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Saitama City, you’ll like it!
Saitama City, you’ll like it!
Published: 2015/05/07
Channel: saitama citypr
Saitama vs Genos Fight | One Punch Man (60FPS)
Saitama vs Genos Fight | One Punch Man (60FPS)
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: 60FpsStation
One Punch Man: Saitama Bites Sword
One Punch Man: Saitama Bites Sword
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: xMiRAZ94
Rap về Saitama - Phan Ann
Rap về Saitama - Phan Ann
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Phan Ann
Saitama Hero Training AMV
Saitama Hero Training AMV
Published: 2015/12/10
Channel: abdelkader zenati
Saitama Destroys Training Regimen
Saitama Destroys Training Regimen
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: One Punch Man San
One Punch Man - The Story Of SAITAMA
One Punch Man - The Story Of SAITAMA
Published: 2015/10/25
Channel: Heart Of Pirates
Goku Vs Saitama - What If Battle [ OPM/ DBZ / DBS Parody ]
Goku Vs Saitama - What If Battle [ OPM/ DBZ / DBS Parody ]
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: CartoonHooligans
How Strong is Saitama? (One Punch Man)
How Strong is Saitama? (One Punch Man)
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: The Imaginary Axis
Goku and Saitama (One Punch Man) Fusion | Saitaku | DBZ Tenkaichi 3 (MOD)
Goku and Saitama (One Punch Man) Fusion | Saitaku | DBZ Tenkaichi 3 (MOD)
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: kinnikuchu
Saitama vs Songoku! Ai MẠNH hơn?
Saitama vs Songoku! Ai MẠNH hơn?
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Top Khám Phá
One Punch Man: Saitama vs Subterraneans HD
One Punch Man: Saitama vs Subterraneans HD
Published: 2015/10/07
Channel: John Irwin
SAITAMA [ONE PUNCH MAN] VS POPEYE - RAP BATTLE ! | ENGLISH SUBS
SAITAMA [ONE PUNCH MAN] VS POPEYE - RAP BATTLE ! | ENGLISH SUBS
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Malec
Saitama Is Far Stronger Than We Imagined (One Punch Man)
Saitama Is Far Stronger Than We Imagined (One Punch Man)
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: SethTheProgrammer
Cell Vs Saitama & Genos #CellGames | TeamFourStar
Cell Vs Saitama & Genos #CellGames | TeamFourStar
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: TeamFourStar
SAITAMA VS LORD BOROS
SAITAMA VS LORD BOROS
Published: 2016/09/08
Channel: Kaitlyn
Is Saitama a God?! One Punch Man Conspiracy  - Cartoon Conspiracy (Ep. 126)
Is Saitama a God?! One Punch Man Conspiracy - Cartoon Conspiracy (Ep. 126)
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: ChannelFrederator
Saitama | Examen de heroe | One Punch Man
Saitama | Examen de heroe | One Punch Man
Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: AnimeLP
SAITAMA (ONE PUNCH MAN) vs. SUPERMAN | ARCADE MODE! [EPISODE 3]
SAITAMA (ONE PUNCH MAN) vs. SUPERMAN | ARCADE MODE! [EPISODE 3]
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: Mightyraccoon!
Superman Vs Saitama Best Fight Anime 3D Cartoon Which Character is the Strongest..?
Superman Vs Saitama Best Fight Anime 3D Cartoon Which Character is the Strongest..?
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: M-Dev Design
DEADPOOL PODE DERROTAR SAITAMA? | Ei Nerd
DEADPOOL PODE DERROTAR SAITAMA? | Ei Nerd
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Ei Nerd
SAITAMA | $UICIDEBOY$
SAITAMA | $UICIDEBOY$
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Ascend WariSe
One Punch Man - Top 10 Saitama Fight - BOOM
One Punch Man - Top 10 Saitama Fight - BOOM
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: Dacyman TV
Driving around Saitama, Japan
Driving around Saitama, Japan
Published: 2011/09/05
Channel: Junaid Nadeem
Goku VS Saitama - Part 4 - The War [DragonBall Z Vs One Punch Man] Fan Animation
Goku VS Saitama - Part 4 - The War [DragonBall Z Vs One Punch Man] Fan Animation
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: MaSTAR Media
One Punch Man The River Name Challenge, Saitama/Genos Vs Tatsumaki (FanFiction)
One Punch Man The River Name Challenge, Saitama/Genos Vs Tatsumaki (FanFiction)
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: Riseofstefano
El PODER de Saitama | One Punch Man
El PODER de Saitama | One Punch Man
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Lolweapon
One Punch Man - The Character Strength Of Saitama
One Punch Man - The Character Strength Of Saitama
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: DuoReview
ワンパンマン Saitama VS Pull Cord 【SPECIAL】
ワンパンマン Saitama VS Pull Cord 【SPECIAL】
Published: 2017/08/20
