KAWAGOE: A traditional Japan Tour

Yumi I.

5.00(21) reviews
English, Japanese
7 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Kawagoe will give you wonderful experience of the traditional Japan which you can't see in Tokyo. Only about one-hour ride from Shinjuku ! The old storehouse merchant houses are lined up, and the Toki-no-Kane (Bell Tower), a symbol of Kawagoe, welcomes you to ring four times a day. Let’s take a stroll around the town and you'll feel as if you travelled through time to ancient Edo.

Meeting Point

at Seibu Shinjuku

Honmaru Goten [Castle of Kawagoe], Toki-no Kane [Time Bell Tower], Kita-in Temple

Kashiya Yokocho [Pe,nny Candy Lane], Kura no machi [Old Town] Ichibangai Street

Ending Point

ar Hon Kawagoe Station or Seibu Shinjuku Station [SEIBU line] or anywhere you would like to finish

What to Expect

Why not visit the temples and learn about historical heritage, fill up on Japanese food and snacks, especially barbecued eel bowl, sweet potato cuisine and sweets, Dango at authentic Japanese shops and restaurants, and enjoy the tastes of Little Edo?

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide):Bus daily pass [Ride all day for 500 jpy, or Single-ride fare 200 jpy

Round trip limited express ticket (Seibu line) [Seibushinjyuku to Hon-Kawagoe](you and guide): 1500jpy per person

entrance fee:

Kitain Temple: 400jpy, Honmaru Goten of Kawagoe Castle: 100jpy, Kawagoe festival museum:300jpy per person respectively

lunch, and snack.

Important Information

available until 18:00.

I can guide you in Kawagoe, Hakone, Kamakura if you pay my transportation fee.

The guide fee does not include your transportation expenses, admission fees and lunch.

for example

Admission fee:

Honmaru Goten [Castle of Kawagoe] : Adults 100 yen

Kitain Temple: Adults 400 yen, Children (junior high school students) 200 yen

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Rajiv M.

Mar 22, 2023

Fantastic guided tour by Yumi San

This was our first time in Japan and Yumi san went above and beyond to ensure our family with two young kids can get acclimated to wonderful Tokyo. She met us promptly at the pre-arranged time. Knowing most of the tour involves a lot a walking she was able to change and accommodate our kids needs and tour schedule to make us comfortable. She took time to introduce us to the metro, JR and the rail system in Tokyo. She was never rushing allowing us to enjoy major attractions in Shinjuku, Shinjuku Goen, Shibuya and Kensoji temple area. She was very knowledgeable in the history and relevant information on places we visited. She was also able to recommend us places to eat and tips for our stay in Japan. She connected very well with our kids and helped entertain them with her origami skills during our train rides. She helped us pick up our JR pass and really make us feel like our local aunt in Japan showing us around. She is very warm, personable and ensures you are comfortable. Thanks to her, rest of our trip was awesome, and we returned back home with fond memories of Japan. I highly recommend Yumi as your guide to ensure your trip to Japan is frustration free and you are able to enjoy beautiful Japan. No matter how many youtube videos you have seen, and travelogs you've read and planned your trip, having a guide like Yumi san makes a world of difference and is highly recommended to ease into Japan. Thank you Yumi san for your awesome help. We really miss Japan and can't wait to come back :-)

Yumi I.

Thank you very much for your wonderful and complimentary review. I'm really very happy and thrilled. Your review gave me encouragement and helped to keep my motivation high for guests. I enjoyed the tour with your family and your kids are so smart and friendly. I wish I could have told you more about Japan and Tokyo, but unfortunately, our time was limited. I hope you will come to Japan again and enjoy various aspects of Japanese culture, food, nature, and so on. I'm really happy to hear that the rest of your trip was awesome, and that you returned back home with fond memories of Japan. The cherry blossoms are now in full bloom, and I wanted to show you these cherry blossoms in full bloom. The leaves are also very beautiful in the fall, so please come back next time during the fall foliage season. Thank you again Yumi


Andrew R.

Jan 24, 2023

Charming guide with expert knowledge

We highly recommend Yumi. Yumi has all the knowledge required to make sure any tour of a Tokyo is enjoyable and tailored to individual needs. We are a family of four which includes two teenage boys and Yumi was able to make sure we got the right balance of sights in to keep everyone happy. Also a special note that our impression was that she is very genuine and took great pride in helping us to get the most from our time in this very cool city.

Yumi I.

Andrew san, Thank you very very much for the wonderful review!! Your family is so nice and idealistic to travel with teenage nice boys and beautiful friendly Emma san. I enjoyed the tour and also learn a lot by communicating with you. I wish I could have done more to help you enjoy more things and make the most of your short stay in Tokyo, but I have a few regrets. I would like to complete all the requests. It is very close to Korea, so please come to Japan a lot and enjoy different places, seasons, nature, and shopping !? I will make an effort to improve my skill and knowledge as a guide. Thank you again. Today and tomorrow are the coldest days in this winter, please take care. Yumi.


Steven P.

Nov 15, 2022

Absolutely fantastic Guide

Yumi-san was such a wonderful welcome back to Japan after so long. She went the extra mile in contacting key locations to ensure that we got the most of our time together exploring Tokyo and was always so friendly. Cannot recommend her enough ありがとうございます!

Yumi I.

Steven san, Thank you so much for your review. I really enjoyed talking and shopping with you. You know a lot of Japanese things and shops etc., in Tokyo and understand Japanese, so I was really surprised at your knowledge. I wish you and your wife and boy would be back in Tokyo when your boy is 5 years old for the celebration of 753. This time was not enough time, so please come back again to enjoy traveling around many places in Japan. Thank you again. Yumi


Sanjay D.

Oct 18, 2022

Excellent 2 hour tour of Shinjuku to start our holiday

I would like to thank Yumi for being an excellent guide. She was very communicative prior to the tour to ensure we were focusing on the right experiences. It was a quick 2 hour tour but we covered a lot of ground and saw many different aspects of the Shinjuku area ranging from the old to the new. Yumi made a strong personal connection and I strongly recommend her for your next tour.

Yumi I.

Sanjay san, Thank you so much for your review. Our tour day is the first day of your arrival, so you and your cute daughter woke up early without sound sleep, but you walked a long way without fatigue. I enjoyed talking with you and your smart girl. Did she enjoy Harajuku and Sanrio land? Did you have wonderful and amazing memories? Shinjuku is a city with many faces, and although we were not able to experience the deep Shinjuku at night, I hope you will enjoy a different Shinjuku next time. I had a lot of fun by communicating with the two of you even in the short time we had together, and I learned a lot from you. It was really fun! Please come to Tokyo again with your family. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Yumi

$225/ per group

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