Sayama is a popular place to visit while you are in Saitama as a large number of the area’s main attractions are within easy driving distance. Two of the most interesting places to explore are the fascinating Sayama Ski Area and the incredible Seibuen Amusement Park. Also, well worth the effort are the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and Hikawa Shrine.
Do make the effort to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make this region such a unique vacation destination. Visit some of the remarkable exhibit spaces and museums including the John Lennon Museum. Culture vultures can enjoy a night of great entertainment at venues such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo.
If you are looking for family fun, make a bee-line for the various child-friendly attractions. Admire all kinds of interesting creatures at Tama Zoo in Hino.
If you love nature and wildlife, head to the nearby parks and reserves. These are good spots to relax and unwind. Enjoy some of the pleasant urban parks such as Inokashira Park in Musashino, Omiya Park and the Jindai Botanical Gardens in Tokyo. The natural preserves such as Mount Takao in Tokyo, allow visitors to see the birds, trees and plants that flourish in the local area.
Wander the streets and discover the many fascinating attractions Saitama has to offer. For history lovers, the area’s past comes vividly back to life at Hachioji Castle in Hachioji.
Browse the boutiques and spoil yourself with a new wardrobe in the nearby shopping venues such as the Nakano Sun Mall in Tokyo.
If you’re a sports lover, you’ll enjoy seeing local favorites, the Saitama Seibu Lions, take to the field in nearby Seibu Dome, Tokorozawa. On match days follow the river of blue, white and red, to the stadium, then after the full-time hooter blows, join local baseball lovers in the nearby pubs for a few post-game beers.
For a real taste of this fascinating part of the world, consider staying close by in one of the area’s many accommodation options. Check out the rooms, rates and amenities at the Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the Smile Hotel Tokyo Asagaya, or the Hotel New Star Ikebukuro, Tokyo.