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Koedo Kawagoe recommended option: Full Kawagoe Sightseeing Course

Start at 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 Station
  3. CO-EDO Loop Bus13min by bus.
  4. Kitain Temple20min by bus.
  5. Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine5min by bus.
  6. Toki no Kane (Time Bell Tower)
  7. Kurazukuri Style Storehouses (Ichibangai Shopping Street)1min on foot.
  8. Kawagoe Festival Museum
  9. Kashiya Yokocho (Alley of Candy Stores) [Top 100 Aromascapes of Japan]5min on foot.
  10. Taisho Roman Yume Street10min on foot.
  11. Koedo Kurari (Kawagoe City Industrial Tourism Center)5min on foot.
  12. arrive at Hon-Kawagoe Station
  13. Depart from Hon-Kawagoe Station46min by train.
  14. arrive at Seibu-Shinjuku Station

10:55 CO-EDO Loop Bus

Convenient sightseeing in Kawagoe!

This bus runs on a loop that will take you past the major sightseeing spots in Kawagoe, including Kitain Temple, old Kurazukuri street, and Kashiya Yokocho (alley of candy stores). This is a convenient way to see all of the sites in Kawagoe.

Single ride fare:
100 yen (Kawagoe Station to Hon-Kawagoe Station), 180 yen, 190 yen
One-day pass:
500 yen. You can purchase one-day passes directly from the bus driver.
For more information about the operation schedules of CO-EDO Loop Bus, please contact Eagle Bus.
TEL:
049-233-3711

11:08 Kitain Temple

Don't miss the 500 Statues of Rakan!

This famous temple of the Tendai Sect was built by the priest Jikaku-Daishi Ennin in the same year as the Nakain Temple. Visitors can see the remains of structures from the Edo period here, such as Jikeido (main hall) and important culture properties such as the reception hall, study hall, kitchen and living quarter, and the 500 Statues of Rakan.

Estimated length of stay:60minutes

Sightseeing of the reception hall, study hall, kitchen and living quarter, Jikeido (main hall), and 500 Statues of Rakan

Business hours:
8:50 to 16:30 (weekdays from March 1 to November 23), and until 16:50 on holidays
8:50 to 16:00 (weekdays from November 24 to the end of February), and until 16:20 on holidays
*The times above are when the temple gates are opened and closed.
Closed:
April 2 to 5, August 16, December 25 to January 8, and February 2 to 3
Admission:
400 yen for adults, and 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students
TEL:
(049) 222-0859

*Visitors are not allowed inside the temple site when temple events are in progress.

11:53 CO-EDO Loop Bus

12:13 Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

The "God of Marriage"

Also known as "O-Hikawa-sama", this shrine is well-known and loved as the guardian of Kawagoe. Because the gods enshrined here are two couples that were both very good matches, people have come here to pray for happy marriages or to find a spouse since long ago. The Ryoen Kigan (good match) Festival is held at 8:08 on the 8th day of each month as well as the 4th Saturday. (The Chinese character for 8 represents increasing success, so people pray to find a good match at the lucky time of 8:08.)

TEL: (049) 224-0589

Estimated length of stay:30minutes

12:56 CO-EDO Loop Bus

Additional Information

Musubi Cafe (1st floor, Hikawa Hall)

This cafe is located in the holy forest adjacent to Hikawa Shrine. You can enjoy a wide variety of sweets, such as the "Musubi (good match) Roll" chestnut roll cake made with generous amount of wasanbon sugar (a fine-grained expensive Japanese sugar).

Business hours:
10:00 to 18:00 (April to November)
10:00 to 17:00 (December to March)
Closed:
No regular schedule
TEL:
(049) 226-1260

13:10 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

13:20 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:60minutes

14:30 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

15:30 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

16:30 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

17:00 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 18:00
  • arrive at Seibu-Shinjuku Stationat 18:46
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