Exploring Saitama with Mio


  1. Kawagoe Warehouse District:
    Mio visited Kawagoe, known as “Little Edo,” and walked through the historic warehouse district. “It feels like stepping back into the Edo period,” she said.
  2. Toki no Kane (Bell of Time):
    Mio admired the iconic Toki no Kane, a bell tower that chimes over the city. “The sound of the bell gives the town a historical charm,” she noted.
  3. Kawagoe Festival Museum:
    At the Kawagoe Festival Museum, Mio learned about the history of the Kawagoe Festival and saw the impressive festival floats. “It’s a great place to experience the festival’s atmosphere,” she commented.


  1. Nagatoro River Boat Ride:
    Mio enjoyed a boat ride on the Nagatoro River, taking in the natural beauty and the river’s flow. “The boat ride is refreshing and a great way to enjoy nature,” she remarked.
  2. Chichibu Night Festival:
    In winter, Mio attended the Chichibu Night Festival, famous for its elaborate floats and fireworks. “The night festival is grand and truly impressive,” she said.
  3. Hitsujiyama Park:
    In spring, Mio visited Hitsujiyama Park to see the beautiful moss phlox. “The colorful flowers spread out like a carpet,” she admired.

Saitama City

  1. Omiya Hikawa Shrine:
    Mio visited Omiya Hikawa Shrine, impressed by its grand and serene atmosphere. “The historical shrine feels very cleansing,” she noted.
  2. Railway Museum:
    At the Railway Museum, Mio explored Japan’s railway history and technology. “The exhibits are fascinating and draw you into the world of trains,” she commented.
  3. Saitama Super Arena:
    Mio enjoyed a concert at Saitama Super Arena. “The live performance in such a large venue is thrilling,” she said.

Chichibu Region

  1. Mitsumine Shrine:
    Mio visited Mitsumine Shrine, enchanted by its mystical mountain setting. “The nature around the shrine is stunning,” she remarked.
  2. Chichibu Onsen:
    Mio relaxed at Chichibu Onsen, enjoying the soothing hot spring water. “The hot springs are very comforting and rejuvenating,” she said.
  3. Chichibu Pilgrimage:
    Mio embarked on the Chichibu Pilgrimage, visiting historic temples along the way. “Each temple has its own unique character,” she observed.
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