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A few days ago, my friends and I decided to take a 2 night trip at Kawagoe, a little town famous for its Edo-styled buildings and streets. Located about 1 hour away from Tokyo, the little town proved to be quite fun.

When I first arrived at Hon-Kawagoe Station, I noticed that the area was incredibly quiet – almost too quiet for a place located right next to the train station. It was even more surprising when I realized the area was right next to a busy hotel/tourist area. It should have been loud, but it wasn’t… Honestly though, I loved that about the area.

The hotel that I got for the two nights was right next to the station. It was a good hotel for its price – the only downside was that it only had heating and not air conditioning, so it was a bit stuffy (the windows also barely opened). Around the hotel was a shopping mall, convenient stores (as expected of Japan), and a number of cafe and restaurants. In an area that would supposedly seem loud, it was very quiet. Even so, it was fun.

Because I arrived in Kawagoe late on the first day, I only was able to catch a glimpse of what the town’s “Candy Alley” had to offer. There were stalls of street food and shops selling traditional Japanese sweets lined up in an Edo-Styled street. On the first day, I got taiyaki and lemonade, along with another sweet or two, before heading back to the hotel. On the second day, I got to explore the streets a bit more before leaving for Tokyo. The trip to Kawagoe was mainly about the food that I got to eat, so this is going to be a fast picture-based blog. There was an abundance of street food and interesting buildings that I forgot to take pictures of, but here are the pictures I did remember to take throughout the trip:

Sweet potato chips and maple cream dipping sauce. The line for this snack was incredibly long the first day that I came to Kawagoe. The wait time was about 30 minutes. Luckily, I was able to buy one to try for myself right before they closed. It costed about $5. It was pretty tasty – I’d rate it a 7.5/10. They’re very addicting…
Perhaps one of my favorite street foods that I got to eat. This is a jumbo steak skewer. Super good, would recommend to all. The meat was juicy and soft! I’d give this a solid 10/10
Your standard ramen, gyoza, and fried chicken. I have a habit of ordering way too much, so it was super hard to finish all this food. The story behind this picture is that we decided to all get a late dinner, around 8pm. What we didn’t know at the time was that most places closed in Kawagoe by then, so we had to settle with ramen. It was still good though!
A famous landmark in Kawagoe. I saw this right after I got my sweet potato snacks.
Just an interesting thing I ran across: Starbucks, Edo-style! It was super cool to see Starbucks in a traditional Japanese setting. I’m pretty sure you can only see this type of thing in Kawagoe!

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