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Kawagoe “Little Edo” Photo Stroll

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 Kawagoe1x1.trans Kawagoe Little Edo Photo Stroll

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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.

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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.

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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.  1x1.trans Kawagoe Little Edo Photo Stroll

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Omiya Shrine in Spring

Shrines are major installations in Japan. Whether amidst modern architecture or standing proud in its historical landmarks, shrines are both a local and international destination. And regardless of whether you are Japanese or not, you would know if a place you’ve arrived at is a shrine.

1x1.trans Omiya Shrine in Spring 1x1.trans Omiya Shrine in Spring 1x1.trans Omiya Shrine in Spring These shrines, such as the Hikawa Shrine in Omiya, are considered scared places in Shintoism, the belief system of Japan. Shinto, which literally translated are the words shin (“spirit”) and tou (“way”), means “Way of the Gods.” Shintoism is never actually referred to as a religion, but a way of life for Japanese people.

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