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Let’s be real: When it comes to things that pour, we can all agree that it’s better to have less rain coming down and more sake filling up your cup. So make your way to Saitama, Japan, which has some of the best weather in the country…oh, and some two dozen breweries with specialty sake. If you’re staying in Tokyo, Japan accommodation and are looking for a day trip out of the hustle and bustle, this is the place.
We suppose you should do something besides sake bombs on your holiday. So here’s something we bet you never even considered: Go to a football game in Japan. Saitama is home to the Urawa Reds, which is a part of the Manchester United category of the J-League in Japan. What did that sentence mean? It means put on your red face paint and get ready to scream. And if you find yourself with a sneaky little headache from all the good sake and thunderous cheering, hop aboard a boat tour on the Arakawa River. Choose one of those small dinghies or a traditional wooden vessel as you look at the colourful landscape behind some nice dark shades. And if you still feel a buzz, simply head back to your Saitama accommodation for some shut-eye.
The easiest way to get into Saitama is through the Narita International Airport (NRT), which is located roughly 105 km from the city. Saitama is a transportation hub, with several high-speed rails crisscrossing the landscape like silly string, so simply choose a rail that will land you closest to your Saitama hotel.
When you’re ready to experience a Saitama holiday, get your sake cup and face paint ready—and remember that you can save on your accommodation in Saitama with help from Wotif. Kanpai!
Hotels in Saitama start at AU$146 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.