Spots in Northern Area

  • Ofuro Cafe Hakuju-no-Yu
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Kodamagunkamikawamachi Wataruse 337-1
    This hot spring bathhouse is situated on Prefectural Route 22 in Wataruse, Kamikawa Town, Kodama County, Saitama Prefecture. In addition to the Hakuju no Yu bathhouse, one of the top bathhouses in the Kanto region, facilities include a relaxation salon and the Tawaraya restaurant, which serves health-oriented dishes. In addition, rest facilities include a lounge with hammocks and sofas where you can relax and read comic books and magazines, a napping room, an outdoor cool air space, and fee-charging private rooms. The women's bathing area offers a free mud pack service which contains special koji malted rice.

    独特の赤褐色の湯です。源泉は濃すぎるため井戸水とブレンドしているとのことです。しっかり温まるいいお湯です。床は千枚田のようになっているところがあり足の裏に刺激が来ます(笑 風呂上がりには食事を。地元の野菜などを使った定食から蕎麦などもありなかなかおいしかったです。 食事も楽しんだ後はゆっくり休憩室へ。マンガを読むもよし、ハンモックでまったいりするもよし、将棋を打つも良し。混み具合によるでしょう...

  • Fukaya Hanazono Onsen Hanayu no Mori
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Fukayashi Hitomi Yakushido 888
    This hot spring facility is located in Fukaya City, Saitama Prefecture. A wide variety of baths can be enjoyed such as the natural outdoor hot spring erupting from 2,000 meters underground, a vase bath, lay-down bath and Japanese cypress wood bath. The spring quality is composed of sodium chloride which is said to be effective for nerve pain, muscle pain and motor paralysis. In addition to hot springs, it also has a sauna and bedrock bath.

    31日の18時頃到着。思っていたよりも混雑していましたが、入館には年齢制限があるため、ザワザワ感はなく落ち着いた雰囲気でした。年越し蕎麦として注文したかけ蕎麦が美味しかったです。

  • Fukaya Green Park AQUA PARADISE Patio
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Fukaya-shi Kashiai 763
    The popular Aqua Paradise Patio, which features the largest indoor pool in the North Kanto area, was modeled after resorts on the southern European Mediterranean coast. It hosts many free lessons, including some out of water, like their popular hula dancing and yoga. These lessons are as fun as frolicking in their wave pool, wading river, or on the water slide. (Closed over an extended period in February for inspection)

    The pool offers:mini-wave pool, kiddie section, current-pool, 25m pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi.

  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Kozono 39
    Opened in 1997, the Saitama Museum of Rivers teaches visitors through a variety of workshops about the Arakawa River, Saitama’s most prominent waterway, as well as the relationship between rivers and people’s lives. Its Arakawa Wakuaku Land facility is open from the Spring Equinox until the mid-November. This extremely popular “water athletics” park lets visitors learn about the scientific properties of water, flood control, and water use first hand through various activities.

    本館は館内音響環境が悪く、壁面に反響してアナウンスが明瞭に聞こえない。 「鉄砲堤実演イベント」を観覧したが、小学生ならば早々に(よく聞こえないので)飽きてしまうだろう・・・という感じ。 如何にも“予算内で設備を作りました”・・・後は知りません・・・というのが見え見え。 館内案内人にPAがダメだというと「よくそのように言われます」とのこと。 心に訴えかけるものが無く、全く響かない案内。博物館員の方々...

  • Roadside Station Okabe
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Transportation
    Saitama Pref. Fukayashi Oka 688-1
    A roadside station situated along the Fukaya By-pass in Oka, Fukaya City. Facilities include a farm fresh center selling local agricultural products such as Fukaya Welsh onions, other vegetables picked that very morning, and flowers; and a local specialty products center selling over 200 varieties of pickles, foods made with Fukaya Welsh onions, local liquors, popular local confections, and gelato. In addition, there's a restaurant which serves soba noodles delivered direct from Nagano as well as local dishes such as hot ni-boto and cold hiyajiru udon soups made with local vegetables and udon noodles; and a shop which sells Welsh onion and miso musubi and other musubi rice balls.

