When next you visit Japan, if you plan to base your trip in Tokyo and make day trips to the surrounding cities, Kawagoe (川越) in Saitama Prefecture will be a great destination. The town known as Little Edo (小江戸) is where you can enjoy both the traditional vibes and conveniences of a modern city!
Just a 30-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawagoe (川越) in Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県) is where you can timeslip into the Japanese township in the Edo and the Meiji/Taishō periods. Getting off at Honkawagoe Station, the first part of Kawagoe that is filled with the retro atmosphere is the 300-meter long, Taishō Roman Yume-dōri Street (大正浪漫夢通り).
Kawagoe’s (川越) main street, Kura no Machi Ichibangai Street, is filled with houses from the good old Edo period. As we have previously introduced you to the must-visit cafes on the street, we thought to bring you a list of spots where you can enjoy various workshops and/or activities around Kawagoe’s landmark, Toki no Kane
To fully understand the history of Kawagoe, a visit to Kawagoe Castle is a must. Whilst only the castle’s Honmaru remains today, a few museums were built where the castle’s outer citadel used to be. Together, these facilities paint a picture of the history behind the gorgeous old warehouse district. And the great news is
If you are a Japanese history buff or love to examine Japan’s cultural properties, the temple you have to stop by when you get to Kawagoe is Kita-in (喜多院). The temple that has a deep connection with the Tokugawa clan not only houses the most cultural properties in Kawagoe, but it is also the last
When you visit Kawagoe (川越), Kura no Machi Ichibangai Street (蔵の街一番街) being on your itinerary is a must. The main street in the old warehouse district is where you can find the majority of the Kurazukuri townscape from the Edo period. The street isn’t just about Kawagoe’s landmark, Toki no Kane Clock and those old
While Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is the most renowned shrine in Kawagoe, Kawagoe Kumano Shrine (川越 熊野神社) is also a shrine you won’t want to miss out on. There are various fascinating rituals and activities that you can do in its precinct, including ball-throwing for good luck and cleansing your money for more money to come
Kawagoe Hachimangū Shrine (川越八幡宮), the most prominent Hachimangū shrine in Kawagoe City, was erected over 1,000 years ago. Among more than 200 shrines in the city, it is the only one with Kawagoe in its name. Despite its location, Kawagoe Hachimangū is quiet and serene compared to other shrines in the historical township. So if
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (川越氷川神社) is arguably the most famous and popular shrine in Kawagoe. The old shrine, more than 1,500 years old, is where the locals pray for marriage ties. In addition to the normal things you would do at a Japanese shrine, such as writing wishes on the back of an ema plaque, there