PICKUP SPOTS 「Omiya/Shintoshin area」

Saitama Municipal Cartoon Art Museum「Special Manga Exhibition” Fantasista “Michiteru Kusaba Original Painting Exhibition” 」

Opened in 1966, we are Japan's first manga-themed museum. Originally, it is the site of the mansion where Rakuten Kitazawa, Japan's first professional manga artist, knows as the "Pioneer of modern Japanese manga," spent his later years. Other than mainly highlighting Rakuten's works and achievements, including Japan's first full-color manga magazine "Tokyo Pack", which he launched as the chief editor, the museum also exhibits the works of contemporary manga artists. From 24 July (Sat) to 5 September (Sun), the special manga exhibition "'Fantasista' Michiteru Kusaba Original Painting Exhibition" will be held!

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Saitama City Cartoon Art Museum

Saitama-Shintoshin Tourist Information Center

This is a tourist information center in front of the ticket gate of Saitama Shintoshin Station, the nearest station to Saitama Super Arena, which will be used as the basketball tournament venue in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Welcoming tourists, the center is part of the East-West Free Passage, which won the Good Design Award in 2000, the year when the station opened. It features a layout such that one can easily pick up leaflets compared to other tourist information centers in the City. There is also an introduction to the events that will be held at Saitama Super Arena.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Mint Museum Saitama “Exhibition for Commemorative Coins for Olympic and Paralympic Games”

It is a museum attached to the Saitama branch of the Mint Bureau. One can learn about the history of money through exhibits such as Japanese coins and commemorative coins since the Meiji era, precious old coins such as "Ōban" and "Koban", and shields of the National Honor Award. On weekdays from the tour passage, you can freely observe not only money but also the manufacturing process of precious medals. From 8 July (Thu) to 12 September (Sun), "'Olympic and Paralympic Commemorative Coin Exhibition'-Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Commemorative-" will be held!

Omiya Tourist Information Center

JR Omiya Station can be said to be the cornerstone of railway transportation in eastern Japan, coving from Tokyo to Kita-Kanto, Hokuriku to Shinetsu and crossing Tohoku to Hokkaido. This tourist information center in located towards the center of the East-West Free Passage of the Omiya Station. You can rely on the JR staff stationed here regarding changing trains. The monument standing in the front is a well-known meeting spot, nicknamed ""Mame-no-Ki"".

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Omiya RAKUUN Yoshimoto Theater

It is the first Yoshimoto permanent theater in the prefecture on the 6th floor of Rakuun Omiya, a commercial complex near the east exit of Omiya Station. With the motto of holding performances that can be enjoyed easily by beginner audiences as well as regular fans of live comedy, unique planned live performances are held on weekdays. On weekends, we mainly hold vaudeville performances and events with appearances of familiar TV entertainers so that a wide range of men and women of all ages can enjoy. By all means, please make your debut of comedies in Omiya.

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine

Hikawa Shrine operates about 280 shrines mainly in the Kanto region and is familiar to many people, but this is actually their headquarters. The name Omiya also originates from this ""large shrine"". It is said to be founded more than 2,000 years ago during the time of the 5th Emperor Kosho. It revers deities of Susanoo no Mikoto, Inada Hime no Mikoto, and Onamuchi no Mikoto. The annual festival is on 1 August. More than 2 million people visit the shrine every year for the ""Hatsumōde"" (visit on the first three days of the New Year), and about 1000 stalls line up at the Oyu Festival (Toka Ichi) on December 10th, when Tori No Ichi stands, and it is crowded with more than 120,000 visitors.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Hikawa-Sando path

It is a straight approach road that runs about 2km north and south from the first torii gate facing the old Nakasendo near Saitama Shintoshin Station to the second torii gate, which is the entrance to the precincts of Hikawa Shrine. More than 600 trees of 20 species such as zelkova, celtis sinensis, and cherry blossoms are lined up, making it a perfect walking track where one can feel the atmosphere of each season. If you get tired of walking, take a break in the sunbeams pouring through the tree leaves in the Heisei Square in front of the second torii gate. By the way, the second torii gate was relocated from Meiji Jingu and is one of the largest cypress torii in Japan.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama

Opened in 2010, we are the world's first public museum on a bonsai theme. We are adjacent to Omiya Bonsai Village, which is known as the "Mecca of Bonsai." Rest assured that even if you don't have any prior knowledge, you can appreciate the basics of bonsai culture in the prologue area. What is unique here is that you can appreciate bonsai as a part of the decoration of a formal tatami room lined with calligraphy. We recommend that, in the Bonsai Garden, you enjoy the beauty of the four passing seasons, seeing the bonsai from 360 degree different angles to appreciate the different tastes.

Omiya Bonsai Village

A ""Mecca of bonsai"" visited by enthusiasts not only from all over Japan but also from all over the world. Six bonsai gardens are scattered in a quiet residential area on the north side of Omiya Koen Station. Take a leisurely stroll along the lush green streets and visit your favorite bonsai garden. Not only can you appreciate the bonsai that the owner is particular about, but there are also bonsai gardens that hold bonsai experience classes. In addition, the ""Grand Bonsai Festival"" from May 3rd to 5th every year is crowded with many bonsai-lovers looking for bonsai and trays.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Biraku Onsen SPA-HERBS

It is a day-trip hot spring facility that stands adjacent to the large shopping mall, Stellar Town. Besides the open-air bath where you can fully enjoy the natural hot springs, the real thrill of this place is the bedrock bath. There are 4 unique rooms in total, including a room with rock salt on the ceiling and walls, a space illuminated by red light called a collagen treatment lamp, a room filled with nano-water vapor, a spacious and open granite space. There is also a cool room where snow falls from the ceiling. Can be used by men and women together. Please heal yourself to your heart's content.

