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Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street
Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street

Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street Tours and Activities

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In Japan’s Edo period, Kawagoe was a prosperous castle town and due to it escaping damage during World War II, the city still has many of its old streets still in tact. Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street is lined with traditional buildings on both sides, making it full of character — the ideal place to learn about the history of the area while enjoying a spot of shopping.

This small street is around 400 meters long and is situated less than a kilometer north of Hon-Kawagoe Station. The style of the buildings are that of traditional Japanese warehouses (kura), that were specifically designed to be fireproof after a large fire ripped through the area in 1893. These days, many of the buildings are either shops or restaurants catering for a burgeoning tourist crowd.

Ichibangai Street is best explored on foot as part of a Kawagoe walking tour that also takes in the old city’s other attractions, such as Dream Street, Spatiotemporal Bell, Snack Street, and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.

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Half-day Kawagoe Walking Tour

Half-day Kawagoe Walking Tour

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A walking tour is indisputably the best way to explore Kawagoe, famed for its Edo-style architecture and vibrant shopping streets. See the best of Kawagoe on a 4-hour small-group walking tour, limited to 10 people to ensure an intimate atmosphere. While learning about the history of the former prosperous castle town, you’ll tick off highlights such as Kawagoe Ichinagai Street, Dream Street, Spatiotemporal Bell, and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.86
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Kawagoe, The little Edo

Kawagoe, The little Edo

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Take a trip back in time to the Edo period of Japan during this half-day tour from Tokyo to Kawagoe. This castle town is famous for its old clay warehouses and merchant homes, some of which you visit on this small-group tour. See the remains of the Kawagoejyo Honmaru Palace, the shopping street, and the Kita-in Buddhist temple and learn about the Edo era from your tour guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.52
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Kawagoe Highlight Group tour

Kawagoe Highlight Group tour

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A local guide who knows Kawagoe well will guide you with strong love for the region. This tour takes you to the highlights of Kawagoe's sightseeing such as Time bell tower, Old storehouse street and Candy Lane. Furthermore, we could let you know the charms of Kawagoe by local views. At first, let’s toast with a cup of Japanese sake at Koedo Kurari which is a sake experience spot. There are variety of Sake from the prefecture. And you can choose your favorite one at the modern vending machine. Then, the tour visits a local shrine and experience Shinto style customs a little. Let’s walk around Kawagoe's backstreets like locals. When we arrive at the famous old storehouse street, we will be surprised by its well-balanced street that it is unified by old style buildings with a black plastered wall. During the tour you can understand the present days and the old days of Japan's ordinally life. Because this is a historical merchant town, "Kawagoe". .
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.31
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Tokyo Countryside Tours

Tokyo Countryside Tours

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So near to Tokyo but it is another world. The green moss has hidden the countryside from the city. The fauna are waiting to greet you. The wild deer, boar monkey and sometimes bear. The views are stunning. The people are very friendly. Come with me to the mountains. We will tour through rural Japan. A place with deep history going back thousands of years. All seasons show their magic in their full colors here. Escape from the tourist traps and go to where many Japanese go to get away from it all. A place frozen in time. A place magical in its beauty. A place where you can relax away from the hustle and bustle.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Koedo In Kawagoe, halfl-day tour

Koedo In Kawagoe, halfl-day tour

Kawagoe has good access and it is a very convenient tourist spot. Kawagoe is a town of history retaining the culture and aroma of Edo period 400 years ago. Why not visit the temples and learn about historical heritage, and fill up on Japanese food at an authentic Japanese restaurant? Taking a stroll through the town, you will feel as if you have a travel back in time to ancient Edo period. You can experience the traditional and pure Japan which you can not see in Tokyo. At the Ichiban-gai street, you will see see 100% fire -resistant houses which are more than 100 years old, and "Toki-no-kane", which is said to be the highest wooden belfry in Japan. Do not forget eating local specialties, sweet potato, grilled eel and various sweets.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.13
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Day Trip To Historic Kawagoe From Tokyo

Day Trip To Historic Kawagoe From Tokyo

Take a step back in time (figuratively of course) and visit a small slice of Edo era Japan, also known as the ancient castle town of Kawagoe. Spend the day with one of our friendly hosts strolling among the 17th century wooden buildings and charcoal-tiled houses of the kurazukuri (warehouse) district. Marvel at the Toki no Kane Tower or stop by the Festival Museum to glimpse the three story floats that parade the streets. From the Hattori Museum of Folklore and the Kawagoe Castle to soya shops and Penny Candy Lane - there's so much to experience. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$205.62
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Private Full-Day Guided Tour of Little Edo Kawagoe from Tokyo

Private Full-Day Guided Tour of Little Edo Kawagoe from Tokyo

Taking private chartered car and relax from your hotel, Travel with local guide and feel as if traveled ancient edo in Kawagoe. Enjoy the experience of making glass photo frame.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,659.65
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 7 Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street costs USD 33.31. Guided Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street tours start around USD 33.31 per person. See all 7 Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street tickets and tours on Viator.
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