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.
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)
Taken in Chikozan Park by Ayumi Hirokawa
Tea 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.
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.
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
Mitsumine Shrine and mountains
Phlox subulata (Shibazakura) blooming in Hitsujiyama Park
Taken by Yuko Kobayashi Taken 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.
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
Japanese wisteria（藤 Fuji) is a species of flowering plant, native to Japan.
Kasukabe Hagoita Market
Held from Dec 21 until 23, 2016
Rice 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.
Temple in the mist *Taken by Isao Tokuhashi Taken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi
The sign says “Kasukabe-shuku on the Nikko Kaido Highway”. Kasukabe used to be a post town or post station during the Edo Period. A public bathroom. It mocks an Edo Period Inn. A family of “Crayon Shin-chan” expresses love for Kasukabe. This popular anime was set in this city. Taken 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.
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
Held on Nov 3, 2016. *Taken by Tomoyoshi Kato & Ayumi Hirokawa
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.
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
The 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.
Classic car exhibition which features De Lorean The DMC-12 “time machine” from the Back to the Future trilogy. *Taken by Masanori Tsuchibuchi
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.
Minami Valley, Tokigawa
Tokigawa is located in central Saitama Prefecture.
A city located in northern Saitama Prefecture.
People 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.
A 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.
Taken by Kumishna Ide Taken by Kenzo Suzuki
A town located in Chichibu District, Saitama Prefecture.
Whitewater rafting and boating
Saitama New Urban Center
A business district located in the City of Saitama.
Taken by Reina