A trip to Kawagoe from Nikko will take us back to Asakusa station using the Limited Express Spacia train, followed by three train transfers – Ginza line to Ueno Station, Yamanote line to Ikebukuro station and lastly the Tobu-tojo line to Kawagoeshi station.
In Kawagoe, the well-known spots include Kita-in Temple, Taisho Roman Street,
Candy Alley and the Mini Edo Village. The Kawagoe’s Kita-in temple is the head of Buddism in the Kanto Region. Among its halls are the only remaining palace buildings of the former Edo Castle. Originally part of a three-temple complex built in 830, Kita-in flourished and became the main temple at the turn of the 17th century under the leadership of Tenkai, an extraordinary personality who developed trusted friendships with the first three shoguns of the Edo Period.
The Taisho Roman Street, located between Kawagoe and the Warehouse District is known to sell Japanese souvenirs, snacks and sweets which is why it is known as the Candy Alley. Buildings here are constructed in Kurazukuri style, where wood and clay walls designs are used to make it fireproof. Just a short distance from the main street stands the Bell Tower, a landmark and symbol of Kawagoe which chimes four times a day (6:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00).
Kawagoe is famous for its Kawagoe Festival. It started more than 360 years ago and is celebrated annually for two days on the third weekend of October in the Warehouse District. It involves the parading of tall, elaborately decorated floats through the streets of the city. The floats are mostly 190 years old and weigh around 4000 to 5000 kilograms. six people will be dancing inside one float, battling with others to show their spirit while 70 adult men will be pulling it. Those hoping for a feel of the festival may visit the Kawagoe Festival Museum for a glimpse of the experience. It houses a couple of floats and puts on periodical shows to simulate the atmosphere of the festival.
ABOVE FROM TOP Kawagoe’s Kita-in temple is one of the famous Buddhist temple in Kanto
The Taisho Roman Street which is known for Japanese souvenirs, snacks and sweets