Visit long established shops of the craftsmen of this town.
Roughly an hour away from Tokyo on the train is the historic town, Kawagoe. With unchanging townscapes of Japan from the Edo period (1603-1868), Kawagoe is a popular tourist destination. The town is particularly busy during two days in October every year; the Kawagoe Festival, during which the streets are filled with people, gigantic floats and lanterns.
If you want to get a glimpse of the festival but can't be in Japan for those particular days, you can always visit the Kawagoe Festival hall - but it might make you want to come back again for the actual festival! On the tour you will also visit some long established shops of the town that sell handmade tools and costumes for the festival.
・Find out about the history of the festival, the stories behind the festival floats and see the real, giant floats that are on show all year round.
・Learn all about the festival from a professional. Your otomo tour guide will translate everything for you!
・Visit a shop that sells everything you need to take part in the Kawagoe Festival. Tabi socks and shoes have been gathering attention all over the world!
・The handmade lantern shop has a history of 350 years.
・Wander around the historic Warehouse District of Kawagoe, also known as Little Edo.
・Eat and walk in an alley where you can enjoy the unchanging atmosphere of old Japan.
・The Warehouse District (Fudanotsuji bus stop): Enjoy the walk up to Kawagoe Festival Hall in this famous historic area.
・Kawagoe Festival Hall: Visit to see magnificent festival floats.
・Kashiya Yokocho: Walk down this street filled with old candy shops!
・Ichirikisai Tsuchiya Chochin: Visit this long established lantern shop that creates and sells handmade lanterns for Kawagoe Festival.
・Kisaiya: Purchase tabi socks and shoes and anything to do with the festival here.
・Mingeihin no Tsuchikane: Traditional folk crafts and festival related souvenirs can be found here.
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・On Sundays "Ichirikisai Tsuchiya Chochin" is closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
Please bring at least ¥900 with you (per person) on the day to cover your travel expenses, entrance fees and other necessary costs.
*(money for souvenir shopping is not included)
In front of the tourist information center outside the ticket gates of the JR Line and the Tobu Tojo Line, Kawagoe Station