Just a 30-minute train ride from the Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo is Omiya Station in Saitama. The place is not a hugely popular tourist destination but there are definitely some interesting things to do 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.
Just a 2 minute walk from Urawa Station, 'Beernova Urawa' is a craft beer specialist serving as many as 31 different craft beers on tap! Beernova features beer from breweries in Saitama and throughout the country, and always has at least 20 different craft beers on tap.
Located 2 minutes away from Urawa Station, Just north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, 'Toriton' is a ramen shop that serves a bowl called 'Megaton Ramen,' which has one of the largest pieces of chashu you'll ever see!