This is a one-day tour* visiting Kawagoe in Saitama, starting from your hotel in Tokyo.
(*If you can meet me at Kawagoe, pls refer to "Half-day Tour.")
It takes about 30 minutes from Ikebukuro by train. You will find out why Kawagoe is called "Little Edo" after exploring this area.
If you have experienced Tokyo sightseeing before, Kawagoe is the next place I would recommend.
At your hotel
Lunch in Kawagoe
Kurazukuri (warehouse-styled houses/shops) Street
Kashiya Yokocho (Penny Candy Lane)
Kurari - souvenir shops
At your hotel
Kawagoe is a city in Saitama, and used to be a very important place in Saitama as a trade partner of Edo. You can still see a traditional and unique atmosphere. It takes only 30 minutes from Ikebukuro by train, so if you have experienced a sightseeing in Tokyo and don’t have enough time to visit Nikko, Kamakura, or Hakone, Kawagoe is the second place that I must recommend for a day trip.
Hotel pick-up in 23 wards of Tokyo
- Transportation fee (For you & your guide)
KAWAGOE DISCOUNT PASS : 700 yen (trains between Ikebukuro Kawagoe) per person
KAWAGOE DISCOUNT PASS Premium : 950 (trains between Ikebukuro Kawagoe, and bus rides in Kawagoe) per person
Taxi is sometimes cheaper (per person), and you can save time depending on the situation.
- Lunch (For you & your guide) : approximately 1000 yen to 2000 yen per person
- Your admission fee for Kita-in Temple (400 yen)
* I recommend you bring cash in Japanese yen, too, because some restaurants and shops still don't accept credit cards, and we need it for transportation.
We walk a lot, so please wear comfortable shoes.
KAWAGOE DISCOUNT PASS : 700 yen (trains between Ikebukuro Kawagoe)
KAWAGOE DISCOUNT PASS Premium : 950 (trains between Ikebukuro Kawagoe, and bus rides in Kawagoe)
Kita-in Temple admission : 400 yen
Lunch : approximately 1000 to 2000 yen
Aki san was always on time and could suggest places that is interesting. She will visit the locations that you have interest in beforehand to ensure your trip is as smooth as possible. She also makes the effort to interact with my toddlers which is very helpful at times.
Thank you for your review. I hope you enjoyed your trip with your family in Japan. I understand it’s extremely hard to travel with a toddler and a baby, and we also had a heavy rain day, which made your trip even more difficult. I tried to do the best I could, but I’m sorry we had to skip some of the destinations. Maybe we should have thought more about the balance between what you wanted to do and what you could actually do with taking children’s pace and energy into consideration. I enjoyed the company of your “kawaii” daughters, by the way;-) I hope they liked my “origami” toys. It was a long trip, so please take a good rest!
Aki was the best tour guide! From the moment I inquired of her availability, she was responsive, curious about our trip, and eager to help us have the best day—and she completely succeeded. She managed to do the impossible and pack 3-days’ worth of sight-seeing into one day, all accompanied by her charming personality, interesting factoids about Tokyo and Japanese history, and overall lovely demeanor. I will absolutely ask Aki to be our guide again. We now consider her our friend! See you in Oregon, Aki!
Dear Erin, It was such a lovely day yesterday! It was a little cooler than the past couple of days, and no rain. More than that, I really enjoyed your company and our conversation during the tour. I also felt this one-day trip would become a special one from the beginning. I’m glad you liked all my favorite places although we were a little too busy(^-^; Actually, there are more places I would like to take you to, so I’ll wait for you to come back! I hope I can go to Oregon someday, too. Thank you so much for the 5 stars and wonderful review!! Best, Aki
We had a very nice tour with Aki , she had listened very well what we like to see and do in Tokyo. She told us a lot of interesting things according typical japanese things. I really would recommend her.
I hope my tour helped you explore Japan for the rest of your trip;-) The tour was short, but I enjoyed it very much. I wish the dream your daughter wrote at the Meiji Jingu Shrine comes true!! Best, Aki
Aki was so helpful and friendly!!! She absolutely went above and beyond and did everything in her power to make our visit spectacular!!! She was unbelievable thoughtful and helpful beyond anything I could have expected. I don’t think it would be possible to find a better guide and wholeheartedly recommend her and cannot possibly express how thankful we are to have met her and worked with her!!!
I enjoyed our communication from the very beginning, and learned a lot from you, too. If this trip became a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for you, I’m *super* happy!! Thank you for finding me as a guide, and it means a lot for me. I hope I can see you again someday either in Japan, US, or maybe in other country!? Please take care and enjoy the rest of your trip!! Aki