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Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ({X_, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Jinja) is a popular shrine in Saitama City, a 20-30 minute walk from Omiya Station. It used to be the head Shinto shrine of former Musashi Province ("Musashi Ichinomiya" literally means "top shrine of Musashi"), which covered present day Greater Tokyo, including large parts of Saitama Prefecture. It is this shrine which gave Omiya (which literally means "great shrine") its name.

The shrine is set in lush greenery and has many auxiliary buildings on its grounds. A long approach from the south leads to the shrine's precincts, where a tall vermillion torii gate and several secondary shrines are located. Proceeding north takes visitors to a bridge across a pond. Here, the two-storied Romon Gate marks the entrance to the main shrine grounds, where the main hall (honden), the praying hall (haiden) and a dance stage (maiden) stand.

Musashi Ichinomiya is the most important of many Hikawa shrines in Japan, which enshrine Susanoo, the God of the sea and storms. Additional structures have been added to the shrine during its history, and its current main buildings date back to 1940. For most of the year, this shrine has a tranquil environment. However, during special occasions, such as during the New Year holidays, it becomes one of the most visited shrines in Japan.

Getting there and around

Hikawa Shrine is a ten minute walk from Kita Omiya Station (2 minutes, 150 yen from Omiya Station by Tobu Noda Line). Alternatively, it can be reached in a 20-30 minute walk from Omiya Station.

