Kawagoe, journey to the Edo period 川越市

  • Published on : 16/06/2020
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Little Edo: a visit near Tokyo

From buildings linked to the famous Tokugawa shoguns, warehouses from the Meiji era, passing through the typical constructions of the Taisho era, stroll through the streets of "Little Edo", the nickname of the city of Kawagoe in the Saitama prefecture is to discover the Japan of yesteryear just half an hour by train from Tokyo.

Kawagoe temples and shrines

Kita-In, the city's main temple, was founded in 830 by the monk Ennin of the Tendai Buddhist sect. Destroyed by fire in 1205, it was rebuilt in 1298 and took on great importance in the 17th century when it was placed under the protection of the Tokugawa shoguns.

The temple also contains part of the remains of Iyeyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867).

Sanctuaire shinto à Kawagoe

Sanctuaire shinto à Kawagoe

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Le temple Kita-in et ses cinq cents Gohyaku statues en pierre des disciples du Bouddha

Le temple Kita-in et ses cinq cents Gohyaku statues en pierre des disciples du Bouddha

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The festivities in Kawagoe

Every year on the third Saturday and Sunday in October, the city vibrates to the sound of traditional instruments and giant floats marched through the city, perpetuating a festival dating back more than three centuries, Kawagoe Matsuri, declared "Important Traditional Intangible Cultural Property " in 2005.

Those who wish can rent kimonos or Yukata to stroll through the streets of "Little Edo".

Jeunes filles en kimono dans une rue de Kawagoe

Jeunes filles en kimono dans une rue de Kawagoe

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Each district Kawagoe manufactures its own tank to challenge others in the course of Kawagoe Matsuri.

Each district Kawagoe manufactures its own tank to challenge others in the course of Kawagoe Matsuri.

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Address, timetable & access

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    Tobu Tojo (Kawagoe station: 30 min by express train) and Seibu (Hon-Kawagoe station: 60 min) lines, both via Ikebukuro. Note that, although it is further from Tokyo, Hon-Kawagoe station is closer on-site to the main sites to visit. The JR Saikyo/Kawagoe line also connects Shinjuku to "Little Edo" in 50 min.

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