Saitama Prefecture is just north of Tokyo, and shortest within 30 minutes via train from the capital, tourists there can enjoy lots of sightseeing spots. There is a townscape in Japanese storehouse style, redolent of the Edo period. Thrilling activity, river rafting amid the breathtaking natural environment of Chichibu and Nagatoro. Natural ice pillar formation in the winter is amazing. And some more!! Visitors can try their hands at making washi paper in Ogawa and Higashichichibu, a practice which has been added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list. Don't miss the spectacular floats and pageantry of the Kawagoe Festival and the Chichibu Night Festival.