About Saitama Prefecture

Charms and Features of Saitama Prefecture

Many people do not know much about Saitama Prefecture. Topics here will provide such people with easy-to-understand information on Saitama. You will be Saitama fans from today onwards when you are finished with reading the information.

Located north next to Tokyo

Many people may not know exactly where Saitama is in Japan. Look at the map of Japan and find Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture is located in the north next to Tokyo. It is easy to remember that Saitama is immediately north of Tokyo. Even some Japanese people misunderstand, thinking that Saitama Prefecture is a part of Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture is so lacking in renown that even some Japanese people say, "Where is Saitama?" Remember this map and tell Japanese people that Saitama Prefecture is here. You will be respected as a foreigner who knows Japan better than some Japanese people do.

Data on Saitama Prefecture
Total population 7,194,556
Area 379,872 km2
Prefectural capital Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken
Foreign residents in the prefecture 88,734
The data is based on the national census of 2010 and a survey conducted by the City Planning Division of Saitama Prefecture.
Located north next to Tokyo

It is almost always sunny in Saitama

First, Saitama has the best weather in Japan. Saitama has taken first place seven times for the last 10 years in the ranking of prefectures with the highest number of sunny days. As a matter of course, it has taken first place for the last 10 years in the ranking of prefectures with the highest average number of sunny days as well. You are highly likely to see clear and cloudless skies and feel fine if you come to Saitama.

This is a graph of the annual rainfalls and monthly average temperatures of Kumagaya City

This is a graph of the annual rainfalls and monthly average temperatures of Kumagaya City, where Kumagaya Meteorological Observatory is located, in 2010 (surveyed by the Statistics Division of Saitama).

Highest temperature recorded in Saitama
Observation point Highest temperature °C Date
Saitama 38.7 May 7, 1997
Koshigaya 40.4 Aug 16, 2007
Tokorozawa 39.6 Jul 6, 1997
Yorii 39.5 Aug 15, 2007
Kumagaya 40.9 Aug 16, 2007
Kuki 38.9 Aug 16, 2007
Chichibu 39.3 Aug 7, 1994
Hatoyama 39.9 Jul 7, 1997
Reference data: Kumagaya Meteorological Observatory

Saitama has no sea, but has fresh water.

Second, Saitama's total river basin area is the largest in Japan. The occupation area of the rivers in the prefecture is the largest in Japan. Saitama has been thriving through water transportation using its extensive rivers since olden days. The tradition is still alive. River leisure activities, such as boating and rafting, are popular. There are many fishing spots as well. Water does not exist only in the sea. Why don't you come to Saitama and experience the clear streams of its rivers?
Konosu-shi has the widest river in Japan.
Konosu-shi has the widest river in Japan.

Saitama is at the roots of Japan's coins and airplanes.

the minting of WadokaichinAs you know, Japan's currency is yen. In the A.D. 700's, the minting of Wadokaichin, the oldest official Japanese coinage, started with the use of Saitama-made copper. Saitama is, so to speak, the birthplace of Japan's currency. In the 1900's, Japan's first flight took place at Tokorozawa Airport, which was in Saitama. The roots of money and technology symbolized by the coin and the flight, respectively, are thus to be found in Saitama.
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum

FAQs

Foreigners staying in Japan frequently ask the following questions. Contacts for everyday rules, common knowledge, and consultations are listed here.

About Money

Is it possible to withdraw money with foreign-issued cash cards?
You can use your foreign-issued cash cards at Seven Bank's ATMs located in Seven-Eleven stores and JP Bank's ATMs (labeled with "International ATM Service") throughout Japan.
Where can I make currency exchanges?
You can exchange your foreign currency into Japanese yen at banks and stores that display an "Authorized Money Exchanger" sign. The exchange rate fluctuates on a daily basis according to the trends of the financial markets.
Where can travelers' checks be used?
You can use your traveler's checks at major banks, hotels, inns, and stores in major cities.

Precautions

Considerations that apply when entering Japanese houses
Take off your shoes when entering Japanese houses or tatami-mat rooms.
Precautions in hot springs and baths
  • Do not put your towels into the bathtub or wash your hair or body in the bathtub.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the bathtub.
  • Wipe your body before returning to the dressing room.
  • Do not exhibit problem behaviors annoying other people.

How to Enjoy Japanese Public Baths and Restrooms

Precautions for seasonal clothing
  • Summer
    Wear light clothing in summer because it is very hot and humid. Be careful of the difference in temperature between outdoors and indoors before entering air-conditioned buildings. It can be sultry at night.
  • Winter
    It is cold in winter. It can be particularly cold early in the morning or late at night. Wear a thick coat or jacket when you go out. Put on or take off more clothing according to the indoor temperatures of air-conditioned hotels or stores.
  • Spring and Autumn
    The climate is comfortable with relatively mild temperatures in spring and autumn, but it can be cold early in the morning or late at night depending on the weather. It is recommended that you bring a jacket, light coat, or sweater.
  • Contacts

    Foreign tourist information in Saitama
    Each tourist information office Address Telephone number
    Municipal Kawagoe Station Tourist Information Office 24-9 Wakita-machi, Kawagoe 049-222-5556
    Urawa Tourist Information Center 1-16-20 Takasago, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi
    In front of the west exit of JR Urawa Station
    048-824-0333
    Saitama-Shintoshin Tourist Information Center 2 Ochiai, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi
    On the access way linking the east and west sides of Saitama-Shintoshin
    048-600-0070
    Omiya Station Tourist Information Center Inside Omiya Station 630 Nishiki-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi 048-644-1144
    In case of emergency
    You will want to contact the embassy of your country in case of emergency.
    You may need to report the event to the local police.
    • Police110
    • Fire truck/Ambulance119