A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|Area:||3,797 square km (1,466 square miles)|
|Population:||7.22 million as of October 2013|
Business & Industry:
Situated just above Tokyo, the financial and political center of Japan, Saitama is home to a variety of businesses, with a large number manufacturing transportation machinery. It also produces many kinds of vegetables, with leeks and spinach being the main crops.
Tourism & Culture:
In Saitama City, visitors can enjoy The Railway Museum, the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum and some traditional sites. In the Chichibu region, train-lovers can ride an old-fashioned steam locomotive called the Paleo Express. For a taste of Edo Period architecture, a walk through the traditional streets of Kawagoe is recommended.
The city of Kumagaya is known as one of the hottest places in Japan in summer. It is not uncommon for air temperatures to exceed 40 degrees Celsius.