Kawagoe Warehouse District 川越 蔵造りの町並み
Visit the Edo and Taisho eras in this town of historic treasures
The Kawagoe Warehouse District is known as Koedo Kawagoe, or “Little Edo”. One reason for this name is its preservation of culture and buildings from Edo-era Japan. Visit this distinct warehouse district and revisit the old Edo atmosphere.
How to Get There
Kawagoe is accessible by rail and Tobu sells the Kawagoe Discount Pass to foreign tourists.
Near the Tobu line, the Kawagoe Station, the Kawagoe-shi Station, and the Ikebukuro Station are connected by the Tobu Tojo Line, which is a 30-minute express train ride. Foreign tourists can purchase the "Kawagoe Discount Pass" for a round trip between Ikebukuro and Kawagoe for only 700 yen, valid for one day. The pass also provides discounts at a few selected establishments in Kawagoe .
Near the Seibu line, the Hon-Kawagoe Station and the Seibu Shinjuku Station are connected by the Seibu Shinjuku Line, which takes about 55 minutes.
Near JR lines, the Kawagoe Station and the Shinjuku Station are connected via Omiya along the JR Saikyo/Kawagoe Line, a 55-minute ride.
Kawagoe contains old clay warehouses and merchant homes, called kurazukuri
The old main street still sells traditional Meiji-era Japanese confectionery and sweets
Kawagoe has been featured in several popular domestic TV shows, making it extremely popular with Japanese tourists
The old town district
For a few hundred meters on Kawagoe's Kurazukuri Street, the warehouses line the street. The old buildings give the distinct impression that you've gone back in time. The wooden structures are very different from modern Japanese architecture. During the Edo period, the kura, or warehouses, were built of wood with clay walls.
Modern-day life mixed with classic architecture
Today, most of the warehouses are now shops and restaurants. The interiors still preserve the old Japan feeling. One particular warehouse has been turned into the Museum of Kurazukuri, which reproduces the interior of an old-time warehouse, giving you a glimpse of daily life in the Edo period.
The warehouse district's main landmark is its bell tower. This symbol of the town chimes four times a day. Another site to see is Candy Alley, a narrow street with 20 quaint old shops selling traditional Japanese candy.
In October each year, the warehouse district is the home to the Kawagoe Festival , in which floats march down Kurazukuri Street with portable shrines and music.