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Fall in love with Chichibu: A Beautiful Mountainous City in Saitama

So yes, we took another road trip to Chichibu, Saitama, Japan; and this time, in spring!

You can read my previous post here when I first went on a road trip to Chichibu in autumn last year. I’m so in love with this place that I can’t even begin to describe. Chichibu is so peaceful and beautiful. The people are so warm and everything is just exciting.

Going to Chichibu would take about two hours by car or by train from Tokyo. It is a city in the westernmost part of Saitama prefecture and is surrounded by forests and mountains.

Mt. Bukou (武甲山)

One of the most famous hiking spots in Chichibu is Mt. Bukou (武甲山). It is composed of limestone and stands at 1,304 meters high. A large part of it is used for mining, resulting in its unique shape. Legend has it that Prince Yamato Takeru, the son of the 12th emperor of Japan and one of the greatest soldiers (武 ) in his time, removed his warrior helmet (甲 ) and put it in a room made of rocks inside this mountain (山), thus the name.

Address: Chichibu 368-0001, Saitama Prefecture

Fall in love with Chichibu - A Beautiful Mountainous City in Saitama

Hitsujiyama Park (羊山 公园)

Another famous attraction is the Hitsujiyama Park (羊山 公园). In spring when flowers are in full bloom, this park is covered with Shibazakura and Tulips in different colors. There are also a lot of food stalls in the park where you can buy delicious street food while strolling around.

Address: 〒368-0023 Saitama Prefecture, Chichibu, Omiya, 6360

Website: http://navi.city.chichibu.lg.jp/flower/shibazakura/

Fall in love with Chichibu - A Beautiful Mountainous City in Saitama

Chichibu Muse Park

Chichibu Muse Park is another picturesque spot you shouldn’t miss.  There, you can go cycling, play in a big children’s park, see a garden full of colorful Tulips, buy ice cream (yay!), watch fireflies, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains overlooking the whole Saitama region.

Address: 637-2 Kuna, Chichibu City, Saitama

Website: http://www.muse-park.com/

And of course, our road trip wouldn’t be complete without having a little barbecue party in the woods while listening to the birds chirping and the relaxing sound of the river. We spent a night in a big house right in the middle of the forest before heading back to Tokyo the following day. It was another exciting experience I’ll never forget.

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Fall in love with Chichibu - A Beautiful Mountainous City in Saitama

A Road Trip to Chichibu in Autumn (Saitama)

A Road Trip to Chichibu in Autumn (Saitama)

To escape the busy streets of Tokyo and enjoy the autumn leaves more, we took the most spontaneous road trip to Chichibu, a city in the westernmost part of Saitama Prefecture surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests.

Chichibu is just a two-hour drive from Tokyo (we set off from Hachioji). You can also take the train via the express Seibu Ikebukuro Line. From Ikebukuro, it takes about an hour and a half to get to Chichibu station.

While on the road, I couldn’t help but be amazed. This city boasts natural beauty and peaceful rural villages. I never expected seeing more.

Everything was just so beautiful — the mountains, the autumn leaves that were slowly changing colors, the orange trees which I saw for the first time, the smiles of the people. No words.

It was definitely ‘love at first sight’ and Chichibu will always be one of my favorite places in Japan. I’m so in love with it and I’ll definitely come back in spring and see more of its beauty.

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A Road Trip to Chichibu in Autumn