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Saitama Prefecture

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Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.
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Places to visit in Saitama Prefecture

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Popular things to do in Saitama Prefecture

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Religious Site
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine Saitama
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Religious Site
Mitsumine Shrine Chichibu
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street Kawagoe
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Kitain Kawagoe
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Saitama Prefecture

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Religious Site
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Site
Toki no Kane Kawagoe
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Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Chichibu Shrine Chichibu
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Religious Site
Hisaizu Shrine Koshigaya
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Saitama Prefecture

Spa
Spas Kuki
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Zoo
Saitama Children Zoo Higashimatsuyama
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Ashigakubo no Hyochu Yokoze-machi
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Saitama Prefecture

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Park
Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park Saitama
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Keyaki Hiroba Saitama
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Saitama Prefecture

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Shopping Mall
AEON Lake Town Koshigaya
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Factory Outlet
Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma Iruma
3.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Shopping Mall
Cocoon City Saitama
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Onihei Edodokoro Hanyu
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Saitama Prefecture

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Art Museum
Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama Saitama
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan Kawagoe
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Japan Mint Saitama Museum Saitama
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art Kawajima-machi
4.5
Duration: 1 hour