Regional Information Saitama

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Sonic City Bldg. 10F, 1-7-5 Sakuragi-cho, Omiya Ward, Saitama-city, Saitama Prefecture 330-8669
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The information below is as of November 2017.

The network of expressways in Saitama includes the Joban, Tohoku, Kan-etsu and Metropolitan expressways, which run north-south, and the Tokyo Outer Ring Road and Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway, which run east-west. The area is not hit by the heavy snowfalls that are common in northern Japan nor does it suffer from traffic congestion as found in some metropolitan centers. Access to expressway interchanges from high-standard roads is also developed, providing efficient road transportation routes on which traveling times can be estimated.
24 lines are provided as a railway system including Tohoku, Joetsu, Hokkaido, Yamagata, Akita and Hokuriku Shinkansen centering on Omiya station which is the important point for connecting the Tohoku and Joshinetsu areas.
This one of the busiest traffic network in Japan, and is further developing.


Expressways The Tohoku, Kan-etsu and Joban Expressways, which extend all over eastern Japan, are linked by the Tokyo Outer Ring Road in Saitama prefecture, which has become a hub of highway transportation. Construction of the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway was completed throughout the Saitama area in October 2015 and within the Ibaraki area in February 2017, so now Saitama prefecture is directly connected to Joban, Tomei and Chuo Expressways, and to Narita Airport. It allows for easy interactions with overseas countries and with other regions in Japan.


The 6 lines of Shinkansen, Tohoku, Joetsu, Hokkaido, Yamagata Akita and Hokuriku, meet up at Omiya Station and lead to major cities in eastern Japan. Also, with a 25-minute ride to Tokyo Station, a passenger can transfer to the Tokaido or Sanyo Shinkansen.
Conventional rail lines A well-developed network of rail lines connects the prefecture with central Tokyo, with trains coming and going at frequent intervals on several lines.