SAITAMA

SAITAMA

Saitama (埼玉) is one of the great places to explore in Japan. It is a landlocked prefecture in the country in which a large number of residents commute each day. Besides being blessed with great sightseeing spots, it is also well developed when it comes to its transportation system....

Ever wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life but find it difficult or troublesome to get to the countryside and get some fresh air or see nature's sights? If you are in or near Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県), look no further than Chichibu City...

Across Tokyo and Saitama, there are a plethora of super sentos offering a range of different baths, jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and other ways to relax away from the madness of the metropolis. One popular super sento favourite is ganbanyoku (stone sauna) and in Kita-Urawa, Saitama one bath house...

While I was in Chichibu recently to enjoy the nice spring flower festival at Hitsujiyama Park (羊山公園) in May, I came across a nice yummy place for lunch (thanks to my dear friend for doing some checking up). This place seems popular with the locals but is not well...

One of the reasons why tourists come to Japan is to experience the country's culture as well as the local cuisine. If you have been to Japan, you may have noticed that the country is divided into both traditional and modern aspects. Keeping up with the times, but still...

With easy access - thanks to the train system in Japan - many people living in the vicinity of Tokyo can reach the capital's city center in no time. Warabi, a city in Saitama Prefecture is also one of those places that have easy access to Tokyo. But aside...

As the weather gets warmer and it starts to feel more like spring, we know it is the season of sakura (cherry blossoms). During sakura season, many tourists from all around the world visit Japan to enjoy the beauty of this iconic flower which has become the symbol of...

Spring is one of the best seasons to go trekking in the Japanese mountains as you have the chance to admire the beautiful spring flowers. Choosing which mountain to go trekking on can be very confusing as Japan is a mountainous country. If you're living near Tokyo, you can...

Miyazawako Onsen offers a tranquil bathing experience with their outside infinity baths overlooking Lake Miyazawa framed by the Chichibu hills in the backdrop. Located in the west of Saitama, this serene onsen is easily accessible from central Tokyo in around one hour. From Ikebukuro take the rapid Seibu Ikebukuro...

Having visited countless onsens across Japan, few rival the hidden gem of Hanasaki Spa in Haraichi, a short train ride from Omiya, Saitama's central hub. Omiya is easily accessible in just over 30 minutes from central Tokyo with the express Saikyo services running from Shinjuku. From Omiya, get on...

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