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About this City Journal

The Prefecture of Saitama is located between the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya (Chiba and Aichi Prefecture) in Japan. 

Saitama Prefecture is highly populated. Some millions of inhabitants live here. Most of the people live in the center of the Prefecture, in the city called Tokyu.
Tokyu is the biggest city in the prefecture and the center of everything. Most of the people work and live there. Saitama is the biggest port in Japan.
The prefecture is known as "The Port of Japan" and the sea is the main economy in Saitama. Fishing, Industry and rice production are the engine of Saitama.

The last years were so important for the Prefecture, the modernization and tourism together with the fantastic transport system in all Japan made an incredible
mix to attract people from around the world. Saitama offers alot, it has a history and exquisite architecture. Two international airports to get the city, all kind of hotels
and restaurants to make your stay a dream in Japan.

If you want to know from the most modern of Japan, to the green and picturesque scenery in the more rural areas of the prefecture, visit us, visit the Prefecture of Saitama.

 

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kelistmac

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• Update #18 || Toba - Bay of Saitama •

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• Toba is a small town located in bay of Saitama. It has a population around 55.000 inhabitants and as most of these villages located in the bay of Saitama it produces rice and fish.
It is located in the South of Handa peninsula, almost where the bay of Saitama begins. From Toba you can reach the new Saitama's airport very Quickly because is located nearby and since the last year is also possible reach Kawasaki easily due the new Tunnel that cross the bay of Saitama and connects Kawasaki with Handa Peninsula. •

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• Towns like Toba are very popular in the last years, why ? It's quite simple. Here you can find all you need to have a normal life...the transport is perfectly connected with all parts of Saitama and the rest of Japan but life here is much simpler and easier than a chaotic urban area...•

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• Yes, Toba is also connected with the rest of the Prefecture by train. Trains are really important in Japan and every single village of town must have their railway lines and stations. You can reach from Toba using the train one of the Saitama's central stations in 1 hour more or less... •

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The noise from the trains is part of the city, there are trains crossing the city and reaching the train station during all day, there are some trains at night too •

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• There is nothing really important or special in this town, standard layouts for roads and buildings. Everything has to be efficient here. [In the center of those pictures you can see the city hall]

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• Toba is also connected by the Highways system of Saitama. •

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• Some of the streets and areas of Toba, as I said is a quiet and normal location of the metropolitan area Saitama

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• This is the port of Toba. Its and old port and in the past most imporant part of this town. Today the port is used by the inhabitants of Toba and it has not an important role in trade of the prefecture, but in the past this port was important to bring fresh fish to a big number of person in this area when the transport system was not that good... anyway the Toba's port is very popular among people of this small town and they love to visit it every day to buy some fresh fish or get some of the ferries to go somewhere in the Prefecture...•

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• Students and workers, the trains are filled with them and they come from city center every single night... •

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• The natural barrier that protects the bay of Saitama from big waves makes it possible to built all those big and small ports along the shore. As you can see the protections are not really large. This also affects the number of inhabitants, making possible more urbanization areas along the bay

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• Thanks for your visit and I hope you enjoy this update about TOBA  :)

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~ Greetings from TOBA, Saitama Prefecture ~

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Greetings / Saludos / Groeten

# Jonathan.

kelistmac

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Update #4 || East Enokido Rail Line

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Enokido is a town located between the bay of Saitama and the mountains of Handa. Enokido is a town with around 120.000 inhabitants
and it is part of the metropolitan area of Saitama. Today we will visit the East part of Enokido which is mostly a residential zone

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• There are two rail lines going through Enokido. One goes through the center of Enokido and the other one goes through the East part of Enokido.
Today we will visit the "East Enokido Rail line" which has some interesting views of this part of Enokido •

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• The rail lines run along the Kasumori canal. This canal is used to supply water to this part of Saitama which has a great number of rice fields.
As you can see the Kasumori canal is very close to the railways •

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• As I said, East Enokido is mostly a residential zone and not just that, Enokido is a old town and some parts still has the old Japanese architecture style,
from the train  you can see a lot of these houses, they are made in wood •

