Kawagoe City is a charming city 30min north of Tokyo. Known as “Little Edo”, Kawagoe offers a blend of traditional and rich historical heritage from the Edo era (1603-1868 AD), making it a captivating destination for travelers seeking an authentic experience in Japan.
The city’s beautifully preserved old town showcased the architectural splendor where the spirit of feudal Japan lingers around every corner.
In the summer, the Kawagoe Matsuri /Kawagoe Festival (click for festival information), a UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage, attracts visitors from around Japan and abroad.
The easiest way to visit Kawagoe City from Tokyo is by train. There are many ways, but these are the two most common. From Ikebukuro Station, take the Tobu Tojo Line to Kawagoe-shi Station (30min), or from Seibu Shinjuku Station, take the Red-Arrow-Koedo Express on the Seibu Shinjuku line to Hon-Kawagoe Station (45min).
Hon-Kawagoe Station is closest to the historic area. However, Kawagoe-shi station and Kawagoe Station are also very convenient and only a short walk away.
From Tokyo to Hon-Kawagoe Station.
From Tokyo to Kawagoe-shi Station.
From Tokyo to Central Kawagoe
There are many delicious soba noodles (そば) restaurants in Kawagoe.
The “Matcha Soba” (抹茶そば), made with Kawagoe matcha green tea very popular.
Kawagoe is a large city and has a variety of western style restaurants. There are alos many old cafes (古民家カフェ Kominka-cafe).
Kominka cafes are stylish cafes that have been renovated from old private houses of traditional Japanese architecture.
If you never tried eel (うなぎ unagi) before, Kawagoe is the place.
It’s known for its tender texture, delectable flavor, and unique smoky notes. Why not give it a try?
There are a many 2-4 star western hotels in Kawagoe that can be cheeper than staying in Tokyo. There is also a Guesthouses (converted from Edo style old warehouse).
There are only few Japanese style Ryokans.
There are quite a few holiday rentals in Kawagoe from budget to high-end.