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Industrial Tourism

“Industrial Tourism” will take you to various destinations such as manufacturing companies, which have been passed on from generation to generation historically or culturally in its local community, and factories with cutting-edge technologies.
 Rich in nature and historical heritages, Saitama prefecture prospering in trade and industry is full of attractive places perfect for "Industrial Tourism". In addition, visiting nearby tourist attractions or popular restaurants will make you find more attractive Saitama you have never known before.
 Let's turn the page and start the adventure of enjoying, experiencing, and learning about Saitama!


food agriculture sake whiskey craft industry 

 

  


food  

 

In December 2013, the Japanese eating custom, which “respects the nature”, was added to UNESCO intangible heritage list, registered under the name of “Washoku: Japanese’s traditional food culture”. This news shows the Japanese eating culture is attracting attention worldwide. Using a variety of foods, “Washoku” is highly evaluated by its nutritious ingredients which support Japanese healthy diet, and its beauty, great taste and close connection to annual traditional events. Saitama is also full of many traditional foods that have been fostered with the blessings of nature and the wisdom of our predecessors. Especially seasonings using soybeans, rice and wheat, such as “Shoyu” (soy sauce) and “Miso” (fermented soybean paste), fermented foods such as pickles or Japanese sake, noodles, and sweets are always people’s favorites, enlivening their dining tables.

 

ヤマキ醸造株式会社の写真
Yamaki jyozo Co., Ltd.
(Kamikawa Town)

 

弓削多醤油株式会社の写真
Yugeta shoyu Co., Ltd.
(Hidaka City)
 

 

株式会社一福本店の写真
Ichifuku honten Co., Ltd.
(Soka City)

 

株式会社 山香煎餅本舗の写真
Yamako senbei honpo Co., Ltd.
(Soka City)

 

fueki

Fueki Syoyu Brewing
(Kawajimamachi)
 

 

matsumoto

Matsumoto Craft Soy Sauce
(Kawagoe City)

 

kawagoemacha

 Kawagoe Matcha
(Kawagoe City)

 

maple

MAPLE BASE
(Chichibu-Gun, Oganomachi)

 

 

 

 
agriculture  
 

 

issen

Ochakko Salon Issen
(Iruma City)

 

有限会社 宮野園の写真

 Miyanoen Ltd.
(Sayama City)

 

wado

Wadō-Nouen
(Chichibu City)
 

 

farm

Chichibu Fruit Farm
(Chichibu City)

 

 

 

 


sake  

 

The three elements of sake brewing are known as water, rice, and technique. In Saitama prefecture, there are 35 brewers that meet the necessary conditions of Sake brewing. The most important element is “water”. Because big rivers such as the Arakawa River and the Tone River run thorough Saitama’s brewers, sake is brewed using the underground water from the basin system of the two rivers. The hardness of the water depends on its basin system, and therefore a great variety of water is available. Next comes “rice”. “Saka-mai”, rice suited for sake brewing, includes famous brands such as Yamada-nishiki, but in Saitama prefecture, there is an original brand of large rice called “Sake-Musashi” which is suited for making sake. Finally, there is the “technique” that has been inherited continuously. “Sai-no-kuni (Land of Colors) Sake Brewing School” opened about 10 years ago in order to improve brewing techniques, and is now providing lectures and coaching to young technicians working at brewing companies.

