Saitama Prefecture


Part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama’s cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo.  


Gyokuzoin Temple, Saitama City

Founded by Kukai, a Japanese Buddhist monk who founded the Shingon (真言) or “True Word” school of Buddhism in early Heian Period.

Taken by Masayuki Shimamoto  



A well known tea growing region, producing Sayama Tea.

Shidare-ume (枝垂れ梅, Weeping plum)  

Sanshuyu (山茱萸, Japanese cornelian cherry)  

Hakumokuren (白木蓮, Yulan magnolia)  

Mansaku (満作/万作, Witch hazel)  

Taken in Chikozan Park by Ayumi Hirokawa  

18056991_10154613222412404_629148261089724431_n18056654_10154613222332404_373142874067821268_nTea plants put forth leaves in spring. *Taken by Makoto Yamamoto  



The city is in the westernmost part of Saitama. It is Saitama’s largest municipality in terms of surface area and shares borders with Tokyo, Yamanashi, Nagano and Gunma Prefectures.

Ashigakubo Icicles

Lit up on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the period of January 6 to February 25, from about 4 pm to 8 pm.

Taken by Masayuki Shimamoto  

The Icicles of Misotsuchi

The winter beauty spot featuring natural ice sculptures in frozen pure water flowing over rock. The icicles are lit up at night during the period.
Reference source: Chichibu Area Tourism Organization

Taken by Nobuo Iizuka  

Mitsumine Shrine and mountains

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Phlox subulata (Shibazakura) blooming in Hitsujiyama Park

秩父 kobayashiTaken by Yuko Kobayashi 秩父 yamaguchi 2秩父 yamaguchi 1Taken by Sazuka Yamaguchi  



A town located in the central Kanto region.

Bean scattering, a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. *Taken at Kijin Shrine on Feb 3, 2018 by Ayumi Hirokawa  



One of ten wards of the city of Saitama. It is the most active commercial and business centre in both Saitama City and Saitama Prefecture thanks to its transport infrastructure, especially railways connected at Omiya Station.

Hikawa Shrine

According to the shrine’s tradition, the shrine was established during the reign of Emperor Kosho (孝昭天皇) in 473 BC.

Tied o-mikuji (お神籤), random fortunes written on strips of paper. When the prediction is bad, it is a custom to fold up the strip of paper and attach it to a pine tree or a wall of metal wires alongside other bad fortunes in the temple or shrine grounds. He/she can also tie it to the tree or wires so that the fortune has a greater effect or he/she can keep it for luck.

Ema (絵馬, lit. “picture-horse”), small wooden plaques, in which Shinto and Buddhist worshippers write prayers or wishes. The ema are left hanging up at the shrine, where the kami (spirits or gods) are believed to receive them.

Taken by Kumiko Hirama  



A city in eastern Saitama Prefecture, approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Tokyo.

Kyrgyz ger placed in a house yard for a party. *Taken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi  

Summer festival goers. *Taken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi  


Wisteria trellis(藤棚)

Japanese wisteria(藤 Fuji) is a species of flowering plant, native to Japan.

18222624_996799310457371_2774903657722904261_n 18199420_996799013790734_9044812758280214624_n 18194921_996799197124049_888207896701756085_nTaken by Ayumi Hirokawa  

11178610_701871773252342_169099264_n11208967_701871769919009_498329116_nTaken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi  


Kasukabe Hagoita Market

Held from Dec 21 until 23, 2016

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13118932_861261723980012_8303781068646528746_nRice planting has been done. Grains will be harvested in autumn. *Taken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi  


Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel

Known as “Underground Temple”, which is the world’s largest underground flood water diversion facility.

IMG_2377Temple in the mist *Taken by Isao Tokuhashi 11051299_682705605168959_1910842296_n11084610_682705601835626_2118802528_n11087959_682705595168960_1094925639_nTaken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi  


10966662_660505584055628_1898859418_nThe sign says “Kasukabe-shuku on the Nikko Kaido Highway”. Kasukabe used to be a post town or post station during the Edo Period. 10984795_660504180722435_1990560289_nA public bathroom. It mocks an Edo Period Inn. 10984864_660503484055838_2094548768_nA family of “Crayon Shin-chan” expresses love for Kasukabe. This popular anime was set in this city. 10961741_655496897889830_1262584164_n10958867_655499684556218_735776783_nTaken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi  



Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park

Located in a hilly region of central Saitama Prefecture, approximately 60 kilometers from central Tokyo. It is also known as Shinrin Koen.

