Just a 30 minute train ride from the Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo is the Omiya Station in Saitama. The place is not a hugely popular tourist destination but there are definitely some interesting things to see and do in the area such as going to the Omiya bonsai village, a quiet area with many old bonsai farms. And while you are there, why not eat at some of the delicious sushi restaurants in Omiya. Here are five selected shops and a note about the bonsai village.
Kawagoe is a town that tells the story of olden Tokyo. It has also a manufacturer of a craft beer known as the COEDO Beer. The beer is made from sweet potatoes which are produced in abundance in the region. In Kawagoe, you can enjoy the local beer while time traveling back to the Edo period.