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: