Omiya Park
Omiya: Park/garden
Omiya Park: Omiya
Omiya / Park/garden
Average visit time: 1-2 hours

This huge 67-hectare park is famous for its Japanese red pines, apricot trees and numerous cherry trees, and it's an especially popular destination during cherry-blossom season in late March. It's also home to several sporting facilities, a free zoo, the Saitama Museum of History and Folklore, and the 2400-year-old Hikawa Shrine.

Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Takahanacho 4.
5 minutes from Omiya-Koen station (Tobu Noda line); 15 minutes from Omiya station (JR)
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