Spots in Around Kawagoe Area

  • Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Miyashitamachi 2-11
    Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is said to be over 1,500 years old. The main deity venerated here is Susanoo-no-Mikoto, often worshiped as the god of harmonious families, matrimonial happiness and matchmaking. One popular item is the charm for forming good relationships, made to resemble the red thread that represents the power of the god of matchmaking.
  • Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley)
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 2-7
    Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Shop Alley) was selected as one of Japan’s “Top 100 Scent Scapes” by the Ministry of the Environment in 2001. It was originally set up to make and offer inexpensive sweets for heavily damaged Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake, and there are still more than 20 shops in operation. The cheap downtown style sweets they sell have many fans.
  • Time Bell Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Saiwaichou 15-7
    A historic structure situated along Kanetsuki-dori Street in Saiwai-cho, Kawagoe City. The tower was originally built some 400 years ago by Sakai Tadakatsu, then the lord of what was Kowagoe Domain. The tower was destroyed by fires and rebuilt many times; the current tower was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the Great Kawagoe Fire in the Meiji period. The tower's bell still rings out four times a day to announce the time and this sound has been selected by the Ministry of the Environment for inclusion of its list of 100 Soundscapes of Japan.
  • Kitain Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kosembamachi 1-20-1
    Boasting a 1200-year history, Kitain Temple is a National Designated Important Cultural Property that houses several valuable Cultural Properties. In addition to ordinary worship and visits to the main temple building, it also puts on occasional exhibitions of its treasures, which make available to visitors the precious items it has kept throughout its long history. The souvenir shop within its precincts was opened in 1972 and is well known as the first temple-based souvenir shop for tourists within the city limits of Kawagoe.
  • Koedo Kawagoe Tourist Association
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 1-15-8
    "Koedo Kawagoe Tourist Association office is located at the northern end of the Ichibangai Kurazukuri-no-machinami historic street. The office is houses in a two-story retro-style brick building; the tourist office on the 1st floor has a range of pamphlets and maps available, and provides tourist information services. Near Koedo Kawagoe Tourist Association office are streets lined with traditional Kurazukuri warehouse-style buildings, Toki-no-kane bell-tower (which has become a symbol of Kawagoe), Kashiya Yokocho (""Penny Candy Lane""), which has 20 or so traditional confectionery stores, and other famous tourist spots. Reflecting Kawagoe's status as a ""city made for wearing a kimono,"" on the eighth, 18th and 28th days of every month there are special events to encourage visitors to stroll around Kawagoe while wearing a kimono."
  • Kawagoe Aquatic Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Ikenobe 880
    Nine pools including water slides, a wading river, and a diving pool are all on the expansive site of the Kawagoe Aquatic Park. There is a small slide in the kiddie pool too, providing lots of fun for kids and grownups alike. A barbecue area is also available, and its autumn to spring fishing pool makes the park popular year-round.
  • Ichibangai Kurazukuri-no-machinami historic street
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama ken Kawagoe city
    "Ichibangai Kurazukuri-no-machinami historic street is located around 10 minutes' walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. With just over 30 Kurazukuri warehouse-style buildings lining the road, this area plays a very important role in the preservation of traditional architecture. The Kurazukuri buildings are one of the most important tourist attractions in Kawagoe (which came to be known as ""Little Edo"" because of its prosperity). The oldest of the Kurazukuri buildings is the Osawa House, which was constructed in 1792 and has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. Visitors to this area can also view the ""Toki-no-kane"" (Time Bell Tower)-which has become a symbol of Kawagoe-from close to; more than a century after it was constructed, the bell-tower continues to tell the time through the ringing out of the bell four times a day. The branch of Saitama Resona Bank located halfway down the street is an old Western-style building that perfectly matches the historic ambience of the area."
  • Kawagoe Castle Honmaru Palace
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kuruwamachi 2-13-1
    A historic structure located in 2-Chome Kuruwa-machi, Kawagoe City. The palace was built in 1848 by Matsudaira Naritsune, then lord of Kawagoe Domain. Today, the palace's entranceway and reception hall as well as the transplanted and restored chief retainer's office are the only original parts of Kawagoe Castle which still stand today. The palace is used as a museum containing exhibits on Kawagoe Domain. Visitors can purchase a joint museum pass which also grants access to the nearby Kawagoe City Museum and Kawagoe City Art Museum.
  • Maruhiro Department Store Kawagoe
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Shintomichou 2-6-1
    This department store is located in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. In the main building, there are clothing stores for women, men and kids and also restaurants. In the adjacent annex building, there is a glasses shop, handcraft shop and art gallery. In addition, there is a Kinokuniya bookstore and musical instrument store in Annex A closed to Kawagoe Station.
  • Kawagoe Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Kaminodamachi 41-7
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Kaminodamachi, Kawagoe City. The bathhouse has two bathing areas-the Ki no Yu and the Ishi no Yu -and which is the men's and which is the women's alternates daily. Between these two areas, the bathhouse has nine varieties of baths and three varieties of saunas, and visitors can bath in hot spring waters kept at five different temperature zones. The bathhouse also has a body care facility, hair salon, rest area, and restaurant.
  • Koedo Hatsukari Onsen Kawagoe Branch
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Shibui 26-1