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM

The so-called ""Tepaku"" or ""The Railway Museum"" opened in Omiya, the ""railroad town"" that holds the Omiya General Rolling Stock Center, one of Japan's three major train yards. The exhibition of 41 carriages from the first locomotive of the railway's founding period to the modern Shinkansen, and Japan's largest railway diorama are overwhelming. There are plenty of programs to experience trains, such as simulators of D51 steam locomotives, miniature driving trains, and driver experience classes. A wide range of people from children to adults can enjoy this. * When visiting the museum, please purchase a timed admission ticket at a designated convenience store in advance.

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The Railway Museum

Space Theater

This is a planetarium that is perfect for spending some quiet time, even though it is located at the west exit of the busy Omiya Station. Koichi Wakata, the Omiya-born astronaut, serves as the Honorary Director. During the "Starry Sky Time" using the latest projector that can project about 100 million stars, you can enjoy a romantic starry sky along with live commentary. During the "Video Time", you can enjoy the powerful 8K video projected on the dome screen. Programs for children are also projected during the summer vacation and on Saturdays and Sundays. We also have astronomical observation events etc.

Omiya Park

Born in 1885 as the first prefectural park in Saitama prefecture, about 1000 cherry blossoms are in full bloom in this Park, and there are facilities related to the former Tokyo Olympics. The Omiya Velodrome was built as a cycling facility for the 1940 Tokyo Olympics, which did not materialize due to the effects of the Sino-Japanese War. Currently, NACK5 Stadium Omiya, which is bustling as the home stadium of Omiya Ardija, was also one of the soccer tournament venues in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games as the Omiya Park soccer field.

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Omiya Park Office, Saitama Prefecture

Saitama Prefecture Tourist Center for Products “Sopia”

Located on the second floor of Sonic City, a standing out high-rise building on the west exit of Omiya Station, this is a souvenir shop packed with the charms of Saitama City and Saitama Prefecture. We sell more than 650 specialty products such as souvenirs recommended by Saitama City, mainly those recognized as "Sai-no-Kuni Excellent Brand Products". In addition to the classic Soka Senbei, Kawagoe sweet potato treats, and Sayama tea, fruit jelly Saika-no-Houseki and original negimiso rice crackers are popular. There are also charming sake from the 34 breweries in Saitama.

Maru Maru Higashi-Nihon

This is a major base for exchanges with the eastern Japan regions, located at the east exit of Omiya Station, which is the intersection of the six Shinkansen lines, so to speak the "Gateway to eastern Japan." From specialty products from all over eastern Japan to hidden gems, we also sell some of Saitama's recommended souvenirs. One of the highlights is the sake server where one can sample 16 of East Japan's famous sake brands throughout the year. We also frequently hold promotional events to convey the charms of the eastern Japan regions. Please enjoy souvenirs such as sake, instant noodles, heat-and-eat curry, and sweets that are difficult to obtain outside of the area of production.

Stamina Ramen

The soul food of ""Saitama Boys"" offered by Chinese restaurants mainly around Urawa and Omiya such as Nyan Nyan and Manman Tei, which are well-known to those in the know. It is a spicy thick sauce ramen made by adding garlic chives, minced meat, and doubanjiang sauce to a soy sauce-flavored soup, which is nicknamed ""Sta-ra"" in short. Said to be born around 1975-6, and now Saitama seems to be counted as the home of one of the ""three major stamina ramens in Japan"" along with Nara and Ibaraki. Stamina-curry with a thick sauce on white rice has also become a famous dish.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Omiya Napolitan (Ketchup-based Spaghetti)

Spaghetti Napolitan was once enjoyed by railroad workers and factory workers in Omiya, which prospered as a ""railroad town."" Since the orange color is also the color of the torii gate of Hikawa Shrine and the team color of Omiya Ardija, the Omiya Napolitan Association was formed in 2014 to make this a new part of the local gourmet tradition of Omiya. The condition for calling a dish ""Omiya Napolitan"" is that at least one type of vegetable from Saitama prefecture has to be used in it. Please enjoy the unique taste at each shop.

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Omiya Napolitan Association

Saitama European Vegetables

Saitama European Vegetable Society was established in 2013, spurred by the queries of a local chef, "Can it be possible to grow unique French and Italian vegetables that are not cultivated in Japan?" Today, it has developed into one of Japan's leading production areas, shipping about 70 types of vegetables. Since 2016, the Saitama European Vegetable Cooking Contest has been held, where young chefs compete. In the City, you can enjoy not only Italian and French food, but also Japanese food and Chinese food with local production for local consumption.

Farm Restaurants

Even as it is becoming more urbanized, Saitama City still produces many agricultural products. In the City, there is a "farmer restaurant" that uses fresh vegetables hand-grown by farmers to create and serve unique dishes. The love that comes from growing the vegetables on one's own hands, and the ingenuity that comes from knowing the vegetables well. Please try a dish that brings out the characteristics of vegetables and fully conveying their charms, which are prepared with the attention to detail and ingenuity of the farmers.

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