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Saitama City


Prefecture/City: Saitama City
Capital/Prefecture: Saitama Prefecture
Governor/Mayor: Hayato Shimizu
Area: 217.5 square km (83.97 square miles)
Population: 1.25 million as of January 2013
Flower: Primrose
Tree: Zelkova
Business & Industry:

Urawa, Omiya and Yono merged in 2001 to create the city of Saitama, which then merged with Iwatsuki in 2005. Its main businesses are on the tertiary level and include automotive audio-visual equipment maker Clarion, cram school operator Eiko, and Kappa Sushi restaurant chain operator Kappa Create.

Tourism & Culture:

Its main attractions include the Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose venue for concerts, sports events and exhibitions; the Railway Museum showcasing the history of various trains and related materials; and the NACK5 Stadium, home of the J. League’s Omiya Ardija soccer team.

Famous for:

Due to the merger of Urawa and Omiya, Saitama boasts two J. League soccer teams, the Urawa Red Diamonds and Omiya Ardija. There is a fierce rivalry between the teams.