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  • 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.

    This shrine is about 10 min walk from the old town of Kawagoe. It features a very relaxing atmosphere and has many places to take nice pictures. If you wear yukata, the pictures will turn out to be...

  • 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.

    In the midst of a concrete Omiya, embarking on the 2km, tranquil tree-lined route towards Hikawa Shrine was truly a lovely journey of peace and reflection. And in autumn in late Nov, the tree colors...

  • 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.

    comprehensive train history of japan; including future plans. with a chance to use engineers simulators for various trains. reserve at least a half day cause the place will keep you interested...

  • 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.
  • 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.

    川越の喜多院境内にある多宝塔です。 江戸時代のものですが、現在の塔は復元になります。 中華風の立派な建造物です。

  • 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.
  • 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.

    科学館とハシゴ。アフレコ体験や編集などとてもとても楽しめます!時間も結構持つので小学生にオススメです。

  • 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.

    七福神に会える 大欅で気を入れる 拝殿で手を合わせ祈る 良いことがありそうだ 富士塚もある 撫で犬がお待ちかね とにかく賑やかな神社だ!

  • 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.
  • Iwatsuki Sochinjyu Hisaizu Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Iwatsuki-ku Miyachou 2-6-55
    A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Miya-cho, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama City. The shrine was established to venerate Okuninushi-no-Mikoto some 1,500 years ago by the Izumo Hajiu clan and came to serve as the guardian shrine of the Iwatsuki area. Surrounded by lush forest, the grounds are also known as a treasure trove of wild birds.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Urawa-ku Tokiwa 9-30-1
    An art museum located in Kitaurawa Park along National Route 463 in Tokiwa, Urawa Ward, Saitama City. The museum's collection includes works by Monet, Chagall, and Picasso, as well as Japanese modern artists. The content of the museum's standing exhibition is changed four times a year. The museum also holds five special exhibitions a year as well as workshops, lectures, museum concerts, and other events. In addition, there's a museum shop and Italian restaurant.

    久しぶりに美術館に行ったけど、私が大好きな分野ではない現代美術だったので、鑑賞にあまり時間がかかりませんでした。 ここの美術館は公園が素敵です。 公園にいた時間のほうが長かったです。あと、ここのレストランのペペロネは美味しくて、たまに行きます。

  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
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    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Takahanachou 4-219
    A museum located in Omiya Park along the industrial road in Takahana-cho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City. The museum collects and researches items relating to the history, folk customs, and art of Saitama. The museum's standing exhibition looks at the lifestyles and culture of the people of Saitama and it also holds special exhibitions on the history and folk customs of the prefecture.

    東武「大宮公園」駅から徒歩10分くらいです。広いです! 常設展の展示室が1Fに5室・B1Fに5室の合計10室もあります。編年体で埼玉県の歴史を追うものでしたが、日本史全体に言及しており内容もとても濃いです。こちらに時間の都合があり1Fの5室しか拝観できなかったのですが、それでも90分もかかってしまいました。 古墳時代の部屋では埼玉古墳群の稲荷山古墳から出土した「金錯銘鉄剣」を中心に大和政権による...

  • Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Tokorozawashi Namiki Within 1-13 prefectural management office air commemorative park
    A museum located in Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park situated along National Route 463 in Namiki, Tokorozawa City. Through exhibits on the Tokorozawa Airport, flight simulators, control systems, and aircraft on display in the museum's hangar, visitors can learn about aviation technology and the history of Tokorozawa Airport. The museum also has a giant screen movie theater and holds workshops and crafting classes.

    Just walk outside the Takadanobaba station and you can see the YS11 passenger aircraft. If you head past it and keep the telecommunications tower in sight, you will come into the park and find the...

