Largely residential prefecture north of Tokyo with almost one million people commuting into the capital for work each day. Perhaps a little unfairly, Saitama’s image suffers a little from many thinking of it as a concrete extension of the capital, but especially to the west of the prefecture there are a number of spots and areas of cultural interest and beauty such as Kawagoe and Chichibu.

Key Attractions

Omiya Bonsai Village

Omiya Bonsai Village (大宮盆栽村, Ōmiya Bonsaimura) is a small bonsai nursery precinct in Bonsaicho in Saitama started by…
The Omiya Bonsai Museums and gardens are closed on Thursdays.

Kawagoe

Known as “Little Edo”, Kawagoe (川越) was both a strategic post in the Kanto region and a key…

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

The world’s first publicly run museum dedicated to bonsai near Saitama’s Omiya Bonsai Village. It was opened in…
9:00-16:30 March-October. 9:00-16:00 November-February. Closed on Thursday unless a national holiday.
Adults ¥310 with discounts for students and children
Events & Festivals in the Area

Animelo Summer Live

Late Aug 2021
The world’s biggest anime song festival. “Animelo” performers are singers who specialize in singing and voicing anime games,…

Manjushage Matsuri

Mid 〜 Late Sep 2021
Manjushage is a deep red flower known as “Red Spider Lily” or “Red Magic Lily” and fields of…

Omiya Bonsai Festival

Early May 2022
The annual Omiya Bonsai Matsuri is held in the world famous Omiya Bonsai Village in Kita-ku, Saitama. The…
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