Bukousyuzo
Bukou syuzo Co., Ltd.
(Chichibu City)

 

Matsuoka Brewing
Matsuoka Brewing Co., Ltd.
(Ogawa Town)

 

Seiunsyuzo
Seiun syuzo Co., Ltd.
(Ogawa Town)

 

Nagasawasyuzo
Nagasawa syuzo Co., Ltd.
(Hidaka City)

 

Ishiisyuzo
Ishii syuzo Co., Ltd.
(Satte City)

 

 

  


whiskey  
 


malt

Ichiro’s Malt
(Chichibu City)

 

coedobeer

Coedo Beer 
(Kawagoe City)

 


  


craft  

 

Based on its history, climate and management resources, Saitama has many local industries rooted in the community. There is a variety of traditional crafts such as Japanese paper (washi), silk fabric, Japanese dolls, carp pennants (koi-nobori), and "Daruma". In terms of management environment, although there are difficulties such as competitions against other products made in overseas or other parts of Japan as well as vast changes in people’s lifestyles, local industries are making great and unique efforts by making the most use of their specialties and originality. Thanks to their own efforts, they are now receiving worldwide recognition more than ever. Among them is "Hosokawa-shi", a type of Japanese paper made traditionally in Hiki-gun and Chichibu-gun, which won a universal recognition when it was listed as one of the UNESCO's intangible cultural heritages in 2014.

Kuboseishi
Kubo seishi Ltd.
(Ogawa Town
)

 

Bushu Nakajima
Bushu Nakajima Kouya
(Hanyu City
)

Togyoku
Togyoku Co., Ltd.
(Saitama City
)

Henmiorimono
Chichibu meisen Henmi orimono
(Chichibu City)

 

Matsuzaki
Matsuzaki Daruma Industry 
(Koshigaya City)

行田足袋
Gyoda Tabi Socks (Tabi Museum)
(Gyoda City)

hinadoll

 Kounosu Hina Doll Association
(Kounosu City)
 

 

kawagoetouzan

Kawagoe Tōzan
(Kawagoe City)
 

 

 

 
industry  

 

There are over 11,600 manufacturing factories (factories with 4 or more employees are counted) in Saitama, and product shipment value amounts to around 12.3908 trillion yen. The number of factories and workers are No.4 in the country; value added prices such as product shipment value is in the top 10 as well. Therefore, Saitama can also be called as an "Industrial Prefecture". When you look at the factory distribution ratio by industry, metal (16.3%) is at the top, followed by production apparatus (9.2%), plastic (8.6%), printing (8%), and foodstuff (7.7%). In any of these fields, the latest technology and unique techniques are utilized, and some production sites are fully supported by polished skills of the craftspeople. There are many companies that actively welcome visitors into their factories and provide opportunities to take a look at parts of their production process.
 The number of offices, amounts and distribution ratio are based on the data from Saitama Industrial Statistics Research (2014)

Glicopia
Glicopia East
(Kitamoto City
)

 

NAC
NAC Co., Ltd.
(Honjo City
)

 

Agriculturecenter
Agri culture center Inc.
(Ogano Town
)

 

Kamisato
Kamisato Cantare
(Kamisato Town
)

 

Saitama
Saitama Bee-Keeping Co., Ltd.
(Kitamoto City
)

 

Kohara
Kohara Gear Industry Co., Ltd.
(Kawaguchi City
)

 

Akebono Brake Industry
Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
(Hanyu City
)

 

Tajima Light Metal
Tajima Light Metal Co., Ltd.
(Hanyu City
)

 

IWASAKI ELECTRIC
IWASAKI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
(Gyoda City
)

 

MIKAMI 
MIKAMI Co., Ltd.
(Tokorozawa City
)

 

Hannouseisakusho
Hannou seisakusho Co., Ltd.
(Hanno City
)

Tokyobyourakouki
Tokyo byourakouki Co., Ltd.
(Niiza City
)

Nobidomeseisakujo
Nobidome seisakujo Ltd.
(Niiza City
)

 

Ishizakasangyo
Ishizaka sangyo Co., Ltd.
(Miyoshi Town
)

 

Saitama Prefectural Environmental Management Center
Saitama Prefectural Environmental
Management Center
(Yorii Town
)

Akagi Nyugyo Company Limited, Honjo Senbon Sakura "5S" Factory
Akagi Nyugyo Company Limited,
Honjo Senbon Sakura "5S" Factory
(Honjo City)