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You might spend sightseeing time for traditional Japanese cuisine and shopping, then I can introduce very suit …

You might spend sightseeing time for traditional Japanese cuisine and shopping, then I can introduce very suitable place! It’s Kawagoe where is located about an hour north west from central Tokyo by Train. Kawagoe is a historic castle town which retains the feel of old time Japan.

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Kawagoe Castle is now ruins, which can be visited, but one building, the Honmaru Goten, where the feudal lord dwelt, still remains. More than that, Kawagoe retains the two-storey wooden kurazukuri architecture of its old merchant warehouses, as well as numerous temples most notably Kitain Temple and shrines. Kawagoe is also famous for elegant examples of early twentieth century brick, cement and stone architecture inspired by Taisho Romanticism. Many of the old buildings from these eras are now museums. Kawagoe also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor relaxation with its park areas of scenic beauty.

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Kawagoe cuisine is famous, with its sweet potato, eel, manjyu and various Japanese confectioneries. Kawagoe, became known as “little Edo” due to the wealth of its citizens, who built over 200 two-storey, supposedly fire-proof, kurazukuri warehouses to store goods on their way into Edo via the Kawagoe-kaido highway. Around 30 of these ornate, earthen-walled storehouses still survive. These historic and picturesque buildings are conveniently grouped about 1km north of Kawagoe Station in an area along Chuo-dori, the town’s main north-south street.

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Kawagoe’s main matsuri held on the third Saturday and Sunday in October is also one of the Tokyo region’s liveliest festivals with a parade of over 20 floats and costumed musicians and accompanying revelers. Kitain Temple celebrates a daruma matsuri in January each year. Visitors can buy one of these daruma good luck dolls to hope for a wish to come true. The temple also has a Setsubun Festival, usually in February for Chinese New Year and a cherry blossom festival in spring. Interesting? Please check it out!

 

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