Aside from enjoying the bustling city atmosphere of Metropolitan Tokyo, did you know that its suburbs also house several tourist attractions worth visiting?
The SEIBU 1 Day Pass or the SEIBU 1 Day Pass+Nagatoro are discount tickets that Seibu Railway offers, which will allow you unlimited rides on Seibu trains to visit the various attractions along the Seibu Line. Discover attractions such as the ⓵ nostalgic Kawagoe, the ⓶ natural beauty of Chichibu, or the ⓷ Scandinavian fairytale theme park in Hanno!
~Stroll down old streets of Kawagoe and enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere~
Kawagoe is also known as Koedo for its old storehouses and nostalgic townscape, remnants of the Edo and Meiji periods. Stepping into the city allows you to feel the blend of traditional and modern Japanese culture, a reminder of how times have changed. Spend a relaxing day in Kawagoe and enjoy historical spots scattered around the city.
The former merchant town comprises of 20 storehouses left over from the Edo period. Today, these warehouses have been transformed into restaurants and specialty stores, attracting tourists who want to experience a little bit of Edo. Among them, the Toki no Kane (Time Bell Tower), is particularly well-known. Even today, the bells ring four times a day, reminded us of days bygone in the merchant town.
Access: 12-min walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, or take the CO-EDO Loop Bus and alight at Kura-no-Machi Stop and walk for 3 minutes.
•Don’t miss out Sweet Potato Snack!•
“Imo Koi” is one of the popular sweet potato snacks from Kawagoe. Wrapped within the mochi skin is filled with chunky red bean and sweet potato paste, so you can enjoy two different flavors at the same time. Also, don’t forget to try the purple sweet potato flavored ice cream, which is also another popular treat!
Kashou Umon – Toki no Kane (Time Bell Tower) store
Address: 15-13 Saiwai-cho, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture
Website: imokoi.com (Japanese)
•Must try Sweet Potato Kaiseki cuisine!•
The mini kaiseki cuisine here utilizes sweet potatoes in everything from appetizers to desserts. If you want to taste sweet potatoes cooked in various ways, this is the place to visit!
Hours: 10am-5pm (Lunch: 11.45am-3pm)
Address: 7-1 Saiwai-cho, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture
~Step into a Scandinavian fairytale world in Hanno!~
Located on the shores of Lake Miyazawa in Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, the MOOMINVALLEY PARK is the first theme park in Asia to recreate the fantasy world of the Moomins. The Moomins’ house and bathhouse featured in the series has been faithfully reproduced in the park. There are also a variety of facilities that will enable you to enjoy the charm of the Moomins. Furthermore, the theme park’s souvenir shop boasts the largest collection of Moomin merchandise in the world, while the park restaurant serves cute Moomin-themed dishes. A feast for both the heart and mind soul indeed!
Fee: Free for children under 3 years old, ¥1,000 for children over 4 years old to elementary school age, ¥1,500 for junior high school students and above (* A separate fee is required for attractions)
Access: 13-min bus ride from Hannō Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. Get off at Metsä Stop.
Metsä Village, located within the theme park, recreates the unique atmosphere of a Scandinavian lakeside forest. Quaint shops selling colorful household items, specialty stores selling local Saitama delicacies and a variety of restaurants contribute to the elegant resort feel of this area.
Hours: 10am-9pm (The Market Hall operates until 8pm)
Entry is free.
Address:Metsä 327-6 Miyazawa, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture
Tove Jansson Akebono Children's Forest Park
Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park, located within Hanno City, has an ethereal atmosphere and scenery straight out of a Scandinavian fairytale world. Both young and old alike can enjoy spending a leisurely time in this park while interacting with nature.
Hours: (Weekdays) 9am-5pm, (Weekends & holidays*) 9am-9pm *Night illumination after sunset
Fee: Free entry
Access: About 3km away from Hannō Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line by car, 20-min walk from Motokaji Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Address: 893-1 Azu, Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture
Test your limits in Chichibu’s natural surroundings
An 80-minute train ride from Tokyo will take you to Chichibu, where nature is abundant. This is the perfect place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get in touch with nature. For the courageous, we recommend the thrilling “Chichibu Geo Gravity Park” situated in the Arakawa River area. Challenge yourself with the “Canyon Walk” suspension bridge that makes use of the height differentials in the Arakawa Gorge, and the exhilarating zip line “Canyon Fly”. You will love it.
Chichibu Geo Gravity Park
Access: 10-min walk from Mitsumine-guchi Station on the Chichibu Railway.
Address: 730-4 Arakawaniegawa, Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture
*Early booking is required
Chichibu’s culinary delights
In Chichibu, there is a custom of pickling pork in miso to preserve it. Gradually, this evolved to become the miso-pickled pork of today, which is eaten with piping hot rice as the dish “Butamiso Don”. Aside from this, there is also another B-grade delicacy in the area known as “Chichibu Waraji Katsudon”. It was so named because the pork cutlet is as huge as a straw sandal (Waraji). Try eating two pieces of these pork cutlets dipped in special sauce, together with white rice to savor the symphony of tastes in your mouth. Having a hard time deciding which to get? Rest assured, there are shops that serve “Double-don” combining both Waraji Katsudon and Butamiso-don, giving you two irresistible choices in one bowl. Make some delicious memories of Chichibu.
Plus various deals to choose from!
at an affordable price
The Seibu Railway Group’s Prince Hotels and Resorts headquarters is in Tokyo and located throughout Japan, providing luxurious accommodations to tourists at an affordable price.
Kawagoe Prince Hotel is directly connected to the Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, making it easy to access. The hotel also offers a MoominValley Park official hotel stay plan, that includes accommodation in a special Moomin Room in addition to park tickets with guaranteed admission, and original merchandise. What a deal!
SEIBU 1Day Pass / SEIBU 1Day Pass + Nagatoro
This Seibu Railway one-day ticket allows you unlimited rides on the Seibu Line, enabling you a richer experience of the scenery and culture along the line. It connects you directly to Kawagoe and Chichibu, which are well-known sightseeing spots in the suburbs, and even allows you to visit Nagatoro. The best choice for foreign tourists visiting Japan!
SEIBU 1Day Pass (1-day pass) Fee: ¥1,000
SEIBU 1Day Pass (1-day pass) + Nagatoro Fee: ¥1,500
* Children’s tickets cost half the price of an adult ticket
MOOMINVALLEY PARK Ticket & Travel Pass
This value-for-money ticket comprises of 3 items: a Seibu Railway 1-day free ticket, a round-trip bus ticket from Hanno/Higashi-Hanno Station to MOOMINVALLEY PARK, and a park admission ticket. The ticket itself has a special design that makes a wonderful trip souvenir.
Fee: Adult ¥2,700 Child ¥1,600