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Kashiya Yokocho has the nostalgic atmosphere of the good old Showa era. The alley is lined by a lot of stores that sell traditional Japanese sweets and is always busy with many people. It started with a sweets shop here, in front of the main gate of Dairen-ji in 1870s and it grew bigger with about 70 stores in the 1930s because it took the role of a sweets supplier after Tokyo suffered damages after the Great Earthquake of 1923. Today, the stone-paved alley is about 5 meters wide and lined by a little more than 10 stores. It gathered more attention after chosen to be one of “The Most Tasteful 100 Landscapes" by the Ministry of Environment for its atmosphere and rare traditional downtown scenes.
- 2-7-10 Motomachi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama
- Contact No.
- Take Tobu bus bound for Shinmeicho-shako from JR Kawagoe station or Tobu-kawagoe Station. Ride for 10 minutes and get off at Fudano-tsuji. Walk for 3 minutes from the bus stop. Or walk for 20 minutes from Honkawagoe station on Seibu railway.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
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Kashiya Yokocho is an alley lined with many stores selling traditional “dagashi."Dagashi means simple, cheap sweets targeted mainly for children distinguishing them from expensive sweets served at tea ceremonies or the ones that are used as gifts. Dagashi will excite everyone, even the ones who doesn’t know much about them. Try some of the simple sweets and return to your childhood again!
Large Rice Cracker: Tabearuki Senbei
”Tabearuki Senbei” is a popular thing in Kashiya Yokocho. Rice crackers are baked just in front of the store. The aroma of baking will guide you here. It is great to have freshly baked rice crackers straight from the grill. It is large enough and you might want to share it with some friends.
Soft Icecream, specialty in Kawagoe
Kawagoe is famous for purple sweet potatoes and Kawagoe sweet potatoes. Both soft icecream from each sweet potato are great to have while strolling around. The mixture of the sweetness of fresh cream and that of sweet potatoes is so good that you never get enough of it. A mix of two icecreams is also available.
This Bell Tower has been a symbol of Kawagoe. It stands on this nostalgic street showing remnants of the Edo era. The bell rings four times a day, at 6, 12, 15, and 18. People around this area at these times will hear the nostalgic sound of the bell. The sound of this bell is chosen to be one of “the 100 best soundscapes in Japan.”