Stay in 'Little Edo' Kawagoe and Experience the Way of Life in a Castle TownCulture
In order to get a taste of what everyday life is like in 'Little Edo' Kawagoe, we recommend taking part in one of several immersive accommodation packages that provide guests with the opportunity to relax at a traditional, old Japanese-style home in the city.
The kurazukuri warehouse district and Edo period-style streetscape of Kawagoe attracts vast numbers of visitors to the city. However, because the city is a mere 30-minute train ride from Tokyo, a large portion of visitors chose to return to home after a day of sightseeing in Kawagoe. But the serene streets of Kawagoe during the night and early morning offer a unique experience that differs from what visitors enjoy during the daytime, providing a chance to soak up a whole new side of the castle town's atmosphere.
Tantoku Garden can be found in the residential area when heading towards the kurazukuri warehouse district from Kawagoe-shi Station.
Guests can rent out and stay in the annex (tearoom), which was built in 1901. The annex overlooks a Japanese rock garden that has been specially designed and arranged in karesansui (traditional dry landscaping) style. Utilizing only sand and stones, the garden arrangement aims to recreate a natural landscape, combining with the surrounding greenery to provide an exquisite viewing experience that guests can enjoy while sitting on the annex verandah.
A matcha tea ceremony experience, which makes for the perfect welcome drink following check-in, as well as a pancake breakfast are both included as part of the special accommodation package.
Guests will feel as if they've been invited into the home of a distinguished merchant while dining on a delicious breakfast in the annex's stately parlor and enjoying the sweeping view of the gardens visible from the second floor where the bedroom is located.
Official site : http://www.tantoku.jp/
Address : 1-8-2, Rokkemmachi, Kawagoe Shi, Saitama Ken, 350-0041
Phone : 049-224-9115
Ebisuya Traditional Japanese Home
Located close to Penny Candy Lane, this 130-year-old former rice store has been renovated into an accommodation facility which faces onto a street reminiscent of the shukuba post stations of the Edo period.
The large, traditional bathroom and meticulously well-maintained rooms are complemented by the hosts' thoughtful hospitality, attracting widespread praise from satisfied guests, who can sleep in either the guest room adjacent to the rear garden or the living room, which features a sunken kotatsu (heated table). The facility accepts only a single reservation each day for a maximum of 4 guests.
In the building's earthen-floor room, the host's second son runs a workshop called 'Hide' where he weaves various colored threads.
Official site : http://mapleeihide.wixsite.com/ebisuya
Address : 1-6-7, Ishiwaramachi, Kawagoe Shi, Saitama Ken, 350-0824
Phone : 049-270-0922
Ryotei Yamaya, a lasting symbol of Edo-period Japan, was first established as a restaurant after the property was purchased during the Meiji period, having previously belonged to an extremely wealthy merchant.
The building retains the vestiges of a castle town guest house and the establishment is deeply committed to providing luxury customer service to guests, with English menus and an English website aiming to assist travelers from abroad in enjoying ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurant) culture.
We hope you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the establishment's luxurious garden throughout the seasons, as well as kaiseki-ryori (sophisticated traditional Japanese dishes) made from seasonal foods.
Official site : https://ryoutei-yamaya.com/en/
Address : 11-2, Saiwaicho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-0063, Japan
Phone : 049-224-0048
Summer Events Held at the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
The Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is about a 10 minute walk from the Kurazukuri (Warehouse) Street.
At the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, various events will be held in the summer under the name of “Matchmaking Wind Bells”.
The Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is a spot where women wishing to get married visit from all over the country.
In the “Matchmaking Wind Bells”, the main attraction is the “Wind Bell Corridor”, where it is decorated with wind bells and you can hear their refreshing sounds.
It becomes illuminated at night, and it is a summer-only event, where you can feel the coolness of Japan's summer that is different from the daytime.
It is said that the “Legend of the Shining River” is found in the old documents that record the history of the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.
During the period of the “Matchmaking Wind Bells”, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the small river within the grounds is illuminated, made to resemble the Milky Way in the summer sky. It has a magical atmosphere and is a popular spot for taking photos.
When staying in Kawagoe, it is recommended that you take part in the events of the shrine, where you can feel the history unique to Japan. On your night walk, you may be able to enjoy a castle town that is a bit different from the daytime.
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Matchmaking Wind Bells Overview
Event Period: July 6th, 2019 (Sat.) - September 8th, 2019 (Sun.)
Location: 2-11-3 Miyashita-machi, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, 350-0052
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Official Website https://www.kawagoehikawa.jp/
Matchmaking Wind Bells Special Website http://www.hikawa-fuurin.jp/