About Saitama

Kumagaya is one of the main cities out in Saitama, a prefecture north of Tokyo that for Japanese has a no-nonsense working class image: playing New Jersey to Tokyo’s New York. There’s traditional Japanese culture to be found here too: Shodenzan is an unusually colourful Buddhist temple that is said to grant prayers for successful marriages, friendships and business relationships, and is surrounded by quaint old shops.

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  • Restaurant/Café

    Sample life-changing shaved ice

    One of the most popular purveyors of kakigori (shaved ice desserts) in the greater Tokyo region, Jigen is not a place you can just pop into. You’ll need to pick up a queue ticket at the shop from 7am or 9am depending on the season, and then make sure not to be late for your designated seating time.

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    Jigen

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    45 Nakacho, Kumagaya, Saitama

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    10am-4pm daily

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    Devour a different kind of sushi

    In business for a respectable 200 years, Morikawa specialises in inarizushi – balls of rice stuffed into soft, aromatic tofu pockets. This shop’s version is about twice the size and significantly sweeter than the kind you find at supermarkets, and tends to sell out around 2pm every day.

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    Morikawa Sushi

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    1523 Menuma, Kumagaya

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    9am until stocks last, closed Mon

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    Take part in a tea ceremony

    Following the walking path around the pond in this traditional Japanese garden is the ideal way to admire its seasonal greenery. Entrance is free, and tea ceremonies are held regularly at the three rest houses on the grounds.

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    Seikeien

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    32 Kamakuracho, Kumagaya 360-0046

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    9am-4pm, closed Mon

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    Rave about roasted tea

    If you like hojicha (roasted green tea), a visit to Buichi near Menuma Shodenzan temple should definitely be on your itinerary. Besides roasted tea leaves, the shop offers a mouth-watering range of takeaway desserts, including hojicha latte and creamy hojicha gelato.

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    Kogashi Buichi

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    1536 Menuma, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0201

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    Wed-Fri 11am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5.30pm, closed Mon-Tue

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    Learn more about natural wine

    This standing-only bar dedicated to natural wine can be a little hard to find, but will reward intrepid epicureans handsomely. The resident sommelier has worked at wineries in France, New Zealand, Italy and Japan, and has a knack for describing each wine as if it were an old friend. The roughly 3,000 bottles in stock can also be purchased.

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    Benny’s Place

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    2-52 Yayoi, Kumagaya

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    Mon-Sat 5pm-12midnight, Sun 12pm-5pm

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    Power up with a pancake

    A curious local delicacy, Kumagaya’s ‘fry-yaki’ is a savoury pancake that usually features pork and leek but can also be topped with seafood, veg and/or eggs. It may look like a small snack, but it’s quite filling, perfect for foodies with a big appetite.

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    Koyama Shokudo

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    2-30 Hoshikawa, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0043

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    11am-7pm, closed Mon

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    Slurp like a local

    The quick service, ideal location (inside Kumagaya Station) and low prices mean that the ten seats along the counter at this simple udon (wheat noodle) joint are always occupied. Kumatamaya’s most popular dish is ‘niku negi tsukejiru udon’ (¥600): cold noodles made from 100 percent local wheat, served with a hot dipping sauce topped with pork and leek.

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    Kumatamaya

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    1-202-1 Sakuragicho, Kumagaya, Saitama

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    10.30am-8pm daily

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    Partake in local pub culture

    A cultural hub run by a local music lover, this cosy bar is a safe choice if you’re looking to kick off the evening with a few cold ones. In business for 28 years, it offers a plentiful drink menu and tasty pub grub, from small bites to pizza and pasta.

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    Dog’s nose

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    2-111 Tsukuba, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0037

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    6pm-2am closed Mon

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    Enjoy the big game over dinner

    A self-proclaimed ‘rugby izakaya’ on the fifth floor of a building connected to the Kumagaya Station complex, this spacious spot lets you catch the action on a TV screen while munching on teppanyaki treats from steak to ‘tonpeiyaki’ (pork omelette). The restaurant is also open for lunch.

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    Teppachi Hakkai

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    AZ Kumagai 5F, 2-115 Tsukuba, Kumagaya 360-0037, Saitama

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    Mon-Fri 11am-3pm & 4pm-11.30pm, Sat 4pm-11.30pm, Sun 11am-11pm

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    Catch a match

    One of the few rugby-only stadiums in Japan, the Kumagaya Stadium is well known for its annual high school competitions held in spring. It was renovated in 2018 and now has a capacity for about 24,000 spectators. It also hosts international rugby matches, so if there’s a game here while you’re in town, do consider checking it out.

