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  • 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.

    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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    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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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."

    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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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    On your way to the temple, you will notice a lot of Lucky Star banners hanging on lighting poles, a few posters on several shop windows and a few gachapon machines with "surprise" balls, including...

  • 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.
  • Skip City Sai-No-Kuni Visual Plaza Visual Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Kawaguchishi Kamiaoki 3-12-63 Ayano country visual plaza
    An interactive museum dedicated to visual media located in Sai-no-Kuni Visual Plaza in 3-Chome Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi City. The museum's standing exhibition is filled with interactive exhibits which teach about the history of movies as well as how movies are made, and visitors can see what it's like to film, combine clips together, make a cartoon, and create projection mapping. The museum also holds special exhibitions concerning visual media.

    彩の国ビジュアルプラザにある、テレビや映画などの映像について体験しながら学べる施設です。内容はやや子供向きですがファミリーでも十分楽しめ、撮影や編集などを体験しながら映像の原理や歴史を知ることができます。

  • Fossil Museum of Ogano
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Shimogano 453
    A museum located in Shimoogano, Ogano Town, Chichibu County. The museum displays fossils found in the area, including a skeleton of the curious Paleoparadoxia; and the fossil remains of a Chichibusawara, a large fish which was recently recognized as a heretofore undiscovered species. Visitors can also see the Yobake, a large rock outcrop designated a National Natural Monument, from the museum grounds.

    小鹿野周辺で発掘された化石や世界各地の動植物の化石が展示されています。教科書で見たことがある三葉虫やアンモナイトの化石も見られます。 圧巻は「パレオパラドキシア」の骨格標本です。玄関を入ると正面に展示されています。 入場料は300円、小鹿野町の中心から歩くとかなり距離がありますので、車の利用がお薦めです。

  • Chinjyu Hikawa-jinja Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kawaguchishi Aoki 5-18-48
    A Shinto shrine located in 5-Chome Aoki, Kawaguchi City. The shrine was founded in the early Muromachi period some 700 years ago. Dedicated to Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who defeated the eight headed serpent Yamata no Orochi, and his wife Kushinadahime no Mikoto, the shrine is believed to grant worshippers purification from evil influences, protection from disaster, luck in finding love and marriage, matrimonial harmony, and aid in childrearing.

    とても広い敷地にありました。木が多くて、静かで、とてもおゴソな感じがしました。結構なんでもない場所にあったので、歩いていきましたが、駅から遠くないです。

  • Kurosuke's House
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    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Mikajima 3-1169-1
    A historic building located in 3-Chome Mikajima, Tokorozawa City. The building is operated as an activity base for the Totoro no Furusato Foundation. The over 100-year old main building, storehouse, and tea workshop are all designated National Tangible Cultural Properties, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the facility is made open to the general public. Workshops, art exhibitions, and other events are held here, and visitors can also purchase original Totoro Foundation merchandise.

    Don't make a whole day out of this, but this is a great side trip if you are out exploring the area on bike. It is a recreation of the house from the movie, complete with Totoro! Take off your shoes...

  • 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...

  • Chichibu-Meisen Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kumagimachi 28-1
    A museum dedicated to Chichibu-Meisen silk located in Kumagi-machi, Chichibu City. The museum contains examples of antique meisen silk, looms and other production equipment, materials on the history of Chichibu textiles, and old posters. The museum also works pass on the techniques of Chichibu Meisen. Visitors can try katazome stencil dyeing and weaving cloth by hand, or check out the museum shop. The museum's main building and factory building were originally built as the Saitama Prefectural Chichibu Industrial Testing Station in the early Showa period and are designated National Tangible Cultural Properties.

    Kids could try making pattern by dyeing the handkerchief or T-shirt. We didn't have a lot of time so we tried only the Handkerchief. The staff doesn't speak English but could demonstrate well without...

  • Yamato Art Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 6175-1 sheep mountain park
    An art museum located in Hitsujiyama Park situated along National Route 299 in Omiya, Chichibu City. The museum boasts one of the largest collections of works by woodblock print master Shiko Munakata and also owns paintings by artists such as Takeshi Hayashi, Shintaro Suzuki, and Morikazu Kumagai.
  • Kataisan Dojido Temple (22nd Temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon Pilgrimage)
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Terao 3595
    "A Buddhist temple located in Terao, Chichibu City. Two statues of the Deva kings known as the ""Boy Deva Kings"" are enshrined in the temple's thatch roofed Deva gate. This is the 22nd temple of the Chichibu 34 Kannon pilgrimage; together with the Saigoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kinki region and the Bando 33 Kannon pilgrimage in the Kanto region, these three pilgrimages make up the Japan 100 Kannon pilgrimage."

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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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