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Locations Deeply Connectioned with the Region

Businesses that have originated in conjunction with local geographical conditions and are considered “established shops” are designated as “Business Establishments Deeply Connected to Regional Characteristics”.

Iryohin Gofuku-ten

Iryohin Gofuku-ten

As a post-station on Nakasendo in the Edo period, and later with the opening of its train station, this area has prospered as a transportation hub, with its busy commuter traffic, active commodity distribution, and many clothing retailers.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Okiya 1-12-19 Hommachinishi, Chuo Ward

048-852-4469 Okiya Website
Gofuku・Futomono Tanakaya Gofuku-ten  1-21 Miyacho, Omiya Ward

048-641-0440  

Tatami

Tatami

Tatami (weaved straw matting for floors) is an essential part of temples and shrines. Since the Edo period, it has also become widely used in common households, remaining an important element in Japanese life to this day.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Shimizu Seijo-hasudaya 3-12-14 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-1568 Okiya Website
Yoshino Tatami-honten 3-22-15 Tokiwa, Urawa Ward
048-831-7006  

Shashin-kan

Syashin-kan

Before cameras became widely available, special equipment and camera techniques were required to take photos, thus people used to go to photo studios whenever they need to have their photos taken. Even now, people still visit photostudios in order to have commemorative pictures taken.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Suzuki Shashin-kan 2-2-10 Nakacho, Urawa Ward
048-822-2468  

Enka(Hanabi)

Enka(Hanabi)

Fireworks are a summer tradition in Japan, and Saitama City holds a fireworks festival each year.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Orientaru Kako 1-177 Takahanacho, Omiya Ward
048-644-8611  

Hata

Hata

Flags have long been used as landmarks and to convey meaning through symbols. Though the designs and materials used may vary depending on the era, their form and purpose will never change.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Tsuji Hata-ten 2-34 Nakacho, Omiya Ward
048-641-0762  

Hyogu

Hyogu

In post-stations, such as this town, there used to be many more restaurants and large households, as well as numerous temples and shrines. Thus there was a high demand for hyogu (door and screen mounting) services with constant orders for the manufacture and repair of sliding doors, folding screens, and hanging scrolls for their guest rooms.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Kinshido Ishida Hyogu-ten 1-4-5 Tokiwa, Urawa Ward
048-831-4944  
Bunjudo Harada Hyogu-ten 7-1-11 Kishicho, Urawa Ward
048-822-6095  
Mukasa Hyogu-ten 3-7-6 Takasago, Urawa Ward
048-822-4946 Mukasa Hyogu-ten Website

Tsukemono

Tsukemono

Traditionally, pickling has been one of the most common ways of preserving food in Japan. Narazuke is a famous type of pickle that goes well with eel.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Sosaku-tsukemono Kawamuraya Omiya-honten 1125-6 Besshocho, Kita Ward
048-667-6733 Sosaku-tsukemono Kawamuraya Omiya-honten Website
Sakai Jinshiro Shoten 2-4-23 Nakacho, Urawa Ward
048-822-2110  

Sembei

Sembei

Sembei are crackers made from rice, typically seasoned with soy sauce or salt and have been enjoyed as a popular snack among Japanese people.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Nakajima Sembeiya 1-18-24 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-0725 Nakajima Sembeiya Website

Chaba-hanbai

Chaba-hanbai

Green tea has spread among common people as a popular drink since the Edo period, and tea culture plays an important role in present-day life.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Aoyama Chaho 4-25-12 Kishicho, Urawa Ward
048-822-2953  

Unagi, Kawauo-ryori

Unagi, Kawauo-ryori

There used to be many eels and catfish living in the Minuma marshes, Arakawa River, and Moto-Arakawa River, and there were inns at post-stations that served the river fish to travelers.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Okitaya 1722 Oto, Iwatsuki Ward
048-799-1025  
Kiwaiya 1723 Oto, Iwatsuki Ward
048-799-1018  
Kojimaya 1719 Oto, Iwatsuki Ward
048-799-1023 Kojimaya Website
Ryotei Hoteiya  1-6-3 Nakacho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-1661 Kojimaya Website
Yamaya 1-24 Daimoncho, Omiya Ward
048-641-0158  

Ryotei・Ryokan

Ryotei・Ryokan

The food and hospitality of restaurants and inns of Japan was once the pinnacle of Japanese cultural expression. Even now, traditional restaurants and inns remain places where you can enjoy the most excellent hospitality.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Ryoteiryokan Shindoyamaya 3-110 Horinouchicho, Omiya Ward
048-641-0501 Ryoteiryokan Shindoyamaya Website
Kaisekiryori・Kapporyokan Higashiyama 2-25 Junocho, Omiya Ward
048-641-2615 Kaisekiryori・Kapporyokan Higashiyama Website
Kaisekiryori Isekin 1-37-1 Takahanacho, Omiya Ward
048-641-0023 Kaisekiryori Isekin Website
Ryorichaya Ichinoya 2-276 Takahanacho, Omiya Ward
048-644-0165 Ryorichaya Ichinoya Website
Ryotei Sembeiya 2-2-31 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-0076  
Ryotei Funamata 4-1-8 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-758-0035 Ryotei Funamata Website

Seisyu-seizo

Seisyu-seizo

Saitama City is well-suited for sake-making due to its pure underground water fed from the Arakawa River and Tonegawa River systems as well as the active rice production of local farmers.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Uchiki Shuzo 6-13-15 Nishibori, Sakura Ward
048-862-5734 Uchiki Shuzo Website
Otaki Shuzo 663 Hizako, Minuma Ward
048-683-3006  
Koyama Honke Shuzo 1798 Sashiogi, Nishi Ward
048-623-0013 Koyama Honke Shuzo Website
Suzuki Shuzo 4-8-24 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-0067 Suzuki Shuzo Website

Wagashi

Wagashi

Wagashi are Japanese sweets made using traditional confectionary techniques. Some wagashi are local specialties, and each has its own unique characteristics.

Photo Name Address Tel Website
Adachiya Kashiho 3-13-12 Nakacho, Urawa Ward
048-822-2978  
Iwatoya 1738 Oto, Iwatsuki Ward
048-799-1005  
Okashitsukasa Ogawaya 2-455 Sakuragicho, Omiya Ward
048-664-2844  
Kasho Hanami 1-6-10 Takasago, Urawa Ward
048-822-2573  
Sekine Seika 1-3-20 Nishimachi, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-0412  
Tanakaya Honten 2-2-43 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-0045  
Tokinokane Monaka 3-16-10 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward
048-756-0250  
Tokiwadango Hompo c/o Urawa CORSO 1-12-1 Takasago, Urawa Ward
048-822-4166  
Fudokabo Fukuroya 2-94 Daimoncho, Omiya Ward
048-641-1295