About Saitama

Saitama is known for its well-developed industries and cultures, well -balanced urban and natural environment and convenience.

The city of Saitama is the place where Japanese have had a close relationship with foreigners for a long time, and respecting and embracing people from other areas. Moreover, the Saitama prefecture is distributing its touristy information via the Facebook sites “Saitama JAPAN Just North of Tokyo” in 9 different languages. Please click on your language in the table below.

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Saitama Knowledge Tidbits

Saitama – Famous Backdrop for Japanese animated films

Saitama is the backdrop to the phenomenal animated film ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ by the world renowned, celebrated animation film director, Miyazaki Hayao. When you watch the animation, you can feel the charming atmosphere of Saitama in the 1960’s. Other famous Japanese animation including Crayon Shin-chan and Lucky Star were staged in Saitama as well.

Transportation Hub of Eastern Japan

 Omiya Station in the city of Saitama is the transportation hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. The radial roads and railroads of Saitama are designed to easily travel to all areas of Japan. Historically Saitama has been considered a major transportation point of the Edo region. Only 15 minutes to Akabane and 30 minutes to Shinjuku, Saitama is a model commuter town.

The Symbol of Cultural and Sports City of Saitama

The City of Saitama always bubbles with sports and cultural events. Saitama is famous home field of the prestigious professional baseball team, Seibu Lions, and the home to the 2007 Asian Football Confederation(AFC) Champions, the Urawa Red Diamonds as well as the Omiya Ardija football club.

Saitama built the Saitama Stadium to host matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan, as one of the largest ‘Football Only’ stadium in Asia, and the Saitama Super Arena, a multipurpose entertainment facility is built with Japan’s state-of-the-art design and architectural technology. World famous performers such as Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga and Coldplay have performed at the Arena. Those are famous landmarks for sports and entertainment in the Greater Tokyo area.