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Anna Kraskovska

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Welcome travel fans! I’ve been traveling around the world for 20 years and most of my trips were to Asia. I think I have been crazy about Japan since I was a child and I will be happy to share this passion with you…

We collected the best sights, wildlife sanctuaries and hidden “gems” not only in Saitama city, but in Saitama prefecture which is a part of the Greater Tokyo area located just north-west of Tokyo with a population of 7,3 million people. It’s a land of magic nature, ancient temples, and friendly people. Saitama remained in the shadow of Tokyo for a long time due to its close location and preserved its charm without being not overvisited as Tokyo. It’s a land of hidden “gems” famous for many shrines and temples, fabulous nature sights, delicious food and sake breweries.

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Saitama overview

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Saitama overview

Purpose: visiting top sights & hidden “gems”

1-2 days

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Expert tips in Saitama

Anna Kraskovska

Visit or not

100% yes! I encourage you to book at least 2 days for this hidden “gem”. It’s a magic land famous for many shrines and temples, fabulous nature sights, delicious food and sake breweries.

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Choose for family trip

This prefecture is a perfect destination if you have kids and want them to discover the true Japan and the beauty of our planet, but not just typical amusement parks and attractions like DisneyLand.

 

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Rent a car

To cover the most interesting sights of Saitama and be mobile I recommend renting a car. Most of the “gems” are located a bit far from each other and car will be essential.

What we propose

Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska


Expert Japan

Let us create your perfect itinerary!

Contact us now and we'll begin creating your one-of-a-kind itinerary, tailored specifically to your preferences and needs.

Our expert travel planners will craft a unique, custom route that includes all the must-see sights and hidden gems, divided by day and with a clear route from A to Z.

  • We'll save you time by doing all the research and planning for you.

  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren't typically found in guidebooks.

  • Your itinerary will be fully customized to your interests, preferences, and travel style.

  • We'll provide you with all the essential details, such as transportation options, recommended accommodations, and restaurant reservations.

  • You'll have access to ongoing support from our team throughout your entire trip, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable experience.

  • The cost of our service is only $190

Contact us now to start planning your dream trip and get all the details and answers to your questions.

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Great Food Experience

Private restaurant 0760 ($$$ - moderate to expensive)

Private restaurant 0760 ($$$ - moderate to expensive)

2 Chome-108-3 Miyacho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0802, Japan 〒330-0802 埼玉県さいたま市大宮区宮町2丁目108-3

It’s a hidden “gem” that offers really delicious food and a cozy atmosphere. Best for couples or a group of people who do not want to be disturbed. Amazing Japanese food with a touch of western style and good quality wine.

Omiya Kitchen ($$ - moderate)

Omiya Kitchen ($$ - moderate)

Japan, 〒330-0846 Saitama, Omiya Ward, Daimoncho, 1 Chome−61‐1 DK大宮ビル 4F

Remarkable place with a wide choice of craft beer, great food, private seats, unlimited drinking option (for 2 hours), perfect service and even balcony seat.

Sushi Kappo Sansui ($$ - cheap to moderate)

Sushi Kappo Sansui ($$ - cheap to moderate)

2 Chome-788 Nisshincho, Kita Ward, Saitama, 331-0823, Japan 〒331-0823 埼玉県さいたま市北区日進町2丁目788

Authentic sushi in a very pleasant atmosphere and good service. They also have vegetarian sushi options and plenty of seafood.

Uo Hide ($$$ - moderate to expensive)

Uo Hide ($$$ - moderate to expensive)

1 Chome-23-6 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0004, Japan 〒180-0004 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町1丁目23−6

One more hidden “gem” with unbeatable uniqueness in terms of ambience, music vibe, friendly service, exterior and fabulous seafood. It's a very authentic Japanese izakaya. Highly recommended!

Shopping Malls

Cocoon City

Cocoon City

4 Chome-263-1 Kishikicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0843, Japan 〒330-0843 埼玉県さいたま市大宮区吉敷町4丁目263-1

It’s a very big modern mall with popular global chain retailers, grocery stores, and restaurants.

AEON Urawa Misono

AEON Urawa Misono

Japan, 〒336-0967 Saitama, Midori Ward, Misono, 5-chome−50−1 〒336-0967 埼玉県さいたま市緑区美園5丁目50−1

An excellent shopping mall to spend time with family, doing some shopping, playing, trying food in many different cafes and restaurants.

Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma

Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma

3169-1 Miyadera, Iruma, Saitama 358-8515, Japan 〒358-8515 埼玉県入間市宮寺3169-1

It’s a medium-sized outlet with a variety of well-known brand stores and many options to eat for very reasonable prices.

LaLaport Shin Misato

LaLaport Shin Misato

3 Chome-1-1 Shinmisatorara City, Misato, Saitama 341-8550, Japan 〒341-8550 埼玉県三郷市新三郷ららシティ3丁目1−1

It’s a huge shopping mall with many options for kids activities, many different stores (foods, cloth, toys, shoes, etc.) and a view on Mt. Fuji. A very good choice for ramen.

Shopping Streets

Ōyama Happy Road Shopping Street

Ōyama Happy Road Shopping Street

49-1 Oyamacho, Itabashi City, Tokyo 173-0023, Japan 〒173-0023 東京都板橋区大山町49−1

It’s a great shopping arcade full of plenty of local shops, salons, bakeries, cafes & restaurants.

Yanaka Ginza

Yanaka Ginza

3 Chome-13-1 Yanaka, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0001, Japan 〒110-0001 東京都台東区谷中3丁目13−1

Yanaka Ginza is a delightful shopping street that takes you back to the old Tokyo scene. This charming street is lined with traditional shops, cafes, and restaurants, creating a unique and authentic atmosphere.

Ameyoko Shopping District

Ameyoko Shopping District

6 Chome-10 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan 〒110-0005 東京都台東区上野6丁目10

This street looks more like a traditional Japanese market. There are a lot of food stores and small drinking stores where you can chill with friends or family...

Jūjō Ginza Shopping Street

Jūjō Ginza Shopping Street

1 Chome-4-8 Jujonakahara, Kita City, Tokyo 114-0031, Japan 〒114-0031 東京都北区十条仲原1丁目4−8

Indoor shopping arcade lined with small stores selling clothing, flowers, regional foods & more.

Markets

Kawagoe Comprehensive Wholesale Market

Kawagoe Comprehensive Wholesale Market

650番地 Ofukuro, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-1168, Japan 〒350-1168 埼玉県川越市大袋650番地

Very big wholesale market that offers very fresh seafood, fruits, vegetables, meat and some other nice products.

Omiya Food Wholesale Market

Omiya Food Wholesale Market

Japan, 〒331-0811 Saitama, Kita Ward, Yoshinocho, 2 Chome−226−1 〒331-0811 埼玉県さいたま市北区吉野町2丁目226−1

Another wholesale food market with a wide range of fresh seafood, meat and other products.

Food Station Tokorozawa

Food Station Tokorozawa

583-1 Shimotomi, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0001, Japan 〒359-0001 埼玉県所沢市下富583-1

It looks more like a very nice shop that offers high quality fresh farmer’s fruits and vegetables for quite low prices.

Fuji Garden Kasukabeten

Fuji Garden Kasukabeten

1 Chome-8-2 Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0061, Japan 〒344-0061 埼玉県春日部市粕壁1丁目8−2

It looks more like a food store that sells meat, fish, ready-made sushi, vegetables, fruits and other high quality food.

Dangerous & recommended city areas

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Fortunately there are no dangerous areas in Saitama. Where to stay is up to you. I would choose the Omiya station area due to its prime location to cover some major sights like Omiya park, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine, the famous Railway Museum, etc.

It also has a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops.

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Best Accomodation

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Candeo Hotels Omiya

1 Chome-401番地1 Sakuragicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0854
    〒330-0854 埼玉県さいたま市大宮区桜木町1丁目401番地1
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

The hotel is very new and clean. Comfortable bed. Great breakfast. The hot spa on the top floor is very nice.

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Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi

4 Chome-112-1 Miyacho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0802
    〒330-0802 埼玉県さいたま市大宮区宮町4丁目112-1
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Everything is new, clean and tidy. Loved the Onsen, welcome drink, and pillow rental. Easy access to the train station, convenient stores, shops and restaurants, good value for money. Highly recommended and I will stay there again.

