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Kawagoe as “little Edo”

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Hi.

Do you wanna feel the taste of Edo period(江戸時代)?

Kawagoe(川越), which prospered as the town of merchants and craftspeople, and is now called aslittle Edo(小江戸)”, is a good place to visit, because of its historical streetscape.

It only takes about one hour to get there from the centre of Tokyo by train, thus the city has more popularity among tourists.

 

Today I introduce some tourist destinations in the city!

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This is a place where Kawagoe’s traditional crafts gather, and you can feel and experience them.

It must be interesting for you to have a look at a soy sauce factory and a sake brewery.

It’s also very fun to experience glasswork in a glass atelier.

 

* Matsumoto Soy Sause Store (松本醤油商店)

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The store is located in Kamonrakuza(醸ん楽座).

It was established in 1830, and still keeps a traditional way to produce soy sauce, which needs more time and effort than bottles of soy sauce you can buy at a supermarket.

The shop provides a warehouse tour every day (FOC/prior booking essential). You’ll see how wholeheartedly people there make it.

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* Blue moon

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Next to Matsumoto Say Sauce Store is located Blue moon, a glasswork atelier.

Here you can experience glasswork and produce original vases and glasses!

The atelier is open every day except Wednesday, and it takes about 30 minutes to make them. Delivery of your glasswork is after the next day you visit there (you can receive it by parcel delivery service).

Mold your memory into glasswork!

 

* Café 蔵 (Café Kura)

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Get tired?

Take a rest at Café 蔵

You will feel relaxed in the café which is in a renovated traditional warehouse with 100 year history.

 

 

From Kawagoe station to Kamonrakuza, just get on Tobu-bus(東武バス) and get off at the bus stop Nakamachi(仲町). It’s about one minute on foot from the bus stop.

For more information on Kamonrakuza, visit here.


 

(2) Koedo-Kurari (小江戸蔵里)

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Open in 2010, Koedo-Kurari is having more popularity among tourists.

With renovated buildings of sake warehouses, you can see what the old Kawagoe city looks like.

There are cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants in the area.

 

* Meiji-gura(明治蔵)

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Refer to the site: http://allabout.co.jp/gm/gc/465195/

When have no idea what to buy as souvenirs, just visit Meiji-gura!

The shop gives you various choices of souvenirs in Kawagoe, such as, sweets made with sweet potatoes, sake, little items and so on.

 

* Kura Café

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Here you can try foods and sweets made with Kawagoe-tea(河越茶) and Koedo-beer(コエドビール).

I recommend puddings made with sweet potatoes. It goes well with a cup of coffee very much!

 

* Taisho-gura (大正蔵)/ Restaurant Yasu-tei (レストラン八州亭)

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Taste made-in-Kawagoe foods here!

The restaurant Yasu-tei serves foods with pork raised in Kawagoe city, sweet potatoes. You can try Koedo-beer and Kagamiyama here as well.

 

* Kura-ichiba (くら市場)/ Showa-gura (昭和蔵)

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Did you enjoy made-in-Kawagoe foods?

Why not visit Kura-ichiba and buy agricultural products in Kawagoe?

The shop has various agricultural products grown in Kawagoe, and also sells boxed lunch and pre-cooked foods.

Very nice for today’s dinner!

 

It takes about 15 minutes on foot from Kawagoe station on Toubu-line, and 3 minutes on foot from Hon-Kawagoe station on Seibu-line, to Koedo-Kurari.

For more information on Koedo-Kurari, visit here.

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Feel the taste of traditional Japanese city, and taste good foods here in Kawagoe!

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