What to Expect
Let's visit Saitama City (approx. one hour train ride from Tokyo Station) to see the one of the most famous shrines around Tokyo and explore the world renowned Bonsai Village!
1) Hikawa Shrine
Founded about 2,400 years ago, it's "Chokusai-sha", a special shrine whose rituals are attended by an imperial envoy (there are only 16 Chokusai-sha in Japan) and one of the most important shinto shrines of the greater Tokyo area. It's also famous for the longest "sando (approach to the shrine)" in the world and the biggest torii gate in the Kanto region.
2) Bonsai Village
Bonsai nurseries moved from Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, seeking for the ideal place and settled here to form this Bonsai village. Here you can visit bonsai nurseries and the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (entrance fee / adult: JPY300-). The collection is overwhelming - please appreciate the highest quality bonsai masterpieces that you can never see anywhere else in the world!
*We can walk or take a taxi between each site. If you would prefer taking a taxi, please pay the taxi fare.
*I can change the route and length of the tour flexibly. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.