Kawagoe - Little Edo town Japan
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I had read and heard about this town know as little Edo and its located about a 40 minute train ride from where I live in Japan so finally when my parents came to visit we decided to make the trip out there to visit.
The train ride out there took us from tokyo suburba to woods, hills and then to little wooden old style japanese buildings it was like stepping into another world.
Upon arriving into the train station we tried to find information in english but could not then a kind man approched us and said do you need english help and lead us to the information booth where some was able to give us english maps and help tell us the way to go. He was such a nice man and i chatted to him in my broken japanese but he said he was impressed with my level of Japanese as i was with this level of english.
We headed off from the station and proceed down the main road which was a street filled with shops, resturants and cafes. We browsed through a few of these before checking the map to find out where our first destination was.
At the end of this street we headed towards "Kurazukuri" (warehouse style) buildings street it was like stepping back into old style Japan. Amazing old wooden buildings we walked along this street then we came across the local museum and narrow lane way know as "Candy Alley" so we checked that out they sell many kinds of Japanese rice crackers, sweets and candies.
After we found candy alley we decided to head for Kitain Temple the grounds around and leading up to it were very spacious and open. On the way there we stopped by an other temple known as "Narita San" which had many turtles swimming in a pond. We stopped by to listen to the Taiko drumming in the temple nearby. Kitain temple was Built in 830. The temple was destoryed by fire in 1638.
Next we headed to the Kawagoe Castle known as "Honmaru Goten" initially built in 1457. It was very old style Japanese building with many of its fixtures still in place.
After this we headed back towards the station for some lunch and decided to get the train back.
This is such an old historic town and a big piece of Japanese history I would recommend if you get time to make the trip out here you do its captures the old essenece of Japan and makes you feel like taken a step back in time in Japanese History.
A must see if you want experience the old Japan.