About Kawagoe

Kawagoe City is located at the south west of Saitama Prefecture which is also known as the small Edo "Ko-Edo", with a population of 340,000.
During the Edo period, the city flourished as a castle town under the control of the Kawagoe clan.
Because it was spared from war and earthquake disasters, its historical townscape and cultural heritage are preserved. More than 6 million tourists from home and abroad visit every year.


From Tokyo Station

1. Take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (approx. 17min) or JR Yamanote Line Uchimawari [inner direction] (approx. 24min) to Ikebukuro station.
Change to Tobu-Tojo Line. It takes approx. 25min to Kawagoe station by Tobu-Tojo Line limited express train. (approx. 33min by express train)

2. Take JR Chuo Line rapid train to Shinjuku Station (approx. 15min).
Change to Seibu-Shinjuku Line 'Limited Express Koedo-go' and you will arrive at Hon-Kawagoe station in approx.45min.

From Haneda Airport
By Express Bus, it takes approx. 70 - 125min to Kawagoe Station or Hon-Kawagoe Station.
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From Narita International Airport
By Express Bus, it takes approx. 115 - 130min to Kawagoe Station.
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Once you reach Kawagoe…

Kawagoe Station Tourists Information Center

Visit the Tourists Information Center at JR Kawagoe Line or Tobu-Tojo Line Kawagoe Station (next to Tobu-Tojo Line ticket gate).
Tourism information and brochures are provided.
Wheelchair rental service is provided with prior request. (Tel 049-222-5556)
Business Hours: 9am to 4:30pm daily, all year around.

Koedo-Kawagoe Tourism Association

For more Kawagoe tourism information, head down to the Koedo-Kawagoe Tourism Association located at the Kawagoe Festival Building.
(2-1-10 Motomachi, Kawagoe City. Tel: 049-227-8233)

You can also visit our official website in English, Chinese and Korean.

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Tourist Spots

Kawagoe has many tourist attractions  such as, "Toki-no-Kane"(Bell of Time) which has been marking the time of the Kurazukuri-style townscape since ancient time, "Ichiban-gai" the designated National Heritage Building, also known as where Osawa House sbuilt in 1792 is located, "Kashiya Yokocho" where many small candy shops selling nostalgic  sweets, The "Kita-in" a famous Tendai-shu temple, and "Hikawa Shrine" known for bringing good romance for those who visit.

  • If you are interested in Kawagoe's history and culture, dating back to the Primal and ancient eras, visit the Kawagoe City Museum where you can find rich historical information.

  • Come and enjoy and appreciate all-year- round exhibitions and events on special features of Kawagoe from its castle town days such as master craftsmen at work,    Kawagoe Festivals and many other interesting genres.

  • Kawagoe City Museum

    2-30-1 Kuruwamachi, Kawagoe City
    Tel: 049-222-5399
    Opening Hours: 9;00 - 17:00 (Last admission at 16:00)

    Admission Fee: Public 200 yen, Student (High School, University) 100 yen, free admission for under Junior High school

    Closed on every Mondays (except the next day of public holiday and Kawagoe Festival),
    The next day of public holiday (except on Saturdays and Sundays),
    Every forth Friday of the month (except public holidays), 28 Dec - 4 Jan

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    Accommodation Information

    From Japanese traditional style Ryokan-Inns to comfortable city hotels, there are various types of accommodation available for you to choose from in Kawagoe.
    Should you wish to fully enjoy sightseeing in Kawagoe, the Kawagoe Prince Hotel is recommended due to its outstanding location that many historic places are within 20 mins distant.

    It is a member of the Prince Hotel Group which is comprised of 47 domestic hotels and 7 overseas hotels, hence its staff are conversant in English and high standard of services is also a popular factor.

    Kawagoe Prince Hotel
         Address: 1-22 Shintomicho, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture 350-8501
    Tel: 049-227-1111
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