About 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.
|Prefectural capital||Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken|
|Foreign residents in the prefecture||88,734|
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, where Kumagaya Meteorological Observatory is located, in 2010 (surveyed by the Statistics Division of 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|
Saitama has no sea, but has fresh water.
Saitama is at the roots of Japan's coins and airplanes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Precautions for seasonal clothing
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.
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.
|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
|Saitama-Shintoshin Tourist Information Center||2 Ochiai, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi
On the access way linking the east and west sides of Saitama-Shintoshin
|Omiya Station Tourist Information Center||Inside Omiya Station 630 Nishiki-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi||048-644-1144|
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