Channel: Manga JAV
Anime Theory: Saitama Will Turn EVIL! (One Punch Man Theory)
Anime Theory: Saitama Will Turn EVIL! (One Punch Man Theory)
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: DuoReview
Las Aventuras de Goku y Saitama
Las Aventuras de Goku y Saitama
Published: 2016/04/26
Channel: Hagen Wolfhowl
Saitama vs Izuku Midoriya. Épicas Batallas de Rap del Frikismo T2 | Keyblade
Saitama vs Izuku Midoriya. Épicas Batallas de Rap del Frikismo T2 | Keyblade
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: Keyblade
God Goku VS Saitama DEBUNK (Dragon Ball Super VS One Punch Man)
God Goku VS Saitama DEBUNK (Dragon Ball Super VS One Punch Man)
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: SethTheProgrammer
¿Podemos ser tan fuertes como Saitama? - Hey Arnoldo
¿Podemos ser tan fuertes como Saitama? - Hey Arnoldo
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Hey Arnoldo Montaño
● O quão forte é Saitama? l ONE PUNCH MAN Especial!
● O quão forte é Saitama? l ONE PUNCH MAN Especial!
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: Mangaká News
How Strong Is Saitama Compared To Dragonball?
How Strong Is Saitama Compared To Dragonball?
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: SethTheProgrammer
Goku vs Saitama - Part 1 - REMASTERED [Dragon Ball Super vs One Punch Man]
Goku vs Saitama - Part 1 - REMASTERED [Dragon Ball Super vs One Punch Man]
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: MaSTAR Media
[Special] One Punch Man | Saitama
[Special] One Punch Man | Saitama's Team VS Fubuki's Team | Ch.53.3 {1080p}
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Durzo
Rap Về Saitama (One Punch Man) - Thế Cường
Rap Về Saitama (One Punch Man) - Thế Cường
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: N.T. BANK
6 PERSONAGENS PIADAS QUE DERROTARIAM O SAITAMA | Ei Nerd
6 PERSONAGENS PIADAS QUE DERROTARIAM O SAITAMA | Ei Nerd
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Ei Nerd
Rap do Saitama (One Punch Man) | 7 Minutoz
Rap do Saitama (One Punch Man) | 7 Minutoz
Published: 2015/11/27
Channel: 7 Minutoz
Saitama vs DIO [HD]
Saitama vs DIO [HD]
Published: 2015/12/24
Channel: CoolTaff16
Cell vs Saitama (Español) TeamFourStars
Cell vs Saitama (Español) TeamFourStars
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: Ese Pinche Yugi Es Un Desmadre
One Punch Man Manga chapter 74.2
One Punch Man Manga chapter 74.2 ''Saitama Save Suiryu ''
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Anime Psycho
Goku VS. Saitama | Duelo de Titãs
Goku VS. Saitama | Duelo de Titãs
Published: 2016/01/31
Channel: 7 Minutoz
SAITAMA vs SANS! (One Punch Man vs Undertale) CFC EP 188!
SAITAMA vs SANS! (One Punch Man vs Undertale) CFC EP 188!
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: AnimationRewind
La Puissance de Saitama IRL ? ONE PUNCH MAN
La Puissance de Saitama IRL ? ONE PUNCH MAN
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: WizGeekz
Who is BLAST? - The Final Opponent for Saitama In One Punch Man
Who is BLAST? - The Final Opponent for Saitama In One Punch Man
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: Tekking101
One Punch Man - Saitama funny face
One Punch Man - Saitama funny face
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: Chibinaroath
Would One Punch Man Saitama
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Published: 2016/08/06
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Saitama
さいたま市
Designated city
Saitama City
From top left: Saitama Stadium 2002, Urawa Parco, Gyokuzouin, Hikawa Shrine, Saitama New City Center, Saitama Super Arena, Musashi urawa
From top left: Saitama Stadium 2002, Urawa Parco, Gyokuzouin, Hikawa Shrine, Saitama New City Center, Saitama Super Arena, Musashi urawa
Flag of Saitama
Flag
Location of Saitama in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Saitama in Saitama Prefecture
Saitama is located in Japan
Saitama
Saitama
Location of Saitama in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°51′41″N 139°38′44″E / 35.86139°N 139.64556°E / 35.86139; 139.64556Coordinates: 35°51′41″N 139°38′44″E / 35.86139°N 139.64556°E / 35.86139; 139.64556
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total 217.43 km2 (83.95 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 1,266,656
 • Density 5,830/km2 (15,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Zelkova serrata
- Flower Primula sieboldii
Phone number 048-829-1111
Address 6-4-4 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken 330-9588
Website Official website
Saitama City Hall

