Saitama is less than an hour away from central Tokyo, making it an easy weekend getaway from the capital. Famed for Kawagoe’s historical Little Edo town with its old-fashioned streets, Saitama is also home to plenty of hidden restaurants, bars and cafés.
You’ll find long-established restaurants serving traditional cuisine using locally caught fish from the river alongside izakaya pubs boasting inventive pork yakitori skewers. For something sweet, go for fruit sandwiches, and for a real treat, head to the Scottish pub serving homemade haggis with whisky from Chichibu. We’ve rounded up the ten best restaurants, cafés and pubs to visit while you’re in Saitama.