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About Kawagoe

Kawagoe, located in the southwestern part of Saitama Prefecture, is one of the leading tourist spots in the prefecture.

Known as “Little Edo” for its traditional warehouses, Kawagoe is visited by many foreign tourists.

There are three stations near downtown Kawagoe: Kawagoe Station (JR and Tobu Tojo Line), Kawagoe-shi Station (Tobu Tojo Line), and Hon-Kawagoe Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line), but Hon-Kawagoe Station is the closest to the tourist spots.

There is also a bus service between Honkawagoe and Kawagoe stations.

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Let me introduce some typical tourist spots in Kawagoe.

Hikawa Jinja (Shrine)

Hikawa Jinja (Shrine)

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is a historic shrine with a history of over 1,500 years. It is also known as the god of marriage.

An unusual omikuji in the shape of a sea bream is popular. This omikuji is not picked up by hand, but rather by fishing with a fishing rod-like tool.

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Kita-in Temple

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Kawagoe Taishi Kita-in Temple is a Tendai sect temple and one of the three major temples in Kanto.

It is a popular temple for Hatsumode (New Year’s visit), and the famous “Daruma Market” is held on January 3, attracting many people.

The temple is famous for its “Five Hundred Arhats,” a collection of 358 stone Buddhas.

Toki no Kane

Toki no Kane

Toki no Kane (Bell of Time) is a landmark of Kawagoe.

It is a building that still retains the atmosphere of the Edo period (1603-1867) and has been telling the time in the castle town since the early Edo period (1603-1868).

The bell can still be heard four times a day at 6:00 am, noon, 3:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

The sound of the bell was selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the “100 Soundscapes of Japan to Preserve.

Kashiya Yokocho

Kashiya Yokocho

Confectioner’s Alley is lined with about 20 confectionery shops.

You can enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere with the sweet aroma tickling your nose.

Many of the sweets can be eaten on the spot, so it is recommended to eat your way through!

12 recommended souvenirs to buy in Kawagoe

Kawagoe is a busy tourist spot, and there are many souvenir shops and confectionery shops where you can enjoy eating and strolling.

The author (Sakura), who lives in Saitama and often visits Kawagoe, introduces only those sweets that she has actually tried and found delicious in the three categories of “Sweet Potato Sweets,” “Japanese Confectionery,” and “Western Confectionery.

If you have any doubts about your choice of souvenirs, please refer to this page.

A Kawagoe staple! Five recommended sweet potato snacks

The Kawagoe area has been producing sweet potatoes since the Edo period (1603-1867), and “sweet potato sweets” made of sweet potatoes have become a standard souvenir.

The phrase “better than 9 ri (chestnuts), 13 ri (about 52 km),” which describes the deliciousness of sweet potatoes, comes from the fact that the distance from Edo to Kawagoe is 13 ri (about 52 km).

Among the many sweet potato snacks in Kawagoe, we have selected five that we particularly recommend.

Imo Koi

Imo Koi

Imo Koi” is the most popular sweet potato snack in Kawagoe.

It is a simple manju (sweet potato bun) made of sweet potatoes cut into round slices and sweet bean paste wrapped in a dough made of yam and glutinous rice flour.

It is a very typical Kawagoe souvenir with sweet potatoes inside.

At any Kasho Umon shop, you can enjoy freshly steamed manju on the spot.

It is a good item to eat while sightseeing in Kawagoe.

If you want to take some of the Imo Koi back home, you may wonder how long they will last, but frozen ones will last for 90 days, and refrigerated ones will last for 5 to 6 days.

The places where you can buy Imo Koi in Kawagoe are as follows.

  • Toki no Kane Store
  • Ichibancho Store
  • Kashiya Yokocho Store
  • Lumine Kawagoe Store

Tsubasakarin

Tsubasakarin

Tsubasa Karin is a sweet potato based Karinto roll.

The natural sweetness of the sweet potato comes alive and is not as strong as you might expect. It is so delicious that you can eat several pieces.

The snacks are fried and sold every day so you can enjoy the crunchy texture of the sweet.

This is another snack that is recommended to eat. It lasts about 5 days.

You can buy Tsubasa Karin at the Monzoan candy store.

  • Kura-no-machi Store
  • Main Store
  • Kawagoe Store
  • Kita-in Monzen Store

Beniakakun

Beniakakun

Beniaka-kun sweet potato is made by Kurazukuri Honpo, a traditional Japanese confectionery company.

The name of the product comes from “Beniaka”, a variety of sweet potato that is a specialty of the Kawagoe area.

The smooth texture is created by mixing Hokkaido butter and fresh cream.

It is a sweet potato snack suitable as a souvenir for everyone from children to the elderly.

There are many Kurazukuri Honpo shops in Kawagoe, so it is easy to get one. Around the station, you can find them in front of Kawagoe-shi Eki-mae and at Atre Maruhiro in JR Kawagoe Station.

Kawagoe Kura Pudding Satsumaimo

Kawagoe Kura Pudding Satsumaimo

Kawagoe Kura Pudding Sweet Potato” is a pudding made from 100% sweet potatoes grown in Kawagoe.

It has a soft and creamy texture and is full of sweet potato flavor.

It is only available in Kawagoe City at the Koedo Kurari Industrial Tourism Center.

Koedo Kurari is also a good place to buy souvenirs, as there are many other specialty products from Kawagoe.

Kawagoe kaho Dokan detchi imo

Kawagoe kaho Dokan detchi imo

Doukan” is the signature product of Kawagoe Kasho Doukan, Kawagoe’s long-established confectionery shop.

It is a Japanese confectionery similar to a sweet potato dumpling, made by kneading sweet potato, sugar and flour into a dough and steaming it with sweet potato nectar.

You can enjoy the two different textures of “chunky” and “flaky” and fully appreciate the sweet potato flavor.

The shop is a little far from the main street of Kawagoe, but the taste is worth the effort.

If you give it as a gift to a sweet potato lover, he or she will surely be pleased.

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