22 days in Saitama Prefecture Itinerary

22 days in Saitama Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Saitama Prefecture tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Saitama
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Saitama
— 7 nights
Drive
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Chichibu
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kumagaya
— 5 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Saitama

— 7 nights
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine and Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saitama: Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma (in Iruma), Sayama City Museum (in Sayama) and Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park (in Hanno). The adventure continues: stroll around Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, take a stroll through Omiya Bonsai Village, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Risu no Ie, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saitama travel website.

San Francisco, USA to Saitama is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Saitama is 17 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Chichibu.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chichibu

— 8 nights
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Mitsumine Shrine and Mt. Mitsumine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chichibu: Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi), Hidaka (Koma Residence, Koma Shrine, &more) and Hanno (Tonosu Mountain, Mt. Tenran, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chichibu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Chichibu Meisen Silk Center, get outside with Forest Adventure Chichibu, and take in the dramatic scenery at Fudo Falls.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chichibu online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Saitama to Chichibu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Chichibu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kumagaya.

Things to do in Chichibu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kumagaya

— 5 nights
Kumagaya is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 198,440 and a population density of 1240 persons per km². Step off the beaten path and head to Menuma Shodenzan Kangi-in and Chichibu Railway Sl Pleo Express. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukaya (Odaka Atsutada Birthplace & Seishido Seikutei), Higashimatsuyama (Shoboji Temple (Iwadono Kannon), Saitama Children Zoo, &more) and Five Thousand Soaring Dragons Seitenkyu Temple (in Sakado). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, take an in-depth tour of Museum of The Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds, look for gifts at Onihei Edodokoro, and delve into the lush surroundings at Katakuri to Omurasaki no Forest.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumagaya trip planner.

You can drive from Chichibu to Kumagaya in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kumagaya are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kumagaya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
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.

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