The Best Things to Do in Saitama Prefecture

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Saitama Prefecture

3.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks

Popular things to do in Saitama Prefecture

Mitsumine Shrine
Religious Site
Mitsumine Shrine Chichibu
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street
Landmark
Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street Kawagoe
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Religious Site
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine Saitama
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Toki no Kane
Historic Site
Toki no Kane Kawagoe
2.4
Duration: 1 hour
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo. Add Saitama Prefecture and other destinations to your itinerary using our Japan trip itinerary planning tool, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.

Historic Sites in Saitama Prefecture

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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Kitain ©
Religious Site
Kitain Kawagoe
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Chichibu Shrine ©
Religious Site
Chichibu Shrine Chichibu
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi ©
Historic Walking Area
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi Satte
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Saitama Prefecture

Hitsujiyama Park ©
Park
Hitsujiyama Park Chichibu
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park ©
Park
Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park Saitama
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Park
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park Hidaka
4.2
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Saitama Prefecture

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AEON Lake Town ©
Shopping Mall
AEON Lake Town Koshigaya
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma ©
Factory Outlet
Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma Iruma
3.3
Duration: 1 hour
Cocoon City ©
Shopping Mall
Cocoon City Saitama
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
Yamaki Brewery
Gift & Specialty Shop
Yamaki Brewery Kamikawa-machi
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Saitama Prefecture

Saitama Children Zoo ©
Zoo
Saitama Children Zoo Higashimatsuyama
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Nakatsu River
Other
Nakatsu River Chichibu
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Ashigakubo no Hyochu
Landmark
Ashigakubo no Hyochu Yokoze-machi
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Marugami Falls
Waterfall
Marugami Falls Ogano-machi
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Saitama Prefecture

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Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama ©
Art Museum
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama Saitama
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan ©
Specialty Museum
Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan Kawagoe
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Japan Mint Saitama Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Japan Mint Saitama Museum Saitama
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art Kawajima-machi
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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