A Field Trip to Little Edo, Kawagoe

Kawagoe, otherwise known as Little Edo, is a small city in the Saitama Prefecture. It not only boasts Kitain (a famous temple and shrine), but it’s also famous for its unagi (eel), Candy Street, October festival, and preserved buildings from the Edo Period.

After hearing about this quaint historical area, I grabbed my camera and headed out. Below are some images of my journey to Kawagoe. And even though I managed to find myself wrapped up in the middle of Kawagoe’s October festival, I also found time to take many pictures of the beautiful scenery of this city.

Kita-in Temple - an incense burner stands in the middle of the stairs as people go up to pray
Kita-in Temple – an incense burner stands in the middle of the stairs as people go up to pray
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Found this little gate tucked away on a mini-island in the middle of the temple grounds.
Found this little gate tucked away on a mini-island in the middle of the temple grounds.
Inside the pedestal
Inside the pedestal
A monument at the Naritasankawagoebetsuin Hongyoin Temple
A monument at the Naritasankawagoebetsuin Hongyoin Temple
A monument at the Naritasankawagoebetsuin Hongyoin Temple
A monument at the Naritasankawagoebetsuin Hongyoin Temple
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A turtle just hanging out
Turtles hang out in a small pond next to the Naritasankawagoebetsuin Hongyoin Temple - see how many you can spot in this picture...
Turtles hang out in a small pond next to the Naritasankawagoebetsuin Hongyoin Temple – see how many you can spot in this picture…
The Kurazukuri Street is lined with traditional warehouses constructed in a style called kurazukuri. They maintain the style of the Edo Period.
The Kurazukuri Street is lined with traditional warehouses constructed in a style called kurazukuri.
They maintain the style of the Edo Period.
The Bell of Time (時の鐘) is a bell tower originally built between 1624 and 1644.
The Bell of Time (時の鐘) is a bell tower originally built between 1624 and 1644.
The bell tower was rebuilt in 1894, a year after the Great Fire of Kawagoe.
The bell tower was rebuilt in 1894, a year after the Great Fire of Kawagoe.
Kawagoe is famous for having preserved buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1868)
Kawagoe is famous for having preserved buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1868)
Kawagoe is famous for having preserved buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1868)
Kawagoe is famous for having preserved buildings from the Edo Period (1603-1868)
The bell tower is a symbol for the city and can be heard ringing four times a day.
The bell tower is a symbol for the city and can be heard ringing four times a day.
Kawagoe is also famous for its sweet potatoes that are made into a variety of treats
Kawagoe is also famous for its sweet potatoes that are made into a variety of treats
Unagi (eel) is another speciality of Kawagoe. It was my first time eating unagi and despite its rough texture, it was surprisingly delicious.
Unagi (eel) is another speciality of Kawagoe.
It was my first time eating unagi and despite its rough texture, it was surprisingly delicious.
The Confectionery Row (菓子屋横丁) is a small backstreet alley in Kawagoe where a dozen stores sell old-fashioned cheap sweets and snacks.
The Confectionery Row (菓子屋横丁) is a small backstreet alley in Kawagoe where a dozen stores sell old-fashioned cheap sweets and snacks.
Kawagoe also boasts a yearly festival held on the third weekend of every October.
Kawagoe also boasts a yearly festival held on the third weekend of every October.
This is an example of one of the dancers from the festival
This is an example of one of the dancers from the festival
Here are some examples of the floats that are pulled up and down the streets of Kawagoe during their annual festival
Here are some examples of the floats that are pulled up and down the streets of Kawagoe during their annual festival

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