Floral water basin

Hachimangu is one of several shrines in Kawagoe with a long rich history. It is a “ichinomiya” meaning it was the first shrine of the Hachimangu sect in Kawagoe. (There are older shrines, such as Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, in Kawagoe). Kawagoe Hachimangu was founded in 1030 A.D. by Minamoto Yorinobu.Read More →

Kawagoe Festival

The 2020 Kawagoe festival is currently scheduled to go ahead – June 12th 2020. Please note that there are likely to be changes to the usual line up. There is also the possibility of cancellation. Kawagoe Festival The annual Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Kawagoe festival is one of the largestRead More →

Kawagoe Water Park Kawagoe Aquatic Park Saitama Pools summer pools

Kawagoe summer pools – Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Water or Aquatic Park, is one of the bigger summer pools in Saitama. Like all the other seasonal pools, it only opens for 7 weeks over the summer holidays.  2020 information Update May 30th 2020: earlier in the week the KawagoeRead More →

Bagna Cauda and creative cuisine restaurant Modesty crea mall kawagoe

Continuing with the take-out series, today I am introducing Modesty a creative cuisine restaurant in local Kawagoe. I say local, because this is one is off the beaten tourist path of Kawagoe. It is in Crea Mall, a pedestrianized shopping area, that is popular with locals for shopping, entertainment andRead More →

Kawagoe bakery raku raku

Kawagoe Bakery Raku Raku is possibly the most popular bakery in Kawagoe. It is certainly one of the busiest and most famous. Raku Raku is one of dozens of eateries in Kawagoe offering take out and delivery services during the Saitama State of Emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. KawagoeRead More →

Weeping cherry blossom Nakain Kawagoe

Things to see in Kawagoe – stunning weeping cherry blossom tree and sakura at Nakain Temple in Kawagoe. Nakain is also renowned for its autumn leaves. Read More →

Santa Parade

Santa Parade Atre Maruhiro are inviting children younger than school age to participate in a Santa costume parade on Saturday December 21st for free. After they reach the goal they will receive candy for their participation. Up to 120 children can participate. The event will take place from 1.30 pmRead More →

Halloween Kawagoe and halloween events saitama and Halloween seibuen

Halloween Kawagoe – On Sunday the 27th of October 2019 Atre in Kawagoe will have three halloween parades. They are scheduled for 11 am, 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm. They are inviting children under the age of 7 to participate. It is free to participate, but you need to ringRead More →

Tea Berry Kawagoe

Tea Berry Kawagoe: Intimate dining room with delicious homemade afternoon tea … and medicinal curry! Tea Berry is a quirky little spot, off the tourist trail of Kawagoe. It is a small cafe and craft space with some unusual offerings. It is possible to walk in off the street, butRead More →

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine by night: the illuminous “Hikaru Kawa”, glistening river. All photos were taken in 2019. The 2020 dates have not yet been released. Legend reports that the Iruma River used to glisten at night. And the source was the Hikawa God… Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Events at the shrineRead More →