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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...

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...

Gokuraku literally translates as land of bliss and specifically refers to Sukhavati, Amitabha's pure land in Mahayana Buddhism. It may be a stretch of the imagination to declare Gokuraku-yu a paradise but nonetheless the spa chain provides excellent facilities for a few relaxing hours. The company is one of...

When the conventional Tokyo meets the classic Tokyo, a quirky little town is formed and it is called, Kawagoe. This town is also called "Little Edo" or "Little Tokyo." tokyobling.files.wordpress.com/ It is considered as a satellite city of Tokyo. It can take about 30 minutes ride from the Ikebukuro station...

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