History / Culture / Tour Spots in Saitama Area

  • 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.

    秩父の山々、木々等の自然の息吹を感じることが出来る神社。日本に今も息づく『山岳信仰』を直に感じることが出来る。 三峰山周辺は、現在は絶滅したとされている『ニホンオオカミ』の生息地の一つとして知られており、そのため狼が、神社の眷属として神社の各所で見ることが出来る。境内のほぼ全ての領域が杉の木で覆われており、まさに森の中を散策しているような感覚を覚えるが、少なくとも本殿のある領域は参道は整備されてい...

  • 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.
  • 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.

    秩父地方の総鎮守である神社です。12月初旬に開催される『秩父夜祭』は、秩父神社の例祭の一つであり、初詣に匹敵する賑わいを見せますが、祭りが開催されない日でも(それが平日であっても)参拝者は比較的多く、秩父観光の折等で参拝する人が多いように見られます。 最寄り駅は秩父鉄道の秩父駅ですが、西武秩父駅、及び御花畑駅からでも徒歩で行くには特に苦にならない距離です。 創建は3世紀後半から4世紀ごろとされてい...

  • 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.

    . I visited here in order to see sakura flowers(Cherry blossoms).I visited here on April 16th 2019.Usually, people can see the flowers in the early April.There is a tourist information center beside...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    氷川神社の大鳥居をくぐると直ぐの右手に鎮座しています。 西南戦争以降の川越出身の戦没者2970柱の英霊が祀られています。 特に、江戸幕府との繋がりが強かった故の旧川越藩士たちの微妙な立ち位置を考えさせられました。 西南の役出征日に因む4月12日を例祭日として慰霊祭が催行されるようです。 こちらの社殿は、他の境内社とは一線を画し、神社御神域の御社として大切に管理されています。

  • 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.

    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...

  • 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...

  • Menuma Shodenzan Kangi-in Temple
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    Saitama Kumagaya-shi Menuma 1511

    無料の駐車場があちこちにあります。 その周りには名物のお土産屋やお休み所がありました。縁結びの神様と豪華絢爛な歓喜院聖天堂です。 散歩コースにもなる貴惣門 中門 仁王門からの本殿。平和の塔や実盛公像などなど見どころがいっぱいです。 名物のでっけーお稲荷さんのお店は行列ができていました。

  • Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 2-1-10
    This local museum is in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. It preserves and displays important materials related to the Kawagoe Hikawa Matsuri, a nationally recognized Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset and one of the Kanto region's three greatest festivals. The exhibition hall always has two floats on display, and in Sundays and holidays they hold a performance of the parade's dance music, called ohayashi.

    This is a definite must see, the staff are very friendly and happy to share their knowledge. There is a video about the festival and floats as well as a lecture. The floats are beyond amazing! The...

  • 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.

    「川越散策マップ」の中で七福神のマークがついていたので、喜多院の境内にあるこちらの大黒天にも立ち寄りました。小さなお堂の周りには幟旗がたっていて雰囲気を盛り上げていました。

  • 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)

  • Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Namiki Within 1-13 prefectural management office air commemorative park
    A museum located in Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park situated along National Route 463 in Namiki, Tokorozawa City. Through exhibits on the Tokorozawa Airport, flight simulators, control systems, and aircraft on display in the museum's hangar, visitors can learn about aviation technology and the history of Tokorozawa Airport. The museum also has a giant screen movie theater and holds workshops and crafting classes.

    A great aviation museum, very interactive and there are a few simulators you get to fly yourself. Only minor thing is that there aren’t too many info signs in English, however this is...

  • 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.

    強力なパワースポットです。 といっても秩父全体がそうなので、それを構成するひとつなのですが。 秩父はぜひとも歩いて旅したい街。車の方が楽だけど、やはりこの町は歩いて移動したい。 今宮神社を目指す場合は地場産センターから反時計回りに、秩父神社、番場商店街、今宮神社、矢尾百貨店、御花畑、西武秩父駅、羊山公園、道の駅…と、いつもぐるっと周回するコースに入れています。どこからも雄大な武甲山が見え、町の中で...

  • Yoshimi-Hyakuana
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    Saitama Pref. Hikigunyoshimimachi Kitayoshimi 324
    A group of cave graves located in Kitayoshimi, Yoshimi Town, Hiki County. Consisting of 219 caves created some 1,400 years ago during the late Kofun period, this site is the largest of its kind in Japan and has been designated a National Historic Site. A series of tunnels used as an underground military factory during World War II can also be found at the site; in addition, the area is a rare habitat in the Kanto region for luminous moss, a designated National Natural Monument.

    吉見町にある遺跡です。多数の穴が並んていて、なかなか面白い場所です。 戦時中は防空壕的に使われていたということで、そういう展示もあります。 シンプルな観光地ですがなかなか良いです。

  • 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...

  • Renkeiji Temple
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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...

  • Sonic City
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Sakuragichou 1-7-5
    Sonic City, with its large and small halls, international conference room, exhibition hall, citizen’s halls, large and small conference rooms, and municipal hotel, is a comprehensive convention facility that hosts various events and exhibitions. Its outstanding location is extremely convenient, just three minutes on foot across the pedestrian deck that links to JR and Tobu Urban Park Line Omiya Station’s west entrance. Check out the many benefits of joining Sonic City’s “Hall Members” plan.

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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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