5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla November 22nd, 2021 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Saitama, Japan soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Saitama with suggested tours!

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]
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The capital of the most populous city of Saitama-ken, Saitama city is the result of the merger of 3 cities of Urawa, Yono, and Ōmiya. Although it is not a common site to visit for tourists, there are still places available for exploration. And since the city is near Tokyo, it is very easy to reach via local train. Below is the list of the best things to do in Saitama, Japan.

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List of Best Things to do in Saitama, Japan

1. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Saitama

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]
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A beautiful bonsai museum. The museum has some beautiful bonsai trees. It is also very informative since bonsai techniques are shown. It is just unbelievable how many incredibly beautiful trees you can see here. The museum is not only an experience for bonsai fans; of course, you could become one after visiting. In any case, after visiting the museum, visit the other bonsai nurseries that are within walking distance. There is a route map in the museum.

2. Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

It is a bit far from Omiya Station, but this shrine is worth visiting. It is a shrine with a very sacred atmosphere. Very close to the shrine is another shrine called Matsuo and Omiya Park. There is also a museum and stadium nearby, so it’s a good idea to visit here then watch sports.

3. Omiya Park Zoo

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]
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At Omiya Park Zoo, there are no big animals such as elephants and giraffes, but there are many animals that children will love, such as squirrels, monkeys, mini pigs, capybaras, and rabbits. It’s a zoo loved by the locals and tourists will surely love this place too!

4. The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]
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Known as Momas (The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama), it is the first art museum of the architect Kurokawa Kisho designed. Some works, together with a beautiful fountain and a saxophone, are exposed in the park, where the visitor can appreciate. The illumination of the fountain at night attracts many tourists.

5. Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]
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It’s a very large park. There are many plum trees in the park, and there is also a baseball field, a soccer field, and a zoo with free admission. If the weather is nice, it becomes a place that’s perfect for relaxation and peace.

Where to stay in Saitama, Japan

Budget Hotel

Coco Stay Nishikawaguchi Ekimae

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]

Coco Stay Nishikawaguchi Ekimae offers modern accommodation in Kawaguchi, Saitama. Every room has air conditioning, a desk, an electric kettle, and free toiletries are provided. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared. There is a shared lounge with tables, chairs, and hammocks. There are several restaurants and convenience stores within a 2-minute walk from Coco Stay Nishikawaguchi Ekimae. Drinks and snacks vending machines are also available on site.

Price: Starts at $47 per night for a Double Room with Shared Bathroom – Non-Smoking, it includes taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

Luxury Hotel

Kawagoe Prince Hotel 

5 Best Things To Do in Saitama, Japan [with Suggested Tours]

Directly connected to Hon-Kawagoe Train Station, Kawagoe Prince Hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. Each room comes with a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge, and an electric kettle with tea bags. The en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and free toiletries. Etoile restaurant offers hearty buffets including a Japanese/Western breakfast buffet, while Kokiden serves lavish Chinese cuisine.

Price: Starts at $137 per night for a Standard Double Room – Non-Smoking, it includes taxes and charges, add $21 for breakfast, and it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Saitama, Japan. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Saitama.

Fun Facts About Saitama

  • Saitama was created in 2001 through the merger of 3 former cities namely; Urawa, Yono, and Ōmiya.
  • It is the capital of Saitama Prefecture.
  • Saitama is around 15-30 km north of Central Tokyo.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

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