The prefecture just north of Tokyo. Saitama itself is large, covering a massive area of Eastern Tokyo. The areas closest to Tokyo are popular as bedroom communities for those commuting into Tokyo for work. These areas tend to have rent that is just slightly more affordable compared to living in Tokyo itself, which makes them quite popular. Stations like Urawa are just 26 minutes away from Tokyo Station, easily within what can be considered commuting distance by most people.
Location and Highlights:
The western part of Saitama Prefecture is known for its natural scenery. The rolling hills and mountainous area are home to various temples, hiking paths, and hot springs. Living in Saitama can be quite advantageous if you are always planning your next outdoor adventure. The largest city in the western region of Saitama is Chichibu, known for the Chichibu Kanon Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage route will take you to 34 temples in the area, with history dating back to the 13th century!
The southern part of Saitama Prefecture, closest to Tokyo, is considered an extension of the Tokyo metropolitan area. Residents of neighborhoods like Urawa and Kawaguchi are a mix of those who work close by and those who commute to Tokyo.
The Saitama Super Arena can be found near Saitama-Shintoshin Station (Keihin-Tohoku Line, Takasagi Line, Utsunomiya Line). This large arena hosts a variety of sport events and live concerts, adding a nice entertainment option to those who choose to live in the residential suburbs of Saitama.
Main Residential Neighborhoods
Saitama Prefecture ranks high for:
- Good balance distance from downtown Tokyo and average rent.
- Popular with those who prefer more suburban living instead of city living.