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KUMAGAYA SAITAMA ITINERARY 2

Enjoy historic Kumagaya, the nature of Nagatoro, and the culture of Omiya

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Kumagaya
    Walking
    Kumagaya Station
    Bus

    Kangiin Shodendo, Menuma

    The Shodendo, the main hall at the Kangiin Shodendo in Menuma, was built in 1760.
    This authentic-style painted structure calls to mind Nikko Tosho-gun Shrine. Its detailed filigree has led to it being colloquially called Saitama Nikko. It is also designated as a national treasure.
    The deity consecrated here is considered among one of the three foremost Shoden deities, and many people ascribe miraculous effects in matchmaking to praying to it.
    Not only does it foster ties between couples, but it is also known for household safety, prosperity in business, ridding evil and bringing in good luck, safety on the road, and academic success.
    Address1511 Menuma, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama Prefecture
    Walking
    Lunch in Kangiin Shodendo
    TAXI
    Gyodashi Station
    Walking

    Oshi Castle

    Oshi Castle is also referred to as the “floating castle” for the anecdote of its having been able to withstand a cut-off water supply during a rout.
    The inner citadel of the castle today houses the Gyoda Museum.
    There are many materials on display that let you learn about the history and culture of Gyoda from past to present.
    The environs act as an open park around the remains of the castle. It is a verdant area when you can relax and unwind.
    Address17-23 Honmaru, Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture
    Walking
    Gyodashi Station
    Chichibu Railway
    Kumagaya Station
    Walking
    Dinner in Kumagaya
    Walking
    Hotel in Kumagaya
  • Day 2

    Hotel in Kumagaya
    Walking
    Kumagaya Station
    Chichibu Railway
    Nagatoro Station

    Nagatoro Gorge

    Nagatoro is located to the northwest of Tokyo in Saitama. It is known for the way people raft down the raging Arakawa River in Japanese-style boats.
    In recent years, Nagatoro has drawn attention as a premier destination for watersports and outdoor activities.
    Nagatoro is also famous for seasonal vistas like the cherry blossoms in bloom and the fall foliage.
    AddressNagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture
    TAXI

    Saitama Museum of Natural History

    Here you will find amazing exhibits like a reproduction of the 12-meter long megalodon shark and a fossilized paleoparadoxia.

    There is also a vast diorama 8 meters tall that replicates Saitama’s forests, and the “touchable taxidermy area,” where you can feel the fur and nap of wild boars and other animals that inhabit Saitama.
    Address1417-1 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture
    TAXI

    Hodosan Shrine

    Hodosan Shrine is considered, alongside Chichibu Shrine and Mitsumine Shrine, one of Chichibu’s three foremost shrines.
    It has even garnered a Michelin star. Founded in 110 CE, this shrine has been around for over 1,900 years.
    Address1828 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture
    Nagatoro Station
    Chichibu Railway
    Kumagaya Station
    Walking
    Dinner in Kumagaya
    Walking
    Hotel in Kumagaya
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Kumagaya
    Walking
    Kumagaya Station
    Bullet train
    Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station

    The Railway Museum

    This is Japan’s largest museum to railroads and railways and was launched as part of a project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of East Japan Railway.
    There are 41 actual railway cars installed within and without the museum.
    There is also a mini railway car you can operate and a realistic railroad simulator to try your hand at being the conductor. There is truly something for the whole family here.
    Address3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
    Bus

    Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama

    Bonsai is one of Japan’s traditional cultural arts.
    The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama conducts surveys and research into bonsai culture and seeks to promote it to the world at large. Their aim is to make bonsai familiar to everyone, and so the site, the world’s first public bonsai museum of its kind, was opened adjacent to the Omiya Bonsai Village, widely regarded as a signature bonsai destination.


    Here you will find over 120 signature works of Japanese bonsai, as well as vessels, viewing stones, paintings, and materials on the history and folk culture of the art form, cataloged for your perusal.

    Bonsai is a form of art that is like a co-collaboration between mankind and nature. You will surely love gazing at these miniature works of art.
    Address2-24-3, Toro-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
    Bus
    Omiya Station
    Walking
    Lunch in Omiya
    Walking
    Omiya Station
    JR
    Saitama-Shintoshin Station
    Walking

    Cocoon City

    Cocoon City is a large-scale commercial facility that connects directly to JR Saitama-Shintoshin Station via a pedestrian deck.

    Cocoon City is composed of the Cocoon 1, 2, and 3 buildings and encompasses over 270 shops -- everything from car dealerships, wedding receptions halls, and model residential homes.

    You will find fashion, interior decor, and cuisine all in one place, as well as MOVIX Saitama, a cinema with twelve screens. Cocoon Athletics also offers bouldering and a yoga studio.
    Address4-263-1 Kishiki-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture
    JR
    Omiya Station

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