Handmade bakery Nicori Kawagoe

Homemade bakery Nicori Kawagoe is a small, but popular take-out bakery in ‘local’ Kawagoe; outside the tourist area. It is only open a couple of years (since 2018), but is well established in the neighborhood. It attracts custom from out of town too. Whenever we visit I have seen regRead More →

Starbucks Kanetsuki Street Kawagoe Japan

This is a long overdue post about the famous Starbucks on Kanetsuki Street in the old warehouse district of Kawagoe. The branch opened in March 2018 and most of the photos in this post are actually from back then! But it hasn’t changed much in the two years since itRead More →

autumn sunflowers Kawagoe insaitama.com

Summer Flowers AND Autumn sunflowers in the Isanuma area of Kawagoe. At Isa Marsh and the Isa marsh East Bank Flower Garden or Isanuma Tōgan Hanabatake in Japanese. Jump to Autumn Sunflowers. Isa Marsh Isanuma is an area in Kawagoe. Numa means marsh or swamp. The area is named afterRead More →

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. has been cancelled (August 8th 2020) due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next festival will be in Autumn 2021. Kawagoe Festival The annual Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Kawagoe festival is one of the largest Autumn festivalsRead 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 →