Metro area: Tokyo, 37 million
Saitama City (Saitama), a city of 1,260,000 people, is best known within Japan as one of the major cities of the Tokyo urban area, its southern border just three miles from the border of Tokyo proper. As one quarter (175,000) of its residents 15 years and over commute to Tokyo for work or school, and 250,000 more commute between the city and surrounding area, Saitama’s central train station is in the top twenty busiest in the world. The city is also home to multiple stadiums and performance venues, making it a hub for sports and music fans in Japan and a host for the 2020 Olympics.
Unlike much of Japan, Saitama’s short history leaves its residents with little in the way of hometown pride. Formed in 2001 by the merger of multiple cities, two of which had over 400,000 people, the city has yet to find its own positive identity, especially located on the border of Tokyo. Mustard Seed Network seeks to plant a gospel-centered church in Saitama so that the many in the city who have never heard the gospel would give themselves to Christ and live for the glory of God.
Mustard Seed Network has a goal of planting 12 churches in 12 major Japanese cities by 2025. Saitama is one of those 12 cities. Donate below or learn more about our 12 Churches in 12 Cities campaign.