"Koedo", Little Edo Walking Tour
The Edo period, when samurai governed the country, enjoyed a long time peace over 260 years until late 19th century.
Kawagoe, called Little Edo, was a merchant town that is now home to a wealth of architecture and designs. One of the symbolic structures in Kawagoe is the tall Clock Bell Tower (Toki-no Kane) that dates back over 400 years. We will enjoy strolling around the town steeped in the tradition of Edo, such as fire proof Storehouses that are still beautifully preserved in the town center.
Other attractions are Kawagoe Castle which has remained for a long time since late in the Edo period, and historical temples and shrines including Kita-in Temple that was originated in 830. The third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu was born there. There is also a prestigious Hikawa Shrine.
You can surely enhance deep insights into the old history and culture in Kawagoe.
Below is my model itinerary. I am pleased to organize it flexibly according to your interest.
-9:30 or 10:00, Meet you at your hotel and move to Shinjuku or Ikebukuro station to take trains for Kawagoe.
-Around 11:00, Reach Kawagoe station
-Take a local bus or taxi to Hikawa Shinto Shrine
-Walk along Shingashi River to Kawagoe Castle
-Visit Kawagoe Castle, bringing you back to the Edo period
-Take a comfortable walk to Kitain Buddhist Temple
-Enjoy a lunch break at a traditional Japanese restaurant
-Walk to the center of town "Kura no Machi"(preserved area full of lots of historical architectures such as fire proof storehouses)
-Enjoy strolling around historical area including "Candy street"
-Around 15:30, Return to Kawagoe station by bus
-Return to Ikebukuro station/JR Shinjuku station/any convenient stations
-Around 17:00, See you off at your hotel
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel
Duration: 7 hours 30 min.
It would take about 3 hours for return transportation between your hotel in the center of Tokyo and Kawagoe, and about 4.5 hours for staying in Kawagoe.
We will use train, bus or taxi.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3000 Yen - You need to pay for food at certain restaurants by cash.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle. I also can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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We highly recommend Masaharu's Kawagoe tour for his historical knowledge and itinerary which included an unforgettable cherry blossom festival at Kitain Temple, Kawagoe Castle's huge weeping cherry tree in full bloom, Hikawa Shrine, and Fireproof Store house Street. He arranged for a private car in Kawagoe and ensured that we maneuvered through the train stations roundtrip from Tokyo to Kawagoe by elevators to get to the gates. Thanks to Masaharu, we have many lasting memories of a wonderful day trip!