Only a 30-minute train ride from Ikebukuro Station, Kawagoe in Tokyo’s neighbouring Saitama prefecture is a popular weekend destination. The highlight of Kawagoe is its well-preserved Koedo area, also known as Little Edo. In this small town, you’ll find plenty of souvenir shops, eateries and cafés, all inside kurazukuri, traditional warehouse-style buildings.
Explore the historical streets in a kimono or yukata while enjoying local treats made from sweet potato, Kawagoe’s speciality. Look out for sweet potato ice cream, or imo kenpi (sweetened sweet potato fries), sold along the cosy Kashiya Yokocho – that’s Penny Candy Alley in English.
But there’s much more to Kawagoe than just food. The city is a great destination year round: the little stream behind Hikawa Shrine is lined by cherry blossoms in spring and large koinobori (carp streamers) decorate the Taisho Roman Yume Street around Children’s Day in May.
To make the most of your visit, check our list below with everything you need for a great day trip to Kawagoe.
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