Saitama (さいたま市, Saitama-shi, Japanese: [sáꜜìtàmà]) is the capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan, situated in the south-east of the prefecture. Its area incorporates the former cities of Urawa, Ōmiya, Yono and Iwatsuki. It is a city designated by government ordinance. Being in the Greater Tokyo Area and lying 15 to 30 kilometres north of central Tokyo, many of its residents commute into Tokyo. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 1,226,656 and a population density of 5830 persons per km². Its total area was 217.43 square kilometres (83.95 sq mi).

History[edit]

The city was founded on May 1, 2001, and was designated on April 1, 2003 as a government ordinance. For the histories of Urawa, Ōmiya and Yono before the merger, see:

On April 1, 2005, Saitama absorbed the city of Iwatsuki to its east, which became a new ward, Iwatsuki-ku.

Name[edit]

The name "Saitama" originally comes from the Sakitama (埼玉郡) district of what is now the city of Gyōda in the northern part of what is now known as Saitama Prefecture. "Sakitama" has an ancient history and is mentioned in the famous 8th century poetry anthology Man'yōshū. The pronunciation has changed from Sakitama to Saitama over the years.

With the merger of Urawa, Ōmiya, and Yono it was decided that a new name, one fitting for this newly created prefectural capital, was needed. The prefectural name "Saitama" (埼玉県) was changed from kanji into hiragana, thus Saitama City (さいたま市) was born. It is the only prefectural capital in Japan whose name is always written in hiragana, and belongs to the list of hiragana cities.

However, Saitama written in hiragana (さいたま市) actually finished in second place in public polling to Saitama written in kanji (埼玉市). Despite this, government officials decided to name the new city Saitama in hiragana, not kanji. In third place in the poll was Ōmiya (大宮市). In fourth was Saitama (彩玉市), written with an alternative kanji for "sai" (彩) which means "colorful". The "sai" (埼) used in the prefectural name is a rare form of a common character (崎) that means cape or promontory.

Geography[edit]

The city is located 20 to 30 km north of central Tokyo, roughly at the center of the Kantō Plain. Situated in approximately the center of Saitama Prefecture, the city is topographically comprised by lowlands and plateaus, at mostly less than 20 m above sea level, with no mountain ranges or hills within the city boundaries. The western portion of the city lies on the lowland created by the Arakawa River along with those created by small rivers such as the Moto-Arakawa River, Shiba River, and Ayase River. The rest of the area mostly resides on the Ōmiya Plateau lying in the north-south direction. Dispersed in this region, major rivers flow southward, almost paralleling to one another.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Saitama City (1981 - 2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.7
(65.7)
25.5
(77.9)
25.4
(77.7)
31.2
(88.2)
33.3
(91.9)
35.9
(96.6)
38.7
(101.7)
37.9
(100.2)
37.4
(99.3)
32.1
(89.8)
25.6
(78.1)
25.1
(77.2)
38.7
(101.7)
Average high °C (°F) 9.2
(48.6)
9.9
(49.8)
13.1
(55.6)
19.0
(66.2)
23.2
(73.8)
26.0
(78.8)
29.8
(85.6)
31.5
(88.7)
27.1
(80.8)
21.6
(70.9)
16.2
(61.2)
11.7
(53.1)
19.9
(67.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.6
(38.5)
4.4
(39.9)
7.8
(46)
13.4
(56.1)
18.0
(64.4)
21.5
(70.7)
25.1
(77.2)
26.6
(79.9)
22.7
(72.9)
16.9
(62.4)
11.0
(51.8)
5.9
(42.6)
14.8
(58.6)
Average low °C (°F) −1.5
(29.3)
−0.6
(30.9)
2.8
(37)
8.1
(46.6)
13.4
(56.1)
17.7
(63.9)
21.5
(70.7)
22.9
(73.2)
19.2
(66.6)
12.8
(55)
6.2
(43.2)
0.8
(33.4)
10.3
(50.5)
Record low °C (°F) −7.8
(18)
−8.7
(16.3)
−5
(23)
−2
(28)
4.8
(40.6)
11.5
(52.7)
14.7
(58.5)
17.1
(62.8)
9.5
(49.1)
3.6
(38.5)
−2.4
(27.7)
−6.7
(19.9)
−8.7
(16.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 37.4
(1.472)
43.1
(1.697)
90.9
(3.579)
102.3
(4.028)
117.3
(4.618)
142.4
(5.606)
148.1
(5.831)
176.3
(6.941)
201.8
(7.945)
164.9
(6.492)
75.7
(2.98)
41.1
(1.618)
1,346
(52.992)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 3.9 5.2 9.5 9.8 10.3 11.6 12.1 8.7 11.5 9.6 6.7 3.9 102.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 193.3 179.9 177.8 185.7 174.7 128.2 145.5 173.0 128.1 137.0 154.5 182.9 1,960.9
Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency
Source #2: 観測史上1〜10位の値(年間を通じての値)

