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Step into the City of Warabi and Experience a Place Buzzing with Diversity!

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 from easy access, there is also…

Trek Into the Evergreen Forest of Saitama’s Mount Buko This Spring!

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 go to Mt. Buko which is…

Soak In the Baths While Soaking In the View at Miyazawako Onsen

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 line to the final stop, Hanno…

Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Day at Hanasaki Spa in Saitama

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 the New Shuttle and in ten…

Relax in One of Tokyo’s Best Hot Springs and Spas: Gorakuyu Wako

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 Japan’s largest spa operators with 38…

The Little Edo Town in Kawagoe, Saitama

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.” It is considered as a satellite city of Tokyo. It can take about 30 minutes ride from the Ikebukuro station or an hour from Shinjuku station.…