The national capital Tokyo is situated 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Hanyu, while Yokohama lies 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the south.
While it can be tempting to limit yourself to just the local sights when visiting Hanyu, don't forget, Saitama 's diverse natural sights, cities and towns are never more than a day trip away. Koga Park and Suzume Shrine in and around Koga, are well worth visiting. Koga, is 9 miles (14 kilometers) away from Hanyu. If you are ready for even more, make your way over to Kumagaya to visit the Yukoku-ji Temple and Kumagaya Sports Culture Park. Kumagaya is approximately 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Hanyu.
When it's time to spread your wings, visit the nearest regional center. Saitama lays 20 miles (32 kilometers) away and features attractions like Saitama Stadium 2002 (Saitama Stadium), Hikawa Shrine and John Lennon Museum. Saitama Super Arena and Omiya Park are also worth a visit while you are in Saitama.
Before you disappear on your trip, do as savvy travelers do and learn to say some key phrases in Japanese. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is useful. It means "Would you like to dance with me?" Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
When it's finally time to head off and say "Sayōnara", you'll be loaded with great memories and photos.