Koedo Kawagoe used to be a town crowded with people and traffic to and from Edo on the Kawagoe Kaido (road) and the Shingashi River. It is a popular spot only 50 minutes from Shinjuku where visitors can overview and fully enjoy Japanese history from the 16th century to the 20th century (from Edo to Taisho to Meiji to Showa periods).
Everything about attractive Koedo Kawagoe can be found here, including historical buildings, local specialties, and souvenir shops. You can also find coupon information convenient for traveling on the Seibu lines!
The tourist spots in Koedo Kawagoe are largely grouped into three areas: Kuranomachi area, Kawagoe City Museum area, and Kitain Temple area. Using the loop bus to get around the city is the most efficient way of visiting the three areas. For touring around the three areas, take a loop bus departing from the Hon-Kawagoe PePe shopping center. Be sure to check bus information in advance since there are many discounts and privileges associated with the bus service, including one-day ticket coupons.
The bell tower, which was built in the Edo period, still rings four times a day to tell the hour. The bell tower has been cherished by local people since the beginning of the Edo period. The current Toki no Kane is the fourth bell.
This is the oldest Kurazukuri store on the Ichibangai Street lined with Kurazukuri houses. The store in Kurazukuri style survived through the great fire in 1893 and proved that the Kurazukuri style is highly fire resistant. Consequently, merchants in Kawagoe started building their stores in Kurazukuri style.
Kashiya Yokocho (alley of candy stores) is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Koedo Kawagoe, featuring more than 20 mom-and-pop candy stores. The history of Kashiya Yokocho dates back to the early Meiji period, when one candy manufacturer opened a store here. There were more than 70 candy stores in the early Showa period.
This is a museum where you can actually step inside a Kurazukuri house and find its design, structure, and layout at first hand. The museum building (house) was built by Bunzo Koyama, a tobacco wholesale merchant, after the great fire in 1893.
The red brick building of the church exudes and conveys the atmosphere of the good old Taisho period to the present. The chapel in the Tudor style was designed by Mr. Wilson, an American architect, who was visiting Japan at the time. Services are held at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Sundays.
The building features a dome and vertically long windows that horizontally slide open and is one of the buildings that have incorporated Western culture to a large extent. It was designed by Katsuya Yasuoka, who also took part in the construction of red brick office buildings in Marunouchi, Tokyo.
This is a landmark building located at the north end of the Taisho Roman Yume Street. It is said that the dignified structure of the building with thick pillars like a Greek temple represents the typical architectural design for financial organizations that has prevailed across the country in the Taisho period.
The building was originally built in 1927 as a furniture show space, to which an annex was added in 1937. During the Showa period, it was used as a post office. The penthouse style of the building, which leverages the corner location, stands out at the intersection. Currently, it is used as a restaurant.
The shrine was built about 1500 years ago. People in Kawagoe call the god as "Hikawa-sama" and cherish it as a village shrine protecting the entire land of Kawagoe.
It was built in 807 and is said to have served as a stage for "Toryanse," a Japanese children's song. The main shrine building is a prefecturally designated cultural property.
The temple was built in the Heian period and was specially esteemed and protected by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Many believers worship the temple's founder as a guru capable of expelling evil spirits.
This is a shrine that honors the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The existing shrine was built in 1640. The Shrine comprises Hondo (main shrine), Zuishin Gate, Stone Torii Gate, Haiden (front shrine), Heiden (place for offerings), Karamon Gate, and Mizugaki (fence), all of which are registered as national important cultural properties.
Since you came all the way to Kawagoe for sightseeing, don' t miss savoring the local delicacies. The best selection of souvenirs is introduced here.
* If you buy a limited express ticket in addition to the free coupon, you can take a limited express Red Arrow,whose seats are all reserved and comfortable. It takes only 43 minutes from Seibu-Shinjuku Station to Kawagoe by Red Arrow!
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