Taken by Ayumi Hirokawa  


Iruma Air Base

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force base located in the city of Sayama.

Iruma Air Festival


Held on Nov 3, 2017. *Taken by Ayumi Hirokawa  


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It is located in the Arakawa River drainage basins.

Fields filled with red spider lilies or Chinese mànzhū shā huá. *Taken by Ayumi Hirokawa  



It is located on the southern border of Saitama Prefecture, bordered by the Tokyo metropolis to the south and the Chichibu region (the westernmost part of Saitama) to the west.

Taken from Mt.Tenran  

The statue of Astro Boy.
*Taken by Ayumi Hirokawa



It is known locally as “Little Edo” (“Koedo”) after the old name for Tokyo, due to its many historic buildings.

Taken by Isao Tokuhashi  

Hundreds of furin (風鈴, wind chimes) are suspended over the corridor. Those are called “Enmusubi Furin” (縁結び風鈴, wind chimes for matchmaking). *Taken by Akira Tamachi  

14225491_887125214753766_7788716273208863827_n14291832_887125098087111_7245538356538053803_nTaken by Takeaki Higashiyama  

12696182_583584228462820_454713576_n12742159_583546111799965_1121069357791850702_nThe Bell Tower, originally built between 1624 and 1644. *Taken by Kazuhiro Hayakawa  


Tobu Zoo, Miyashiro/Shiraoka

A hybrid amusement park located 40 minutes from Asakusa Station by express train.

Regina, wooden roller coaster. *Taken by Akira Tamachi  



Located at the convergence of Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures.

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Heirinji Temple, Niiza

The temple moved to the current place in 1663. It was founded originally in Iwatsuki, Saitama in 1375 and was destroyed in 1590 during an attack on Iwatsuki Castle by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was rebuilt in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu and moved to Niiza sixty years later.

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Minami Valley, Tokigawa

Tokigawa is located in central Saitama Prefecture.

14991817_884325471704756_3069459676525638819_n15032785_884325451704758_1843448518065418100_nTaken by Ayumi Hirokawa  



A city located in northern Saitama Prefecture.

14484650_858931847577452_7114240364121975408_n14517610_858931880910782_8341376055255931672_n14595660_858931924244111_6559410887539297276_n14479626_858931950910775_8583029669637518758_nPeople riding on 1/10 scale steam locomotive. *Taken by Ayumi Hirokawa  



Located in central Saitama Prefecture on the upper reaches of the Arakawa River. It is noted for its strawberry production and the hundred caves.

14470474_853838624753441_8805484513548097509_n 14457257_853838558086781_2745891594805117780_n 14494898_853838598086777_6936468063999391561_nA park filled with red magic lilies or Chinese mànzhū shā huá. *Taken by Ayumi Hirokawa  


Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

A park extends along a pouch-shaped rice field (Kinchakuda, 巾着田)embraced by the river. It is just spectacular to see over a million red spider lilies(Manjushage, 曼珠沙華)blossoming out together in Kinchakuda along the river. The best time to view the blossom is from the middle of September to the middle of October. The park is located in Hidaka, 70km away from the Central Tokyo.

12003247_1055033057861287_7028556439020160626_n (1)12002257_1055033857861207_3573664393010600845_n (1)Taken by Kumishna Ide 12049315_10201193872686052_4609050260550395732_n (1)11951934_10201193873486072_6256857876016519134_nTaken by Kenzo Suzuki  



A town located in Chichibu District, Saitama Prefecture.

Whitewater rafting and boating

11208875_702931319834427_1827667182_nTaken by Sazuka Yamaguchi  


Saitama New Urban Center

A business district located in the City of Saitama.

995651_766107546809283_878069867887968465_nTaken by Reina