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    Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

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    810 Kamikawakami, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0004

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    Study up on Buddhist symbolism

    Designated a national treasure of Japan, the Shodendo hall is the centrepiece of this temple, which is particularly popular among worshippers looking for luck in love. Paying the ¥700 entrance fee is worth it, as the hall is decorated with a variety of curious-looking sculptures. Book a free guided tour (in English) to find out what they stand for.

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    Menuma Shodenzan

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    1511 Menuma, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0201

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    11am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

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    Find bliss in pancakes

    Organic wheat, local eggs and other top-quality Saitama ingredients are whipped into perfectly soft, mouth-watering and aromatic pancakes at this cosy café. The piles of pure goodness come topped with a generous serving of vanilla ice cream.

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    Hoshikawa Cafe

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    1-7-7 Hoshikawa, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0043

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    11am-5pm, closed Mon

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    Eat a football for dessert

    Edible rugby balls, anyone? This traditional Japanese dessert dealer offers several options for fans with a sweet tooth, including a soft cake filled with red bean paste and coated with white and green tea chocolate. Pick up Hanaougi’s ball-shaped ‘All Out Try’ gift box for a full set of their rugby-themed sweets.

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    Hanaougi

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    3-15-15 Nakanishi, Kumagaya, Saitama

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    10am-8pm daily

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    Create a truly unique souvenir

    Housed in a former high school, this cultural centre offers classes in traditional Kumagaya-zome dyeing. Classes are held about ten times per month, and you can choose to try either the ‘yuzen’ (painting directly onto a cloth) or the ‘komon’ (pattern-dyeing with paper) technique.

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    Kumapia

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    315 Harajima, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0811

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    10am-2pm

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    Soak in supreme comfort

    About ten types of baths and saunas await weary travellers at Hanayu, a vast shrine to relaxation where many of the tubs are outdoors, offering views of the facility’s Japanese garden. Hop from the ‘silk bath’ to the hot stone sauna and you’ll end up spending the entire day soaking.

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    Hanayu Spa Resort

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    1005 Kamino, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0012

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    Sun-Thu 10am-11pm (last entry 10.30pm), Fri-Sat 10am-9am the next day (last entry 12midnight)

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    Dig deep for fine discs

    Fans of Japanese indie tunes can spend hours going through the selection at this superbly stocked CD store, where a patient digger can discover gems that aren’t readily available on online streaming services. If you still own a CD player, More Records merits a visit.

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    More Records

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    Kanazawa Bldg 2F, 2-63 Nakacho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0845

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    12pm-9pm, closed Mon

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    Taste local fish the traditional way

    Saitama’s lack of coastline means that freshwater fish has always been a big part of the local diet. The river delicacies are best savoured at eel eatery Yamazakiya, which has been going strong since the Edo era (1603-1868). Besides grilled eel over rice, specialities here include various carp dishes.

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    Yamazakiya

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    1-10-8 Nakacho, Urawa, Saitama, 330-0062

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    11.30am-2pm & 5pm-7.30pm, closed Mon-Tue

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    Travel back to the 19th century

    Huffing and puffing the distance between Kumagaya and Mitsumineguchi stations once per day on the weekends, the SL (steam locomotive) Paleo Express is always popular and requires a special ticket to ride. We recommend booking a non-reserved seat on the Chichibu Railway’s website and heading to the platform well before departure time.

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    SL Paleo Express

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    Kumagaya station – Mitsumineguchi station

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    Down a pint of local ale

    Saitama has earned quite a reputation for its beer scene, and Hikawa no Mori is one of the prefecture’s best brewpubs. You’ll find about ten original brews on tap at all times, of which one or two types change weekly. We love their eponymous flagship beer Saitama Sodachi, made entirely with Saitama-produced ingredients.

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    Hikawa no Mori

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    1-36-1 Takahanacho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0803

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    Mon & Wed-Fri 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sat 4pm-10.30pm, Sun 12pm-8pm, closed Tue

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    Delve into the history of Manga

    Built on the site where pioneering cartoonist Rakuten Kitazawa (1876-1955) lived out his life, this museum highlights Kitazawa’s caricatures, comic strips and other works, which helped form the foundation of Japan’s manga culture. The exhibits offer an interesting look into the early days of modern comics in Japan.

