Use this pass to explore Kawagoe, a charming, well preserved "Little Edo" former merchant town in Saitama Prefecture, just half-an-hour north of Tokyo, along the Tobu Tojo Railway line from Ikebukuro Station.
KAWAGOE, Japan - May 18, 2018 - PRLog -- Explore Kawagoe using the the Kawagoe Discount Pass Premium (http://www.tobujapantrip.com/en/ticket/kawagoe/). Kawagoe is a charming, well preserved "Little Edo," former merchant town in Saitama Prefecture. Just half-an-hour north of Tokyo, along the Tobu Tojo Railway Line from Ikebukuro Station, Kawagoe beckons tourists.
The Kawagoe Discount Pass Premium makes exploring easy. It covers:
● Round-trip train travel between Tobu Tojo Line's Ikebukuro Station and Kawagoe or Kawagoe-shi Station.
● Unlimited rides on the Koedo Loop "Hop-on, Hop-off" buses that connect tourist sites such as Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and the Warehouse District to Kawagoe Station.
● Discounts at Ten Facilities (http://www.tobujapantrip.com/en/ticket/kawagoe/) - restaurants, confectioneries, and souvenir shops in the Kawagoe area, including: Tsuchikane Folk Arts store; Japanese Restaurant Yamaya; Torokko restaurant; Vivian - a Koedo Kawagoe Rental Kimono Store; Unakko restaurant; Inabaya home-made sweet shop; Umon (Ichibangai and Toki no Kane stores) - a historic confectionery; Nagamine-en green tea shop; Kameya (Main store and Motomachi store) – a 230 year-old shop, confectionery and gallery, selling sweet potato snacks, including purple sweet potato flavored soft-serve ice cream; Tamariki Seika confectionery - still making the same traditional flavors for over 100 years.
More About Kawagoe
Kawagoe's streetscape is designated as a Traditional Architectures Preservation District. It's Bell Tower, now a symbol of the city, its chimes were used to tell time in Edo days. The original bell tower was built 400 years ago. The current one is a rebuilt version from 1893, after the "Great Kawagoe Fire."
● The 370-year-old Kawagoe Festival (http://www.kawagoematsuri.jp/English/) will be held Sat. October 20- Sun. October 21. It's famous for its colorful and ornate floats. The Kawagoe Festival Museum, near the Bell Tower, displays the floats during the rest of the year, and is equipped with a massive screen for a simulated experience of the live event.
● The 1500 year-old Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/sightseeing/historic/) hosts the Matchmaking Festival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPUTmnBnD9o), Sat. July 7- Sun. September 9, 2018. With two sets of married deities enshrined, the shrine has been historically worshiped for "matrimonial happiness", "happiness in the family" and for "matchmaking". During the festival period, shrine is decorated further with over 2,000 colorful Edo wind chimes.
● A great way to experience both festivals, summer fireworks -- or anytime for a back-in-time feel, is to dress in yukata - a light cotton kimono! These can be rented at kimono shop: Vivian (http://www.tobujapantrip.com/en/tourism/ikebukuro_kawagoe/165.html) for 2160 yen (tax included) per day (additional cost for overnight use.)
Sweet Potatoes are the local favorite, especially sweet potato chips served with salt and dip at Koedo Osatsu-An (463 yen + tax). There's also Imokoi, a confection containing sweet potato and smooth red bean paste, at Umon (167 yen+ tax). Another town delight is Kawagoe matcha green tea powder, which is used in Kawagoe Matcha Warabi-Mochi. A box set of this traditional firm jelly (250g) is available at Sawawa (500 yen + tax). Find all these near the popular CandyAlley (http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/sightseeing/highlight), featuring about 20 confectionery stores selling traditional Japanese candies.
About Tobu Railways Co. LTD
TOBU Railway Group is a major Japanese corporate conglomerate consisting of approximately 90 companies. Tobu Railways covers the longest operating distance in the Kanto area, leading to numerous tourist attractions, including: Asakusa and TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN in Tokyo; Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, famous as world heritage sites and natural hot springs; the Tatebayashi and Ashikaga areas, known for their blooming flower fields; and historic Kawagoe, where the atmosphere of the Edo era lives on.
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