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Koedo Kawagoe recommended option: Koedo Kawagoe Course

Renting a kimono will allow you to more fully enjoy the ambience of Koedo. You might also enjoy the charm of riding in a rickshaw through the town. This sightseeing course gives you the true Koedo Kawagoe experience.

Depart from Seibu-Shinjuku Station!

  • Depart from Seibu-Shinjuku Stationat 10:00
  • arrive at Hon-Kawagoe Stationat 10:45

*The operation schedules for the public transportation services shown above are the weekend/holiday schedules. (As of April 13, 2014)

Enjoy a relaxing ride to Hon-Kawagoe Station on the Laview・Red Arrow Limited Express.

  1. Depart from Seibu-Shinjuku Station45min by train.
  2. arrive at Hon-Kawagoe Station13min on foot.
  3. Koedo Kawagoe Dress-up Shop, Bibian
  4. Toki no Kane (Time Bell Tower)
  5. Kurazukuri Style Storehouses (Ichibangai Shopping Street)
  6. Koedo Yokocho (Alley)1min on foot.
  7. Kawagoe Festival Museum2min on foot.
  8. Kashiya Yokocho (Alley of Candy Stores) [Top 100 Aromascapes of Japan]17min on foot.
  9. Taisho Roman Yume Street10min on foot.
  10. Koedo Kurari (Kawagoe City Industrial Tourism Center)5min on foot.
  11. arrive at Hon-Kawagoe Station
  12. Depart from Hon-Kawagoe Station45min by train.
  13. arrive at Seibu-Shinjuku Station

11:10 Koedo Kawagoe Dress-up Shop, Bibian

Transform yourself into a kimono beauty in this traditional area of town.

The 18th of every month is "Kawagoe Kimono Day", and guests who come to Kawagoe dressed in kimono (traditional Japanese clothing) or yukata (casual summer kimono) are welcomed with fun events and services. Transform yourself into a kimono beauty and enjoy a stroll in the traditional neighborhood with a unique atmosphere.

Estimated length of stay: 30minutes

Business hours:
10:00 to 17:00 (weekdays),
10:00 to 18:00 (weekends and holidays)
(time for returning kimono)
Closed:
Tuesdays
TEL:
(090) 3524-8979
(Customers with a reservation will be served first.)

11:40 Toki no Kane (Time Bell Tower)

Landmark in Kawagoe

It is said that the original bell tower was built about 400 years ago by Tadakatsu Sakai, Lord of Kawagoe Castle. The current structure is the 4th bell tower. After the Great Fire of Kawagoe in 1893, the current bell tower was rebuilt to approximately the same height as the Great Buddha of Nara. This bell, which has announced the time to the residents of the castle town since the Edo period, is still rung 4 times each day at 6:00, 12:00, 15:00, and 18:00. It was selected as one of the "100 Protected Soundscapes of Japan".

Estimated length of stay: 10minutes

Time Bell Tower currently undergoing seismic retrofitting

September 2015 to February 2016
Temporary enclosure, 1st level only (Ringing of the bell and nighttime lighting of the tower will be performed according to the regular schedule.)
March 2016 to December 2016
Entire tower enclosed in plastic sheeting (Ringing of the bell and nighttime lighting of the tower will not be performed.)

Additional Information

Ogagiku

Eel Cuisine! This traditional delicacy features a secret sauce that has been handed down for generations since the Edo period. This type of 3-story wooden building is not found often in Kawagoe.

Business hours:
11:00 to 14:00 and 16:30 to 19:30
(Last order: 19:00) *The restaurant may close early if supplies run out.
Closed:
Thursdays (except national holidays) (Unscheduled closings may occur from time to time.)
TEL:
(049) 222-0034

Torokko

This cafe is operated by Touho Yamawa, a famous pottery shop located in one of the traditional Kurazukuri style storehouses that represent Kawagoe. Enjoy anything from an aperitif to a meal, dessert, and sweets made from potato!

