Mar 7, 2017
While waiting to take the suburban Tobu Tojo line from Ikebukuro station, one is able to see ads promoting day trips to Kawagoe - also known as Little Edo, which is just 30 minutes away.
Kawagoe is a mid-sized city with a population of 350,000. It is modern yet retains much of the traditional feel that earns it the name of Little Edo or Koedo. It has many traditional merchant houses still standing, and the houses are now museums, traditional candy shops, teahouses etc.
Highlights of interest will be the Toki no Kane, Kashiya Yokocho, Kurazukuri Street. Taisho-Roman Street, Hikawa Shrine, Semba Toshogu Shrine, etc.
Kawagoe is also known for sweet potatoes and there is many sweet potatoes confectionery for visitors to try. Along Kashiya Yokocho, many of the sweet shops will have such sweets for buy or try.
For those who are in Japan in October, the Kawagoe Festival, usually held annually on the second Saturday and third Sunday of October, may entice you to pay Kawagoe a visit.
Getting to Kawagoe from Tokyo is very easy.
Tobu Tojo Line - from Ikebukuro, disembarking at Kawagoe Station.
Seibu Shinjuku Line - from Shinjuku, disembarking at Hon-Kawagoe Station
JR Saikyo/Kawagoe Line - from Shinjuku, disembarking at Kawagoe Station
Walk out of the station's East exit and stroll through the outdoor shopping street. It takes about 20 minutes along this street to reach the traditional merchant houses. Alternatively, there is a Koedo Loop Bus outside the station that can get you there.
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