Kawagoe   川越市

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Nicknamed the Little Edo, Kawagoe playing an important role in trade and economic decisions in Tokyo.

Nicknamed the Little Edo, Kawagoe playing an important role in trade and economic decisions in Tokyo.

Kita-in temple and its five hundred Gohyaku stone statues of Buddha's disciples

Kita-in temple and its five hundred Gohyaku stone statues of Buddha's disciples

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Half an hour from Tokyo, Kawagoe is a good day trip, from Kita-in Temple and Buddhist statues tothe old warehouses of the Edo period.

During the Edo period (1603-1867), Kawagoe prospered by becoming a strategic point for the great city in the making, playing an important role for trade and economic decisions. The shogun even moved some of his closest advisers to Kawagoe Castle.

Nicknamed since then as Ko-Edo "Little Edo" for the presence of old merchant houses dating from the nineteenth century and its traditional places, it is a pleasant alternative, which can offer a break after a few days in Tokyo. Ten minutes by foot from Hon-Kawagoe Station, Ichiban-gai street offers the opportunity to see kurazukuri, houses built in the warehouse style. The Kita-in Temple displays its five hundred Gohyaku Rakan stone statues of Buddha's disciples and theToki no Kane Tower (bell tower), invite you to imagine the atmosphere of the Edo period.

Children can not miss the Kashiya-yokocho, a shopping street lined with candy stores.

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