Saitama Prefecture forms a sort of buffer zone between the grey sprawl of Tokyo and the mountains of Gunma prefecture.
Situated on the south-east of the prefecture is the capital Saitama City with the population of 1.2 million. Saitama is the only prefectural capital in Japan whose name is always written in hiragana "さいたま", and belongs to the list of hiragana cities.
Saitama has a wealth of unique and worthwhile destinations. It houses one of Japan's only remaining "Little Tokyo"s in Kawagoe, the Bonsai Capital of the World in Saitama City's Bonsai Village, and a complete 34 temple pilgrimage all within the historic town of Chichibu, making it the most doable of the country's major pilgrimage routes for short-term visitors to Japan.