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The Enokido rail yard is located here. There are coming trains from the south part of Saitama, in this part of Saitama there are a lot of villages and towns
and this rail yard serves to all those trains which are operating in this zone of Saitama •

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• At the end of the railyard there is also a freight train station. As you can imagine, this station is very important for Enokido and also for Saitama and its production •

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• Here in this picture you can see one of the symbols of Saitama, in most of the villages you can find one of those water towers.
They were built for a company from Dresden. (BIG THANKS takemethere)

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"DIN DON" Welcome to "Jr Enokido East" station, as always the train is on time •

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• During the night the trains are still running through the East of this fantastic Japanese town. I hope you enjoy your trip in one of our trains •

~ Greetings from Enokido, Saitama Prefecture ~

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tariely

Thank you my friend ! The cemetery is from a Japanese page. You can find it HERE

gviper

Thanks man !

MissVanleider

Thank you, glad you like it ;)

feyss

Bedankt mijn vriend !

Artimus

Yep, you are in Japan haha. Thank you so much !

sejr99999

I enjoy a lot sharing my city with all of you. Thanks for your kind comment.

MushyMushy

Thanks for your kind comment ! You should take a look in this PAGE you will enjoy it. 

TekindusT

HAHA, that's a funny comment right here ! Gracias amigo. Un saludo.

FrankBurnsEatsWorms

Thank you so much :thumb:

takemethere

Thanks for your comment and for your great water tower, I really enjoy it. I will try to share as soon as I can an update showing that industrial zone.

kschmidt

Yes, you're totally right but let me know that soon you will see some temples. Thanks !

ulisse

Thank you so much ;)

mr.fusion

The cranes are a model from google sketchup. I've changed the color and exported to the game. Thanks.

Deionn

Thanks for your help but actually you're wrong, those houses are from gobanboshi's page,  anyway you're right about somy, He is a fantastic batter.

totalnoob

The rice fields are from a japanese page (I don't know exactly where they are) and the crane is a model from Google. Thanks for your comment.

Tonraq

Arigatou gozaimasu :thumb:

airman15

wow that's a great comment ! It is a pleasure for me read this kind of things. Thank you !

Belfastsocrates

Thanks my friend. I do the same with your updates :]

tankmank

It's really nice to see you around here my friend.  I'm glad that you liked it. I hope you enjoy with the new update as well.

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Greetings / Saludos / Groeten

# Jonathan.

kelistmac

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Update #3 || Progress / Handa port & Atayami

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• Hello guys, I hope everything is going perfect for all of you. Today I want to share with you some pictures to show you my progress in the region.
I'm working in the surroundings areas of the Saitama international airport and the Handa Port. Most of the time I'm working creating new low residential
areas and farms but also I've started to work in the Handa port and its power plant. As you can expect, these progress are taking me a lot of time
but I'm happy with the result so far •

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This area is very populated and highways, national roads and rail ines are everywhere

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Itayama and villages are surrounded by rice fields. Rice is one of the largest industries in the region

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The center of Itayami, where you can find the market, city hall and several kind of shops... •

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Moriyama is less populated than Itayami, most of its surface are rice fields. Those villages are fantastic places to live far away of the noise 
and chaos of the city but perfectly connected by train, roads and highways with the rest of the Saitama Prefecture

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• Green cranes in the entrance of Handa port. This is the oldest Saitama's container terminal, not able to work with large and modern ships

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lucasfg3

Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it.

sucram17

Do you want to see more ? Let see what I can do... anyway I have to create the other airport.

