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KUMAGAYA SAITAMA ITINERARY

3 Days in KUMAGAYA Itinerary.

This is a sample itinerary for 2-3 nights staying at the closest accommodation to the stadium. Why not go sightseeing around the neighboring area while staying a while before and after the match?

An ideal base for sightseeing and visiting the stadium would be either Kumagaya or Omiya, etc.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Kumagaya
    Walking
    Kumagaya Station
    Bus
    Menuma-Shitamachi Bus Stop
    Walking

    Stroll around Kumagaya City

    Kumagaya, the central city in the northern part of Saitama Prefecture, has many highlights. The Former Sakata Clinic in Menuma has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property, and the architecture conveys a retro modern atmosphere from the early Showa Period. However, the inside is not open to the public, except during special events. Besides the Sakata Clinic, Kumagaya's biggest attraction is Menuma Shodenzan. It is famous as Saitama's foremost spiritual spot, and it is said that there are benefits for those who visit. The seitendo, designated as a national treasure, was rebuilt in the middle of the Edo Period, and due to the recent restoration work, you can enjoy looking at the elaborate sculpture and vivid colors. Also, there are some old traditional shopping streets nearby, so you can enjoy the rustic atmosphere while walking along the streets.
    Walking
    Menuma-Shitamachi Bus Stop
    Bus
    Kumagaya Station
    Chichibu Railway
    Nagatoro Station

    The Shopping arcade near Nagatoro Station

    If you head for Nagatoro Iwadatami from Chichibu Railway Nagatoro station, make sure to enjoy the Nagatoro Iwadatami Dori Shopping Street. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants in this shopping district, which is about 400 metres wide, making it one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area. From stylish cafes, to restaurants offering local specialties, and shops where you can enjoy takeout, you can try various gourmet food while shopping. Please find your favorite from the many shops available!
    Walking

    Nagatoro River White Water Rafting

    If you would like to fully enjoy Nagatoro Iwadatami, which is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty and also a Natural Monument, why not try floating down the Line Kudari (River Boating). Nagatoro's "Toro" is a word that describes the river, and means that the water is deep and calm. Even in the Arakawa River watershed, which continues all the way to Tokyo Bay, the current is calm, and you can relax on the boat while enjoying the magnificent view of the Nagatoro Valley. Although it is basically a calm watershed, you can also enjoy the real thrill of a river descent, as you go through some rapids in the down line. Listen to the unique stories, and descriptions from the boatman while riding in an old-fashioned Japanese boat, enjoy relaxing and sometimes the thrilling rapids of the Arakawa River.
    Walking

    Hodosan Shrine

    One of the three shrines in Chichibu, Hodosan Shrine is a historical shrine with a history of over 1900 years. In the mountain where this shrine is located, Yamato Takeru no Mikoto, who was the prince at the time, encountered a forest fire, and because the Dog Deity helped the prince at that time, it was named "Hodosan," (meaning mountain that stopped the fire.) It is said that this shrine was established when Yamato Takeru no Mikoto, arriving safely at the summit, decided to follow the gods of Emperor Jimmu, his anscestor. So he followed the footsteps of the Mountain God Oyamatsumi, and the God of Fire, Homusubi. Because of this, it is said that the followers of this shrine will not suffer fire damage or any other fire related difficulties. The main shrine, decorated with elaborate sculptures, is located at the foot of the mountain, but "Okumiya", the rear shrine of Hodosan, is at the top of the mountain and it can be easily reached by a ropeway.
    Walking
    Sanroku Station
    Ropeway
    Hodosan-Sancho Station
    Ropeway
    Sanroku Station
    Walking
    Nagatoro Station
    Chichibu Railway
    Chichibu Station
    Walking
    Hotel in Chichibu
  • Day 2

    Hotel in Chichibu
    Walking

    Chichibu Shrine

    Chichibu Shrine is also one of the three shrines in Chichibu, a shrine famous for the "Chichibu Night Festival", which is an annual festival in December, and this festival is also registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property. It is said that the beginning of this shrine came about because Chichibuhiko no Mikoto worshiped Yagokoroomoikane no Mikoto. This shrine has a very long history of over 2,100 years. Brilliant coloured sculptures can be found here, and it is striking in its beauty and its diversity. Because the Yagokoroomoikane no Mikot is a god who controls wisdom, it is said that there is a benefit of high academic achievement for those who visit this shrine, and during the examination season it is crowded with students who pray for success.
    Walking