    2017年5月の連休。 僕は国道17号を軽井沢方面に車を走らせていたが、まだまだ手前の埼玉県深谷あたりで渋滞で疲れ切っていた。 そんな中、道の駅が。 ・・・おお、イイねえ! 車を停めて散策。 トイレに行ってからぶらつくと、僕はここで野菜の稲をいくつか購入・・・あとで家庭菜園を2年ぶりにスタートすることに。 さておき、小腹が空いていたので、何か無いかなと思ったら、このお店が。 海老天・・・これ...

  • Hachigata Castle History Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Hachigata 2496-2
    This historical museum is in Yorii Town, Osato County, Saitama Prefecture. It serves as both a guidance center for the Hachigata Castle ruins and an activity center to educate visitors about local culture and history. There is an exhibition room dedicated to Hachigata Castle's history and construction, and there are special exhibition rooms on the themes of spring and autumn. The lecture hall can also be used for meetings and club activities except commercial purposes.

    その城で戦闘が行われ、勝敗がどうだったか、それをしっかりと展示しています。城跡だけ巡ってもそのあたりのことは確定できません。 私の場合、まず城跡を一通り巡り、意外とこれは防御力低いんじゃないかなと思ったら、実際落城していました。予想を確かめられました。

  • Sakitama Kofun Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Gyoudashi Sakitama 4834
    A public park situated along Prefectural Route 77 in Sama, Gyoda City. The park encloses the Sakitama Burial Mounds, a group of several large ancient burial mounds which includes the Maruhakayama Burial Mound and the Futagoyama Burial Mound. Park facilities include the Shogunyama Burial Mound Exhibit Hall, the Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds, a public square, botanical garden, and rest house. The park is also a popular destination for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring.
  • Oshi Castle Three Story Turret
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Gyoda-shi Honmaru 17-23
    "A park maintained on the grounds of a castle situated along National Route 125 in Honmaru, Gyoda City. Oshi Castle, counted as one of the seven great castles of the Kanto region, is also known as the ""Floating Castle"" after it withstood Ishida Mitsunari's attempt to flood it during Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 1590 campaign to subjugate Kanto. The castle's citadel was demolished in the early Meiji period. Today, a three-tier reconstruction stands on the site; serving as part of the Gyoda City Folk Museum, inside visitors will find exhibits on the history and culture of Gyoda."
  • Hanazono Forest
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saitama Pref. Fukayashi Omaeda 417
    Approximately two minutes by car from Hanazono Interchange, visitors love Hanazono Forest’s beautiful rose garden and succulent sweets. Enjoy their weekday sweets buffet while looking out over the blooming garden with its roses and herbs. There’s no time limit and it’s highly popular. You can also purchase freshly baked bread, rose motif sweets, and cakes.
  • Kodama Onsen Family Plaza
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Honjoushi Kodamachouhirugawa 1051-6
    This day-use hot spring spa is on National Route 462 in Hirugawa, Kodama-cho, Honjo City. The water is drawn from Kodama Onsen's natural sodium chloride spring. Bathing here is said to help relieve nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, and frozen shoulders, as well as rejuvenate the skin. Their Western and Japanese style bathing areas both have outdoor baths. They alternate between men's and women's use on a daily basis. Other facilities include a banquet area, and private rooms ranging from about 12 to 66 square meters as well as a restaurant. They also offer chiropractic and exfoliation services.

    日曜日のゴルフが雨でキャンセル、早朝より朝風呂浴びさせていただきました。露天も内湯も広々していて、東京の人間にはゆったり時間が過ごせます。少しタバコの煙が気になりました。

  • Yamaki Co., Ltd.
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kodamagunkamikawamachi Shimoaguhara 955
    Yamaki was founded in 1905 and manufactures and sells miso, soy sauce, tofu and other products made from rare ingredients with organic JAS certification that do not use pesticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides. There are also classes where you can experience making miso, soy sauce and tofu, harvesting vegetables, and learning about herbs.

    Thanks to the description of Yamaki Jozo in Preserving the Japanese Way (2015), Nancy Hachisus passionate cookbook, we reserved space at a make-your-own tofu and shoyu workshop. We arrived in...

  • Kawasemi-Gawara
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Kozono 12
    "The general name for the flood plain following the Arakawa River in Yorii Town, Osato County. In addition to camping and barbecuing, the area is a popular destination for fishing, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. Also a renowned bird watching spot, visitors can catch sight of the common kingfisher, known as the ""kawasemi"" in Japanese and the bird from which the floodplain takes its name."
  • Shorinji Temple
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Osato-gun Yoriimachi Sueno 2072-1
    This temple is located in the Oaza Sueno area of Yorii-machi, Osato County. It was built in 1511, and in addition to being known as Gohyaku Rakanji Temple, it houses a thousand stone tablets of Kojin. There are also hiking courses on the grounds that overlook the rich nature of Chichibu.