Belfastsocrates

Really? I can't wait to see something from your airport my friend.

raynev1

Yep, just do it. Try to make your own airport. Thanks for your comment.

feyss

Thanks my friend ! Those are BIG words, thanks !!

lolo69ol01

The control tower is from the STEX, try to search "Bangkok control tower", the white building is a personal model created by a good friend.

takemethere

 

 

 

 

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Greetings / Saludos / Groeten

# Jonathan.

kelistmac

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Update #2 || SIAT / SAITAMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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• After some years of work, the new Saitama International Airport is finished. Everything is completed and working fine and the airport is ready to connect Saitama
with the rest of the world. In this update we will see all the interesting points of this magnificent marvel of engineering

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The first step was to build a large island in the bay of Saitama. This was the most difficult step but it had to be in a new island,
there was not enough space to create the airport inland. (In these photos you can see the final result and how the airport looks) •

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The design of the structure is quite simple, The design consists of a long building that is divided into several sections. The terminals are named as A B & C.
#Terminal A (Dedicated only to ANA Airlines company) #Terminal B (
Dedicated to domestic flights. Only japanese flights)
#Terminal C (Dedicated
to international flights from other companies)

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• #Terminal A ( ANA Airlanes Terminal) In these pictures you can see some 787 dreamliner.

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#Terminal B where some Boeing 737-800 are ready to flight to another japanese cities (There is only one flight out of Japan from this terminal,
it connects Saitama with Seoul in South Korea)

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#Terminal C where you can see airplanes coming from Taipei in Thailand, Busan in South Korea, Beijing in China and one 787 JAL Airplane
which connects Saitama with Paris in France

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• The Saitama International airport has all kind of facilities, now we'll see some of them... •

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• Safety is always the most important, here you can see the fire station that has the most modern vehicles to ensure the safety of all passengers

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This is the hotel zone, here people can find all kinds of services. Hotels, restaurants, offices dedicated to business, tourist offices, etc ...

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• The company ANA Airlines has in this airport one of its headquarters, in this picture you can see the new and modern building •

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The airport has also a small port, this port is used to supply kerosene to the airport, an airport can't work without kerosene for all those airplanes •

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• The cargo area is one of the most important parts of every airport. All kinds of packages, postal and courier are sent and received here •

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The last thing we will see today is the control tower. It is quite modern and its design is one of the new faces of Saitama Prefecture

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sucram17

Thanks for your comment. Here you can find it http://homepage2.nifty.com/caribou/slope.htm

Ln X

Thanks for your comment.

raynev1

You should try it. It is really fun to create your own airport. If you need some advices feel free to ask ;)

gviper

Thanks mate.

ulisse

I like the night shot too. Thanks for your comment.

lucasfg3

HAHA, Thanks for your kind comment !!

michae95l

Thanks for your comment. Realism is my mean goal :P

TekindusT

HAHA, You know the problems with the tiles and its textures...Gracias por tu comentario amigo.

GoKingsGo

Here you got the shot. I hope you enjoy it in the large size. Thanks for your kind comment !

slickbg56

Thanks for such a nice comment ! As may you know, good plans are a good way to get good results :D

tariely

Thank you so much. The airport is done using modular terminal pieces. I like the JENX's airport but they are not real japanese airport so  I had to make my own airport.

Tonraq

Thank you so much my friend. Actually I'm not sure about the high of the buildings, is the high of one of those buildings wrong ?

airman15

Sorry but I don't understand your comment, what do you mean ? Thanks for the comment :read:

city89

It is a model from google, I exported it using 3ds max.Thanks my friend ;)

necroshine123

Great comment ! Thanks man :thumb:

Nick00V00

Que quieres descargar ? tienes que ser mas concreto :P

JoshuaGellock

Thanks for your kind comment, glad you like it.

totalnoob

Transition from el to underground / Ferry terminal  Thanks for your comment.

Ng_pillow

HAHA, Who knows, maybe in the future...:P

jmsepe

Thank you so much for your comment. Glad you like it :)

takemethere

In this update you can see the entire airport, I hope you like it. Thanks man

Schulmanator

Thank you so much, glad you like it my friend.

