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Kawagoe – Little Edo in Saitama Prefecture

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on April 18, 2014

More photos from the Kawagoe Harumatsuri (Kawagoe City Spring Festival) in Saitama prefecture. Kawagoe is a great tourist destination if you want to get a short break from Tokyo. It is only 32km (about 20 miles) from central Tokyo and there’s just about enough attractions to make any day trip worthwhile. I prefer to visit during festivals, as my favorite streets are usually blocked out for traffic and you are free to wander around the beautiful main street and take in the atmosphere of little Edo. Plenty of local bars and cafes serve the best local brewery in Japan, the Coedo Beer and you could have a complete dinner by just moving from store to store having a little something at each one. Recently Kawagoe has ramped up the Showa nostalgia scenery and shops and the many old stores along the main street are happily showing of even their most antiquated merchandise (how about the vending machine selling realistic smoking cigarettes for children?).

Kawagoe being north of Tokyo also means that the Sakura season is slower by a week or so which gave me the chance to do some early sakura blossom viewing that I missed totally in Tokyo. The second wave of sakura blossoms should be peaking in Kawagoe now so if you just arrived to Tokyo as a tourist, head north! You might catch it yet.














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  1. Your friendly librarian said, on April 18, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I love the castle mascots! I almost forgot about how they offset the magnitude of being in such a historic place with… total cuteness.


  2. Tasha said, on April 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Reblogged this on 恋の予感.


  3. Dalo 2013 said, on April 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Great series of photos…and seeing the cherry blossoms makes me feel so good. Once again, I do not get to witness any. Cheers!


  4. Timi said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Those colorful lanterns look really great with the sakuras * – *


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