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

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 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.

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.

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

Urawa Art Museum “27th Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava in Japan”

Because many cultural figures and artists moved to the Urawa area after the Great Kanto Earthquake, it was once said that "Writers live in Kamakura and painters live in Urawa". This is a museum where works of such local artists and artworks related to books form the pillars of the collection. It only holds special exhibitions, and from 10 July (Sat) to 29 August (Sun), it will hold the "Bratislava World Picture Book Original Painting Exhibition-Hello (Ahoj)! New Picture Books from Czech Republic and Slovakia"! This is a commemorative exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of exchange between Czechoslovakia and Japan in 2020.

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Urawa Art Museum

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

Standing in the lush Kita-Urawa Park, the so-called ""MOMAS"" collects and displays excellent works of art from Japan and overseas, and holds unique and rich exhibitions. This is the first museum designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, and the lattice-based architecture itself is a sight to see. The collection also includes works by world-famous masters such as Monet, Chagall and Picasso. What is unique here is that it has a large collection of well-designed chairs. Not just seeing, you can enjoy actually sitting on them.

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The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama/Photo: Kazuyuki Matsumoto

Besshonuma Park

Eel is a specialty of Urawa's food, but it comes from the fact that there were many swamps in the locality. Besshonuma Park, which is part of the Park is one of such swamps. Moreover, you can still enjoy swamp fishing. Around the swamp, trees such as metasequoia native to China and bald cypress native to North America grow abundantly, and there are also walk and trim courses. There is plenty of children's play equipment, such as jungle gyms and slides, and there is also a square where children can run around freely, so it is perfect for parents and children.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Iwatsuki Joshi Park

The park was built on the site of Iwatsuki Castle, which was the domain office of the Iwatsuki Domain. The earthworks still remain there, and the site of the empty moat is now a promenade. The Ningyo-zuka (grave for dolls) built by the Iwatsuki Doll Association is a symbol of Iwatsuki, the ""doll town"". A doll memorial service is held in front of this on November 3rd every year. It is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot where about 600 cherry blossoms bloom, and the contrast with the vermilion-painted Yatsuhashi-bridge over the iris pond is spectacular. This is colored up with water lilies around June. There is also an exhibition of Tobu Railway's Romancecar Kinu, which is irresistible for train lovers.

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Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

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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