    Stroll along Banba Street

    The approach to the Chichibu Shrine is called Banba Street, and this cobblestone road features a lot of modern buildings built between the late Taisho era and the early Showa Period. This road allows you to enjoy the elegant cityscape. National Registered Tangible Cultural Property buildings are also numerous, and seeing the wide variety of buildings, such as tobacco shops, retro cafes, and dental clinics, you will feel as if you are traveling back in time. In addition, in recent years it has become a fashionable spot for cafes, interior shops, and shops where you can enjoy craft beer, and it is an area where you can feel Chichibu's present and past at the same time.
    Walking
    Seibu-Chichibu Station
    Bus
    Mitsumine-Jinja(Shrine) Bus Stop
    Walking

    Mitsumine Shrine

    The last of the three shrines in Chichibu is Mitsumine Shrine. Mitsumine Shrine is also a shrine that has a history of more than 1900 years and Yamato Takeru no Mikoto is the mythical founder of the shrine. It is said that the shrine began because of the Imperial Prince, who was impressed by the clear and beautiful mountains and rivers of this place. The prince recalled that Izanami (a god) and Izanagi (a goddess) created the land of Japan, and dedicated this shrine to the two deities. The statue of a wolf is sitting in place of the guardian dog, and guards the entrance to the shrine. The vast precinct is famous as a power spot, but also allows guests to enjoy nature, and the superb view from the altitude of 1100 metres. It is said that this shrine, which represents power and strength, has a clear desire for realization, benefits in work, and luck with money, and also works to purify the body and mind. In addition to having many places to eat and tea on the premises, there is also a hot spring facility!
    Walking
    Mitsumine-Jinja(Shrine) Bus Stop
    Bus
    Seibu-Chichibu Station
    Seibu Railway
    Tokorozawa Station
    Seibu Railway
    Hon-Kawagoe Station
    Walking
    Hotel in Kawagoe
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Kawagoe
    Walking
    Hon-Kawagoe Station
    Walking

    Walk around 'little Edo' at Kawagoe

    Kawagoe is a sightseeing spot where you can enjoy the old townscape called Koedo. The Ichibangai Shopping Street, with merchant houses of Kuradukuri (old storehouse) lined up and down the road, is called "Koedo", but this townscape was actually formed in the Meiji Period. With the Great Kawagoe Fire in 1896, they decided to rebuild the town, and at that time the refined construction style was adopted. The conspicuous presence of this streetscape is the "Toki-no-kane" (Time Bell Tower,) that was built about 400 years ago. This bell, which is a symbol of Kawagoe, is a bell-shaped hall which tells the time to citizens. Even if it is mechanical, it continues to fulfill its role even now. There are streets called Kashiya Yokocho (Penny Candy Alley) near the first street, and there are about 20 confectionary shops. You can enjoy old-fashioned sweets and rustic sweets in a rustic cityscape. It is also famous for its eel cuisine, said to have been popular since the Edo Period, and a lot of historic shops can be found around the area!
    Walking
    Kawagoe Station
    JR
    Omiya Staion
    Tobu Railway
    Omiya-Koen(Park) Station
    Walking

    Omiya Bonsai Village

    "Bonsai," which has become popular overseas now, is a unique hobby, and part of the culture of Japan. Bonsai is the art of planting plants in pots, and shaping them by imitating the natural scenery. In Omiya there is a bonsai village which is said to be the sacred place of the bonsai. During the Taisho Period, it is said that, the beginning of this village came about when bonsai traders from Tokyo, who were damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake, moved to this place in search of soil suitable for breeding bonsai. Indeed, the village was made to enjoy bonsai, so when new residents moved here, there were, and still are, certian conditions; residents must have more than 10 bonsai trees, their house cannot be larger than one story, they must grow hedges, the door must stay open, and so on. Thanks to that, you can enjoy bonsai no matter where you walk in the village, and various trees are planted along the village roads, so you can enjoy the natural beauty every season.
    Walking
    Omiya-Koen(Park) Station
    Tobu Railway
    Omiya Staion

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