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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.

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.

Urawa Tourist Information Center

Located immediately after exiting the central ticket gate of JR Urawa Station in Atre Urawa, a commercial complex directly connected to the east-west connecting passage, the Center supports the comfortable and enjoyable sightseeing of visitors. As we sell souvenirs from Saitama City, you may visit the Tourist Information Center at the beginning or end of your visit. Since we are adjacent to a cafe, we recommend that you slowly plan your sightseeing while going through the pamphlet obtained here.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Urawa Unagi(Eel)

Broiled eel is a part of the traditional Japanese food culture. During the Edo period, Urawa prospered as a station inn on Nakasendo, and since there were many swamps and rivers around it as a habitat for unagi eels, these were offered to the daimyo entourage and travelers who stopped over. This is said to be the start of the famous Urawa eels. Even today, Urawa has long-established stores since the Edo period that inherit handicraft techniques such as cutting, skewering, grilling, and sauce-making. These are designated as a traditional industry of the City along with dolls of Iwatsuki and bonsai of Omiya.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Iwatsuki-Negi Leek Salted Fried Noodle

Cited in the classic rakugo ""Tarachine,"" Iwatsuki 'negi' green onion is a traditional vegetable that has been known as a masterpiece since the Edo period but is now called ""phantom green onion"" due to its low distribution volume. This dish is a local gourmet that was devised during participation in the 4th Saitama B-class Local Gourmet King Contest held in 2009 in order to inform people about the sweet, soft and fragrant features of the green onion. The salty taste complements the sweetness of Iwatsuki green onions, and despite the first appearance, the dish achieved a runner-up position.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Tofu Ramen

A local ramen that originated in Iwatsuki, with soy sauce-based soup topped with silk tofu and minced meat with a thick sauce. At first glance, one can confuse this dish with mapo tofu ramen, but they are actually close but not the same. This one is not so spicy, and it has a rather refreshing and gentle taste. The reason why its name became known is the victory in the 2nd Saitama B-class Local Gourmet King Contest held in 2008. It has also achieved good results since then, including winning the same Contest, and has been made into instant noodles.

Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki

Adjacent to the Saitama City Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum, this is a base for communicating information on Iwatsuki's history, culture, industry, and tourism. The attraction here is the cafe restaurant Yoroken Cafe on the 1st floor where you can eat delicious dishes using plenty of European vegetables, which can be said to be Saitama's specialty now. The good thing is, you can buy European vegetables harvested in the morning, as well as foods and crafts closely related to Iwatsuki at the adjacent direct sales shop. In addition, demonstrations of traditional crafts and workshops are also held. Please enjoy the new charm of Iwatsuki.

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Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki

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