Scenes from Kawagoe Saitama Japan

September 28, 2008 · Print This Article

I have an ability to come up with a good plans for doing something out of thin air, that today led to Aya and I having a great afternoon walking around Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan.  Kawagoe refers to itself as “Little Edo” as its streets are decorated with old, traditional looking buildings and shops (which of course are only made to look old).  Mostly obasans and ojisans populate the sidewalks with a smattering of families with kids.  For some reason, I tend to like a lot of things that obasans do, so for me Kawagoe was a great place to spend the afternoon sampling Japanese snacks and of course taking a lot of photographs.

From JR Kawagoe station Aya and I hoped on a small bus specifically for taking one to the sightseeing places in Kawagoe.  The female driver was very genki.  From there we explored most of the main sites of Kawagoe, including Kashiyayokocho (“Small lane of tiny candy shops”), Tokino Kane bell tower and Kitain Temple, as well as a handful of other smaller places like a very cool traditional knife shop where you can test their knives’ sharpness by slicing an onion on site!

Kawagoe is only about 45 minutes from Shinjuku by various trains.  If you like traditional Japanese stuff, you can’t go wrong spending an afternoon there.


Kawagoe corner intersection sign Umbrellas traditional and modern in Kawagoe, Japan riksha in Kawagoe
Every one is taking hime fugashi Orange flowers in Kawagoe Kawagoe's unique manhole cover
Coy in Kawagoe One grain of rice a day Buddha in Kawagoe Japan Potter working in Kawagoe Japan
Inside a traditional Japanese home in Kawagoe golden Kawagoe scissors Japanese ojisan with lhasa apsa in Kawagoe
Sweet potatoes about to be eaten by obasans Taiyaki freshly made in Kawagoe Japan Harley Davidson in ojisan's garage in Kawagoe Japan
Kawagoe's special bus Tokino Kane bell tower in Kawagoe Street light demon in Kawagoe Japan
Kitain Temple area in Kawagoe Japan Kitain Temple, Kawagoe, Japan  


3 Responses to “Scenes from Kawagoe Saitama Japan”

  1. on September 28th, 2008 2:41 AM

    Photo Gallery: Kawagoe Saitma Japan…

    20 photographs from an afternoon walking around Kawagoe, Saitma, Japan. Shots include traditional buildings, foods, a well-kept Harley Davidson, and street scenes….

  2. on September 30th, 2008 1:11 AM

    I was in Kawagoe on ’06. I liked it except for the main street where there was very little room to walk next to the traffic. That is a scary looking buddha statue.


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Yeah, I noticed the total lack of sidewalks on that major shopping street in the heart of Kawagoe too, but fortunately when I went it wasn’t that crowded at all, and we often slipped down side streets for the most part.

    You get that skinny (like the statute) when you only eat one grain of rice a day!


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