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Enjoy the atmosphere of good old Edo period in Kawagoe ”Little Edo”!!


Saitama
6 hours
up to 3 people
English ( Professional )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

30 minutes train ride from the central Tokyo takes you to Kawagoe "Little Edo", where retains an ambiance reminiscent of an old town from the Edo period (1603-1867) and allows us to imagine the streets from the past centuries. Close ties between Edo and Kawagoe over the year, Kawagoe inherited many aspects of the Edo culture and architecture. You can feel like having a trip back to Edo period.

Itinerary

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  • Old town Ichibangai Street lined with Kura, storehouse-style structures, that remain even today. They are combined shop-storehouses (misegura) finisihed in a black mortal modeled after old Edo streets.
  • Time bell tower where a bell has been rung to announce the time since the early Edo period. This tower has become a symbol of Little Edo, Kawagoe.
  • Kitain-in Kawagoe is the head temple of the Tendai sect in the Kanto region. Its halls are the only remaining palace buildings of the former Edo Caslte.
  • Honmaru Goten is the only surviving building of the former Kawagoe caslte. It used to serve as the lord's residence and offices.
  • Kashiya Yokocho (Penny Candy Lane), about 20 shops line the street, offering traditional snacks such as hard candy, rice cracker, and sweet rice dumpling.
  • Osawa house was built by a wealthy kimono merchant in 1792 in the Edo peirod. This is the oldest storehouse in Kawagoe.
  • Taisho-roman Street, dating back to the Taisho period (1912-1926). Many shops are well established, having been business since Edo time or for more than three generations.

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What to Expect

Kawagoe is located about 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo and is suitable as a day trip destination. Its main street, lined with clay-walled warehouse-styled buildings, retains an ambience reminiscent of an old town from the Edo period.
Kawagoe has prospered through the ages as an important point in transportation. In the Edo period, it developed as a castle town and was called Koedo" Little Edo".
During World War II, while many regions of Japan suffered from air raids, Kawagoe escaped the flames and the citizens, who saw the value of the time-honored twonscape, have continued to carefully preserve it. Enjoy the atmosphere of good old Japan in Kawagoe, the city nationally designated as a historical town.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Exit of Kawagoe station (Tobu-line or JR line)
Ending Point Exit of Kawagoe station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner
Entrance fee (Kitain ¥400、Kawagoe Castle Honmaru ¥80)
If you want the guide to pick you up in Tokyo, extra 1,000 is required.

Important

Recommended routes to get to Kawagoe: (Route 1) is highly recommended)
1) Tobu Tojo Line, the fastest way from central Tokyo (It takes about 30 minutes from Ikebukuro station) ¥463/one way
2) From Tokyo station to Kawagoe with JR (It takes about 60 minutes. Tokyo station to Omiya station and then change line from Omiya station to Kawagoe station)
¥658/one way
3) Seibu Shinjuku Line, Seibu Shinjuku station to Kawagoe station. It takes 50 minutes.
Please notify your guide which route you will choose so that the guide will be at the exit of the station (In Kawagoe there are two stations and three lines)
Shoes suitable for walking is recommended. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
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“ Thank you very much! ”

Nao is an excellent and fun guide. He has taken several of my customers of tours around Tokyo and everyone enjoyed it very much. I definitely recommend him!

Nao:

Dear Zachary Thank you very much for your comment on my recent service. I will keep making efforts to better my skills as guide and make good memories for visitors from overseas countries. Nao Kurobe

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