Saitama

Restaurant Guide in Saitama

Saitama prefecture is located in the northern part of the Kanto region. It is an inland prefecture and does not face the ocean. The capital city of Saitama is the only inland city that is designated by cabinet order. The population becomes increasingly concentrated toward the south of the prefecture as it is adjacent to Tokyo while in the northern part of th

e prefecture, there are more agricultural lands, and this contract characterizes the prefecture. The area in and around Kawagoe city and Saitama city are only about 40 minutes away from central Tokyo. Tradition and modernity coexist in the areas around Kawagoe and Saitama cities. While Kawagoe city is called “Little Edo” as the old townscape still remains, in Saitama city, there are large scale event and commercial facilities such as the Seibu Dome, Sonic City, and Saitama Super Arena. The “Railway Museum” in Saitama city is a popular spot that attracts railroad fans. Chichibu city, which is about an hour and a half away from the metropolitan area, is popular among young people as it is the location of a popular animation series. There are many recreational facilities that incorporate the rich natural environment in the surrounding area, and visitors can enjoy camping, rafting, and river rafting in Nagatoro. Also, since most of the 34 Chichibu pilgrimage sites are located in the suburbs of the city, many people go on pilgrimage as though they are going hiking. Hidaka city that developed from an ancient district established by Goryeo people is known for the Kinchakuda-Manjushage Park where rows of red spider lilies extend in full bloom in the fall to offer a magnificent view. Old temples and shrines with a long history are scattered in Kumagaya city since it flourished as a post station during the Edo period. Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival held every summer attracts many visitors both from the city and other places. Since the weather is mostly clear throughout the year and there are vast plains in Saitama, vegetable farming has been thriving since long ago. As such, the food culture here features consumption of udon noodles and sweet potatoes. Kase udon, Kawagoe potatoes, and Soka senbei (rice crackers) are local specialties.

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