Travelling in Japan can be quite time-consuming, not to mention costly. If you don’t have the time or the monetary funds to hop from Tokyo to Kyoto, then you’d appreciate Kawagoe.
Kawagoe is only 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo and has been given the nickname, “Little Edo.” You’ll understand this nickname upon seeing the streets of Kawagoe. It is lined with many Kurazukiri, warehouse-style, clay houses that were the popular type of architecture during the Edo Period, thus, Kawagoe’s nickname.
In the past, Kawagoe was also a capital of trade, supplying many goods to Tokyo. Shogun in Tokyo named their loyal men as the lords of Kawagoe castle. And because of the close ties between Kawagoe and Tokyo (which was named “Edo” back then), the area of Kawagoe inherited a lot of the style and architecture from the capital.
So if you like the Kyoto feel and historical vibe of Japan, take a stroll around Little Edo. The area is picturesque and truly breathtaking for fans of history.
There are a lot of shrines and retro-looking shops in the area. Some of the items that retro shops have up for sale are a lot of interesting, vintage toys! Scroll down below to view more photos~
Other establishments in the area include game stations with purikura booths, shopping stalls and souvenir shops. You can pick up some omiyage for your friends like stationary at the souvenir shops here at Kawagoe, as if you were in Kyoto!
But for most people, the highlight of Kawagoe must be Priya! Priya is a fox-like dog that’s treated like a celebrity in Kawagoe! Many people (and guidebooks!) have said that by touching or cuddling with Priya, she will grant your inner wishes and desires! Priya’s family is fortunate to have such a good luck charm!
Priya is so friendly and such a crowd-pleaser, you’d want to give her a hug anyway: lucky or not! She’s so popular that Priya has been featured in TV shows, and even has her own Priya merchandise!
So whether you’re coming to Kawagoe for the historic Kyoto-like ambiance, vintage toys or Priya, there’s no reason not to visit!
Click on the links below to find out how to get to Little Edo, and visit Priya’s Facebook Fanpage!