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Royal Pines Hotel Urawa

2 Chome-5-1 Nakacho, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-0062
    〒330-0062 埼玉県さいたま市浦和区仲町2丁目5−1
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

A good solid Japanese hotel, nice lobby and plenty of facilities. Convenience stores are just outside too, and very close to the station. Nice and quiet feel to the hotel, bed and bathtub are also very nice.

Recommended Trip Budget and how to save money

For a couple (5-star)

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Hotel” $107 (incl. breakfast)*
Meals from $20* per pax = $40x2 times=$80**
Entertainment from $10*x2 = $20
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $54 (incl. taxes)***

Family of 4 (5-star)

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Hotel” $218****
Meals from $20* per pax = $80x2 times=$160**
Entertainment from $10*x4 = $40
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $90 (incl. taxes)*****

* Double room with 1 large bed

** Good meal course in a restaurant

*** Mini/Compact class, 5 seats

**** 2 connecting Double rooms with 2 large beds

***** Toyota, Standart class, 5 seats

2 days Itinerary in Saitama

Day 1
The magic of Saitama

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine

11:00

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum & Bonsai Village

13:00

Lunch at Omiya Kitchen

14:00

Kawagoe-Hikawa Shrine

15:30

Toki no Kane and Kurazukuri no Machinami

19:00

Dinner at Torisei

Day 2
Hidden “gems” Saitama

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Hodosan Shrine in Nagatoro

11:00

Nagatoro Iwadatami

13:00

Lunch at 魚がし直送 天狗鮨

14:30

Chichibu Shrine

15:30

Chichibu Imamiya Shrine

17:00

Chichibu Onsen Hanano Ya

20:00

Dinner at Private restaurant 0760

Customer Journey Stories

Public bathrooms (WC)

A few of them are as follows:

WC near Musashi Ichinomiya shrine

WC near Tsuki-jinja shrine

Parking lots in Saitama city

1 Chome-450-1 Takahanacho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0803, Japan 〒330-0803 埼玉県さいたま市大宮区高鼻町1丁目450-1

120-8 Hikawacho, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0851, Japan 〒350-0851 埼玉県川越市氷川町120-8

2-chōme-1 Komaba, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-0051, Japan

City areas closed for vehicles

Don’t bother about this point. There are plenty of parking lots where you can leave your car even very close to the most popular tourist areas like Musashi Ichinomiya Shrine or Mitsumine Shrine.

Cooking Classes

Coccole Cafe & Cooking Class

Coccole Cafe & Cooking Class

4 Chome-9-4 Uemine, Chuo Ward, Saitama, 338-0014, Japan 〒338-0014 埼玉県さいたま市中央区上峰4丁目9-4

It is a charming place where you can spend your time learning to cook in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

T - O - P Pan Classes

T - O - P Pan Classes

Japan, 〒336-0926 Saitama, Midori Ward, Higashiurawa, 4 Chome−5−1 パークハイム 1階

It is a true hidden “gem” where you can learn how to cook a funny bakery.

Betahomunoryorikyoshitsu Kitaurawasutajio

Betahomunoryorikyoshitsu Kitaurawasutajio

9 Chome-31-6 Tokiwa, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-0061, Japan 〒330-0061 埼玉県さいたま市浦和区常盤9丁目31−6

It’s a professional cooking school with very friendly teachers. During practice, the teacher goes around each table and cares about you, so it's easy to get advice. Highly recommended.

ABC Kukkingu Rumineomiyasutajio

ABC Kukkingu Rumineomiyasutajio

Japan, 〒330-0853 Saitama, Omiya Ward, Nishikicho, 630 ルミネ大宮2 1F

Quite nice cooking class where you can make your own pokemon cake and learn many other traditional Japanese recipes.

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Anna Kraskovska

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Jena Hovor


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Let us create your perfect itinerary!

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Our expert travel planners will craft a unique, custom route that includes all the must-see sights and hidden gems, divided by day and with a clear route from A to Z.

  • We’ll save you time by doing all the research and planning for you.

  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren’t typically found in guidebooks.

  • Your itinerary will be fully customized to your interests, preferences, and travel style.

  • We’ll provide you with all the essential details, such as transportation options, recommended accommodations, and restaurant reservations.

  • You’ll have access to ongoing support from our team throughout your entire trip, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable experience.

  • The cost of our service is only $190

Contact us now to start planning your dream trip and get all the details and answers to your questions.

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