background
Saitama Articles

Saitama Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Vegan Feast Catering 25128194@N02/4585614722/Miso Potato Miso Potato, while junky at first site, is a rather difficult dish to make at home. Put simply, it is a baked potato with sweet miso sauce poured on top, similar to a western bak

Saitama Food Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Vegan Feast Catering 25128194@N02/4585614722/Miso Potato Miso Potato, while junky at first site, is a rather difficult dish to make at home. Put simply, it is a baked potato with sweet miso sauce poured on top, similar to a western bak

Saitama Access Guide

Saitama is by far the easiest to get to in terms of transportation. Because it is right next to Tokyo, there is basically no need to take the airplane, as there is a largely developed train network going to and from Saitama and Tokyo. Photo Cred: Flickr user Y

Saitama 1-day-tour Itinerary

Saitama is a great place to take a day trip from Tokyo, as it is very easy to go from your accommodation in your city, to Saitama to enjoy the whole day, and come back to your accommodation by nightfall. You can also stay the night in Saitama, as there are a v

The Best Times to Visit Saitama

Photo Cred: Flickr user TANAKA Jyuuyoh 13910409@N05/8676730389/Hitsujiyama Park in Spring Hitsujiyama Park is best known for its beautiful Shibazakura that blossom during April and May. Shibazakura are different from regular sakura in that, rather than blosso

First Time in Saitama

Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge ChannelThe Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is the world’s largest underground floor water diversion facility, built to withstand the water that rains down on the metropolitan area during flood

Kawagoe - cozy traditional shopping district

Kawagoe (川 越) is an ancient city, which has partially preserved buildings from the Edo period (1603-1867). The city is half an by train from Tokyo, and you can get there by several train lines (see bottom of page). First impressions The main street consists of

Chichibu Yomatsuri: One of the Oldest and Most Explosive Festivals in the Winter

There are essentially two reasons throngs of people go to the Chichibu Yomatsuri (Night Festival):The floats and the crowds via https://www.chichibu-omotenashi.com/en/festivals.html 1. The grand floatsIt is one of the 32 Japanese festivals included in UNESCO's

The One Cafe Guaranteed to Blow You Away With Its Quirkiness

For four and a half years, we passed the sign to Chez Noir and ignored it, dismissing it as one of those cute little home cafes in the backwoods, only to find that the joke had been on us.Cafe entrance. Those are real live chickens and geese.From the outside,

The Most Breathtaking Jazz Concert this Fall

Sure there are many cozy nooks to listen to live jazz music in the city, but how about a jazz concert right in the middle of a thousand brilliantly red maple trees in one of Japan's most unusual parks? Once a year on a Saturday evening in late November is the

Noodles galore at Japan's 2017 Udon Summit

If you're a foodie, Japan makes a brilliant spot for a vacation - there's so many tasty Japanese dishes to try out. Odigoer Johanna wrote about the 2017 Tokyo Ramen Show recently, and there's another event happening in a couple of weeks which may take your int

Shin Soba: Taste the Newly Harvested Difference

One of the healthiest fast food available practically everywhere in Japan is soba (そば). Soba shops can be found at many train stations, sometimes nearby, sometimes inside, and sometimes right on the platform. Pay for your order at a ticket machine and get your

The Hidden Depths of Bonsai

My latest voyage of discovery with Odigo led me into the fascinating and complex Japanese art of creating ancient forests less than a metre high, known to the world as "bonsai." Before setting out on this journey, all I knew about bonsai was that they were tre