With its many foods and drinks unique to the region, Saitama Prefecture is truly a gastronomical oasis. During the Rugby World Cup 2019, these are some foods and food cultures that you simply cannot miss.
Sayama Tea is a type of green tea made from leaves produced mainly in the southwestern region of Saitama Prefecture. Sayama Tea has been cultivated for around 700 years. Thanks to the cold climate the leaves are thicker, which gives a rich and robust flavour.
Known as Unagi in Japanese, Eel is a staple of Kawagoe, that became popular during the Edo Period (1603-1867.) Unagi is usually enjoyed with a sweet sauce made with Japanese sake.
Since wheat is produced in the northern part of Saitama Prefecture, one of the staple foods of Saitama Prefecture is udon noodles. There are many styles of Udon noodles, from thick ones to thin ones. Udon is served with many dishes, so you are sure to find something that catches your taste.
Saitama Prefecture is well-known for the quality of its rice, vegetables and fruits. The region is also famous for its sake (Japanese rice wines), craft beers, wine, and even whiskey. Not the mention the delicious flavour, the decorative bottles also make unique souvenirs.
Just a 3 minute walk from Omiya station, on the second floor of the “Omiya Sonic City” building you will find the store called SOPIA (そぴあ). At SOPIA you can purchase the special products of Saitama, as well as collect tourist information in one place.