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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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 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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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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Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum

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