Spots in Saitama Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Omiya Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Takahanachou 4
    This park was opened in 1885 as Hikawa Park, and began to be operated by the Prefecture from 1898 as Omiya Park. With over 1,000 cherry blossom trees, it is famous for cherry viewing, and was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. With a small zoo and a large playground with play-equipment, this is a family friendly park.
  • 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.
  • Sonic City
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Kita-ku Torochou 2-24-3
    "A bonsai art museum located in 2-Chome Toro-cho, Kita Ward, Saitama City a short walk from Omiya Bonsai Village, a mecca for bonsai-lovers. The museum's collection includes bonsai as well as vessels for holding bonsai, visually striking ""suiseki"" stones, and paintings. Over 40 bonsai are on display in the museum's bonsai garden. The museum also displays items from its collection in its gallery area and also holds special, bonsai-related exhibitions."
  • Saitama Seiganji Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Nishi-ku Seiganji 683-4
    The Saitama Seiganji Onsen utilizes natural 38.3 degree Celsius spring water that springs from 1,500 meters below ground. It is a popular hot springs known for its spacious green location and water quality said to have beautifying effects on the skin. Enjoy the wide outdoor bath surrounded by bamboo groves and the nekorobiyu, where you can see the natural bamboo groves while lying down.
  • Sainokuni Saitama Arts Theater
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Chuou-ku Uemine 3-15-1
    The SainoKuni Saitama Arts Theater is reputed as the “theater that creates”. It is a place where the culture of exceptional theater arts can be sensed up close. Art Producer, Ninagawa Yukio, has created and performed quality artistic works in the mediums of theater, dance, and music since 2006. In March 2018, the Ninagawa Yukio Third Year Memorial will again host a performance of his work. The piano concerts and theater performances are a must see too.
  • Iwatsuki Castle Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Iwatsuki-ku Ota 3-4
    A park located in Ota, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama City. The park grounds enclose the site of Iwatsuki Castle, of which only the original stone and earthen base remains. Park facilities include a baseball field, clay tennis courts, and multipurpose square. The park is also a renowned destination for viewing cherry blossoms, and in the spring the Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival is held here.
  • Shirakobato Water Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Koshigayashi Osogawa 985
    Located in a rural area that straddles both Koshigaya City and Iwatsuki City, ShirakobatoAquatic Park is a prefectural park named after the official prefectural bird, theshirakobato (collared dove). This 21.5 hectare park contains nine swimming pools, including one with flowing water and one with a slide. Other recreational facilities include barbecue areas, a fishing area, and a miniature golf course. These facilities make the park popular across generations, especially with family groups.
  • Omiya Daini Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Omiya-ku Junouchou 2-405
    A park situated along Prefectural Route 2 in Juno-cho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City. Facilities include a multipurpose square, baseball field, tennis courts, and other sports facilities; a Japanese garden; and a tea house. Over 500 plum trees grow on the grounds, including red, white, and weeping plums, and a Plum Tree Festival is held at the park from mid-February to March.
  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Nyotai Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Midori-ku Miyamoto 2-17-1
    A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Miyamoto, Midori Ward, Saitama City. The shrine is dedicated to gods such as Kushinadahime-no-Mikoto. Warm climate plants grow thickly here, and the shrine's grounds have been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument as well as Furusato no Mori forest. A Nagoshi no Harae event is held here on July 31 in which participants take dolls into which their sins and shames have been transferred to and let them drift away on a river, then pass through a large ring placed in the shrine's torii gate to pray for good health.
  • Iwatsuki Sochinjyu Hisaizu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Yukai Soukai Yukemuri Yokocho Omiya
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Nishi-ku Mihashi 5-1010
    "A hot spring bathhouse situated along the Shin-omiya By-pass in Mihashi, Nishi Ward, Saitama City. Facilities include an outdoor bath constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from the Saitama Mihashi Onsen, a natural hot spring welling up from 1,500 meters underground; a high-concentration carbonated spring bath; electric bath; lie-down bath; jacuzzi; and theater-style far infrared sauna. There are also massage, skin scrubbing, and hair salon facilities; a rest area; and the Yuraritei restaurant serving authentic ramen, set meals, and a la carte."
  • Omiya Bonsai Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Saitamashi Kita-ku Bonsaichou
    Omiya Bonsai Village is a place full of outstanding bonsai plants that is located a few minutes' walk from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum. Omiya Bonsai Village traces its origins to the period immediately after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, when a group of bonsai growers from Tokyo relocated to the Omiya area; at its peak, Omiya Bonsai Village had around 30 commercial bonsai gardens. Today, there are still five bonsai gardens in the village, each cultivating its own unique types of bonsai. Some of the gardens offer bonsai-growing experience activities. Omiya Dai Bonsai Festival is held on May 3-5 every year, attracting large numbers of bonsai enthusiasts from Japan and overseas.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

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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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