Spots in Around Chichibu Area

  • Hitsujiyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 6360
    Hitsujiyama Park is a green land park spread on a hilltop with a panoramic view of Chichibu City, and is known as a flower viewing place for the beautiful cherry blossoms, iris and moss phlox. In the park, moss phlox with more than some 400,000 plants from nine varieties are cultivated over about 17,600 square meters, and red, pink and white moss phlox flowers cover the whole area in spring like a patchwork of flowers. There are a range of facilities such as Fureai bokujo (ranch) where you can pat sheep, a museum for Mt. Buko which is a symbol of Chichibu and an athletics area. Anyone can enjoy the whole day there regardless of their age.
  • Mitsumine-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Mitsumine 298-1
    Mitsumine-jinja Shrine (literally meaning “three peaks shrine”), so called by that name because of the three peaks of Mt. Kumotori, Mt. Shiraiwa and Mt. Myohogatake which can be seen overlooking the eastern side of the shrine are beautifully positioned in a line. The god worshipped at the shrine is in fact Gokenzoku, the wolf and so the shrine is affectionately known as the Oinusama, meaning “honorable wolf deity”. There is also Mitsumineyama Museum in the shrine’s precincts with exhibits and treasures relating to mountain worship and temple retreat on display.
  • Roadside Station Kajukoen Ashigakubo
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Ashigakubo 1915-6
    A roadside station standing in front of Ashigakubo Station along National Route 299 in Ashigakubo, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. Facilities include a farm fresh shop selling produce from local farms and other foods; two restaurants serving Chichibu's famous miso potatoes, zuriage udon noodles, and other local dishes; an activity facility where visitors can learn how to make ceramics and soba and udon noodles; a gallery; and shower rooms. The adjoining Mizube no Cafe serves a popular premium soft serve ice cream.
  • Chichibu-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Bambamachi 1-3
    The ancient and historic Chichibu-jinja Shrine, is a Saitama Prefecture designated Tangible Cultural Property, famous for its well preserved main hall, gifted by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1592. The Chichibu Night Festival, held annually on December 3, is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and is one of the Big Three Japanese Shrine Float Festivals along with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and Hida Takayama Festivals in Gifu Prefecture.
  • Roadside Station Chichibu
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Omiya 4625
    The center of sightseeing along the Chichibuji road, Roadside Station Chichibu is a popular road station that sells souvenirs unique to Chichibu and has restaurants where you can taste local cuisine. Chichibu no Mizu, a fountain with water sourced from an Arakawa River tributary (Urayama River) and groundwater from Mt. Buko, has safe and delicious water cleaned through slow sand filtration. Feel free to take some home.
  • Chichibu Muse Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Nagaru
    This theme park, flourishing with greenery, displays a variety of flowers throughout the year, including cherry blossoms, daffodils and azaleas. In the fall, the three-kilometer long boulevard of Ginkgo trees is a glorious site to see. The park is full of children friendly activities, such as the Skytrain that runs through the park, and the children’s playground obstacles including a tall observatory.
  • Hodosan-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunnagatoromachi Nagatoro 1828
    Hodosan-jinja Shrine with its soothing atmosphere is blessed by the gracefully shaped Mt. Hodo and the beauty of its four seasons. The shrine buildings include the Honden (main sanctuary), Heiden (hall of offerings), and Haiden (hall of worship), constructed in the Gongen-zukuri style. There are many wooden carvings, including the “Nijushiko,” on the transoms. The kami enshrined here with beautiful statues are virtuous ones offering protection against fire and theft.
  • Chichibu Highland Ranch
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Chichibu-gun Higashi-chichibu Mura Sakamoto 2951
  • Ashigakubo Fruit Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunyokozemachi Ashigakubo 159
    An area of fruit farms in Ashigakubo, Yokoze Town, Chichibu County. There are 13 farms in the area where visitors can pick strawberries from January through to the middle of May, plums in July to early August, and grapes from mid-August to mid-October.
  • Minoyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Kuroya 2372
    This natural park is spread across the solitary mountain (rare in Chichibu) of Mt. Minoyama, at a height of 586 meters. It features roughly 8,000 cherry trees in 70 varieties (mostly Yoshino cherries), as well as number of other flowering plants, like rhododendrons and hydrangeas, making for a colorful display in spring and summer. Famous for its night view and even selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Night Views, the outlook point on the peak offers a gorgeous view of Chichibu Basin and Okuchichibu Mountains. A sea of clouds shows up in early morning, and sometimes stick around to create the mysterious night view. There are no exterior lights, so you will need portable lighting if you come to the park at night.
  • Roadside Station Otaki Onsen
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Otaki 4277-2
    Roadside Station Otaki Onsen is particularly known for offering private rooms to use after rising from their onsen baths for “day trip onsens.” There’s a recessed outdoor bath where you can look out at the close growing trees and a clear flowing stream from Arakawa River. It also hosts a direct sales corner and the Otaki Historical Museum.
  • Chichibu Onsen Mangan no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunminanomachi Shimohinozawa 4000
    Opened in 1997, Chichibu Onsen Mangan no Yu is a popular hot spring where you can enjoy three outdoor hot spring baths to revel in the natural scenery of the four seasons in Chichibu, as well as an indoor bath with large windows overlooking a purely Japanese-style garden. You can gaze at Mangantaki Falls from the three different outdoor baths. Try from a selection of more than 30 different local and seasonal dishes.
  • Nagatoro Valley Iwadatami
    Travel / Tourism
    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."""
  • Seibu Chichibu ekimae Onsen Matsuri no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Nosakamachi 1-16-15
    A hot spring bathhouse located in front of Seibu-Chichibu Station in Nosaka-machi, Chichibu City. The bathhouse has a hot spring area with an outdoor bath, a variety of indoor baths, and a rest area. This large establishment also has a food court with restaurants serving popular Chichibu dishes and other meals; and a shop area where customers can buy confections, local sake, and other local specialty products.
  • Takizawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Chichibu-shi Otaki 3021
  • Roadside Station Ryokamionsen Yakushi no Yu
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunoganomachi Ryoukamisusuki 2380
    Roadside Station Ryokamionsen Yakushi no Yu is near Mt. Ryokami, one of Japan’s top 100 mountains, and it has day-trip onsen facilities, direct sales of farm goods, a rest area, dining hall, and soba-making classes. The direct sales area offers fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as rare mulberry jam and hand-made konjac jelly and woodwork.
  • Roadside Station Minano
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Chichibugunminanomachi Minano 3236-35
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 348 in Minano, Minano Town, Chichibu County. The station sells fresh, local agricultural products as well as foods like pickles and handmade manju buns. The adjoining rest house offers old-fashioned handmade udon noodles, waraji katsudon pork cutlet rice bowls, and other dishes.
  • 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.
  • Natural Private Spring Seine no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Shimoyoshida 468
    Natural Private Spring Seine no Yu has a wide selection of facilities, including bedrock baths, foot baths, saunas, relaxation facilities and of course outdoor baths. Their springs Hoshi no Mori (cypress wood outdoor bath) and Tsuki no Ishi (stone outdoor bath) are especially popular. The restaurant Sola has a very popular buffet centered around local vegetables, in addition to their regular lunchtime menu.
  • Roadside Station. Arakawa
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Chichibushi Arakawahino 538-1
    A roadside station located in Arakawahino, Chichibu City. The station has a direct sale market selling fresh, local farm produce and a shop selling local specialty products such as soba noodles and alpine leek pickled in soy sauce. There's also a community center Chichibu-shi Yamazato Nature Hall which offers nature programs and craft workshops, and a restaurant Suzuhiroan which serves noodles and other dishes made with local vegetables as well as seasonal fruit soft serve ice cream.

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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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