  • Koedo Kurari (Kawagoe City Industry and Tourism Center)
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Shintomichou 1-10-1
    A shopping facility located in 1-Chome Shintomi-cho, Kawagoe City. The facility is housed in three National Tangible Cultural Property-designated storehouses built in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods which once belonged to the Kagamiyama Shuzo sake brewery. Facilities include the Omiyagedokoro Meijigura storehouse, which hosts a cafe and shops selling local sakes and sweets; the Makanaidokoro Taishogura, which hosts a restaurant serving choice sake and meals designed around the concept of local production for local consumption; and the Kikizakedokoro Showagura storehouse, where visitors can purchase sake from 35 breweries located in the prefecture; plus the Tsudoidokoro building, which has a conference room and gallery.
  • Naritasan Kawagoe Betsuin Hongyoin Temple
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kubomachi 9-2
    A Buddhist temple situated along Prefectural Route 15 in Kubo-machi, Kawagoe City. A branch temple of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple to which a portion of the head temple's spirit of Acala was ritually transferred, the temple was founded by Ishikawa Sho'on in 1850. The temple holds a flea market on the 28th of each month and visitors will find a variety of stalls selling curios and other items.
  • Kawagoe City Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-30-1
    A museum located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The museum's standing exhibition contains informational panels on the history of Kawagoe from ancient times to the present and models which convey local folk customs such as traditional Kawagoe festivals. The museum also holds special exhibitions. The surrounding area is dotted with cultural facilities such as the Kawagoe City Art Museum, Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace, and Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan, and visitors can purchase a shared museum pass granting access to all of them.

    At the far end of the shopping street was Kawagoe City Museum where there were many exhibits on the history of Kawagoe city. The museum was not large but the staff there was pleasant and conversed...

  • Kawagoe City Art Museum
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-30-1
    An art museum located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The museum's collection of some 2,000 items focuses on works by Kawagoe-born Western-style painter Kyuichiro Aihara and other artists connected to the area. The contents of the museum's standing exhibition hall and Kyuichiro Aihara Memorial Gallery are changed four times a year. The museum also holds special exhibitions as well as events such as gallery talks and museum concerts.

    There are just two rooms in this small museum, but for the area housing the art of Aihara it alone is worth a visit from Tokyo. Aiharas work is on constant rotation; at any one time the museum shows...

  • Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-13-1
    A historic structure located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The palace was built in 1848 by Matsudaira Naritsune, then lord of Kawagoe Domain. Today, the palace's entranceway and reception hall as well as the transplanted and restored chief retainer's office are the only original parts of Kawagoe Castle which still stand today. The palace is used as a museum containing exhibits on Kawagoe Domain. Visitors can purchase a joint museum pass which also grants access to the nearby Kawagoe City Museum and Kawagoe City Art Museum.

    Walking through the rooms of this magical residence of the first Shogun is a truly fantastic experience. At every step the tatami postpones the stories and legends of the Edo period. The beauty of...

  • Kawagoe Hachimangu Shrine
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    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Minamitorimachi 19-1
    A Shinto shrine situated along Hachiman-dori Street in Minamitori-machi, Kawagoe City. The temple was founded in 1030 by the samurai Minamoto no Yorinobu and is dedicated to Emperor Ojin. The temple's Chinowa Kuguri event, held from June 30, is also known as the Nagoshi no Oharae. A tradition dating back to the early Edo period, the event involves walking through a cogon grass ring to purify oneself.

    My first time to Kawagoe and what an amazing surprise it was, very old history different Japanese Causion and very busy, you need to take extra time to see everything. Good luck I hope you have a...

  • Iruma City Museum ALIT
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    Saitama Pref. Irumashi Nihongi 100
    A museum located in Nihongi, Iruma City. The museum's exhibits look at the natural environments in Iruma such as the forest of Kaji Hills and the Iruma River; the history of the area from the Paleolithic; and key industries which flourished in Iruma such as silkworm farming and silk thread production as well as Sayama tea. The production tooling of Sayama tea is a Registered National Tangible Folk Cultural Property and highlight. There's also a children's science museum area where kids can deepen their understanding of science through experiments and other hands-on exhibits.

    「狭山茶は、ここから」がキャッチコピー。狭山茶という名称が有名ですが、実は埼玉県のお茶の産出額は入間市が所沢市や狭山市を圧倒。何だか「庇を貸して母屋を取られる」逆バージョンみたい。常設展200円、特別展も200円。特段セット割はありません。奇数月第一日曜日は世界各地のお茶体験が無料。11月は紅茶月。寒い冬は美味しいミルクティーで身も心もホット、ホッター、ホッテスト気分に浸れます。

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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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