Kawagoe Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98
  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98
  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98

Kawagoe Things to Do

  • Coedo Brewery's Shiro (白) Beer

    Coedo brewery is located in Kawagoe, a town also known as "Little Edo" or Co-edo in Japanese. The name stems from the town's historic area that resembles pre-World War II Tokyo, which was then known as Edo.I recently found Coedo Shiro, a witbier or hefeweizen, at a small liquor store near Tachikawa. The name Shiro means "white," which is a good...

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  • 500 Statues of Rakan (Gohyaku Rakan)

    The Gohyaku Rakan or 500 Statues of Rakan, is a collection of 540 small stone statues representing Buddha's disciples. These statues tucked into a small 20 meter by 20 meter square fenced in area, were carved between 1782 and 1825. While the rest of Kitain Temple is free to enter, visitors muct pay about 300 Yen or so to wander among the Rakan...

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  • Kitain Temple

    Kitain (Kita-In) Temple is thought to have been founded in 830 AD. It burned in 1205 AD and rebuilt in 1296. In 1300, this great temple became head of the Tendai Buddhist temples in east Japan. The grounds house not only the main Kitain Temple, but also a shrine dedicated to the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, and original buildings from Edo Castle in...

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  • Coedo Hoppy Wind Session Ale

    Coedo Hoppy Wind Session Ale is a special summer 2013 brew from Kawagoe's Coedo Brewery. The color is a pale yellow, the scent very hoppy. It is a light, sweet, citrusy ale with a strong hoppy flavor and a surprising lack of bitterness. Unique and drinkable, bit not fantastic.I tried Coedo Hoppy Wind Session Ale at Ant N Bee pub in Roppongi,...

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  • Coedo Brewery's Shikkoku Schwarzbier

    Coedo brewery is located in Kawagoe, a town also known as "Little Edo" or Co-edo in Japanese. The name stems from the town's historic area that resembles pre-World War II Tokyo, which was then known as Edo.I recently found Coedo Shikkoku, a schwarzbier or black lager, very unique in Japanese breweries. The name Shikkoku is from a Japanese word...

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  • Coedo Brewery's Baniaka Sweet Potato...

    Coedo Brewery makes just one happoshu, a type of low-malt beer that is typically cheap, watery, and dreadfully headache causing. Coedo's Beniaka is a happoshu by law, but it is a very unique happoshu that wasn't brewed to be cheap. In fact, Beniaka is Coedo's most expensive beer, costing 1.5 to 2 times as much as their other beers. What makes this...

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  • Kurazukuri Historic Warehouse District

    Kawagoe's Kurazukuri area is the most famous area of the town. Kurazukuri Street stretches about 200 meters and is lined with Edo-Period warehouses that are now mostly restaurants and shops. The warehouses are identified by their thick clay walls, a significant change from the wooden houses that were found throughout most of Japan. These warehouses...

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  • Choki-in Temple, Skinny Buddha

    In the historic area of Kawagoe, there is a small alley with a temple gate at the far end. Though the alley is quiet, it is inviting. The long, narrow, stone-lined path takes you past a few vacant storefronts and into the temple grounds. The shrine is eerily deserted except for a man in obvious mental distress, who greets you strangely but kindly...

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  • Renkei-ji Temple, Old Kawagoe

    The Renkei-ji Temple is a relatively large complex on the edge of Old Kawagoe. This temple was completed in 1554, and it served as a Buddhist University during the Edo period. A local leader named Lord Donryu is known to have aided children and those in need, and his shrine is covered in children's toys and gifts. One of Kawagoe's "Seven Deities of...

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  • Crea Mall Shopping Street

    Walking through Kawagoe, I noticed that almost every street in town had a big sign overhead proclaiming "Shopping Street!" But only one street in this town can really boast this title: Crea Mall. The southern end of this street mall lies between Kawagoe Station and Hon-kawagoe Station, and it stretches all the way to the historic old Edo buildings...

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  • Confectionery Lane (or Penny Candy...