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    Municipal Cartoon Art Museum

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    150 Bonsai-cho, Kita, Saitama 331-0805

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    9am-4.30pm daily

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    Hang out at a strange soba shop

    Once a storehouse for fabric used to make Gyoda’s famed ‘tabi’ socks, this sturdy structure now houses a soba noodle eatery that also serves ‘fried jelly’ – a curious croquette-like creation made with potato and tofu refuse.

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    Chujirogura

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    1-4-6 Shinobu, Gyoda, Saitama 361-0077

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    11am-2pm, closed Mon

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    Feel the flower power

    While various flowers lend it colour throughout the year, this woody field along the Koma River is at its most spectacular during the second half of September, when the blooms of a whopping five million red spider lilies cover the area with a stunning red carpet.

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    Kinchakuda

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    125-2 Komahongo, Hidaka, Saitama 350-1251

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    8am-5pm daily

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    Pray at the shrine in the sky

    Perched on a mountainside 1,100m above sea level, Mitsumine Shrine exudes a mysterious aura. After passing through the main gate, which is guarded by wolf statues, you can walk for about an hour and a half to reach the innermost shrine building – but remember to wear shoes appropriate for the unpaved path.

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    Mitsumine Shrine

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    298-1 Mitsumine, Chichibu, Saitama 369-1902

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    6.30am-5pm daily

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    Move to the music

    Looking to dance until dawn? Located right by Omiya Station, 444quad puts on a diverse range of parties and other events, with the sweatiest sessions usually taking place on weekend nights. Note that you’ll need to be 20 or older to enter – picture ID required.

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    444quad

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    4F Hana no Shimamura Bldg, 4-4 Miyacho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0802

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    7pm-5pm daily

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    Take a breather with the fam

    Formerly a travelling coffee salesman, the owner of Cafe Uwaito decided to open a brick- and-mortar café after noticing the dearth of such establishments in his native Urawa. Children’s chairs and picture books contribute to the family-friendly mood, while the delectable desserts are made with seasonal fruit.

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    Cafe Uwaito

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    4 Chome-2-18 Kishicho, Urawa, Saitama 330-0064

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    Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-6pm, closed Thu

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    Meet the Moomins

    Saitama’s latest family-friendly attraction opened on March 16, 2019 and is a must-visit for fans of the adorable Moomintrolls. Highlights include an interactive theatre, a 400m zip line stretching across the surface of Lake Miyazawa, and the obligatory studio for snapping photos with the Moomins themselves.

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    Moomin Valley Park

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    431-3-58 Miyazawa, Hanno, Saitama 357-0001

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    10am-8pm daily

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    Marvel at rice paddy art

    Blessed with an abundance of paddy fields, the city of Gyoda has been using some of its agricultural land as a gigantic outdoor art gallery since 2008. Created using rice plants of differing colours, these images are too big to make out from ground level, so you’ll need to climb the tower here (¥400, ¥200 for children aged 6-15) to view them in their full glory. While mid July is the best time to visit, the images remain visible until mid October.

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    Kodai Hasu no Sato

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    2375-1 Kobari, Gyoda, Saitama 361-0024

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    7am-4.30pm daily

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    Watch a movie at a sake brewery

    A 300-year-old sake brewery turned arthouse movie theatre, the 60-seat Fukaya Cinema screens three or four flicks daily. Paying an extra ¥1,000 gets you access to the special soundproof room in the back, which is ideal for families with small children.

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    Fukaya Cinema

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    9-12 Fukayacho, Fukaya, Saitama 366-0825

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    Walk down a sacred path

    Passing through a torii gate, you’d usually expect to find a shrine soon after. Not so at Musashi Ichinomiya, where the 2km approach from the first gate to the main sanctuary is lined with about 650 trees, making for an impressive 30-minute stroll through the greenery.

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    Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

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    1-407 Takahanacho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0803

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    5.30am-5.30pm (March, April, September and October), 5am-6pm (May-August), 6am-5pm (November-February)

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    Sit down in the midst of art

    Boasting a collection of works by Monet, Chagall, Picasso and many Japanese masters, this distinctive structure in Kita-Urawa Park makes for an art experience that is both impressive and comfortable – thanks to the many stylish chairs scattered around the rooms for visitors to rest on. The museum also arranges workshops for children and their parents.

