Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street Tours
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In Japan’s Edo period, Kawagoe was a prosperous castle town and due to it escaping damage during World War II, the city still has many of its old streets still in tact. Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street is lined with traditional buildings on both sides, making it full of character — the ideal place to learn about the history of the area while enjoying a spot of shopping.
This small street is around 400 meters long and is situated less than a kilometer north of Hon-Kawagoe Station. The style of the buildings are that of traditional Japanese warehouses (kura), that were specifically designed to be fireproof after a large fire ripped through the area in 1893. These days, many of the buildings are either shops or restaurants catering for a burgeoning tourist crowd.
Ichibangai Street is best explored on foot as part of a Kawagoe walking tour that also takes in the old city’s other attractions, such as Dream Street, Spatiotemporal Bell, Snack Street, and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.
The easiest way to reach Kawagoe from Tokyo is by train. The fastest route is via the Tobu Tojo line (Ikebukuro to Kawagoe Station), which takes 30 minutes on the express train. The nearest train station to the old town area in Kawagoe is Hon-Kawagoe Station, which is accessible on the Seibu Line and is a popular meeting point for walking tours.
Did You Know? There’s a museum on the street where you can learn more about the fireproof warehouse buildings. It features design plans, cross sections of walls, roof tiles, and fire-resistant doors.
Address: Ichibangai Street, Kawagoe, Japan
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street
Kawagoe has good access and it is a very convenient tourist spot. Kawagoe is a town of history retaining the culture and aroma of Edo period 400 years ago. Why not visit the temples and learn about historical heritage, and fill up on Japanese food at an authentic Japanese restaurant? Taking a stroll through the town, you will feel as if you have a travel back in time to ancient Edo period. You can experience the traditional and pure Japan which you can not see in Tokyo. At the Ichiban-gai street, you will see see 100% fire -resistant houses which are more than 100 years old, and "Toki-no-kane", which is said to be the highest wooden belfry in Japan. Do not forget eating local specialties, sweet potato, grilled eel and various sweets.
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Taking private chartered car and relax from your hotel, Travel with local guide and feel as if traveled ancient edo in Kawagoe. Enjoy the experience of making glass photo frame.
Take a step back in time (figuratively of course) and visit a small slice of Edo era Japan, also known as the ancient castle town of Kawagoe. Spend the day with one of our friendly hosts strolling among the 17th century wooden buildings and charcoal-tiled houses of the kurazukuri (warehouse) district. Marvel at the Toki no Kane Tower or stop by the Festival Museum to glimpse the three story floats that parade the streets. From the Hattori Museum of Folklore and the Kawagoe Castle to soya shops and Penny Candy Lane - there's so much to experience. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Take a trip back in time to the Edo period of Japan during this half-day tour from Tokyo to Kawagoe. This castle town is famous for its old clay warehouses and merchant homes, some of which you visit on this small-group tour. See the remains of the Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace, the shopping street, and the Kita-in Buddhist temple and learn about the Edo era from your tour guide.
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What's the best way to experience Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street?
The best ways to experience Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street are:
- Koedo In Kawagoe, halfl-day tour
- Tokyo Countryside Tours
- Private Full-Day Guided Tour of Little Edo Kawagoe from Tokyo
- Day Trip To Historic Kawagoe From Tokyo
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