The video features two female high-school students, and many other citizens, who dance in various places within the city. The video doesn’t give any detailed information about any tourist spots, but it makes you realize that Kuki City is a very energetic city.

 

 

The city is located in the north-eastern part of Saitama Prefecture, with its eastern part facing Ibaraki Prefecture. It is located nearly in the middle of the Kantō Plain, which is why almost the whole city is geographically flat. The prosperous agriculture makes use of the mild climate, and the local specialties of the area include buckwheat and Japanese pears. During the Edo period, today’s area of Kuki City had a post station called Kurihashijuku on Nikkō Kaidō and Ōshū Kaidō (two of the five routes of the Edo period), which developed as a place of transport and logistics. The city can easily be accessed from big cities.

Access to Kuki CityArriving by train:

Approx. 50 min. from Tōkyō Station to Kuki Station by JR Utsunomiya Line rapid-service train.
Approx. 50 min. from Shinjuku Station to Kuki Station via Shōnan-Shinjuku Line.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Kuki City

Washinomiya Shrine

Said to be the oldest grand shrine in the Kantō region. “Washinomiya Saibara Kagura”, which is a Shinto ritual dedicated to the gods of the shrine, is said to have been the origin of Kagura (a type of Shinto theatretical dance) in the Kantō region. It has also been designated as a National Treasure of Japan. Washinomiya Saibara Kagura is a seasonal ritual performed six times a year, such as on the New Year’s Day. The shrine served as the model for the shrine that appears in the anime “Lucky Star”, which is why it is a popular place among anime fans, as well.

 

Gongendo Park

A park stretches between Kuki City and Satte City. There is the Gongendo bank (Satte City), which is a famous place to view cherry blossoms, jogging courses, playing fields, grass fields, among other things. It serves as a place for relaxation and refreshment for the people living in the surrounding areas.

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Kuki City

“Japanese pear brandy cake”

Products made from Japanese pears

Japanese pears, cultivated in the plateaus, are one of Kuki City’s local specialties. Dishes that use Japanese pears harvested from Kuki City are popular in Kuki City and the surrounding areas. The sweet and full-bodied “Japanese pear curry” utilizes a purée made from Japanese pears. “Japanese pear brandy cake” has Japanse pears mixed into it. Besides these there are many other products like Japanese pear jam and Japanese pear ice cream. Enjoying Japanese pears in so many different forms is something you can only experience in places like Kuki City that are specialized in Japanese pears.

 

Famous Must-see Festivals To See When Visiting Kuki City

Kuki Lantern Festival

A festival that is held every year on the 12th and 18th of July. There are seven dashi floats that look different during the daytime and in the evening. During the daytime, the seven floats, decorated with figures that are based on mythologies, parade through the town. In the evening, the figures are removed, and the floats are decorated with around 500 lanterns on all sides, transforming them into dazzling lantern floats. Let’s enjoy these beautiful lantern floats, that are said to be the best in the Kantō region.

 

Kuki City is a charming town that combines old traditions and new culture.