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Kawagoe Excursion from Tokyo
The perfect blend of history, exploration and some tasty street food, this full-day tour takes you outside of Tokyo to an enchanting small city called Kawagoe to see what the city would have been like in its infancy as a minor trading town.
This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and assist you with the 40 minute journey to Kawagoe using the public transport network. This small city to the west of Tokyo is often referred to as ‘Little Edo’, borrowing the former name of the capital due to its preservation of the atmosphere of historic Tokyo. Kawagoe offers an authentic insight to what might be referred to as a ‘traditional’ Japanese city a short distance from the modern metropolis, making for a wonderful day-trip.
Your guide will assist you onto the local bus network, which loops around the city, making it easy to get off and stroll at leisure around the most interesting areas. Due to its importance as a trading city supplying what is now Tokyo, Kawagoe’s Warehouse district is of particular interest as it was with these large stores that merchants were able to grow wealthy and the city was able to prosper. Such was the wealth, that both warehouses and stores were built in a weather resistant ‘Kurazukuri’ style, which has aided their preservation to date.
After discovering the city’s rich history, your guide will direct you to the main thoroughfare which is home to many preserved and restored houses and shopfronts that offer some delicious street food (tabearuki), including dried beans, grilled rice balls and chicken skewers.
Later, you may visit a soy sauce factory, one of the traditional industries of Kawagoe, so that you can see how Japan’s ubiquitous condiment is made before enjoying a local Coedo draft beer or locally brewed Sake. After your tour is completed, your guide will escort you back to Tokyo and your hotel.
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