S-76 Kawagoe, Little Edo

S-76 Kawagoe, Little Edo

Enjoy traditional architecture
and local foods & sweets!

Kawagoe is a prosperous castle town nicknamed “Little Edo” because it miraculously retains traditional buildings and cultural properties which represent the culture of Edo (the old name of Tokyo 400~150 years ago).  You can enjoy walking through the sights rarely seen in Tokyo and feel as if you have slipped back in time to ancient Japan. 

On our basic tour, you will visit an old temple, Kita-in which houses 350-year-old extant buildings which once located inside Edo Castle (present Palace). Also, we can see statues of 500 Rakans which are the five hundred disciples of Buddha. Then, Kurazukuri Zone, traditional black plaster storehouses once seen in Edo’s merchant town remain preserved and are still in use as lively stores.  You can enjoy strolling around the old town and shopping local foods and products.  Finally, you will visit a beautiful Shinto Shrine, Hikawa Shrine founded in the 6th century which is famous for match making and maintaining a good relationship.

Just half an hour from Tokyo, Kawagoe is a nice place to escape from high rise buildings and take a breath of fresh air while taking in the beautiful sights and street foods. 

We can customize our tour according to your interests upon your requests.

How about taking a break in an old Japanese house?

/// Highlights ///

  • Visit a Buddhist temple blessed with beautiful nature which houses remaining buildings and cultural properties of Edo Castle, not found in Tokyo and 500 Rakans, 500 disciples of Buddha statues are quite unique.
  • The streets lined with black plaster warehouses are stunning! You can enjoy shopping and eating sweets, foods and even beer made from local sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes and eel are local delicacies.
  • Visit a photogenic Shinto shrine and a small river which is the best spot for cherry blossom viewing.
  • Many photogenic spots and instagramable sweet potato snacks.

/// FIT package

We can arrange this tour for individual, family, or the small group, following to your designated date, through the year.

/// Itinerary

9:40 Kawagoe station
           Meet with a guide and take a local bus to Kitain.

10:10 Kitain Temple
* You are requested to take off your shoes.

11:00 Taisyo Dream Street
               Kurazukuri Zone

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Bell Tower, Oosawa Jyutaku, Camdy Alley

14:00 Hikawa Shinto Shrine

16:10 Return to Kawagoe station by bus, then finish the tour.

** If you need hotel pick-up, it’s possible to meet at your hotel in central Tokyo or Saitama prefecture with additional time. 

/// Add-ons & Description ///

  • This is a private walking tour.
  • More optional places to visit upon request;
    *Honmaru Goten (a guest room of Kawagoe Castle)
    *Yamazaki Museum
         (Japanese paintings exhibited in an old warehouse)
    *Kawagoe festival museum
        (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage)
    *Kawagoe City Museum
        (history of Kawagoe and warehouse buildings)
    *Yaoko art museum built by Toyoo Ito (Japan’s famous architect)
  • If you have any lunch requests, we will reserve a nice restaurant.
    *Traditional Japanese food, sushi, sukiyaki, eel etc.
  • If you like to wear Kimono, we will make a reservation. (Please pay at the spot)
    Walk around the old town with Kimono (incl. hair set) JPY3400~ per person
  • If you would like to do Sake tasting (JPY500~), we can include it in your itinerary.
  • Manami, Kawagoe guide

    A local guide who knows Kawagoe well will guide you.
    *See our guide “Manami“, who is specialist of Kawagoe!
    Her voice;
    ” I can take you places off-the -beaten track as well as to must-see spots. Let’s enjoy and explore Japan!”
  • The Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro is the fastest way from central Tokyo. It takes only 30 minutes from Ikebukuro station by Express train. (You can get a Koedo Kawagoe pass at the Ikebukuro Tobu Tojo Line vender or the information counter)
  • When a typhoon or a heavy rain warning are issued, the tour may be cancelled.

/// Price

Number of Guests  1 2  3 4-5

Price  / person (Yen)

Meet at
55,000 28,500 19,500 15,000
62,000 32,000 21,500 16,500

Price Include:

  • English (or other languages) speaking guide
  • Entrance fees of Kitain temple for guests and guide
  • Commission for arrangements
  • Commission for settlements by credit card
  • Consumption tax

Price Exclude:

  • Transportation costs to the meeting place / ending place
  • Accommodation costs
  • bus fare (JPY400) or taxi
  • Food and beverage fee for customers and guide
  • Souvenir fee / personal expenses
  • Expenses for services not described in the itinerary

Regarding these standard courses, we can arrange the plan upon your request by adding / deleting destinations, and combining other courses before and after, making reservations of accommodation, transportation, restaurants, or event tickets, etc. Please contact us by all means.

Please see here for the arrangement fee.

ex.1 Arrangement for accommodation
Room charge 10,000yen(1night 1person) + Commission 1,650yen(incl. c-tax)=Total 11,650yen 

ex.2 Arrangement for additional transportation
Super express train 20,000yen(1person) + Commission 3,300yen(incl. c-tax)=Total 23,300yen 

/// Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy for this course;

Days to Departure Cancellation Charge
More than 31 days 10,000JPY
30-15 days 50% of trip price, Min 10,000JPY
14-8 days 70% of trip price, Min 10,000JPY
7 days or Less, No Show 100% of trip price

Please refer to “Price, Terms and Conditions” for other detailed regulations.

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