History / Culture / Tour Spots in Saitama Area

  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • JGSDF Public Information Center (Rikkun Land)
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    Tokyo Nerima-ku Oizumigakuenchou
    A facility located on the grounds of JGSDF Camp Asaka in Oizumigakuen-cho, Nerima City, Tokyo. In addition to materials on the role of the Japan Self-Defense Force and its activities at home and overseas, the facility also displays JSDF equipment such as tanks and helicopters. There are also interactive exhibits through which visitors can learn about the JSDF such as shooting and flight simulators as well as a 3D theater.

    The place shows real tanks and helicopters used by the Japanese ground defense force. And sometimes you may see helicopters flying by this center. Though it is quite far away from the nearest train...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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    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."
  • Washinomiya Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kukishi Washinomiya 1-6-1
    A Shinto shrine located in 1-Chome Washinomiya, Kuki City. Believed to be the oldest large shrine in the Kanto region, records state it was founded by the Izumo tribe. The Washinomiya Saibara Kagura music and dance performance, passed down since ancient times, is said to be the origin of kagura Shinto music and dance performed in the Kanto region and has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
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    27 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.

    花園インターの近くにあり、日本一の大きさを誇る水車の迫力が圧巻です! 水車の近くに行くと、上から雨のように水しぶきが飛んできます! こんにゃくを作るための水車もあり、博物館に入る前から面白いです。 博物館は荒川の歴史と人々と川の関わりがよく分かるように展示されていて、荒川の流れが体感できる体験シアターもあります。 展示内容から子供の自由研究に持ってこいです! 台風19号の被害で、駐車場が一部閉鎖...

  • 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.
  • Kamasan Shodenin
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    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Nihori 990-1
    A Buddhist temple founded in 751 located in Niihori, Hidaka City. Located on high ground in Komago, an area pioneered by settlers who traveled here from the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo, the temple's principal object of worship is a state of Acala. The temple also enshrines a Buddhist statue of guardian buddha of King of Goryeo, Jako, Nandikesvara. The temple's grounds are outfitted with walking paths and scenic observatories for visitors to enjoy. In spring, a 170-year old higan cherry tree growing on the park's grounds comes into bloom along with various weeping and Yoshino cherries and other flowering trees and plants.

    We walked from the park coz there wasn’t any local transportations. More than 30 minuets walk(one way) from Kinchakuda Park. And the pedestrian sidewalks are very narrow... watch out the...

  • Saitama Craft Center (Roadside Station Ogawamachi)
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    Saitama Pref. Hikigunogawamachi Ogawa 1220
    This museum is in Ogawa Town, Hiki County, Saitama Prefecture. The regular exhibition hall displays examples of Saitama prefecture's traditional crafts, and also offer chances to try your own, including Ogawa's own Ogawa Washi papermaking, mizuhiki paper cord making, and bamboo crafts. They also have special exhibits from various artisans, and in the Kogei Bussankan craft hall, they display and offer authentic pieces of craft for sale.

    Other than golfers and trekkers, most folks who come to Ogawa-machi make their way to the Saitama Traditional Crafts Center. Even the Emperor and Empress have come. Its many things rolled into one...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hachigata Castle History Museum
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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.

    鉢形城跡にある氏邦桜を見るために訪れました。駐車場が広く、北条氏の家紋のはいった幕がはられたあずま屋もあります。

  • 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."

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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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