9 days in Saitama Prefecture Itinerary

9 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 Tokorozawa
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Tokorozawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichibu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koshigaya
— 3 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Taipei

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Tokorozawa

— 1 night
Tokorozawa is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 335,968 and a population density of 4660 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, learn more about the world around you at Fuchushi Kyodonomori Museum, stop by Susukino, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Aguresshu Genkimura. Here are some ideas for day two: get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma, then explore the world behind art at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Fujiko F Fujio Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokorozawa online route maker.

Taipei, Taiwan to Tokorozawa is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Tokorozawa. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Taipei in May; daily highs in Tokorozawa reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chichibu.

Things to do in Tokorozawa

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Chichibu

— 3 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.
Visiting Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks and Hodosan will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Gunma Natural Museum and Chichibu Matsuri Kaikan. Explore Chichibu's surroundings by going to Michi-no-Eki Shimonita (in Shimonita-machi), Nagatoro-machi (Hodosan Shrine & Okumiya) and Myogi Shrine (in Tomioka). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Terasaka Rice Terraces, take a stroll through Seibu Chichibu Nakamise Street, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chichibu trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tokorozawa to Chichibu takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koshigaya.

Things to do in Chichibu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koshigaya

— 3 nights
Koshigaya is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 337,071 and a population density of 5,610 persons per km². Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coconut, Tsudanuma and Ikspiari. Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Hisaizu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Koshigaya's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea), Super Dry Museum (in Moriya) and Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course (in Noda).

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koshigaya road trip website.

Getting from Chichibu to Koshigaya by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chichibu in May since evenings lows in Koshigaya dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koshigaya

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Breweries & Distilleries

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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