Everything is located 100km distance of Japan’s capital, Tokyo, Saitama is a most accessible destinations for day trips, whether it be taking a stroll to historic towns or rafting or other for a quick escape from the urban grind.
The Edo atmosphere remains in many of its historic towns such as Kawagoe. For a taste of traditional Japan but don’t want to travel far from Tokyo, a 30-minute train ride to Kawagoe also known as “Little Edo” would be a perfect destination. While the picturesque alleyways lined with historic houses gives you a nostalgic time travel to the Edo period, Kawagoe is otherwise known as a potato paradise where quaint shops offer up the local specialty using sweet potato in various surprising forms such as potato ice-creams.
Need a fresh air? Then head further into the mountains of Nagatoro to take full advantage of its nature alongside the raging Arakawa river with adrenaline-pumping trip on boat and rafting or enjoy the sky with paragliding. Besides variety of outdoor sports, there are onsen (hot spring), camping grounds, and other requisites for a great weekend getaway. Another popular mountainous area would definitely be Chichibu, just one direct 90 minute train ride from Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. If you travel in late April to Hitsujiyama Park, you will witness an instagrammable shibazakura, a giant pink and purple carpet of tiny moss phlox.