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Kawagoe is a city that flourished as a castle town of Kawagoe Castle once existed here. It is only a 45 minutes’ train ride from Shinjuku station by the "Koedo-go" limited express on Seibu line. Kawagoe is also called “Koedo (little Edo) Kawagoe” because Kawagoe Castle was built by Ota Dokan, a Busho (Japanese Military Commander) who built Edo Castle. The nostalgic street of Kura-zukuri (clay-walled warehouse-styled) buildings in Kawagoe is so fascinating that it is recognized by the Japanese government as a historical city. It is located within easy access from Tokyo. It is worth visiting here and strolling around the former castle town.
- 24-9 Wakitamachi, Kawagoe-shi
- Contact No.
- Get off at JR Kawagoe station or Honkawagoe station on Seibu Shinjuku line
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 3 hours
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Bell Tower: a landmark
The landmark of Kawagoe is the Bell Tower. The original was built in the early Edo period and rebuilt later after it was burnt down. The bell still chimes four times a day today at 6:00, 12:00, 15:00, and 18:00. The sound of the bell can be heard through the town of Koedo Kawagoe.
Street of Kura-zukuri Buildings
One of the highlights of Kawagoe is the street of Kura-zukuri buildings. Kura-zukuri buildings are noted for their fire resistance. Most merchants’ houses in Edo in the Edo period were built in Kura-zukuri style rather than wood because there were many great fires in those days. Many Kura (clay-walled warehouses) were also built in Kawagoe because Edo had a strong influence on Kawagoe. It is the origin of the Town of Kura, Kawagoe.
Love Candies? Don’t Miss Kashiya Yokocho!
Kashiya Yokocho (candy alley) is a famous spot you can’t miss in Kawagoe. The alley is lined with 22 candy stores. Each store sells a selection of candies and snacks that reminds us of good old days.
Taisho Roman Yume-dori
It is the street that is often used for filming TV dramas and movies for its nostalgic atmosphere. That is why its historic townscape is well preserved. You might feel like you’ve time traveled to old times. There are also many good restaurants here.
The highlight of the traditional Kawagoe festival is the parade of the festival floats that has a 360-year history. The festival takes place in the daytime and at night. Various floats with different dolls and sculptures parade in the daytime while paper lanterns are lit at night and the town is filled with excitement.