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Nature Spots in Saitama Area

  • Lake Kamakita
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    Morumayamacho Iruma-gun, Saitama Prefecture
    A lake situated along Prefectural Route 186 in Moroyama Town, Iruma County, Saitama Prefecture. Created in 1935 to serve as a reservoir for agricultural purposes, this artificial lake is approximately two kilometers in diameter. The lake is surrounded by abundant, seasonal beauty, including cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn; it also serves as the starting point for the 11 kilometer long Okumusashi Nature Trail. In addition, visitors can enjoy boating and fishing for Japanese crucian carp.
  • Nagatoro Valley Iwadatami
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro
    "An area located inside Prefectural Nagatoro Tamayodo Natural Park in Nagatoro, Nagatoro Town, Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture which has been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument. Consisting of protruding schist rock which spans several hundred meters, the area is one of Nagatoro's most famous picturesque sights. The area is also geologically valuable and is known as a ""window on the Earth."""
  • Lake Sayama (Yamaguchi Reservoir)
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    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Shourakuji 25-2
    A lake located in Shorakuji, Tokorozawa City. This artificial lake was created by drawing water from the Tama River to serve as a source of water for Tokyo. The surrounding area is maintained as Sayama Prefectural Nature Park and visitors can enjoy the area's seasonal, natural beauty, including spring cherry blossoms and fall foliage; the park is also a wintering destination for water birds. In addition, there's the Sayama Lake Sports Ground.
  • Piemontite Schist
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunminanomachi Minano
    A large rock located close to the Oyahana Bridge on the Arakawa River in Minano, Minano Town, Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture. Consisting of exposed piemontite schist containing piemontite, quartz, sericite, and other minerals, a large pothole in the rock was formed via erosion long ago when the rock was a part of the river bottom. As only a few such rocks such as this are found anywhere in the world, it has been designated a Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument.
  • Mt. Tenran
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    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Hannou
    "A mountain located in Hanno, Hanno City. The mountain was once known as ""Mt. Atago,"" ""Mt. Rakan,"" and other names, but was christened with its current name when Emperor Meiji made a visit to the area. The mountain stands less than 200 meters above sea level but its peak offers a great view and it's a popular hiking trail for beginners."
  • Mt. Buko
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Yokoze
    "A mountain straddling Chichibu City and Yokoze Town. The mountain's name, comprised of characters meaning ""warrior"" and ""armor,"" is derived from a legend which says the mythical prince Yamato Takeru made an offering of arms to the mountain to pray for good luck in battle. The magnificent form of the 1,304-meter-high mountain serves as a symbol of the Chichibu area. There are two trails on the mountain - the Ubukawa Course, which starts on the Yokoze Town side; and the One Course, which starts at the former site of the Choja Yashiki residence on the Chichibu City side. From the top of the mountain, visitors can get a sweeping view of the Chichibu Basin. There are also hiking trails in the surrounding area."
  • Mt. Hodosan
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro
    A 497-meter high mountain located in Nagatoro, Nagatoro Town, Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture. The Hodosan Ropeway can be used to travel from Sanroku Station at the foot of the mountain to the mountain's top in about five minutes. The rear shrine of Hodosan Shrine is located at the top of the mountain, as well as facilities such as Chichibu Hodosan Zoo, the Ume Hyakkaen plum garden, and the Robai-en wintersweet garden. Visitors can also take in the many seasonal flowers which grow here, including rhododendrons, Amur adonis, azaleas, and Kanzakura cherry.
  • Mt. Ryokami
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Ryoukamisusuki
    A mountain located in Ryokamisusuki, Ogano Town, Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture. Situated inside Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, the 1,724-meter high mountain has been a deeply sacred place for ascetic Shugendo practitioners since ancient times. Around May, soft windflowers, Rhododendron dilatatum, and other flowers come into bloom on the mountain, and many people come here to enjoy mountain climbing and hiking.
  • Sanagisawa Fudo Falls
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Otaki
    "This waterfall is in Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture. Its source is the Arakawa River that starts from Takizawa Dam. You can access it from National Route 140. It's the only waterfall in Saitama Prefecture among the official top 100 waterfalls in Japan. The waterfall has three drops: the first is 12 meters, the second is 14 meters, and the third is 50 meters. A Fudo-do shrine is nearby. The sacred water that springs from there is called ""Kusanagi-no-mizu"" and you can drink it. "
  • Mt. Kumotori
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo, Saitama, Yamanashi Prefecture
