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Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 11:50
I would like to ask if anyone has been to Kawagoe. What is your impression of the town? Will it be ideal to make a visit over this weekends?
by Black Joker  

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 14:31
If you are looking for a "historical & preserved" town near Tokyo, it is worth a visit. It is a small area. If you have been to other historical and preserved towns in Japan, you might get disappointed.

by kanda m (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 14:45

Just visited the city a couple weeks ago. Did not have much time, merely wondered around the old town:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6501.html.
The old town could be the main attraction of the city; it was ok, nothing too special. If you are planning to spend all day, you may take advantage of the city loop-bus.
by shinji (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 14:55
I've been there lots of times as I stayed for a month at a nearby town: the Kita-in temple and the old town with the storage houses ad clock tower are great. There are several other important temples ans shrines. At Kita-in temple there are the only left overs from the Edo (Tokyo) castle that you can visit, long story on how that ended up in Kawagoe.
A friendly and lovely town that's worth a visit if you've already been to the major tourist places around Tokyo.
by Jim (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 15:44
If you're looking for suggestions for a day trip from Tokyo, have a look at Chichibu, 90 minutes from Ikebukuro by train: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6550.html and http://www.japan-guide.com/blog/raina/170703.html
by Jim (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 20:33
I enjoyed Kawagoe. It's a nice historic district and Kitain Temple is fun and impressive.

As for this weekend, the current forecast for Kawagoe says Cloudy to Rainy on Saturday and cloudy to sunny on Sunday. If the forecast is correct, then I'd go on Sunday or wait for better weather. It would not be as fun in the rain.
by Rabbityama rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 20:37

merely wondered around the old town:

Sorry, meant to say wandered.
by shinji (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 22:37
I completely forgot to mention the Gohyaku Rakan, the 538 very personalized statues of the disciples of Buddha carved out of rock at the Kitai-in Temple: http://monochrome.me.uk/blog/gohyaku-rakan-4-gossiping-monks-detail/

I found this unique and worth visiting Kawagoe for.
by Jim (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/24 23:16
I personally did not enjoy Kawagoe. Maybe my expectations were too high. But I found the traffic on the main sightseeing road very disturbing.
Also the famous bell tower was closed (last year).

I would suggest either Chichibu or Sawara.

In Chichibu specially the 3-4 temples around Urayamaguchi station.

(Obviously I assume that you have already been to Kamakura and Enoshima).

Enjoy your trip in Japan!
by LikeBike rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/25 07:10
I went on a Saturday last October. As LikeBike observed, the main street in the warehouse district was crowded as heck, both with people and cars - and yes, the iconic bell tower was sheathed in scaffolding for restoration work at the time. (I don't know if it's less crowded on a non-holiday weekday, but that would make sense.)

That said, I enjoyed my brief visit well enough, and the more outlying attractions (like Kita-in) were not as badly choked with tourist traffic as the old town centre was.

https://withinstrikingdistance.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/field-report-k...

Cheers.
by Diego de Manila rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/25 09:07
Whilst it is a busy area I enjoyed it because of the architecture and aesthetic appeal of the warehouses. It's not a quiet historical village, rather a bustling city area with an Edo appearance. To compare, Otaru in Hokkaido has similar buildings but they're covered in tacky advertising and have spruikers out the front, harassing people passing by. I was disappointed by Otaru. I was not disappointed by Kawagoe. It is what it is - a preserved warehouse district with a city built around it.
by Sal1980 rate this post as useful

Re: Has anyone been to Kawagoe? 2017/8/25 09:51
Impression - ok, but small. Would I go again? no.
by JapanCustomTours rate this post as useful

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