Wards[edit]

Map of wards of Saitama city with numbers.svg

Saitama has ten wards (ku), which were assigned official colours as of April 2005:

1 - Chūō-ku 中央区 (Rose red)
2 - Iwatsuki-ku 岩槻区 (Ochre)
3 - Kita-ku 北区 (Dark green)
4 - Midori-ku 緑区 (Green)
5 - Minami-ku 南区 (Lemon yellow)
6 - Minuma-ku 見沼区 (Sky blue)
7 - Nishi-ku 西区 (Blue)
8 - Ōmiya-ku 大宮区 (Orange)
9 - Sakura-ku 桜区 (Cherry blossom pink)
10 - Urawa-ku 浦和区 (Red) - administrative center

Economy[edit]

Saitama's economy is principally constituted by commercial business. The city is one of many commercial centers of the Greater Tokyo area and serves Saitama Prefecture, North Kanto, and northeast Honshu.

Saitama is also home to various manufacturers, exporting automotive (Honda manufactures the Honda Legend at Sayama Plant), food, optical, precision and pharmaceutical products. Calsonic Kansei, a global automotive company is headquartered in the city.[1] Iwatsuki is famous for manufacturing of hinamatsuri dolls and ornate kabuto (samurai helmets).

Transportation[edit]

Omiya Station, a major railway hub in Saitama


Representative station is Urawa Station. Saitama is a regional transportation hub for both passengers and freight train lines. Ōmiya Station, part of the Shinkansen high-speed train network, serves as the biggest railway hub in the prefecture.

The closest major airports are Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport, both about two hours away.[2] Honda Airport in Okegawa is for general aviation and offers no scheduled transport services. Commuter helicopter flights to Narita Airport are offered from Kawajima.[3]

Railway stations[edit]

East Japan Railway Company
Tōhoku, Akita, Yamagata, Jōetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen
Utsunomiya Line
Takasaki Line
  • Urawa - Saitama-Shintoshin - Ōmiya - Miyahara
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Saikyō Line
Musashino Line
Kawagoe Line
Saitama Rapid Railway Line
Tobu Urban Park Line
Saitama New Urban Transit ("New Shuttle")

Highways[edit]

Politics and government[edit]

The executive mayor, who is directly elected, is Sōichi Aikawa, an independent backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito. On May 24, 2009, Aikawa lost his bid for reelection against Hayato Shimizu, who was backed by the opposition DPJ.[4] The city assembly of Saitama has 64 elected members.

Elections[edit]

Culture[edit]

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

Junior Colleges[edit]

Professional Graduate School[edit]

Sports[edit]

Saitama was one of the host cities for the playoffs and the final of the official 2006 Basketball World Championship.

It is home to two J. League football (soccer) teams: the Urawa Red Diamonds, formerly owned by Mitsubishi, and Omiya Ardija, formerly owned by NTT.

The city and Tokorozawa are home to the Japan Professional Basketball League team the Saitama Broncos.

Since 2013, the city has hosted the Saitama Criterium cycling race sponsored by the Tour de France, held at the end of October.

Mass media[edit]

Most of Saitama Prefecture's mass media presence is concentrated in this city. See Mass media in Saitama Prefecture for details.

Sister cities[edit]

Saitama has seven sister cities.[5]

Visitor attractions[edit]

Saitama Museum of Modern Art

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Profile." Calsonic Kansei. Retrieved on January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Haneda bus and Narita bus
  3. ^ Connecting TOKYO and Narita Int'l Airport - NARITA HELI EXPRESS
  4. ^ "DPJ Triumphs in Saitama Election", The Japan Times, 25 May 2009.
  5. ^ 姉妹友好都市 [Sister Cities] (in Japanese). Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 

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