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A Round Trip to Saitama Prefecture’s Gyoda for a Visit to Ravishing Ancient Lotuses, Tumulus Clusters and the Historic Castle in One Day!

It is only a 1-hour train ride from Tokyo’s Ueno Station on the Takasaki Line (JR East) to Saitama Prefecture’s Gyoda, where ancient lotuses are in full bloom! Besides, there are Saitama Kofun (tumuli, ancient burial mounds) Park and Oshi Castle, which are rarely seen in other cities in Japan. Here is an account of my one-day round trip to Gyoda and I hope it could be helpful to you.

Saitama Shintoshin Street Performance Festival

A total of 48 groups of performers, including “The Flying Dutchman,” “China Acrobatic Art Troupe,” and Tokyo-accredited “Heaven Artists,” will ring in the new year at Saitama Shintoshin with their carefully-polished performances.

Saitama – Kawagoe Matsuri

The official name of Kawagoe Matsuri is “Kawagoe Hikawa Matsuri,” and it has a long history of over 360 years. It is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, spectacular floats that carry elaborate dolls parade through the streets. The daytime is a great chance to see the ornate detailing on each float up close. At night, enjoy the fantastical atmosphere while watching the floats illuminated with colorful lights.

Railway Museum

Railway Museum

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The Railway Museum was built to commemorate the 20th anniversary of JR East (East Japan Railway Company).
The Railway Museum preserves the heritage and materials of railways from both Japan and overseas. It also houses materials from the National Railway Reform and the inception of JR East. Anyone can enjoy what the Railway Museum has to offer, from people with no particular interest in trains to huge fans!