Saitama prefecture is located in the Kanto Region just north of Tokyo and is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The prefectural capital is Saitama City with a population of around 1,220,000 people. Saitama City, as well as most of the southeastern part of Saitama is considered suburbs of Tokyo, while the western parts are mostly rural.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Saitama.
Kawagoe is a city in Saitama prefecture and is close to Tokyo. The two cities has since the Edo Period (1603-1867) had an long history of trade and as a result Kawagoe become strongly influenced to the point it became known as "Little Edo". Along the city's old Warehouse District many old buildings still remains, allowing visitors to get a feel for how the city looked like in the Edo Period. Also close to the Warehouse district is the Kitain Temple, where the only remains of the former Edo Castle is housed.
The Kawagoe Festival is held every year on the third weekend of October in the Warehouse District of Kawagoe, where tall decorated floats are moved through the city.
There are three railway stations in Kawagoe.
Hon-Kawagoe Station that is served by the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Kawagoe Station which is connected to both JR East and Tobu Railway, and the Kawagoe-shi Station served by Tobu Railway. The Warehouse District is a small 10-15 minute walk from the Hon-Kawagoe Station.
Omiya Bonsai Village is a peaceful neighborhood in Saitama City and is home to about a dozen Bonsai nurseries. The nurseries allowing walk-in visitors, sell a large variety of both Bonsai and gardening tools. There is also the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, that since 2010 boasts a stunning collection of Bonsai masterpieces as well as regularly holding special exhibitions. With its close proximity to Tokyo, Omiya Bonsai Village makes a perfect day-trip for both Bonsai enthusiast and beginners alike. Please note that both the nurseries and museum is closed on Thursdays.
From Omiya Station ride either the JR Utsunomiya Line to Toro Station, or the Tobu Noda Line to Omiya Koen Station. The village is located between the two stations.