Kawagoe City

Highlights of Kawagoe City

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

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Videos of Kawagoe city

Day trip to Kawagoe

Day trip to Kawagoe

15 places to eat in Kawagoe

Kitin Temlple

Kawagoe Festival at night

Exploring Kawagoe Festival

Things to DO in Kawagoe City

Old Town - Little Edo

The old town - Little Edo (小江戸) is a historical district also known as the 'Warehouse District', lined with traditional storehouses from the Edo period. The iconic wood and clay structures symbolize the city's commercial legacy, now housing shops and restaurants. The Kurazukuri Museum exhibits local tradesmen's tools and machines captivating glimpse into Kawagoe's history and the ingenuity of its artisans.

Tokinokane Tower

Tokinokane Tower (時の鐘) is a bell tower in the center o the Old Town (Littke Edo /小江戸) originally built 400 years ago to serve as a clock to announce time to the people living in the town. The current building was built in 1893 after being burnt down 3 times by fires.

You can hear the bell ring at 6am, noon, 3pm, and 6pm.

Koedo Kurari

Koedo Kurari (小江戸蔵里) is a sake shop with sake from 35 local breweries. You can choose to taste from more than 40 different types including seasonally limited sake and special edition sake.

Candy Alley

Candy Alley (菓子屋横丁, Kashiya Yokochō) is a charming shopping street next to the Warehouse District, renowned for its assortment of traditional Japanese sweets, cakes, and small toys perfect as souvenirs to bring back home.

Kitain Temple

Kitain Temple (喜多院) has a history of 1,200 years, playing a significant role during the Tokugawa shogunate. One of its prominent features is the collection of 528 Rankan statues from the Edo period, each crafted with distinct expressions. The temple grounds and pagoda are also stunning during the cherry blossom seasons.

Honmaru Goten

Honmaru-Goten (本丸御殿) is the “Inner Circle Palace” and the only surviving structure of Kawagoe Castle (川越城). Only two inner palaces exist in Japan, so the Honmaru-gotten in Kawagoe has architectural significance as well as cultural & historical importance. Visitors can enjoy seeing the tatami rooms, the garden, and pictures of cultural heritage put on display.

EATING in Kawagoe City

Japanese Food

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.

Western Food

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.

Unagi on rice

Delicious Unagi rice box in Kawagoe city

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?

Places to STAY in Kawagoe City

Hotels (Western style)

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).

Japanese style

There are only few Japanese style Ryokans.

Holiday Rental (AIR BNB)

There are quite a few holiday rentals in Kawagoe from budget to high-end.

Day trips from Kawagoe City

Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.

Kwagoe in the Press etc

Lonely Planet

Seeking sanctuary in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture – 26 July 2022 (link)

Trip Savvy

The 15 Best Day Trips from Tokyo (link)

Japan Times

Kawagoe: From Edo standout to tourist draw (link)


About Kawagoe, SaitamaPref. (link)


Kawagoe, Saitama (Prefecture) (link)

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