The Saitama Prefectural Archives(SPA) collects, organizes, and preserves a wide range of documents related to Saitama, administrative documents, private collections, and including maps with cultural and historical value. SPA has been fulfilling this important role since 1969 with the aim of serving as the source of Saitama's residents' shared knowledge and resources for future generations to come. In April 2019, SPA underwent a large-scale renovation and reopened in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the facility's establishment.
SPA collects valuable documents and organizes them for use by visitors. Preserving these materials adequately forms the base of operations at the Prefectural Archives, ensuring that the materials can properly serve as a source of information for the residents of Saitama for years to come.
In reading rom you can use a huge variety of materials related to regional history and culture. Finding aids,such as printed and online catalog, are available to help visitors effectively use the information stored in the Archives.
SPA features various exhibitions on different themes, aiming to showcase administrative documents, manuscripts, maps, and a wide range of other materials in the Archives' collection as well as raise awareness of the activities and appeal of SPA.
In order to make key historical data related to Saitama Prefecture widely available, SPA has published "Saitamaken Shiryo Sosyo", the Saitama Prefecture Archival Records Series, which features important historical information on past eras.
Administrative documents detailing prefectural administration from the Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa era, private records containing information from ancient and modern times, photographic materials, and more, have been compiled into the series.
Open Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, national and public holidays, and December 29 to January 3
Maintenance days: the last day of every month (however, the Archives will be open when these days fall on a Saturday or Sunday)
Special maintenance days: 10 days or less each in both spring and autumn
Transport: 15 minutes' walk from the west exit of JR Urawa Station (accessible via the Takasaki, Utsunomiya, and Keihin-Tōhoku Lines) or board the Kokusai Kōgyō Bus bound for the Saitama Prefectural Government Office and walk approximately 3 minutes.
18 minutes' walk from Naka-Urawa Station (accessible via the Saikyō Line) or board the Kokusai Kōgyō Bus bound for the Saitama Prefectural Government Office and walk approximately 3 minutes.
Saitama Prefectural Archives Mascot "Monjiro"
This cute mascot has been modelled after a cat. Monjiro is a dependable kitty who protects the precious materials stored in the Archives from mice!
4-3-8 Takasago, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi 330-0063