Kawagoe (the Little Edo) 小江戸时代的川越古镇

It was a good decision to make a day trip to a small town called Kawagoe.

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It was also known as Little Edo due to the charming old buildings from the Edo era.


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We took the Seibu Shinjuku train from Tokyo. It took 60 minutes (the express train takes about 45 minutes, 480 Yen one way for adult train ticket).

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It was an amazing old castle town that is so near to Tokyo.

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Try to avoid Monday when most of the museums are closed. The best day to visit is on the 18th of every month (valid as of May 2012 because I saw a poster) because the local community will dress in traditional costume to promote tourism to the town.

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I woke up on 4am and saw the weather was great (sunrise around 3am+), so we decided to make a day trip to Kawagoe from Seibu-Shinjuku station.

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It was on Monday and it was not 18th of the month, but we were glad that we visited Kawagoe.

每个月18日 (避免星期一)是最佳到访的时机

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The famous landmarks include the Bell of Time. A 16m tall wooden bell tower erected around 1644 but later burned down by fire. The tower was re-erected on 1894, and remain as the highest structure amidst the rows of old Edo houses.


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Another beautiful landmark is the Kita-In Temple with 500 Buddha statues.


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The best experience was strolling from the Taisho-roman Street to the Confectionary Street. It was like back to the future and back to the Edo era.


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There were so many snacks, especially the famous sweet potato was excellent.

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If you have time, you can consider staying overnight in this lovely Edo town.

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