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    The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

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    9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-0061

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    10am-5.30pm, closed Mon

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    Drive the shinkansen

    Heaven on earth for train geeks, this massive museum tells the history of Japan’s railways from steam locomotives to the shinkansen through exhibits that include 36 actual railway cars, a spacious kids’ area and a bullet train simulator, plus a shop selling 12 kinds of authentic station bento boxes.

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    The Railway Museum

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    3-47 Onaricho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0852

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    10am-6pm

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    Sleep at a temple

    Escape the modern world up in the mountains of Chichibu, where the 700-year- old Taiyoji Temple invites weary visitors to meditate, eat healthy Buddhist cuisine and stay the night at the temple (¥9,500 per night). The resident monk will pick you up at Mitsumineguchi Station, from where it’s a 25-minute drive up the mountain. Bookings can be made in English.

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    Taiyoji Temple

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    459 Otaki, Chichibu, Saitama 369-1901

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    Make a pit stop at the pasta counter

    Come for the freshly made noodles served ramen-style from behind the counter, stay (on Sundays) for the mind-bending ‘Napoli de melon’ – melon pan (a dry, melon-shaped bun) stuffed with Japanese-style ‘Napolitan’ spaghetti. Add a sprinkle of tabasco to the curious combo of sweet bread and ketchup- flavoured pasta for best results.

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    Pasta House Sakana no Kimochi

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    7-24 Niizutsumi, Minuma, Saitama, 337-0013

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    11am-3pm & 6pm-9pm, closed Thu

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    Enjoy sake at the bottle shop

    When this 126-year-old liquor store ended up with an empty storage space next door, the owners made the obvious decision and turned the extra room into a bar, where you can now drink sake on the cheap (¥350-600 per cup). About 10 to 15 cold and warm varieties are available at all times, along with a few booze-compatible eats.

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    Sakaya no Tonari

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    2-403 Sakuragicho, Omiya, Saitama, 330-0854

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    5pm-10pm, closed Sun

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  • Things to do

    Dive deep into the world of bonsai

    If miniature trees are your thing, missing out on this museum simply isn’t an option. Enthusiasts from around the world come for its weekly changing exhibits of about 60 bonsai and a stroll in the picturesque bonsai garden. Audio guide is available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

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    The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum

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    2-24-3 Torocho, Kita Ward, Saitama, 331-0804

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    9am-4pm, closed Thu

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    Create your own paper

    Spend the day learning all there is to know about traditional ‘washi’ paper at the Ogawa Washi Centre, where you can also create a washi postcard of your own and admire an extensive collection of other paper products. Note that all washi-making classes need to be booked in advance by calling 0493 72 7262.

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    Ogawa Washi Centre

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    Ogawa 1220, Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture

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    9.30am-5pm, closed Mon and over New Year Holidays

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    Embark on a wet adventure

    Gliding down the river in a traditional Japanese boat, you may be tempted to try snapping a few Instagram-worthy shots of the gorgeous Nagatoro nature. But don’t get too carried away: the 20-minute ride also includes a few sudden rapids.

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    Rafting in Nagatoro

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    869-8 Azanuma, Nagatoro, Chichibu, Saitama 369-1305

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    Say cheers with the locals

    Open from 10am, this homely izakaya oozes nostalgia and gets packed with local boozehounds as early as noon on weekdays. If you can’t read the menu, written on paper slips hanging haphazardly around the room, just ask for whatever your neighbour’s having – it’ll most likely be delicious.

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    Izumiya Honten

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    1-43 Daimoncho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0846

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    10am-10.15pm

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    Get your greens in booze form

    Over 100 kinds of craft gin and more than 300 varieties of whisky await liquor connoisseurs at Sazerac, a gem of a bar hidden close to Omiya Station. Those partial to cocktails should try the vegetable-based concoctions, made with locally grown produce. The cover charge is ¥500.

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    The Bar Sazerac

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    5F-B 2-42 Nakacho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0845

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    7pm-5am, closed Thu

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    Opt for a wilder view

    Thrill-seekers of all ages will find plenty to get excited about at the new Chichibu Geo Gravity Park, where you can experience the natural beauty of the Arakawa Valley by zip-lining across it or traversing the 50m-high, 100m-long suspension bridge. Entry is ¥3,000.