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    • Candeo Hotels Omiya
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Candeo Hotels Omiya is located in Saitama, 2.1 km from Saitama Super Arena and 12 km from Saitama Stadium 2002. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. Kawaguchi Science Museum is 14 km away and Chosho-ji Temple is 14 km from the hotel. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At Candeo Hotels Omiya each room has bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Candeo Hotels Omiya offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna and hot tub. With staff speaking English and Japanese, guidance is available at the reception. SKIP CITY Visual Museum is 14 km from the hotel, while Torin-ji Temple is 14 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 51 km from Candeo Hotels Omiya.
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    • Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi
      Luxury
      Set in Saitama, Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi offers 4-star accommodation with a bar and a spa and wellness centre. With a shared lounge, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is situated 3.1 km from Saitama Super Arena. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet, Full English/Irish or American breakfast is available every morning at the property. Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Saitama Stadium 2002 is 11 km from the accommodation, while SKIP CITY Visual Museum is 14 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 52 km from Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi.
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    • eeGee STAY Omiya
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, eeGee STAY Omiya is located in Saitama, 10 km from Saitama Stadium 2002 and 14 km from SKIP CITY Visual Museum. With free WiFi, this 2-star capsule hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. The property is non-smoking and is set 3.2 km from Saitama Super Arena. The units in the capsule hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Kawaguchi Science Museum is 14 km from eeGee STAY Omiya, while Aokicho Park is 15 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 52 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Mark Grand Hotel
      Mid-range
      The Mark Grand Hotel is located a 10-minute walk from Saitama-Shintoshin Station. Saitama Super Arena is a 15-minute walk away. Free WiFi is provided in all rooms. Private parking is available at an additional cost. Featuring city views, all rooms are carpeted and decorated with earth-tone colours. The rooms come with air conditioning, an electric kettle, a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The private bathroom includes a bath, shower, high-tech toilet and free toiletries. Free luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. A hot springs bath, sauna and swimming pool are available at an extra charge. Hikawa Shrine is a 20-minute drive from the property, while Saitama Stadium, a football stadium, is a 25-minute car ride away. Haneda International Airport is an 80-minute train ride from The Mark Grand Hotel.
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    • Royal Pines Hotel Urawa
      Luxury
      The Royal Pines Hotel Urawa features 8 restaurants, including a top-floor caf? and its own pastry shop. It has a 24-hour reception and a hairdressing salon, while free WiFi is available property-wide. Urawa Station is only a 5-minute walk away. JR Tokyo and Ikebukuro train stations are respectively a 24 and 18-minute train ride from Urawa Station. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and a safe. A trouser press and an electric kettle are provided. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub, shower and toiletries. Certain rooms feature airweave mattresses for guest's comfort. Royal Pines offers currency exchange, dry cleaning services and safety deposit of valuables. It has a garden, and drinks vending machines are on site. The Royal Pines Hotel Urawa has a buffet restaurant, as well as restaurants offering Japanese, Chinese or French cuisines. Freshly baked seasonal pastries can be enjoyed at the coffee shop of bakery La Mora, and the Top Lounge offers original cocktails and live piano music at night. Royal Pines Hotel Urawa is a 5-minute train ride away from Saitama-Shintoshin Station featuring Saitama Super Arena. Urawa Station connects with Omiya Station in 7 minutes. Haneda Airport is a 50-minute train ride away, while Narita Airport is a 60-minute train ride from the hotel. Shinjuku, Tokyo and Asakusa train station are a 30-minute train ride away.
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    • Water Hotel Mw (Love Hotel)
      Mid-range
      Water Hotel Mw (Love Hotel) is set in Saitama, within 6 km of Saitama Stadium 2002 and 9 km of Osaki Park. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site. The units at the love hotel feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, blu-ray player, and a private bathroom with a hot tub, a hairdryer and free toiletries. The rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Water Hotel Mw (Love Hotel) offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot tub and a sauna. Hikawa Shrine is 10 km from the accommodation, while NACK5 Stadium Omiya is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 62 km from Water Hotel Mw (Love Hotel).
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    • Palace Hotel Omiya
      Luxury
      Built in the convention complex Omiya Sonic City, Palace Hotel Omiya offers restaurants and cafes in the city famous for railways and bonsai culture. Rooms at this property were fully renovated in 2012 and are fitted with Sealy beds. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Omiya Station, which is served by 14 railway lines. Limousin buses to both Haneda and Narita airports are also available at the station. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a fridge, electric kettle, flat-screen TV with satellite channels. For your comfort, slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer are provided. Restaurants at Omiya Palace Hotel include Japanese, Chinese and French. There are 19 banquet and meeting rooms and a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage and Currency exchange services at the property. The Railway Museum is a 10-minute train ride away, while The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama is a 20-minute train ride away from Palace Hotel Omiya. Saitama Super Arena and Hikawa Shrine can be reached within 10 minutes by public transport.
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    • Stay Inn Will
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Saitama, less than 1 km from Saitama Stadium 2002, Stay Inn Will features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is located 8.1 km from Kozen-in Temple. At the hotel, the rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All rooms at Stay Inn Will have air conditioning and a wardrobe. The accommodation offers 2-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Kongo-ji Temple is 8.4 km from Stay Inn Will, while Kawaguchi City Cultural Properties Center is 8.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 45 km from the hotel.
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    • Urawa Washington Hotel
      Mid-range
      Just a 3-minute walk from JR Urawa Station, Urawa Washington Hotel offers rooms with free WiFi and an LCD TV. It features an on-site restaurant. The bright, cosy rooms feature neutral colours, air conditioning and videos on demand. They are fitted with a fridge, an alarm clock and a trouser press. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and it offers luggage storage. Saitama Super Arena is a 5-minute train ride away. JR Shinjuku Station, JR Tokyo Station and Asakusa Station can be reached within a 30-minute train ride.
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    • Yono Daiichi Hotel
      Mid-range
      Located an 11-minute bus ride and walk from JR Omiya Station, Yono Daiichi Hotel is 2 km from Saitama Super Arena. Railway Museum is 3.7 km and Omiya Bonsai Museum is 5 km away from the hotel. Free private parking is available on site. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room at this Japanese-style business hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Free shuttle is available from/to JR Omiya Station. NACK5 Stadium Omiya is 3.2 km from Yono Daiichi Hotel, while Tobu Zoo is 17 km from the property. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 40 km away.
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