Iwatsuki Hisaizu “the peacock” Shrine is a very photogenic shrine and one of Saitama’s largest. Moreover, it is the only one I know of with resident peacocks!
The Peacock Shrine!
Initially the shrine was gifted three peacocks from a member of staff of the Imperial Palace. Over the years, the numbers grew and there are now about 20. The goshuin of the shrine often has a peacock on it. Right now, it is particularly beautiful – a peacock and tanabata scene. This goshuin book, pictured below, can only be purchased in summer.
Each summer, Iwatsuki Hisaizu Shrine have a wind chime display. In 2021 the wind chimes will be displayed from June until the end of August. During the period you can purchase wind chime amulets. The shrine is normally open from 8.30 am to 5 pm, but during the pandemic the official hours seem to be 9 am to 4 pm. The precincts are open from 5 am to 7 pm.
There are several shrines (and other locations) that display wind chimes in summer, but perhaps the most famous is Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.
The nearest station is Iwatsuki station on the Urban Park line. The shrine is a fifteen walk from the west exit. There is parking for 100 cars. The parking lot is open from 5 am to 6 pm and is free of charge. It is a 10 minute drive from the Iwatsuki Interchange.