There is a huge choice of cafes in Kawagoe, too many for one article. Part 1 introduces THREE of my favourites, simply chosen for the first article as they are the ones I visited most recently. The featured photo with the parasols is the last entry; Tsubakiya. Each of these 3 cafes are mapped in a My Map at the bottom of the article.
1. Hatsuneya Garden The Cafe
For a bit of peace and quiet off the beaten track awaits a chic cafe with a terrace at the front and a garden from the Edo period at the back. The cakes are delicious and the coffee strong. It is a place you can visit alone or on a date or with friends. Take out is also available.
Average price: about 600 yen per beverage or cake
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm seven days a week
Official Site (A little bit of English): http://www.hatsuneya.jp/cafe
A full review features on City-cost.com:
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2. Shimano Tea Room
Shimano Tea Room has won a place in my heart as it reminds me of tearooms I visited with family during my childhood in Dublin. The servers are dressed in the old traditional wear of black tights, black dresses and white frill aprons. They even wear the white laced head piece. The selection of tea is fantastic too and their sandwiches are decent. I recommend trying the tea here, but if it’s not your thing they also have coffee and soft drinks.
Average price: Tea averages at 580 yen a pot (about 3 cups to a pot)
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 7 pm on weekends
Official Site (Japanese only): http://www.kawagoe.com/shimano/
You can read a detailed review on City-cost.com:
Enjoy a foot spa with your tea, coffee, soft drink or beer in the small zen garden with beautiful Japanese parasols. You can enjoy a speciality of Kawagoe, sweet potato, in the form of a light treat, or an original ginger ale made from kochi ginger. The small cafe, seating only 8 people, is located out the back of Tsubaki no Kura, a colourful and unique souvenir, trinket and amulet store. This shop is on the main tourist strip and is serviced by tourist and public buses. It is mapped on the Google map at the bottom of the article.
Average Price: from 400 yen for a beverage, from 680 yen for alcohol, from 350 yen for a snack
Hours: 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays and until 8 pm on weekends
Official site (English available): http://tsubaki-kura.jp/
You can read a full review on City-Cost.com:
There are many more fun, unique, quaint, chic and cozy cafes in Kawagoe. I hope to feature more over the coming weeks. If you have a favourite or a place you’d like to share, please do comment. Comments are always welcome. 🙂