Spots in Kawagoe / Saitama Area

  • Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Fujimi
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    3.5
    93 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saitama Pref. Fujimishi Yamamuro 1-1313
    A shopping mall situated along National Route 254 in Yamamuro, Fujimi City. The three story mall is host to some 290 establishments, including fashionable apparel shops, lifestyle accessory stores, food shops, restaurants, a food court, and amusement facilities like a movie theater. There's also an outdoor dog park, running course, and park.

    First shopping mall in the area but most of the visitors are not locals. Convenient with all sorts of shops and restaurants. Makes you feel like repeating visits there whenever you have time.

  • Saitama Super Arena
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma
    Shopping
    Saitama Pref. Irumashi Miyadera 3169-1
    An outlet mall with numerous children-oriented shops; on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays a miniature railroad for kids operates, and the mall bustles with families. Convenient non-stop busses connect the mall to JR Tachikawa Station and Hakonegasaki Station. There are also many limited time only shops, ensuring you’re sure to find something new each time you visit.
  • The Railway Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • MetLife Dome
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Kamiyamaguchi 2135
    A stadium located near the Seibukyujo-mae Station in Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa City. The stadium is home to the Seibu Lions professional baseball team, boasting a history of nearly 40 years since 1979. On site is the Seibu second stadium, a soccer park, tennis courts, and an indoor kid’s park. Visitors to the stadium can enjoy more than 1,000 kinds of food at shops both inside and outside the stadium and in the Owner’s Restaurant (restricted to season ticket holders, etc.).
  • Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Seibuen Yuenchi (Amusement Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Yamaguchi 2964
    With pools and waterslides to enjoy in summer, sleigh-riding and illumination in winter and early spring, the Seibuen Yuenchi has many events all year long. It’s the perfect amusement part for families, thanks to its many attractions that even toddlers can enjoy. And the former park master, a Hokkaido native, confidently recommends the popular barbeque-style “jingisukan” (Mongolian BBQ using mutton) naming it “Jingisukin.”
  • COCOON CITY
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Kishikichou 4-263-1
    Cocoon City is a large shopping area near the east exit of Saitama-Shintoshin Station in Omiya Ward,Saitama City. The prefecture's largest cinema complex, Cocoon 1, is directly connected to the station, while Cocoon 2 is a great place to spend some time and walk around, and Cocoon 3 is built around a Yodobashi Camera store. Altogether, the complex contains about 270 shops.
  • Aeon Mall Kawaguchi Maekawa
    Shopping
    Saitama Kawaguchi-shi Maekawa 1-1-11
    A shopping mall on a plot nearly 72,000 square meters in size offering nearly 133,000 square meters of floor space. They have a wide variety of shops to help you with your daily life activities including clothing, accessories, and miscellaneous goods stores as well as electrical appliances, games, books, health and beauty, groceries, and restaurants. They also hold a variety of popular special events and sales.
  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Stellar Town
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Kita-ku Miyaharachou 1-854-1
    Stellar Town, which opened in 2004, hosts about 110 shops and restaurants along its Stellar Mall shopping street, as well as block stores like Ito Yokado, Yellow Hat, and Daiso. It holds many events, including small concerts, product fairs, and handicraft workshops. It’s always crowded with families.
  • Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley)
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 2-7
    Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley) was selected as one of Japan’s “Top 100 Scent Scapes” by the Ministry of the Environment in 2001. It was originally set up to make and offer inexpensive sweets for heavily damaged Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake, and there are still more than 20 shops in operation. The cheap downtown style sweets they sell have many fans.
  • Time Bell Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Saiko Doman Green Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Todashi Bijogi 8-15-4
    This municipal park is located along Saiko Lake, an Arakawa River reservoir. It has various facilities such as a wooded barbecue area, sports facilities, a dog run, and a fishing area are popular with people of all ages. Many cherry trees are planted along the park’s promenade, and a wild primrose field is maintained as a Special Natural Monument. It is known as one of the city’s best flower viewing spots.
  • Enomoto Dairyfarm
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Ageoshi Azeyoshi 736-1
    A farm located in Azeyoshi, Ageo City. The farm raises milk cows and a variety of other animals. The farm offers a course which lets visitors experience the life of a farmer, including milking cows and making butter (advance reservation required). The farm also sells gelato made with fresh milk; yogurt made with just milk, lactobacteria, and sugar; and other products. There's also a barbecue ground which allows visitors to bring their own foods for grilling.
  • Mizuko Kaizuka Park
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Fujimishi Mizuko 2003-1
    This is a history park just a 15-minute walk from the Mizuhodai Station on the Tobutojo Line. This park was created to preserve and replicate the shell mounds, kaizuka, and villages from the Jomon Period discovered at this site. Discovered in 1917, and deemed of “good quality and of great scientific value,” this site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969. One can visit the exhibit introducing the lifestyle of the people at that time, and see the excavated earthenware, animal bones and learn about the pit dwellings replicated outdoors.

    Oh my goodness, this is a hidden gem. The gentleman showing us around was amazing. He was able to take us back in time so we could experience this amazing park. As a history buff I was amazed!

  • Kitain Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Namiki 1-13
    The first site of aviation in Japan, the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park opened in 1978. Located amidst its expansive grounds is the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Hall, a baseball field, tennis courts and other sports facilities, an outdoor stage, and a Japanese Garden Tea House, this park is bustling with many people.
  • Saitama Stadium 2〇〇2 Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Prefecture Saitama-shi Green Area Ward 2-1
    Saitama Stadium 2002 Park located in Misono, Midori Ward, Saitama City is Japan’s largest dedicated soccer stadium. The whole area of the park including the main stadium, three sub-grounds, two futsal courts and an open space spreads over about 30 hectares. Events related to soccer including J-League and Japan representative matches as well as a soccer academy are held here as well as other events such as a flea market in the open space.
  • Akigase Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Sakura-ku Doujou 4-17
    In response to the sprawling growth of the cities, Saitama Prefecture opened this park in 1971. This park, along the Arakawa River banks, flourishes with a variety of woods, including a bird watching sanctuary, and other areas for enjoying nature. It also has tennis courts, and other sports facilities, and barbecue areas. Residents of all ages enjoy the Akigase Park for relaxation, nature fieldtrips, and recreation.

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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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