Kawagoe, known as “Koedo” in Saitama, is a popular tourist spot where you can enjoy eating as you stroll through Kurazukuri’s rich townscape. You can meet a strange space like time slipping into various eras such as Taisho modern Western style building, old-fashioned “Kashiya-Yokocho” (sweet shop street), hidden home old cafe and so on. Festivals and events for each season are also held a lot.
About 30 minutes by train from Ikebukuro, Kawagoe town which is located in the middle of Saitama prefecture. The streetscape that flourished as a castle town in the Edo era still remains is called “Koedo” (small Edo) and attracts attention from many tourists regardless of age, sex and domestic.
From Tokyo to Kawagoe is easy to go by train. That boasts excellent accessibility. Even on a trip based on a hotel in Tokyo, you can enjoy it well on a day trip.
Let’s enjoy the atmosphere of the city with Kawagoe sightseeing. Especially recommended is the season such as spring and autumn with a comfortable climate. The “Kawagoe Spring Festival” is held from spring to early summer, and the “Kawagoe Festival” which is also registered in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage is held in fall. Of course, Kawagoe, other than the event holding time, is also recommended, as you can enjoy a quiet town walk.
First of all, let’s enjoy walking around the town of “Ichibangai”, where heavy fittings and black plaster walls are beautiful. If you look over the building of Kurazukuri Style which spreads all the way, you can feel the time slip to the Edo period. It is recommended to take a walk around slowly while walking with sweets using “sweet potato” which is a famous product of Kawagoe.
“Toki no Kane” (Bell of Time) which is popular as a symbol of Kawagoe. It is Kanetsukido (a place where a big Buddhist bell is is to be struck) that has been informing Koedo about 400 years ago. Currently you can hear the sound of the bell four times a day (6, 12, 15, 18 o’clock). It is located a little back from Ichibangai.
“Kashiya-Yokocho” (sweet shop street) where 22 candy shops line up is located in the middle alley of Ichibangai. There are many shops handmade by traditional recipes, and the delicious fragrance spreads to the side street.
Kawagoe is a strange city that mixes various eras, such as modern Western style architecture from the Edo townscape, and old-fashioned sweets of the Showa era, which creates enthusiasm. There are many ways to enjoy, so you may decide on a theme and visit.
Would you like to walk around Koedo in Kimono as sightseeing in Tokyo?
In old times, Kawagoe was called Koedo (Little Edo) as opposed to Tokyo was Oedo (Big Edo). There are many buildings which constructed in the style being called “Kura-zukuri” (earthen-wall building style) in a corner of the center of the city.
In the street extending from Naka-cho to Fuda-no-tsuji is called “Streets with Many Kura-zukuri”, there are more than 30 of Japanese storehouse style buildings are located.
It is common to use the Japanese storehouse style for a warehouse, but they make the whole house a godown style in Kawagoe. The wall which is particularly black and thick, the big Onigawara (Japanese gargoyle roof tiles), heavy and stately building, it is the scenery which is not seen in other cities.
“Kura-zukuri” is a skillful fireproof building to prevent catching fire from next door, and it developed as a house in the town form of Edo. It is keeping a feature of Edo, you cannot see in present Tokyo
In addition, you can observe a variety of architecture like a modern Western-style building and Japanese-style house, Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine, and Toki-no-kane (bells of time) in Kawagoe as well as Japanese storehouse style. Town itself is totally like the museum of the building.
The Koedo Junkai Buses (Koedo Circuit Bus) run in the tourist attraction of Kawagoe from the Kawagoe Station west exit to Hon-Kawagoe Station, the Kitain (Shrine), town in Japanese storehouse style, and Kashiyayokochou (the street in Kawagoe known for its many traditional and contemporary candy and snack shops). It is convenient for movement.
|Name:||Koedo Kawagoe (Little Edo Kawagoe)|
|Adresse:||Saiwaicho Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063 Japan|
|Access:||Seibu Ikebukuro-sen Line “Hon-Kawagoe-eki” station (9 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 49-227-8233 (Kawagoe-city Tourism Association)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|