10 Things to Do in Kawagoe That You Shouldn't Miss

December 2, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Discover the best top things to do in Kawagoe, Japan including Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Kitain, Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan, Kashi Yokocho, Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace, Kawagoe Kumano Shrine, Toki no Kane, Nakain Temple, Koedo Kurari.
Restaurants in Kawagoe

1. Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street

Kawagoe 350-0063, Saitama Prefecture
Excellent
28%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 482 reviews

Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street

Reviewed By Selsy - New Zealand

This historic street is pretty, but small. It was also busy with traffic rather than being a pedestrian area. I was disappointed that the Kawagoe Kurazukuri Museum was closed, as I would have liked to learn more about these buildings.
Some of the shops have nice things in them, and there are some interesting snack foods. There are also some interesting temples and shrines in the side streets. If you are only visiting Tokyo and want to see a bit of old Japan, then a half day trip to Kawagoe might suit. If you're travelling elsewhere in Japan, there are better opportunities to see preserved streets (eg Takayama, Kurashiki).
I combined my visit to Kawagoe with a visit to the Omiya bonsai village, so all up, it was a reasonably good day out.

2. Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

2-11-3 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe 350-0052, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-224-0589
Excellent
27%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 199 reviews

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

We walked from the shopping street to Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine during our stay in town. The shrine and its surrounding were quiet despite that there were many visitors here. This shrine was famous for matchmaking and thus many youngsters came to make their wishes particularly during festival period. Recommended.

3. Kitain

1-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe 350-0036, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-222-0859
Excellent
27%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 240 reviews

Kitain

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

One of the ancient Buddhist temples in Japan located in Kawagoe.
I visited the temple on the New years eve with large festivities, gathering and lots of Daruma Dolls on display.
Access: Walking distance of 15 minutes From the Hon-Kawagoe station, Seibu-Shinjuku Line.
The temple complex has more than 500 statues, said to be disciples of Buddha. The temple also has graves of many feudal lords.
On new years eve, large festivities and ceremonies are carried out. Also, the famous Daruma Doll festival is held.

4. Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan

2-1-10 Motomachi, Kawagoe 350-0062, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-225-2727
Excellent
25%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 76 reviews

Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan

Reviewed By tensaisimon - Beijing, China

Highlight of our Kawagoe visit. Kawagoe Festival, equivalent to Carnival in Western Countries, is the only event that inheretates Edo period scenes. Among the museum's collections are the real huge vehicles. Each district of the city has its own featured vehicle and costumes etc, and the vehicles take turns to show in the musuem. The staff, most of whom are senior folks, are not so fluent in English, but they were making huge efforts to explain interesting hidden details of their display.

5. Kashi Yokocho

2-7 Motomachi, Kawagoe 350-0062, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-224-5940
Excellent
11%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 313 reviews

Kashi Yokocho

Reviewed By Just-Julie-Cairns - Cairns, Australia

Candy Alley is a little shopping street not far from the main shopping street of Kawagoe. In 1923 when the Great Earthquake hit, Tokyo experienced a shortage in the supply of Japanese sweets, so orders for the hard to get candy poured into the Kawagoe area and the sweet producers prospered. Once there were over 70 stall holders in this area, but Kawagoe also suffered from an earthquake and then a fire inwhich many of the buildings made of timber were lost. Today there are a few of these shops remaining and we visited the oldest shop which has been making candy for over 200 years. We watched them making cinnamon candy that day and the lady in the front of the shop encouraged us to watch the process through the glass windows at the back. A lady from the candy making area brought out a tray with some of todays freshly made candy for us to try and we were surprised that it was still warm, but quite delicious. This is a wonderful area for trying traditional Japanese sweets and worth a visit, if only for a short time

6. Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace

2-13-1 Kuruwamachi, Kawagoe 350-0053, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-222-5399
Excellent
18%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 128 reviews

Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace

Reviewed By Lisa J - Sydney, Australia

Although the castle itself has long since disappeared, the Honmaru Goten (Lords residence) remains in original condition and dates from 1878. It is well worth visiting this gorgeous building, mostly empty rooms covered in Tatami mats, to get a feel for the architecture and style of the times. Entry fee is ¥100, better value and much larger and more evocative than the remains of Edo Castle in Kitain Temple. You can see why it's s popular spot for filming Japanese period dramas. Surrounded by a small garden, extremely evocative. One of our favourite parts of Kawagoe.

7. Kawagoe Kumano Shrine

17-1 Renjakicho, Kawagoe 350-0066, Saitama Prefecture
Excellent
22%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Kawagoe Kumano Shrine

Reviewed By hfot2 - Vermont

We had trouble finding the Kumano Shrine.
We stepped into a tiny alley to see if we could catch sight of the temple somewhere within the block where it showed up on our map. It wasn’t visible from the street. It turned out we had stumbled into the very shrine.
It had some interest, including a pool where one washes money to achieve good fortune, as we see a young woman quite seriously doing.
The kura for the temple float is one thing we came to see, but unfortunately it was closed. We came upon several other such kura on our walk through town; however, all but one were closed just as tightly as this.

8. Toki no Kane

15-7 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe 350-0063, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-224-6097
Excellent
7%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
43%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 314 reviews

Toki no Kane

Reviewed By Just-Julie-Cairns - Cairns, Australia

Just a short distance from the main street, warehouse district of Kawagoe, stands the Bell Tower, Toki no Kane, which is a grand landmark and symbol of Kawagoe. The bell chimes four times a day 6.00, 12.00, 15.00 and 18.00. The tower stood talll until the Great Kawagoe Fire in 1893 when the structure was destroyed. In 1894 it was rebuilt and this is what we can see today.

9. Nakain Temple

5-15-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe 350-0036, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-222-2170
Excellent
26%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Nakain Temple

Reviewed By b_lizard76 - Santa Clara, California

Beautiful. Especially with the Sakura in bloom. Walked around the garden. Very nice and peaceful. Don't skip it. Good recommendation by the tourist office. Didn't go into the temple buildings.
What else can I say? 100 character minimum. .. used to be the main temple. Before it was taken over by kitain temple. Great walk from Kawagoe station.

10. Koedo Kurari

1-10-1 Shintomicho, Kawagoe 350-0043, Saitama Prefecture +81 49-228-0855
Excellent
14%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Koedo Kurari

Reviewed By Luihana - Irvine, California

Stop here on your way back to the Kawagoe station for gifts. Also has a nice coffee shop to relax or meet up with friends.

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