    A mountain located on the border between the prefectures of Tokyo, Saitama, and Yamanashi. 2,017 meters tall, it is the tallest mountain in Tokyo. Climbing routes include a route on the Okutama side and a route starting at Mitsumine-jinja Shrine in Chichibu. From the summit, you can enjoy a commanding view of Mt. Fuji and other surrounding mountains. Whichever route you take, it is difficult to reach the top of the mountain in a single day, and most climbers aiming for the summit choose to spend a night at Sanjo no Yu, Kumotorisansou, or another lodging facility on the mountain.
  • Lake Tsuburata
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    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Sueno 2155
    This reservoir was created when the Tsuburata Dam was built on Arakawa River system's Sakagawa River. Its many cherry trees have made it a popular spot for viewing the blossoms. The lake is stocked with Japanese crucian carp, and there's a pier with a fleet of boats. People come to fish both from the pier and out on the water. You can fish throughout the year with the inclusion of Japanese pond smelt in winter.
  • Hanno Riverside
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    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Kuge
    Located along the Iruma River, this spot is about a 15-minute walk west of Hanno Station along Prefectural Route 70. The riverside has lots of green space where children can run free in the midst of nature. The river is shallow enough for even preschoolers to play in, and a wooden deck and a boardwalk along it makes it great for a stroll. Lots of visitors come to view the blossoms when the riverbed's cherry trees flower in spring. There's also a shopping area nearby where you can rent equipment to have a barbecue.
  • Marugami Falls
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Ryoukamikomori
    This 76-meter three-tiered waterfall is at the foot of Mt. Ryogami. There is a parking lot and a path to a lookout with a view of the falls on Prefectural Route 367 on the way to the Ryogami-Sanroku Campground. It's the only cascade in Saitama Prefecture that's counted among the 100 Elections of the Waterfall in Japan. Its beautiful color is due to its relatively small volume of quietly flowing water. The area hasn't been heavily affected by tourism development, so the natural surroundings are relatively untouched. It's a great spot for hiking, particularly in the fall when the foliage changes color.
  • Lake Chichibu
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Otaki
    This artificial lake located on the upper reached of the Arakawa River was created with the construction of the Futase Dam. Due to the area’s deep connection with Setsuko, Princess Chichibu, the lake was christened Lake Chichibu in May 1962. There is a walking path along the lakeshore, which is also planted with Japanese maples and mountain cherry trees.
  • Nakatsu Gorge
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    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Nakatsugawa
    A beautifully scenic gorge extending approximately 10 kilometers created by the Nakatsu River, a tributary of the Arakawa River. The azaleas in spring, the fresh green of early summer are lovely, but the autumn foliage is particularly recommended. The sight of the steep walls of the gorge dyed red and gold is, in a word, stunning.
  • Ranzan Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Hikigunranzanmachi Kamagata
    This wonderful scenic spot in Saitama prefecture is quite famous for its fall leaves. When Dr. Seiroku Honda—a forestry expert—visited this area in 1928, he gave it the name “Ranzan Valley,” purportedly because the beautiful view of fall leaves and red pines around the gorge reminded him of Kyoto’s Arashiyama. There is a pathway around the valley for you to enjoy a casual stroll. The Ranzan Valley Momiji Festival is held every fall during peak leaf season. Lots of sightseers come to enjoy that.
  • Kuroyama-santaki Falls
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    Saitama Pref. Irumagunogosemachi Kuroyama
    Kuroyama-santaki Falls is the collective term for Odaki, Medaki, and Tengudaki Falls on the Mitaki River which flows through Kuroyama Prefectural Nature Park. It’s a gorgeous scenic spot to take in the verdure of spring or colorful autumn leaves, and it has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 tourist destinations. It is also known as a sacred training ground, used by Buddhist mountain ascetics since the days of old. An event is held to consecrate the waterfalls on the first Sunday of July every year. A walkway and hiking trails let visitors access all three falls.
  • Lake Naguri
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Hannoushi Shimonaguri
    This multipurpose dam run by the prefectural government functions as a dam for flood prevention and storage of water for daily use. You can see a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding greenery or autumn leaves from the levee. There are leisure facilities such as a canoe workshop, fishing spot and restaurants with an overall view of the natural surroundings, and many tourists visit year-round. Fireflies can be seen in the summer, and an event is held once a year to enjoy them.
  • Ogose Bairin Plum Forest
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    Saitama Pref. Irumagunogosemachi Douyama
    Ogose Bairin is one of Kanto’s 3 biggest plum forests. Among the 1,000 plum trees are some planted 650 years ago. There is a popular Plum Blossom Festival around the best viewing season, from mid-February to late March.
  • Chichibu Kegon Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Prefecture Chichibu-gun, Minano-machi
    Chichibu Kegon Falls is about 600 meters deeper in from Suisenji Temple, the 34th stop of the Chichibu Kannon Pilgrimage. With a fall of over 10 meters, the abrupt fall raises white water in a refreshing spray. At the head of the falls is a statue of Fudo Myo-o with eyes wide open.

Saitama Main Areas

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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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