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CHICHIBU / KAWAGOE / SAITAMA
秩父・川越・埼玉

Conveniently served by Seibu Railway lines, this district offers the enjoyments of nature, history, and leisure, all in one place. Seibu Railway's Ikebukuro and Shinjuku Lines extend from Ikebukuro and Shinjuku stations into the southwest of Saitama Prefecture, with its richly varied mixture of residential and natural environments.

A religious center since olden times, Chichibu with its many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples is renowned as a place rich in spiritual energies. The townscapes of Kawagoe hark back to the Edo Period, offering a trip back to a timeless Japan. The rich natural environment of southwestern Saitama Prefecture, conveniently accessible on the Seibu Railway, is dotted with baseball stadiums, theme parks, golf courses, and a range of other appealing leisure facilities.

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CHICHIBU
秩父

Close to the center of Tokyo yet richly endowed by nature, Chichibu is a district with many varied charms. Accessible in as little as 78 minutes from the Seibu Railway's Ikebukuro Station by Red Arrow Limited Express, it can be comfortably visited on a day trip.

Mitsumine-jinja Shrine, one of the most spiritual sites in the Kanto region, Hodosan-jinja Shrine, said to have been founded by a legendary hero, and Chichibu-jinja Shrine, rebuilt by the great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, are known as the Three Shrines of Chichibu. These and many other shrines and temples make the district rich in sites of spiritual energy. Spring is for admiring the blooms of the shibazakura (moss pink) at Hitsujiyama Park, while in winter the Chichibu Night Festival, one of Japan's top-three float festivals, is a must-see for its dazzling array of ornamental floats and displays. Chichibu has the power to enchant all year round.

Recommended Experiences

  • The shibazakura garden in Hitsujiyama Park

    About 20 minutes' walk from Seibu-Chichibu Station on the Seibu Railway Chichibu Line

  • Chichibu Night Festival

    Adjacent to Seibu-Chichibu Station on the Seibu Railway Chichibu Line

  • Mitsumine-jinja Shrine

    About one hour by bus from Seibu-Chichibu Station on the Seibu Railway Chichibu Line

KAWAGOE
川越

The symbol of Kawagoe, known as Little Edo, is the Time Bell Tower. Marking the time in this old castle town since the early days of the Edo Period, the bell continues to ring out today. Kawagoe retains influences from a succession of historic periods: Kurazukuri no machinami is a street of warehouses built in the late 19th century, officially designated as a conservation area for important traditional architecture; Taisho-Roman Street retains highly individual storefronts and buildings in Western style from the early 20th century; and Kashiya-yokocho, a lane lined with candy stores, offers a nostalgic return to the Japan of the mid-20th century. Wander the atmospheric streets as you sample a variety of gastronomic treats made with Kawagoe's specialty of sweet potato. Meanwhile, Kawagoe Hikawa-jinja Shrine is known as a place to pray for good marriage prospects. Those who manage to secure one of the lucky charms that are distributed in limited numbers every morning from eight o'clock may soon be blessed with a good match.

Recommended Experiences

  • The old warehouses of Kurazukuri no machinami

    10 minutes' walk from the Kawagoe Prince Hotel or Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Railway Shinjuku Line

  • The Time Bell Tower

    10 minutes' walk from the Kawagoe Prince Hotel or Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Railway Shinjuku Line

  • Lucky love charms distributed at Kawagoe's Hikawa-jinja Shrine

    About 15 minutes by bus from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Railway Shinjuku Line

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SAITAMA
埼玉

Southwestern Saitama Prefecture, served by Seibu Railway lines, is a leisure area that is also popular with Japanese visitors. The Sayama Hills are said to be the location that inspired the film My Neighbor Totoro. The adjacent Totoro Forest is ideal for relaxing walks. Among the other well-known leisure destinations are the MetLife Dome, home of the Saitama Seibu Lions professional baseball team, and Seibuen Amusement Park, where the entire family can have fun together. With cherry blossoms in spring, swimming pools and fireworks in summer, autumn leaves in the autumn, and illuminations and snowscapes in winter, this district offers something for every season.

Recommended Experiences

  • Seibuen Amusement Park

    Adjacent to Seibu-yuenchi Station on the Seibu Railway Shinjuku and other lines

  • Winter illuminations at Seibuen Amusement Park

  • MetLife Dome

    Adjacent to Seibukyujo-mae Station on the Seibu Railway Ikebukuro and other lines