Conveniently located just an hour away from downtown Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture is an underrated destination that needs to be on every traveller’s radar. Surrounded by forests and mountains and home to a network of rivers and waterfalls, the nature-soaked Saitama offers the stressed-out urbanite a much-needed respite.
Saitama also boasts a wide variety of local specialities, including black pork, Kawagoe potatoes and Sayama tea – known as one of Japan’s three great teas. In addition, with its abundance of clean fresh water and high production of wheat, Saitama has a thriving noodle-making industry, producing more udon and soba than anywhere else in Japan.
Explore some of the must-visit sites in Saitama as well as discover which local souvenirs to take home with you through this guide.
What to see in Saitama