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Kawagoe is a city in which historical townscape is preserved.

Kawagoe - Guide

pinTownscape of Kawagoe [川越の商家町]



Kawagoe, Saitama Pref.MAP

At the center of Kawaguchi City remain many traditional-style store buildings, thus its core area being designated as a historic district by the state. Most of them were built after a devastating fire in 1893 but in a style close to that of the feudal times, so the city is called the Little Edo (Edo is the former name of present Tokyo). In a country where most of urban old townscapes were destroyed by WWII, this is a precious place where you can imagine what merchant areas were like around Edo. Some buildings are open to the public as small museumspinpinpin.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinKosaiji Temple [広済寺]



Kawagoe, Saitama Pref.MAP

Kosaiji is a Soto Zen temple around the historic district.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinYoju-in Temple [養寿院]



Kawagoe, Saitama Pref.MAP

Yojuin is a Soto Zen temple around the historic district.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinHongyo-in Temple [成田山川越別院(本行院)]



Kawagoe, Saitama Pref.MAP

Hongyoin is a Shingon Buddhist temple near the historic district.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinKita-in Temple [川越大師(喜多院)] link



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[Backyard garden etc] 8:50-16:30 (-16:00 Nov 24-Feb 28); 400yen; closed Feb 2-3, Apr 2-5, some days around late April to early May, Aug 16, & Dec 25-Jan 8

Kitain is a medium-sized Tendai Buddhist temple.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinSemba Toshogu Shrine [仙波東照宮]



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Semba Toshogu is a Shinto shrine next to Kita-in.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinNaka-in Temple [中院]



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Nakain is a well-maintained Tendai Buddhist temple near Kita-in.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.

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pinKawagoe Hikawa Jinja Shrine [川越氷川神社]



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Kawagoe Hikawa Jinja is the top Shinto shrine in Kawagoe.

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Others

pinGyodenji Temple 行伝寺


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Gyodenji is a Nichiren Buddhist temple with well-maintained precincts.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.
Gyodenji Temple

pinKawagoe-jo Honmaru Goten 川越城本丸御殿


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9:00-17:00; 100yen; closed Mon, 4th Fri of month (open if holiday), Dec 28-Jan 4

This building, constructed in 1848, was part of the office building inside Kawagoe Castle. The castle itself is almost completely lost.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.
Kawagoe-jo Honmaru Goten

pinKoedo Kurari 小江戸蔵里


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Koedo Kurari is a visitor center using a now-defunct sake brewery facility.
Near Seibu Line Honkawagoe Sta.
Koedo Kurari

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