Business hours:
10:00 to 17:00
Closed:
No regular schedule
TEL:
(049) 226-1065

12:00 Kurazukuri Style Storehouses (Ichibangai Shopping Street)

Main street in Koedo

The traditional Kurazukuri style storehouses lining main street continue to show us today how the town appeared during the Edo period. Although most of the storehouses were destroyed in the Great Fire of Kawagoe in 1893, they were rebuilt by the local merchants. It is said that at one time there were about 200 storehouses here. Don't miss the attention to decorative details and unique construction, such as the thick roof tiles, towering boxed ridges, and ridge-end tiles bearing the face of a demon!

Estimated length of stay:30minutes

GOURMET

Ohana

This restaurant that specializes in egg dishes is very popular with locals and visitors. Customers stand in line most days to enjoy the "Kifujin no tamago sando (noblewoman's egg sandwich)"! These tasty fried-egg sandwiches are made from rich and mellow flavored eggs of exceptional quality that have sat overnight in soup broth.

Business hours:
11:15 to 16:30 (weekdays) 11:00 to 16:30 (weekends and holidays)
Closed:
Year end and New Year holidays
TEL:
049-225-1826

12:30 Koedo Yokocho (Alley)

A nice spot to take a short break

Koedo Yokocho has 8 stores that offer everything from snacks you can enjoy while strolling through town to sit-down meals, and products such as clothing, general merchandise, and accessories. There is also a rest area (free of charge) located near the back of Yokocho.

Estimated length of stay:15minutes

13:00 Kawagoe Festival Museum

Experience the excitement of festivals!

Actual floats from the Kawagoe Festival, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine's regular grand festival, are on display in all their glory, and you can enjoy the excitement on the festival on a large screen.

Estimated length of stay:60minutes

Business hours:
9:30 to 18:30 (April to September) (admission until 18:00)
9:30 to 17:30 (October to March) (admission until 17:00)
Closed:
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (open on holidays that fall on Wednesday, closed the following Thursday), December 29 to January 1
Admission:
300 yen for adults, 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students
TEL:
(049) 255-2727

14:00 Kashiya Yokocho (Alley of Candy Stores)
[Top 100 Aromascapes of Japan]

A familiar fragrance lingers in the air.

It is said this Kashiya Yokocho began when Tozaemon Suzuki began making candies that suited the tastes of Edo residents in this area, which thrived as a temple town in front of the Yojuin Temple in the early Meiji period. It became so bustling that in the early Showa period, it is said there were over 70 candy stores lining the street.

Estimated length of stay:60minutes

15:45 Taisho Roman Yume Street

Get lost in the Taisho period.

The granite cobblestone street is lined with a variety of retro yet modern buildings, allowing you to experience the charm of the Taisho period. Stroll along the street and travel back in time to the Taisho period!

Estimated length of stay:30minutes

Shimano Coffee Taishokan

You can relax to your heart's content in the retro atmosphere of this cafe while enjoying delicious coffee, roasted in-house and vacuum brewed.

Business hours:
8:00 to 18:30
Closed:
Open year round
TEL:
(049) 255-7680

16:15 Koedo Kurari (Kawagoe City Industrial Tourism Center)

See storehouses from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods!

These storehouses are renovated buildings of the former Kagamiyama Sake Brewery's storehouse constructed in 1875. Please stop by this spot at the end of your visit to Kawagoe, to purchase souvenirs and fresh locally-grown vegetables, and to relax at a cafe or enjoy Japanese sake with a meal before returning home.

Estimated length of stay:30minutes

Business hours:
Restaurant 11:00 to 15:00, and 17:00 to 22:00 (weekdays)
11:00 to 22:00 (weekends and holidays)
Cafe 10:00 to 18:00 (every day)
Closed:
January 1
TEL:
(049) 228-1785 (Hasshutei)

To Seibu-Shinjuku Station

  • Depart from Hon-Kawagoe Stationat 17:00
  • arrive at Seibu-Shinjuku Stationat 17:45

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