    Next to the northern end of the old Kurazukurai section of Kawagoe is a narrow, but crowded alley that often has more children than adults. This area is called Kashiya Yokocho in Japanese, or Penny Candy Alley in English. This street has been home to candy makers since the 1870s or earlier. Following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, this area...

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  • Time Bell Tower, Old Kawagoe

    The Time Bell Tower, or Toki no Kane in Japanese, was first constructed 400 years ago in central Kawagoe by Sakai Tadakatsu, a Kawagoe feudal lord. Though it has been burned and rebuilt about three times, most recently by the Kawagoe Great Fire, the present 16 meter structure dates back to 1893. While the tower stands in front of a temple, the...

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  • Coedo Brewery's Kyara Vienna Lager

    Coedo brewery is located in Kawagoe, a town also known as "Little Edo" or Co-edo in Japanese. The name stems from the town's historic area that resembles pre World War II Tokyo, which was then known as Edo.During a recent visit to Kawagoe, I tried the Coedo Kyara, a lager-style beer, which is unique in Japan microbrews. We sat at the small Cafe...

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  • Kita-in Temple

    Kitain was first built in 830 but the current structure was built in 1640 by Tokugawa Iemitsu. The temple has a beautiful garden that looks like it would be especially good during cherry blossom season.One of the most interesting part of the shrine are the 500 Rakan Statues, statues of holy men. Each is unique in different and the experience is...

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  • Storehouse District

    Kawagoe is most famous for its storehouse district, a street lined with historic Meiji Period buildings that serve as reminders of old Edo. It is one of the 62 designated Traditional Historic Preservation Districts (number 6). The buildings here are clay-walled structures that are resistant to fire and protected on the outside by a layer of...

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  • Honmaru Goten

    The Honmaru Goten was built as part of an expansion of Kawagoe Castle. The current structure dates back to 1848. It is the only structure from the castle that still exists today. Since the castle is on the list of the nation's top 100 castles, this is where to go if you're visiting the castles.Inside you can get a look at where the lords met and...

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  • Kurazukuri Museum

    The Kurazukuri Museum is located in one of the old storehouses, giving visitors an opportunity to get an inside look. There are some artifacts but not so many, but since most of the buildings are not open to tour (most have been converted into shops so you can only go in as far as the shop) it's still nice to see more of the inside of the...

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  • Kashiya Yokocho

    The Okashiya Yokocho is a small historic street that branches off from the main street of storehouses. It is known both historically and today as a place to buy sweets and snacks. The snacks are mostly traditional, ranging from senbei to more stereotypical sweets, like sugar candies and lollipops.

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  • Hikawa Shrine

    Hikawa Shrine is said to date back to the 6th century. It was once part of the Hikawa Shrine in Saitama City but later separated. The current structure was built during the Edo Period by Matsudaira Naritsune. The hidden part of the shrine is actually intricately carved and impressive, so try to get a view from the sides (I tried to get a picture,...

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  • Kawagoe Daishi: Kitain Temple

    Kitain is a head temple of Tendaishu Buddhist sects in Kanto District built in 830. The fire in 1638 destroyed the temple leaving only the main gate. Iemitsu, the third Tokugaw Shogun ordered the reconstruction on the temple moving some parts of the Edo castle to Kitain temple. This was to grant the wish of Tenkai Sojo (the archbishop during the...

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  • A trip to Kurazukuri

    Kawagoe was under the influence of Edo culture. Kurazukuri is a symbol of influence of Edo culture. In the golden days there were more than 200 of these buildings, but today only a few dozen are lined up along the main streets of Motomachi, Saiwaicho and Nakacho. Since Tokyo has lost its classic atmosphere, Karazukuri or the thick black walled...

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  • Tokino Kane

    Tokino Kane or Bell Tower is a 16 meter above ground tower that serves as a symbol of Kawagoe. It was rebuilt in 1893 after it was destroyed by a big fire. The first tower was created in 1624. Today you can hear the bell chimes every 6:00 in the morning, 12:00 noon, 3:00 in the afternoon and 6:00 in the evening.

