Spots in Kawagoe / Saitama Area

  • Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Fujimi
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    3.5
    89 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JGSDF Public Information Center (Rikkun Land)
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Wakuwaku Factory Glicopia East
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kitamotoshi Nakamaru 9-55
    A confectionary factory located in 9-Chome Nakamaru, Kitamoto City. The factory offers free, reservation-only tours. Tour-goers can see Pocky, Pretz, and other snacks being made; watch a movie about the history of the company; check out some 1,500 toys provided as prizes by Glico throughout the years; and take a quiz challenge, and in turn learn about Glico and snack making. For a small fee, visitors can also decorate a Giant Pocky sticky with the toppings of their choice.

    The guided tour is conducted only in Japanese, hence we understood little. I enjoyed the tour of the factory production line, nothing like seeing for yourself the automation they put in place! The...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Lake Sayama (Yamaguchi Reservoir)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Koedo Kawagoe Tourist Association
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 1-15-8
    "Koedo Kawagoe Tourist Association office is located at the northern end of the Ichibangai Kurazukuri-no-machinami historic street. The office is houses in a two-story retro-style brick building; the tourist office on the 1st floor has a range of pamphlets and maps available, and provides tourist information services. Near Koedo Kawagoe Tourist Association office are streets lined with traditional Kurazukuri warehouse-style buildings, Toki-no-kane bell-tower (which has become a symbol of Kawagoe), Kashiya Yokocho (""Penny Candy Lane""), which has 20 or so traditional confectionery stores, and other famous tourist spots. Reflecting Kawagoe's status as a ""city made for wearing a kimono,"" on the eighth, 18th and 28th days of every month there are special events to encourage visitors to stroll around Kawagoe while wearing a kimono."

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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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