Enjoy Japan Without the Wait
Saitama (さいたま、埼玉) may not be on your mind when you visit Japan, but it’s just as much fun as Tokyo without the crowds. Just north of Tokyo, it boasts of more space, lower density, and fresher air. You can easily experience everything you want without the dreaded queue.
Never will you need to wait in line for 2 hours to eat sushi, ramen, or mochi again. With its hidden gems and attractions, hop on a short train and enjoy Japan without the wait.
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Scenic spot for a hike and watersports, such as river rafting and boat tours.
Fresh sushi with affordable sets during lunch hours.
Over 400 years old in a popular town where you can revisit old Japan.
Forest said to have inspired the film, with walking trails & a Totoro statue.
Target those sore muscles with a dip in the indoor and outdoor onsens.
Ever had Japanese pasta, napolitan? Pick any size up to 600g for one price!
A neighborhood with a bonsai museum and many notable nurseries.
Popular for its colorful flower displays in spring, plus outdoor activities.
The place for homemade Japanese food with free miso soup refills.
A huge park with cycling roads, an adventure course, gardens, and more!
A Japanese confectionery shop still making mochi and sushi rolls by hand!
A hot spring with a mixed open-air bath next to a waterfall.