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  • Budha's Expression

    At the Kitain complex, on the spacious temple grounds stands also a Toshogu Shrine, devoted to the spirits of the first Tokugawa shogun Ieyasu, and the Gohyaku Rakan Statues, 540 stone statues of the disciples of Buddha, each with its own facial expression. It s a pleasure to wander around and look at all of the statues.... they belive some of the...

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  • Kashiyayokocho ( Small lane of tiny...

    I get this description from tourist brouchure from information center.This lane has long been enjoyed not only by the residents of Kawagoe but also by many visitors. Traditional sweets, such as menthol candies and anko candies ( Anko is a sugared paste of Azuki-beans ), are on sale, attracting visitors to find a classic atmosphere and traditional...

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Kawagoe Hotels

Kawagoe Restaurants

  • Kasuga Sweet Tea House, Kawagoe

    On the main street in Kawagoe's warehouse district is a shop called 甘味茶房 かすが, which roughly translates to Kasuga Sweet Tea House. The is a small 24-seat restaurant that specializes in desserts.We ducked in for a quick drink and dessert on a hot day in August. We had a few Kawagoe beers, including...

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  • Noodle Restaurant in Penny Candy Lane

    On a recent visit to Kawagoe, we stopped at a noodle restaurant near the bend in the alley. This is the same restaurant that sells "junk food sandwiches" in the street just outside the main door. We sat in the back of the restaurant near the counter, and quickly decided on a few of the noodle dishes, mostly udon. My udon was tasty, but on ice,...

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  • Kanetora Yakiniku Restaurant

    Kanetora is a fantastic Yakiniku restaurant in Kawagoe, just across the street from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line. We were looking for meat and beer, and we saw the cow on the sign from a block away. We arrived, quickly scanned the menu to discover yakiniku, then descended the odd stairs into the stylish, modern restaurant.We...

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  • Street food at Crea Mall

    For 150 Yen, you can hardly go wrong. We stopped at a small vendor along Crea Mall that sold nothing but fried meats and veggies on sticks. That is almost always a good choice in Asia, so we pointed at two of the large sticks and played lunch roulette. Laura got one that looked like cubes of meat on a stick, while mine looked like a huge piece of...

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  • Cafe Elevato, Old Kawagoe

    Cafe Elevato looks to be a relatively new, yet rustic cafe and bar at the southern edge of Kawagoe's old town. The first floor has a bar and a few tables, but upstairs is much bigger with room for about 20-30 guests at tables and a counter overlooking the street. The walls and ceilings have old-style exposed wooden beams, giving the cafe a very...

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  • A good choice

    Located in a historic building built in 1916 ( périod TAISHO 4).This small restaurant offers very good sushis with beautiful présentation and a local beer made from sweet potatoes.Lunch menu around 1500 yens (3 courses with hot tea))beer 660yensamber beer 780 yens

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Kawagoe Transportation

  • Getting to Kawagoe

    Kawagoe is very easy to reach by train from Tokyo. One way to get here is by taking the Seibu Shinjuku Line from Seibu Shinjuku Station directly to Honkawagoe Station. Honkawagoe Station is also closer to the sites than Kawagoe Station. This is the fastest and cheapest way from the Shinjuku area.If you choose to use JR, there are direct trains to...

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  • Getting to Kawagoe

    It's not difficult to get from Tokyo to Kawagoe, either on the Tobu Tojo line from Ikebukuro, Saikyo line from Shinjuku, or Kawagoe line from Omiya.In addition, Tokyo Metro's Yurakucho line runs some through services onto the Tobu Tojo line that go to Kawagoe (some even further).

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  • Seibu Shinjuku Line to Hon Kawagoe

    2 ways to Kawagoe, depending where is your location. If you are in Shinjuku, the straight way is by Seibu Shinjuku train from west Shinjuku station to Hon Kawagoe. It takes 1 hour (for express train) and one way costs JPY480. If you are in Ikebukuro, then take JR Tobu Tojo Line to Kawagoe station. Time about 32mins and costs is JPY450, but the main...

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