The Iruma region of Saitama, centering on Iruma City, is the production center for Sayama green tea, which is appreciated throughout Japan for its unique flavor. Seeds for this tea plant were originally imported from China about 800 years ago. Tea cultivation in the region began to thrive as early as the 13th century.
Iruma City Tourist Association: Tel: 042-964-1111
Labyrinth of Sunflower Field (Himawari Meiro)
An extensive 10,000-sq.-meter field turns into a maze-like labyrinth in July and August - an amazing spectacle created with over 40,000 sunflower plants. As the sunflowers grow into the height of an adult, the labyrinth is an interesting and challenging attraction especially for the young and their parents alike.
Shobu Town Green Center: 0480-85-1111
Nagatoro, famous nationwide, perhaps represents the best of Saitama's scenic beauty. The focus of this outstanding natural attraction is the valley of the upper reaches of the Arakawa River, featuring a 4-kilometer-long stretch of rock formations designated as a national scenic monument. Geologically significant, these rock formations constitute the birthplace of geological study in Japan. Tourists can enjoy breathtaking scenic beauty from on board a boat that descends the Nagatoro "Rhein" River.
Nagatoro Town Tourist Association: Tel: 0494-66-3111
Gyoda City is proud of its ancient lotuses that grow in the Kobari Marsh. The seeds of ancient lotuses here, estimated to date back 1,400 to 3,00 years, were found by chance during excavation for the building of a waste disposal facility. After a few thousand years of dormancy, they awoke and germinated. The large pink blossoms bloom only in the morning for about a month from mid-July after the close of the rainy season.
Gyoda City Tourist Association: 048-556-1111
Fudo Falls was named after Fudo-myooh or Acala, the Buddhist deity of Fire, because of its awe-inspiring appearance and atmosphere that remind us of the deity. Waters tumbling from a height of 50 meters beautifully harmonize with the green foliage, grass and moss on the rocks around the falls. A trail to the falls is a popular route for hiking.
Otaki Tourist Association: 0494-55-0707
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