SaitamaSaitama is often overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbor Tokyo, but for those who care to look closer, Saitama abounds with amazing experiences. Take a trip to Bonsai Village in Omiya and appreciate this ancient Japanese art, or hike one of Saitama's many stunningly beautiful mountain trails. Anime fan? You’ll love Sayama Hills, also known as Totoro's Forest, where you can relive scenes from My Neighbor Totoro.
For an easy day trip from downtown Tokyo, check out Koedo (Little Edo) in Kawagoe city where you can take a leap back in time to the Edo era (1603-1867) with its meticulously preserved buildings. The best way to take in all that traditional architecture is at one of the many cafes in Kurazukuri warehouse district.
Of course, half the fun of traveling is the food, and Saitama is no slouch in this department – some of the most must try local dishes here include tofu ramen, miso potatoes and fresh, delicious unagi (eel) in summer. Knock that all back with some ice cold Coedo beer and you're having a good day!
Places to visit in Saitama
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Mitsumine Jinja Shrine
Mitsumine Jinja is one of the three great shrines of the Chichibu area. Considered to be a strong "power spot" (a place that exhibits a large amount of positive energy), it is protected by guardian wolves instead of the usual guardian dogs.
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum
The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is the world's first publicly-run Bonsai Museum that aims to promote the culture of bonsai.
Saitama City Central Library
This public library is located in the city Saitama. Saitama City is made up of four former towns: Urawa, Omiya, Yono and Iwatsuki. The Saitama City Central Library first opened under the former town's name of Urawa Library as a private library in 1914.
Ofuro Cafe Utatane
The Ofuro Cafe Utatane complex comprises a cafe, public baths, health spa and sleeping accommodation among other facilities.
Kawagoe Station is a slice of old Japan in Tokyo. It has both Tobu and JR line connections.
Kodaihasu no Sato
Kodaihasu no Sato, also calld the Ancient Lotus Pond or Park, translates to "Home of Ancient Lotuses". The seeds of the lotuses on display here are said to be over 1500 years old. Explanations and exhibitions can also be viewed in the Kodaihasu Kaikan Hall on
Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
A museum dedicated to the history and folklore of Saitama Prefecture.
Hotel Route Inn Kounosu
Featuring free WiFi and a spa centre, Hotel Route Inn Kounosu offers accommodation in Kōnosu, 34 km from Tokorozawa. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Marroad Inn Hanno
Situated a 5-minute walk from Higashi-Hanno Station, Marroad Inn Hanno provides simple accommodation with free wired internet. Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma shopping mall is a 15-minute drive away.
Route Inn Grantia Hanyu Spa Resort
A 5-minute walk from Hanyu Train Station, the Route Inn Grantia Hanyu Spa Resort features soothing indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths, a restaurant and massages.
Toyoko Inn Saitama Nishi-kawaguchi-eki Nishi-guchi
Available from July 2014, Toyoko Inn Saitama Nishi-kawaguchi-eki Nishi-guchi is conveniently located just a 3-minute walk from JR Nishikawaguchi Station. Complimentary breakfast is served on a first-come, first-served basis.
Situated in Chichibu in the Saitama Region, 41 km from Tokorozawa, Hotel Miyama boasts a terrace and hot spring bath. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a seating area where you can relax.
King Ambassador Hotel Kumagaya
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, King Ambassador Hotel Kumagaya offers accommodation in Kumagaya. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Private parking is available on site.
APA Hotel Nishi Kawaguchi-eki Higashiguchi
Offering massage services, a 24-hour front desk and a breakfast buffet featuring Japanese and Western dishes, APA Hotel Nishi Kawaguchi-eki Higashiguchi is located a 5-minute walk from JR Nishi-Kawaguchi Train Station.