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What to Do in Kawagoe

It’s not difficult to pass the day just meandering the streets of Kawagoe, taking in the atmosphere and the sights. There are plenty of nice buildings to see in the Koedo district and a worthy collection of interesting shrines and temples also dotted about the place. If however, you are looking for a few extra activities to indulge in during your trip to the area there are various options available to you. Here are five of our favorites.

Index

  • Pottery Workshop at Yamawa

  • Glass Making Workshop at Blue Moon

  • Matsumoto Soy Sauce Brewery Tour

  • Kimono Rental

  • Sake Tasting at Kurari

  • Pottery Workshop at Yamawa

    Pottery Workshop at Yamawa

    Pottery Workshop at Yamawa

    Located in the heart of Koedo is Yamawa, a family run pottery shop selling a huge variety of handmade goods. If you make your way through the shop to the back you will also find a small workshop where they conduct pottery classes every morning and on selected afternoons. They offer both long-term courses as well as one-day classes for approximately 5,000 yen. Their expert pottery guides will help you make a variety of products that you can then take home and use. Reservations are necessary and can be made online through their website or at the tourist information center in the train station. They also have a café on site meaning you don't need to leave for lunch!

  • Glass Making Workshop at Blue Moon

    Glass Making Workshop at Blue Moon

    Glass Making Workshop at Blue Moon

    Located close to Gyodenji Temple and Karasuyama Shrine is Glass Art Blue Moon, a small glass blowing workshop and gallery store. They offer glass blowing workshops daily starting at 10am. During this short workshop, you will be able to create your own flower vase or drinking glass. There are a variety of colors available for you to include in your design and step by step instructions will mean your end product will come out looking great. One thing to bear in mind, you will need to wait overnight for your glass to cool, which means you will either need to go back the next day or pay a little extra and have them send it to your home address (addresses overseas also ok).

  • Matsumoto Soy Sauce Brewery Tour

    Matsumoto Soy Sauce Brewery Tour

    Matsumoto Soy Sauce Brewery Tour

    Also located close to Gyodenji Temple and Karasuyama Shrine, and right next door to Glass Art Blue Moon is the Matsumoto Soy Sauce brewing company. The brewery is over two hundred years old, and their brewing techniques have changed little over this time. They offer free tours of the brewery every morning, if and when customers turn up. Unfortunately, there is no English language support but it is interesting to see the brew house nonetheless. Once you are finished in the brewery they also have a shop selling a wide range of products made using their soy sauce including rice crackers, pickled vegetables and of course bottles of soy sauce.

  • Kimono Rental

    Kimono Rental

    Kimono Rental

    There are two shops in central Kawagoe that rent kimono for reasonable prices. This means you can really feel a part of old Japan as you wonder the historic town center of Koedo. Both shops have kimono for both men and women, and they also offer a hair styling service, so that you really look and feel the part.
    The rental shops are both located within a ten minute walk of the train station, and an internet search or quick visit to the tourist information will help you locate them. The shops are called Vivian Kimono Rental and Kanda Kimono Rental.

  • Sake Tasting at Kurari

    Sake Tasting at Kurari

    Sake Tasting at Kurari

    Koedo Kurari is a complex situated roughly halfway between Kawagoe station and the Koedo town. Inside you will find a beer brewery, a restaurant and a good selection of gifts to take home for family and friends. But the main attraction in our eyes is the sake tasting! Inside the main building at Kurari there is a small section with shelves stacked from floor to ceiling with Japanese sake for sale. If you are unsure of the differences in taste, or just want to wet your lips without buying a full bottle, they offer tastings of their best brands for very reasonable prices. This is perhaps the perfect way to unwind after a full day of walking the streets of the city before you head back!

    Kawagoe
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Wakitahonchou
    Phone
    Touhoyamawa
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    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Saiwaichou 7-1
    Phone
    0492220989
    glassArtBluemoon
    Address
    Saitama Kawagoe Nakacho 10-13
    Phone
    0492260833
    Giyodenji
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Suehirochou 2-4-2
    Phone
    0492222642
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    Address
    埼玉県川越市仲町10-13
    Phone
    0492220432
    Koedo Kurari (Kawagoe City Industry and Tourism Center)
    Address
    Saitama Pref. Kawagoeshi Shintomichou 1-10-1
    Phone
    0492280855
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