30 minutes train ride from the central Tokyo takes you to Kawagoe "Little Edo", where retains an ambiance reminiscent of an old town from the Edo period (1603-1867) and allows us to imagine the streets from the past centuries. Close ties between Edo and Kawagoe over the year, Kawagoe inherited many aspects of the Edo culture and architecture. You can feel like having a trip back to Edo period.
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Exit of Kawagoe station (Tobu-line or JR line)
Old town Ichibangai Street lined with Kura, storehouse-style structures, that remain even today. They are combined shop-storehouses (misegura) finisihed in a black mortal modeled after old Edo streets.
Time bell tower where a bell has been rung to announce the time since the early Edo period. This tower has become a symbol of Little Edo, Kawagoe.
Kitain-in Kawagoe is the head temple of the Tendai sect in the Kanto region. Its halls are the only remaining palace buildings of the former Edo Caslte.
Honmaru Goten is the only surviving building of the former Kawagoe caslte. It used to serve as the lord's residence and offices.
Kashiya Yokocho (Penny Candy Lane), about 20 shops line the street, offering traditional snacks such as hard candy, rice cracker, and sweet rice dumpling.
Osawa house was built by a wealthy kimono merchant in 1792 in the Edo peirod. This is the oldest storehouse in Kawagoe.
Taisho-roman Street, dating back to the Taisho period (1912-1926). Many shops are well established, having been business since Edo time or for more than three generations.
Exit of Kawagoe station
Kawagoe is located about 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo and is suitable as a day trip destination. Its main street, lined with clay-walled warehouse-styled buildings, retains an ambience reminiscent of an old town from the Edo period.
Kawagoe has prospered through the ages as an important point in transportation. In the Edo period, it developed as a castle town and was called Koedo" Little Edo".
During World War II, while many regions of Japan suffered from air raids, Kawagoe escaped the flames and the citizens, who saw the value of the time-honored twonscape, have continued to carefully preserve it. Enjoy the atmosphere of good old Japan in Kawagoe, the city nationally designated as a historical town.
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner
Entrance fee (Kitain ￥400、Kawagoe Castle Honmaru ￥80）
If you want the guide to pick you up in Tokyo, extra 1,000 is required.
Recommended routes to get to Kawagoe: （Route 1) is highly recommended)
1) Tobu Tojo Line, the fastest way from central Tokyo (It takes about 30 minutes from Ikebukuro station) ￥463/one way
2) From Tokyo station to Kawagoe with JR (It takes about 60 minutes. Tokyo station to Omiya station and then change line from Omiya station to Kawagoe station)
3) Seibu Shinjuku Line, Seibu Shinjuku station to Kawagoe station. It takes 50 minutes.
Please notify your guide which route you will choose so that the guide will be at the exit of the station (In Kawagoe there are two stations and three lines)
Shoes suitable for walking is recommended.
Nao is an excellent and fun guide. He has taken several of my customers of tours around Tokyo and everyone enjoyed it very much. I definitely recommend him!
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