Nagatoro in the North-West area of Saitama is a tiny, riverside town nestled in the green mountains of Chichibu. If the record-breaking heat in Tokyo is getting to you, take this one-day trip to Nagatoro for river rafting and some famous kakigori.
Sayama Hills is a forest park about one hour outside of Tokyo located in Saitama prefecture. It was the forest that inspired Hayao Miyazaki to create the movie “My Neighbor Totoro.” If you’re as big a fan of anime as I am, then you’ll enjoy this small hike.
Mt. Takao may be the classic day hike from Tokyo, but for those looking to sink their teeth into something a little more challenging, Mt. Kawanoriyama is the perfect alternative, and a deeply rewarding trek...
The Shounin Iwa rockclimbing area is one of Japan's famous limestone rock climbing places near Tokyo. It has around 20 routes for rope climbing, good for beginners to advanced climbers. The routes start from 5.9 to 5.13a on the Japanese Route Grade.
The river is the historic Ara River, known by its Japanese name, Arakawa, and is the source of the water you drank half an hour ago. It flows north down from the Chichibu mountains, then curves east out onto the Kanto Plain until it bends south at around Kumagaya City.
Once a year since 2006, around the second weekend of October, a hard rock and heavy metal festival takes place: the Loud Park Festival.
Tired of trekking into Tokyo to visit a nice park? Or fancy venturing outside of the big city to explore a park less swamped by tourists? In either case, Kawaguchi Green Center could be the place for you! Situated in Kawaguchi, in the south of Saitama Prefecture, Kawaguchi Green Center is a large botanical garden of around 160,000 square meters, with a range of attractions for all ages to see and enjoy.
Located in the north of Saitama Prefecture, Gyoda City is an ideal place to spend a day for history nerds, park enthusiasts, those wanting to learn about Japanese culture – in fact the list is endless, as it is a great day out for anyone!