kamishingou 7066
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 122 in Kamishingo, Hanyu City. The station sells local agricultural products and specialty products like ""Iga Manju,"" manju buns covered with sekihan red rice and steamed. There's also an adjoining restaurant serving dishes made with local vegetables."

    利根川沿いで景色が良い道の駅。駐車場が広くてトイレが24時間利用できるので利用している運転手さんは多いようです。利根川沿いをはしる自転車ライダーの人もよく休憩しています。私は農産物が安いし、いがまんじゅう等も置いているので時々買い物に行きます。天気の良い日は日光連山も見えてとても気持ちが良いし、夏にはここから群馬の花火大会を鑑賞。ちょっと遠かったけど、夏らしさは味わえました。

  • Roadside Station Okabe
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    Saitama Pref. Fukayashi Oka 688-1
    A roadside station situated along the Fukaya By-pass in Oka, Fukaya City. Facilities include a farm fresh center selling local agricultural products such as Fukaya Welsh onions, other vegetables picked that very morning, and flowers; and a local specialty products center selling over 200 varieties of pickles, foods made with Fukaya Welsh onions, local liquors, popular local confections, and gelato. In addition, there's a restaurant which serves soba noodles delivered direct from Nagano as well as local dishes such as hot ni-boto and cold hiyajiru udon soups made with local vegetables and udon noodles; and a shop which sells Welsh onion and miso musubi and other musubi rice balls.

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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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