    A hot spring bathhouse facility situated along National Route 254 in Shibui, Kawagoe City. Fed by a natural hot spring welling up from 1,700 meters below the ground, the bathhouse has two indoor bath areas-the Sarasara no YU and the Zabun no Yu. Which is the men's and which is the women's alternates daily. The bathhouse also has an open-air bath, assorted smaller indoor baths, and three varieties of saunas. There's also a bedrock bath with loyly service, plus a rest area filled with comfy reclining chairs and a comic book corner. In addition, the bathhouse has a body care facility, hair salon, and restaurant.
  • Ichinoya Kawagoe Main Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Matsuechou 1-18-10
    Unagi Ichinoya is one of Kawagoe's oldest and eel restaurants and has been serving barbecued eel in its old Edo-style building continuously since 1832. Served with a sauce that has been handed down through the generations, the eel meat is thickly cut and tender. In addition to eel dishes, the restaurant also serves Japanese dishes and multicourse meals made with seasonal ingredients.
  • Ogakiku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Nakachou 3-22
    "An eel restaurant established in 1807 which is located in Naka-cho, Kawagoe City. The restaurant is housed in a three-story wooden building built in the early Taisho period. Menu selections include eel broiled and slathered in a secret recipe sauce handed down for seven generations; a la carte eel dishes like shirayaki plain broiled eel; the ""Torikaba Sanshoku"" meal, which comes with chicken kabayaki and soboro as well as egg soboro; and eel course meals."
  • Kawagoe Hachimangu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Minamitorimachi 19-1
    A Shinto shrine situated along Hachiman-dori Street in Minamitori-machi, Kawagoe City. The temple was founded in 1030 by the samurai Minamoto no Yorinobu and is dedicated to Emperor Ojin. The temple's Chinowa Kuguri event, held from June 30, is also known as the Nagoshi no Oharae. A tradition dating back to the early Edo period, the event involves walking through a cogon grass ring to purify oneself.
  • Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Motomachi 2-1-10
    This local museum is in Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture. It preserves and displays important materials related to the Kawagoe Hikawa Matsuri, a nationally recognized Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset and one of the Kanto region's three greatest festivals. The exhibition hall always has two floats on display, and in Sundays and holidays they hold a performance of the parade's dance music, called ohayashi.
  • Renkeiji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Renjakuchou 7-1
    A Buddhist temple located in Renjaku-cho, Kawagoe City. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Amitabha Tathagata created in the distant Kamakura period. The temple also enshrines a statue of the high priest Donryu said to grant worshippers safe childbirth and aid in childrearing, and a statue known as Obinzuru-sama which is said to cure one of illness when one touches it. A festival is held at the temple on the eighth of each month to worship Donryu, and on these days a variety of shops open up on the grounds and traditional art performances are held, attracting large numbers of visitors. The temple is also dedicated to Fukurokuju, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, and the temple makes up part of the Koedo Kawagoe Seven Gods of Fortune Pilgrimage.
  • Koedo Kurari (Kawagoe City Industry and Tourism Center)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Shintomichou 1-10-1
    A shopping facility located in 1-Chome Shintomi-cho, Kawagoe City. The facility is housed in three National Tangible Cultural Property-designated storehouses built in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods which once belonged to the Kagamiyama Shuzo sake brewery. Facilities include the Omiyagedokoro Meijigura storehouse, which hosts a cafe and shops selling local sakes and sweets; the Makanaidokoro Taishogura, which hosts a restaurant serving choice sake and meals designed around the concept of local production for local consumption; and the Kikizakedokoro Showagura storehouse, where visitors can purchase sake from 35 breweries located in the prefecture; plus the Tsudoidokoro building, which has a conference room and gallery.
  • Aina Shinsui Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Ainashinden 140-1
    AinaShinsui Park is an 18-hectare park in the riverbed of the Irumagawa River. The park contains canals ponds that make use of the abundant springs along the Irumagawa River. visitors can enjoy playing around in the water, fishing or engaging in other aquatic activities. With its cosmos garden and wildflower garden, the park is also known as a famous place for viewing flowers. Tennis courts, softball ground and other sports facilities are available by reservation, and the park is also equipped with cycling trails and dog runs, all features that make the park appealing to all generations.
  • Market TERRACE Main Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Ofukuro Within the 650 Kawagoe General Wholesale Store
    A buffet restaurant located in the Kawagoe Wholesale Market situated along Prefectural Route 114 in Ofukuro, Kawagoe City. The restaurant serves a shared lunch and dinner buffet style menu consisting of dishes made with local, fresh vegetables and other ingredients from Kawagoe. Certain menu selections are also only available at certain times, such as barbecue dishes only offered during dinner, and sashimi made with choice fish from the market only offered during dinner on weekends.
  • Tennen Onsen Furusatonoyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saitama Pref. Sakadoshi Aouda 40
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Aota, Sakado City. The bathhouse' baths are all supplied by a natural hot spring welling up from 1,500 meters underground. Baths include an outdoor bath with a spectacular view, jacuzzi and other indoor baths, and a high-concentration carbonated spring bath. The bathhouse also offers body care services such as seitai osteopathy and skin scrubbing in the bathing area. After your bath, you can relax in the rest area or comic book corner or eat a meal in the bathhouse restaurant, which serves set meals, noodles, and snacks.

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Eclipsed by neighboring Tokyo, Saitama is often branded as the sleepy suburbs. However, look a little deeper and you’ll uncover quaint towns bursting with history and crafts from the kurazukuri Edo-period clay houses of Kawagoe to the ancient tree-enveloped temples of Chichibu.

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