The Kawagoe City Museum (zs, Kawagoe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan) introduces visitors to the history and culture of Kawagoe. It houses exhibits from the ancient times to modern times. Through excavated relics, preserved artifacts, models and actual-sized replicas, visitors can travel through time and learn about the changes in the city.

The process of building Kurazukuri structures is explained with a model of it, which reveals the various unique layers involved in its construction. Other models include a geographical representation of the former castle town, illustrating how Kawagoe took shape over the centuries.

From about the 17th century, ties between Kawagoe and Edo (present day Tokyo) began to deepen, and a lot of Kawagoe's cultural heritage had been influenced by the Edo culture. Visitors will be able to learn about how Kawagoe became known as "Little Edo" here.

The City Art Museum (zsp, Kawagoe Shiritsu Bijutsukan) is located just next to the City Museum. It exhibits works mainly by artists from or related to the city. The majority of the permanent collections on display are contemporary art pieces, but the museum holds special exhibitions about four times a year, displaying art of different styles.

Access

The museum is a ten minute walk from the Warehouse District or Kitain Temple, and just across the street from Honmaru Goten.

How to get to and around Kawagoe

Hours & Fees

City Museum

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed

Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), the 4th Friday of each month (except national holidays), December 29 to January 3, infrequent closures for maintenance.

Admission

200 yen (city museum only)
300 yen (also including art museum)
300 yen (also including Honmaru Goten and Kurazukuri Museum)
450 yen (also including Honmaru Goten, Kurazukuri Museum and art museum)
650 yen (also including Honmaru Goten, Kurazukuri Museum, art museum, festival museum)

English

Moderate

Art Museum

Hours

9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed

Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 4, infrequent closures for maintenance

Admission

200 yen (permanent collection), varying fee (special exhibitions)
300 yen (also including city museum)
450 yen (also including Honmaru Goten, Kurazukuri Museum and city museum)
650 yen (also including Honmaru Goten, Kurazukuri Museum, city museum, festival museum)

English

Moderate