2024/01/09
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Places to Visit (Feel the Craftsmanship of Edo in Koedo Kawagoe)

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A visit to the main hall and inside the temple

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Kita-in Temple is a Tendai sect temple established in 830. In the early Edo period, its chief priest Tenkai won the trust of the first shogun general, Tokugawa Ieyasu. This temple is the site of many cultural assets, including buildings that were transferred from Edo Castle in the mid-1600s and were related to the third shogun Iemitsu and Kasuga-no-tsubone or Lady Kasuga. Gohyaku Rakan is a very unique site that is also located here. With over 500 stone statues to view, visitors are sure to be impressed!

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Learn about the history of Kawagoe during and after the Edo period (1603-1868).

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The exhibits provide visitors with a comprehensive overview of Kawagoe’s history, focusing on prosperous periods for the city during the Edo period (1603-1868) and the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
Impressive, must-see exhibits include a diorama showing the entire castle town, a detailed scale model of Kurazukuri Old Town, and a full-scale reproduction of a Kurazukuri building. Visiting the museum will help you enjoy your time in Kawagoe even more!

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Visit to a Ryotei, which is a restaurant serving traditional Japanese cuisine

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Please enjoy seasonal Kaiseki cuisine in one of Yamaya’s private dining rooms. This restaurant has about 150 years of history and also provides beautiful garden scenery that changes with each of the four seasons. It will be a memorable place to visit for you, your family, and your friends.

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A ryotei that serves traditional Japanese cuisine and authentic sushi

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This Ryotei is a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant with over one hundred years of history. It offers authentic Edo-style sushi alongside a wide variety of Japanese dishes. There are also vegan- and Muslim-friendly menus.

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A rental kimono shop

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A professional kimono-dresser will dress you in a kimono set of your choice inside the shop. Dining and touring Kawagoe in a kimono is sure to make you feel like you just stepped back in time to the Edo period!

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A walking tour of Kurazukuri Old Town

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This is the most popular shopping area and sightseeing spot in Kawagoe. Visitors can enjoy the old town atmosphere of Edo which can no longer be found in Tokyo. Its traditional buildings use a fire-resistant style of architecture from the Edo period called Kurazukuri. There are souvenir shops, gourmet restaurants, and cafés. You can also see the city symbol, Time Bell Tower. Penny Candy Lane is located nearby.

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A rickshaw ride

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The rickshaw is an eco-friendly vehicle without motorized power. Guests can enjoy a riding tour with the rickshaw driver serving as guide.

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A visit a Japanese stamp shop to watch a skilled craftsman make custom name stamps

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Hanko are personal stamps that are a Japanese traditional cultural item and art craft. Officially, they are called “Insho.” At Bankodo, the 7th generation master, who is working to hand down the tradition of carving stamps to the next generation, carefully listens to every customer’s request. He will carve an original stamp ONLY for you!

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Soy sauce brewery tour

Kagamiyama brand sake tasting

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This site offers a visit to a soy sauce brewery, where you can see outstanding aged soy sauce barrels as well as a soy sauce production process that has been passed down since Edo period. Adjoined to the facility is Kagamiyama sake brewery, which uses Kawagoe’s rich water and Kawagoe-grown rice. You can also enjoy a sake-tasting at the shop.


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