History / Culture / Tour Spots in Saitama Area

  • 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.

    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...

  • 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.

    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...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Chichibu-jinja Shrine
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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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    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...

  • 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...

  • Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace
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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...

  • 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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    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...

  • Hijiri-jinja Shrine
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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)

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
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    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...

  • 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...

  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
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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...

  • Yakyu Inari Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Higashimatsuyamashi Yakyuchou 2-5-14
    "A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Yakyu-cho, Higashimatsuyama City. Dedicated to Ukemochi-no-Kami, the shrine was founded in 712, although its name was written with different characters. After the samurai Minamoto no Yorinobu prayed for success here when tracking down the rebel Taira no Tadatsune and achieved victory in his quest, he donated a new main shrine building, and the shrine was renamed with characters pronounced the same but meaning ""arrow and bow."" The Danjuro Inari, a subordinate shrine built by kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII, stands on the shrine's grounds, and parishioners come to this shrine to pray for success and protection in the field of the performing arts."

    I stayed few days at hotel directly near Yakyu Inari Shrine and every day I went to work directly across this area. I can say this place is really nice and amazing. Every day made my morning better...

  • Chichibu Imamiya-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Nakamachi 16-10
    A Shinto shrine located in Naka-machi, Chichibu City. One of Japan's oldest shrines, since ancient times it has been dedicated to a water god embodied by a miraculous spring welling up from under Mt. Buko. Until the distant Nara period, the shrine was also dedicated to other deities such as the Eight Dragon Kings. In 1535, a portion of the spirit of Susanoo-no-Okami from Imamiya-jinja Shrine in Kyoto was ritually transferred to this shrine when an epidemic raged in the region. The grounds encompass Ryujin Pond, the oldest spring in Chichibu, as well as a huge tree called the Ryujinboku which is over 1,000 years old.

    秩父今宮神社は日本有数の古社である。信州諏訪の勢力が西暦100年前後に秩父に移住、この地に湧き出づる武甲山からの霊泉に「水神」を祀ったのが始原といわれるが、有史時代に入ると、この霊泉に国生みの神である「伊邪那岐・伊邪那美」(イザナギ・イザナミ)の二神が祀られるようになった。(webサイトより)

  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
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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...

  • Chichibu Festival Museum
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    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...

  • Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kubomachi 9-2
    A Buddhist temple situated along Prefectural Route 15 in Kubo-machi, Kawagoe City. A branch temple of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple to which a portion of the head temple's spirit of Acala was ritually transferred, the temple was founded by Ishikawa Sho'on in 1850. The temple holds a flea market on the 28th of each month and visitors will find a variety of stalls selling curios and other items.

    The story goes is that the originator of the Naritasan Hongiyoin in Narita lost sight, found it again and was inspired to set up an annex (Betsuin) in Kawagoe. This is a very neat temple and smaller...

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