Saitama is close to Tokyo downtown area, and it has a lot of places retaining some remnant of Edo period. You can enjoy unique retro-modern atmosphere.
Climate (temperature / precipitation)
Source：Japan Metrogical Agency
Annual average temperature is about 15℃. On summer, temperature rises and it usually rains much. On winter, it has sunny days, but it often gets dry due to the strong wind. This seasonal strong wind is callded "Karakkaze".
Cost of living
Foods recommended by locals
Urawa city in Saitama prefecture is known as a birthplace of "Kabayaki". Natural eel in Tonegawa river has been valued as a good taste from ancient times.
Sweet potato sweets
Kawagoe's sweet potato is well-known in Saitama prefecture, and many sweets you can get there by eating around. There are many kinds of sweets, which is taking advantage of its sweetness.
Famous places / spots recommended by locals
Kawagoe city is a main part of the "koedo (little -edo)" area. Old tower bell (toki-no-kane) which had restructured in the Meiji period, is fourth generation. "Kashiyayokocho"is lined with 20 stores such as a mom-and-pop candy store or Japanese pickled food shop. You can eat around for sweets which use local sweet potatoes. They are popular among people of all ages.
There are a lot of natural tourist attractions in Chichibu. Best of those would be the mystical sea of clouds. You can also take the retro-style SEIBU-trains, which are running through the great natural scenary . "Bukousan" would be the most famous mountain in Chichibu. You can see limestone carve and take a hot spring there. It is a famous spot among mountain climbers