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Known as “Little Edo”, Kawagoe was both a strategic post in the Kanto region and a key trading point for merchants during the Edo period (1603-1868). Today the main attraction is the line of well-preserved warehouses (kurazukuri) which were used by merchants to store their goods and wares. It is thought that at one point Kawagoe was home to over 200 of these structures and, although a fire in 1893 claimed one third of the town, many survive today (some have stood for over 200 years).

Fried sweet potatoes in a shop in Kashiya Yokocho

Check out the Tourist Association’s guide map here (PDF download).

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The Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro takes you directly to Kawagoe Station (approximately 30 minutes). The warehouse district is a 20-minute walk from the station. There are two buses that link Kawagoe Station and main sightseeing spots: the Koedo Famous Locations Loop Bus and the Co-edo Loop Bus.

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