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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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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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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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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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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 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.

Tsuki-jinja Shrine

The letter ""調"" is read as ""月=Tsuki"" and the Shrine is nicknamed ""Tsuki-no-miya"" in the local area. Tsuki Shrine has no torii gate, which is rare in Japan. In addition, a stone statue of a rabbit is enshrined instead of a guardian dog. It is said that ""調"" and ""月 (moon)i"" came from the same reading. Seeing rabbits in various places such as stone statues, sculptures, and 'ema' wooden plaques is the attraction. According to Tsuki-no-miya Engi, it was founded 2,000 years ago during the time of the 10th Emperor Sujin. Please cleanse your mind and body in the sacred place where Amaterasu Omikami, Toyoukebime, and Susanoo-no-Mikoto are worshipped as deities.

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Hikawa Nyotai-jinja Shrine

An old shrine that sits on a plateau on the western edge of Minumadai Irrigation Canal, where cherry blossoms in spring. The precincts with abundant greenery are designated by the Prefecture as ""Furusato-no-Mori No. 1"", and are also designated as a natural monument of the City. The Mifune Festival, which was held at Minuma, the place for purification of the pilgrims, is now being held at a historic site designated by the City as the Gion Iwafune Ryujin Festival. As Musashi Ichi-no-Miya, the place got deep reverence from the samurai, and they have a large number of Prefecture-designated cultural properties such as the national treasure-class swords dedicated from Yasutoki Hōjō in the early Kamakura period and the letter of land donation to the shrine by Ieyasu Tokugawa himself. From this, this is known as the Shosoin (Treasure House) of Musashino.

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Tougyoku Ningyo Museum

A museum that exhibits outstanding gems from the precious collection of Tougyoku, a long-established doll manufacturing and sales company founded in 1852. Not to mention Hina dolls and May dolls, there are various exhibition contents such as costume dolls, puppets, karakuri dolls, and works of contemporary artists. We also offer a workshop tour where you can experience the production site of Hina dolls that you can not usually see, and a reservation-only experience course where you can actually challenge the production of "ema" plaques and dolls (prior confirmation is required as it may not be running depending on the situation).

Iwatsuki Tourist Information Center

Look no further for tourist information and inquiries about ""Iwatsuki, the town of dolls"". Located at Iwatsuki Station on the Tobu Line, after exiting the ticket gate and walking toward the east exit, the Center welcomes visitors. In addition to keeping various pamphlets so that you can easily pick up, the Center also communicates events and information relevant to the Iwatsuki area. There is also a booth displaying Iwatsuki's specialty products such as dolls, so please feel free to browse them. You will surely feel like exploring more of the sightseeing places.

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Hisaizu-jinja Shrine

Since "久伊豆=Hisaizu" can also be read as "quiz", it is also known as a ""quiz shrine"" that is strong in bringing good luck to contest participants. To such as extent that it even became the stage for a certain quiz show. It is a venerable shrine that is said to have begun the reign of Emperor Kimmei about 1400 years ago, with Okuninushi as the deity. This is a famous spot as the general guardian of Iwatsuki Castle and the protector of Edo in the "kimon=unluckly northeastern direction". Amulets designed with peacocks symbols, which are related to Prince Yasuhiko Asaka of the former royal family, are popular.

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Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum

Speaking of Iwatsuki, it is one of Japan's leading Ningyo producing areas. Opened in 2020 in such a ""Ningyo town"", it is Japan's first public museum with the theme of Ningyo. The highlight of the exhibition is the collection of Tekiho Nishizawa, a well-known collector and researcher in the field of Ningyo toys. Hina Ningyo and Gosho Ningyo, as well as miniature Ningyo, Saga Ningyo, and Ichimatsu Ningyo that you can enjoy dressing up; even if you don't know their names, you will surely be fascinated by their loveliness, sophistication, and beauty.

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