Saitama: Omiya Ardija and football in the suburbs

How to visit Saitama city

From Tokyo

Saitama city is a combination of several wards including Omiya, Yono and Urawa. Nack5 Stadium is closest to Omiya Station or Kita Omiya Station. From Tokyo Station, it’s easiest to travel to Omiya Station. Get on the JR Takasaki or JR Utsunomiya Line and you’ll be in Saitama in about 30 minutes for ¥550 (£3.80, $5).

From Osaka

Flying from Kansai International to Narita Airport costs about ¥5,000 (£34, $45). From Narita it costs between ¥1,130 (£7.80, $10.50) and ¥3,200 (£22, $29) depending on how fast you want to get into Tokyo. The quickest and most expensive option is the Narita Express, which takes one hour to reach Tokyo Station. The cheaper option is to take a combination of local and express trains, which will require about 40 minutes.

Highway bus tickets between Osaka and Tokyo start from around ¥4,000 (££27.50, $36). The journey takes approximately eight hours.

For more information on buying train and bus tickets in Japan, check out our guide to ground hopping in Japan.

Getting to Nack5 Stadium Omiya

It’s easiest to walk to Nack5 Stadium. From Omiya Station, take the east exit and follow the signs for Omiya Park. It will take around 20 minutes on foot

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