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    Chichibu Geo Gravity Park

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    730-4 Arakawaniegawa, Chichibu, Saitama 369-1911

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    9am-5pm daily

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    Feast with the sleepless in Omiya

    Famished at 3am? Make a beeline for this 24-hour coffee shop, which is renowned more for its giant food portions than its joe. The eclectic menu ranges from old-school favourites such as omelette over rice and Japanese-style spaghetti to Thai, Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines, plus a few select delicacies from the owner’s native Okinawa.

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    Hakushakutei

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    1-46 Miyacho, Omiya, Saitama 330-0802

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    24 hours daily

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    Live the country life

    How about swapping your hotel comfort for tilling fields, cooking meals over a wood-fired stove and gathering around the fireplace to eat? An old country home turned haven for temporary refugees from the modern world, Corot offers both daytime experiences (10am-4pm, ¥1,200, ¥800 for children aged 3-12) and overnight stays (5pm-9am, ¥4,300/¥2,800).

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    Corot

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    2040 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-1145

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  • Things to do

    Fish for good fortune

    Said to have been established way back in the year 541, Kawagoe Hikawa is a ‘love shrine’ popular with couples and hopeful singles alike. Use a wooden lure to pull out a cute, fish-themed ‘omikuji’ fortune slip from one of the pots at the shrine grounds.

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    Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

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    2-11-3 Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0052

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    9am-5pm

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    Stick a spud in your soft serve

    Sweet potato soft serve is available throughout Kawagoe, but no rival can compete with Kenpi’s extremely Instagram-friendly version, which comes with a tasty ‘karinto’ (deep-fried sweet potato) snack stuck into the ice cream. It’s also petite enough to finish, even after a lengthy street food stroll.

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    Kawagoe Kenpi Workshop Store

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    2-93 Moto-machi, Kawagoe,Saitama

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    10am-5pm

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    Satisfy your potato cravings

    Kawagoe is famed for its sweet potatoes, which dominate the ‘mini-kaiseki’ tasting menu at this unique restaurant. The singularly focused meal begins with a potato cocktail (or potato tea), includes spuds in fried, stewed and boiled forms, and ends with a serving of sweet potato ice cream. Note that the mini-kaiseki is only available between 11.45am and 3pm (or until ingredients run out).

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    Torokko

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    7-1 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063

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    Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

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  • Art & Culture

    Spot street-level art

    You’ll be tempted to stare at the gorgeous scenery when visiting Kawagoe, but do remember to look down every once in a while, too: many of the town’s manhole covers are decorated with local motifs, including the iconic Toki no Kane bell tower.

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    Designer manhole covers

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    Munch on a famous rice ball

    Spotting a queue in Kawagoe usually means you’re getting close to Nakaichi Honten. Every day, hordes of visitors wait patiently in front of this shop for their ‘yaki-onigiri’ (¥250) – grilled rice balls seasoned with soy sauce and fish flakes. Available from noon every day, they usually sell out before closing time.

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    Nakaichi Honten

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    5-2 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063

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    10am-7pm, closed Wed

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  • Shopping

    Shop for colourful candy

    In business for well over a century, this venerable candy store deals in about 50 kinds of handmade, mainly hard drops. Our favourite is the ‘kumiame’, a long stick that can be cut into small pieces to reveal a cute picture of a flower, fruit or something even quirkier. If you’re lucky, you might spot the candy-makers at work behind the glass.

    Venue name:

    Tamariki Seika

    Contact:

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    Address:

    2 Chome-7-7 Motomachi, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0062

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    Opening hours:

    10am-5pm, closed Mon

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  • Restaurant/Café

    Sip your latte by a Japanese garden

    Starbucks is everywhere in Japan, but few of the ubiquitous coffee giant’s shops fit in as perfectly with their surroundings as this one. Its modern Japanese architecture, inner garden and terrace seats make it hard to believe you’re sitting in a multinational chain café.

    Venue name:

    Starbucks Coffee Kawagoe Kanetsuki-dori

    Contact:

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    Address:

    15-18 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063

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    Opening hours:

    8am-8pm daily

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  • Shopping

    Get the authentic look

    Strolling the streets of Kawagoe in kimono is high on many visitors’ to-do lists. Vivian offers kimono rental and hair arrangement for only ¥2,160 (¥3,240 for men), including underwear, ‘geta’ sandals and accessories, and is conveniently located right in the middle of old Kawagoe.

    Venue name:

    Coedo Vivian

    Contact:

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    Address:

    14-5 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063

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    Opening hours:

    10am-5pm, closed Tue

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