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, 160 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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    • Hotel Metropolitan Saitama-Shintoshin
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      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Hotel Metropolitan Saitama-Shintoshin is situated in Saitama, 400 metres from Saitama Super Arena and 11 km from Saitama Stadium 2002. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests at Hotel Metropolitan Saitama-Shintoshin can enjoy a buffet breakfast. SKIP CITY Visual Museum is 13 km from the accommodation, while Kawaguchi Science Museum is 13 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 51 km from Hotel Metropolitan Saitama-Shintoshin.
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    • Restay Iwatsuki (Adult Only)
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      Set within 5.7 km of Saitama Stadium 2002 and 11 km of Saitama Super Arena, Restay Iwatsuki (Adult Only) offers rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Saitama. This 2-star love hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. Kawaguchi City Cultural Properties Center is 14 km away and Hatogaya Hikawa Shrine is 14 km from the love hotel. All rooms in the love hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms have a private bathroom with a bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. All guest rooms in Restay Iwatsuki (Adult Only) are fitted with a flat-screen TV and slippers. The accommodation offers a sauna. Kozen-in Temple is 14 km from Restay Iwatsuki (Adult Only), while Kongo-ji Temple is 14 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 51 km from the love hotel.
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    • REF Omiya by VESSEL HOTELS
      Luxury
      Attractively located in the Omiya Ward district of Saitama, REF Omiya by VESSEL HOTELS is situated 2.6 km from Saitama Super Arena, 10 km from Saitama Stadium 2002 and 14 km from SKIP CITY Visual Museum. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. All guest rooms have a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. The hotel offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Kawaguchi Science Museum is 14 km from REF Omiya by VESSEL HOTELS, while Aokicho Park is 15 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 51 km from the accommodation.
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    • Candeo Hotels Omiya
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      Located in Saitama, within 2.1 km of Saitama Super Arena and 12 km of Saitama Stadium 2002, Candeo Hotels Omiya provides accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 14 km from SKIP CITY Visual Museum, 14 km from Torin-ji Temple and 14 km from Kawaguchi Science Museum. Aokicho Park is 15 km away and Itsukan-ji Temple is 15 km from the hotel. The hotel offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna and hot tub. Languages spoken at the reception include English and Japanese. Chosho-ji Temple is 14 km from Candeo Hotels Omiya, while Niikura Furusato Minkaen is 15 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 51 km from the accommodation.
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    • Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi
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      Boasting a bar and a spa and wellness centre, Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi is set in Saitama, 3.1 km from Saitama Super Arena and 11 km from Saitama Stadium 2002. Featuring 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 14 km from SKIP CITY Visual Museum. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. At Super Hotel Premier Saitama Higashiguchi guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. Kawaguchi Science Museum is 15 km from the accommodation, while Aokicho Park is 15 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
      Situated conveniently in the Omiya Ward district of Saitama, eeGee STAY Omiya is located 10 km from Saitama Stadium 2002, 14 km from SKIP CITY Visual Museum and 14 km from Kawaguchi Science 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. Aokicho Park is 15 km from eeGee STAY Omiya, while Torin-ji Temple is 15 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 52 km from the accommodation.
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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 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. 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 70-minute train ride away, while Narita Airport is a 90-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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    • The Mark Grand Hotel
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      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. All rooms have city views and are carpeted and decorated in earth tones. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with an electric kettle, a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub, shower, washlet toilet and free toiletries. Free luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. Hotel guests can use the gym, hot springs, saunas and swimming pools of the gCentral Wellness Clubh operating within the hotel for an additional special fee. 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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    • 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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