    車で秩父へ向う途中に立寄りました。 少林寺は1511年創建の曹洞宗のお寺で、文殊菩薩が祀られている古刹ですが、五百羅漢で有名なお寺です。 本堂横の六地蔵の裏手の山道を上って行くと、道沿いに五百羅漢が現れます。 中には首がないものや破壊されたものもありますが、表情が豊かな石仏が並んでいて結構楽しめました。

  • Kannanoyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Kodamagunkamikawamachi Kobama 1341
    This is the region's largest spa resort, boasting over 33,000 square meters, and in addition to eight types of bath, two types of saunas, a Finnish-style löyly sauna and bedrock bath. The Kanna-no-Yu spring bubbles up from 1,500 meters below ground, and is a hydrogen carbonate chloride spring, and is said to be effective in treating nerve pain and muscle soreness, and recovery from fatigue. There is also a carbonated spring, the Sparkling Shower bath which embraces the body with millions of fine bubbles, for even more variety.
  • Honjyo Circuit
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Honjoushi Kodamachoutakayanagi 883
    The Honjyo Circuit has won high marks for the private lessons in sport racing offered by Kunio Saito, who is noted for his success in races such as the All-Japan Gymkhana Race, and it also allows visitors free access to try motorcycle or auto racing. It hosts a wide variety of events, including grip racing, drift racing, gymkhana events, motorcycle racing, and go-cart racing.
  • Kodai Hasu no Sato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Gyoudashi Kobari 2375-1
    A park located in Kobari, Gyoda City. The park is a habitat for ancient lotuses, a variety of lotus designated a Natural Monument by Gyoda City. The grounds are equal in size to roughly three Tokyo Domes and encompass a pond where ancient lotuses grow; a botanical garden with lotuses from around the world, other aquatic plants, and tree peonies; a square with a playground; fishing pond; flower viewing square; shop; and udon noodle restaurant. The park also holds firefly watching events along the river which flows inside its borders in June.
  • Kamisato Strawberry & Tomato Farm
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Kodamagunkamisatomachi Teshigawara 1000-2
    This fruit farm is in Kamisato Town, Kodama County, Saitama Prefecture, and allows guests to experience harvesting managed strawberry and tomato fields. Each one offers thirty-minute all-you-can-eat plans, along with free Kamisato Cantare sweets. Reservations can be made at Kamisato Cantare, but make sure you want to reserve the harvest experience.

    関越自動車道の上里SAのスマートインターを出たところにあります。地元農家が収穫した野菜、果物が並んでいます。

  • Kumagaya Onsen Yura no Sato
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Kumagayashi Tsukimichou 2-1-65
    "A hot spring bathhouse located in 2-Chome Tsukimi-cho, Kumagaya City. Facilities include a natural hot spring outdoor bath as well as saunas and indoor bath facilities like a high-concentration carbonated spring bath and an ""attraction"" bath with various features. There's also a bedrock bath facility with free drink and magazine corners, a body care facility, and a room filled with comfortable reclining chairs. The adjoining restaurant serves draft beer, noodles, set meals, donburi rice bowls, a la carte dishes, and more."
  • Saitama Norin Prefectural Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Fukayashi Honda 5768-1
    A park situated along Prefectural Route 69 in Honda, Fukaya City. The park has fruit and vegetable farms and visitors can pick seasonal agricultural products. The park also holds classes on agricultural and forestry topics like gardening, woodworking, and cooking. In addition, the park has a variety of attractions such as a large square with playground; grass lawn; restaurant; battery powered toy cars which can be ridden for a small fee; and a 1/10th scale miniature steam locomotive which operates on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Plus, there's a farm's market selling fresh farm produce and foods.
  • Fuppu Rainbow Trout Fishing Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Osatogunyorimachi Fubu 1955
    Here you can catch your very own rainbow trout and have it grilled over a high grade ubame oak charcoal fire by a skilled chef on the spot. The facility incorporates universal design principles, ensuring that even wheelchair users and families with infants can fish in comfort and safety, and enjoy a relaxing meal.

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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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