During Edo period, Kawagoe used to be an important
location for strategic purposes as well as for trade. It
served as a supplier of commodities for Edo (current
Recommended Route by Train:
Seibu Shinjuku station (or Takadanobaba station)→
From Seibu Shinjuku station take Seibu Shinjuku
line to Hon-Kawagoe station. By limited express it will
take approximately 43 minutes and by express train
approximately one hour.
Price of Tickets:
Seibu Shinjuku station→Hon-Kawagoe station 1000 Yen
Hon-Kawagoe station→Kita-in temple→
Warehouse District→The Bell Tower→Candy Alley→
Honmaru Goten→Hon-Kawagoe station
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes walk + shrine visit,
shopping and meal time
1. Kita-in Temple (喜多院-きたいん )
Kita-in temple is located approximately fifteen minutes
from Hon-Kawagoe station. It is one of the most famous
temple in Greater Tokyo area and is the head temple of
the buddhist Tendai sect in Kanto region. During Tokugawa
Ieyasu government, Kita-in temple was protected by regime.
In 1638, a fire destroyed most of the temple and Kita-in
was rebuilt by Ieyasu Tokunaga`s grandson, Iemitsu.
When Tokugawa Ieyasu passed away, a memorial service
was held at Kita-in and his remains were transported to
Nikko`s Toshogu shrine.
Take a walk around Kita-in park as it is very relaxing and
you can enjoy here viewing of autumn leaves.
Kita-in temple is also famous for five hundred fourty stone
statues called Gokyaku Rakan. These statues are located
in a small separate couryard and represents the disciples
of Buddha and each of statues shows some emotions
in their facial expressions.
Opening Hours: 8:50~16:30
(until 16:00 from end of November to
Closing Days: December 25 to January 8
February 2 to 3
April 2 to 5
2. Warehouse District ,,Kurazukuri no Machinami"
(蔵造りの町並み - からづくりのまちなみ)
Approximately fifteen minutes from Kita-in temple you
will find one hundred meters long Kawagoe`s main street
which transfers you to past centuries. Its famous clay-walled
warehouse-styled buildings "kurazukuri" retains oldatmosphere of ancient Edo period (1603-1867). Thanks to
the thriving trade, merchants built their storehouses and
stores to show their wealth. The houses has thick layers
of walls which was fireproof and helped to protect storage
3. The Bell Tower (時の鐘-ときのかね)
The Bell Tower is located close to the main street and
it is one of the main symbols of Kawagoe town. In 1893,
the Great Kawagoe Fire had destroyed the previous
structure and new tower was rebuilt a year later.
The Bell Tower still chimes four times a day at 6:00,
at noon time, at 15:00 and 18:00.
4. Candy Alley ,,Kashiya Yokocho"
(菓子屋横丁 - かしや よこちょ)
Candy alley is famous for traditional candy and sweets
shops which is located in adjacent street. Kawagoe as well
as this area are mainly known for traditional potatoes sweets.
Candy Alley was founded in early Meiji period. After Tokyo
was damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquacke in 1923,
Candy Alley has become the main producer and supplier
of candies. There used to be around seventy candy shops
in this area. Although currently you can find here only
twenty two shops the atmosphere of the alley and spirit
of the store still remains. In some sweets shops you may
watch the process of producing the sweets. Each shop has
a different recipe and own process therefore you can find
here a huge variety of sweets.
Opening Hours: usually 10:00~17:00 based on shop
5. Honmaru Goten (本丸御殿 ほんまるごてん )
Honmaru Goten is the oldest building in Kawagoe and
the only surviving building of former Kawagoe Castle. It
used to serve as offices and seat of lord. Kawagoe Castle
was built in 1457 under shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu`s reign.
Current Honmaru Goten was opened to public in 2011
and is only a part of what was reconstructed in 1848.
Opening Hours: 9:00~17:00
(entrance until 16:30)
Admission Fee: Adults 100 yen (only for the temple)