Just north of Tokyo you can discover Saitama prefecture. The capital of this area is often considered a suburb of Tokyo. North of Saitama city is mountainous and include parts of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. Other great spots are Kawagoe and Omiya which are easy to get to and offer many interesting sites and experiences. Kawagoe city is an easy day trip from downtown Tokyo and features a preserved area of Kurazukuri warehouses from the Edo era (1603-1867) that now house shops and museums. You can also visit Kawagoe castle and the Kitain temple. Omiya Ward in Saitama city is the home of the "Bonsai Village" with a museum and bonsai nurseries, cafes and shops to explore. A visit to Saitama prefecture gives you opportunities for abundant outdoor adventures, sightseeing in Edo era preserved towns, bonsai artists, oh and we almost forgot to mention... delicious Coedo beer!