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Greetings / Saludos / Groeten

# Jonathan.

kelistmac

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Update #1 / WELCOME TO SAITAMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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• After a long journey, we finally are about to land on one of the two international airports in Saitama Prefecture. We hope that your flight
has been enjoyable and that everything has been to your liking. Thank you for choosing ANA Airlines and welcome to Japan 

• Before disembarking, we will give you dear passengers a brief information about the new Saitama airport 

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• The name of the airport is "Saitama International Airport" / SIAT. It was open in september, 2015. It is located on an island in the bay of Saitama.
There is a bigger airport in the prefecture, the Nagano international airport,  for that reason the authorities in Saitama decided to build a medium-sized airport
and not another big airport, in this case was possible to built the airport on an island in the bay of the Prefecture

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• Thanks to the new airport, air transport in the prefecture is more fluid. Now international flights from Europe, Africa and America
are operating in the other International airport (Nagano International airport). The new Saitama international airport operates most of the flights in Asia. 
The airport is a base for the japanese air company ANA Airlines. There is a dedicated terminal for Japanese flights and another
dedicated to international flights
 
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• If you are lucky you could see and enjoy the new airplane by ANA airlines, it is dedicated and decorated with the STAR WARS
colours and it has a stop from its fly from Tokyo in the new airport in Saitama
 
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There are many ways to get to the different cities of the prefecture from the airport. You can take the special fast train connecting
the airport
with the city and with the other airport. You can take a bus or a taxi, but the most special, fun and definitely
the
most famous is to take the new Saitama's ferry. It connects all the important points in the bay of Saitama 
 
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• If you need to stay in the airport because you don't want to suffer the trafic problems and th noise of the big city, that is not a problem.
There are hotels, restaurants, stores and all those things that you could need in your stay in Saitama
 
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• During the night the airport looks amazing, it is a new and modern airport and you can see that, the blue is the color of the Prefecture
and also the color of the new airport. I hope you enjoy your stay here and please be welcome to Saitama Prefecture
 
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cmdp123789

Thanks for your support my friend. What are you doing now? Still working with your NYC recreation ? Saludos amigo.

jmsepe

Hello, Thanks for your comment ! Well after alot of time playing in this style I think I got a good result, but I have to work more on it... there are some hard points to recreate, like the urban areas, for example areas like Sumida in Tokyo with that medium density...

raynev1

Thanks for your comment and your support my friend. Here you got the first update, I hope you like it and enoy it.

Tonraq

First of all, thanks for your comment ! I also want to say that I respect and enjoy with the work of everybody in this community. This is a game and we cannot forget that.

When I said those things about the realism in others regions is not a criticism because players are free to make whatever they want, I just was talking in terms of realism. For example if you know about japan you will know about the importance of earthquakes  and how much they influence in the Japanese architecture... I say this, because for example I see alot of people using buildings from Hong Kong or China (I know Some of them can perfectly fit in a Japanese environment)  and is very common to see a "Japanese themed city" full of pencil towers which is... well we can say totally impossible... this is just an example, there are more things, such as a good transport system, a real map or a real location for a Japanese city which I think is really important... but as I say this is not a critic to other players, in the past I also made japanese cities with alot of tall buildings from USA or China, cities located in wrong maps, etc... and after make alot of regions and work with all kind of plugins I think I got a good result... so please don't take that message as a critic,its just my opinnion about the japanese regions in simcity4. I respect everything, every city and region created in this big simcity 4 community.

Thanks again for your comment and I hope to see you again around here. I really like your CJ and I enjoy a lot with it.

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Greetings / Saludos / Groeten

# Jonathan.

kelistmac

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Welcome to everyone to the first update of my new region.

In this update you can take a look to the region map that I've created for the Prefecture of Saitama.
 I took inspiration from cities like Nagoya, Tokyo and Osaka and using photoshops I've created this map, in this video you can see the map in the game.
There is no terrain mod installed yet, just the map and its locations.

I hope you like it and I hope you enjoy with this project, I will try to do my best and share the best quality content with all of you.

SAITAMA PREFECTURE REGION MAP -

(In the last years I saw a lot of people trying to create a asian/japanese themed cities. I must share my opinion about this. Even if I like the pictures I don't share the ideas or the realism
of their regions. I've been working with the Japanese style since the begining of my history in this game and after a lot of years, projects and a long list of regions and cities I think that finally
I got a good result, it is at least realistic in terms of realism)