One Day Trip From Tokyo: Kawagoe aka Coedo

I’ve always wanted to visit Kawagoe lately.
Kawagoe has small old street. And it hasn’t changed  since the Edo period. The Edo period has ended 150years ago. So it means it hasn’t changed for more than 150 years. That’s a long time.

I had lived in the place where is 30 minutes away from Kawagoe, but I’ve never been there. I don’t know why, maybe I was too young, I wasn’t really interested about going somewhere.

Japanese government has been putting effort into  tourist industry these years, the guide or travel information is more detailed ever since.

On My Day-off

I have been kinda busy for researching about travel information, how I should get rid of my stuff, and buying traveling goods lately.
And on my day-off, I went to my workplace to see my boss and tell him that I am quitting my job in end of March. We’ve been discussing about this since January, and I have made my decision.

I had too much time on my hand on this day. But if I was in my room, I would play some games, instead of researching the travel information that I need.
So I went out around 3 PM. After we talked, I was kinda planning to go to Kawagoe for no reason. It was kinda late to go there, because it would be dark. But it was warm cloudy day, I thought why not.

I thought I could talk it short with my boss, but it took longer than I thought.
Still I wanted to go there, so I decided to go anyway.
Before I go, I sneaked around my workmate who lives near by. She told me how to get there, so I followed her information.

How to Get to Kawagoe

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I keep saying Kawagoe, but technically it’s the Hon-Kawagoe where I wanted to visit.
Hon-Kawagoe is more like sight-seeing town, but Kawagoe is shopping place, she says.

I was in Ikebukuro, so there were 3 ways to go there.

  1. JR Saikyo Line for Kawagoe station
  2. Tobu-Tojo Line for kawagoe station
  3. Seibu-Ikebukuro Line, change to Seibu-Shinjuku Line at Tokorozawa station for Hon-Kawagoe station

So I took the 3rd, take Seibu-Ikebukuro Line and change to Seibu-Shinjuku Line for Hon-Kawagoe station.
There was express one, so I got in the train. That’s faster without any charges.I couldn’t sit down first, but as I go further, there has been some seats to sit down.

So since I got the seat, I started to read a book; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle From Haruki Murakami. After I read about 10 pages, I changed to Seibu-Shinjuku Line at Tokorozawa station. I arrived at platform 5, and switched to the platform 1.
I saw the train for Hon-Kawagoe in the other platform, although I didn’t even think I could catch it up.
As I thought, the train was gone, there was empty railways at the platform. I waited for the next train, but next one was the train which stop their service before the Hon-Kawagoe. So I had to wait more.

And then the train I should get came to the platform, and finally I could sat on the seat again. I started reading again, read about 10 pages. I was watching out for the station names although Hon-Kawagoe is the last stop.

It took longer than I thought, it was all dark outside.
But I finally came to Hon-Kawagoe.

To the Sight Seeing Area

To go to sight-seeing area, I didn’t really check before, but there was obvious signs at the station. Sign said turn around and go to east exit, so I turned around and looked for the map.
The map showed me that I should take left at the exit and just keep going the same direction.
I walked for about 10 minutes and then suddenly the looks of building started to change.

It sure looked like from Edo period.
It was too dark, So I didn’t go futher. But I heard there was snack street, a shrine which brings you a good love fortune.
I think I will go there next time.

6 thoughts on “One Day Trip From Tokyo: Kawagoe aka Coedo”

  1. Please do come to Kawagoe again. 🙂 There are so many wonderful things to do and see.

    If you are here in the afternoon you can take a free tour of a Shoyu factory. It is a short tour, only about 15 minutes, in Japanese only, but it is very interesting:
    http://insaitama.com/free-shoyu-factory-tour-cafe-kura-at-matsumoto-soy-sauce-kawagoe/

    You have a photo there of a variety shop: did you know they have a lovely foot spa cafe out the back of it. http://insaitama.com/tsubakiya-must-visit-kawagoe-footspa-cafe-souvenir-shop/

    In Penny Candy Alley you can watch an amezaiku at work: http://insaitama.com/edo-period-candy-craft-in-kawagoe/

    Then of course there are all the wonderful temples and shrines. If you are visiting at this time of year you can get a stunning photo at the back of Hikawa shrine of a boat going down the Shingashi River under the cherry blossoms.
    http://insaitama.com/cherry-blossoms-on-shingashi-river-kawagoe/

    If you have any questions, please do feel free to ask. 🙂

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