Cainz Super Mall, Kawajima Interchange. If you are coming from Kawagoe, Saitama City or Fujimi direction to take the Ken-o expressway, you can’t miss this “super mall”. It is just before the slip road to the highway. It is an outdoor mall, with – for the most part – each individual shop within its own stand alone building. There are a few different eateries. They are convenient for users of the Ken-o expressway for a quick a bite to eat and / or a take-away coffee.
Cainz Super Mall
Without a doubt, the most popular store at the Cainz Super mall is the Starbucks. Not least of all because it has a drive through. I confess; I occasionally treat myself to a Frappuccino at the drive through before going on a long road trip using the Ken-o expressway!
The largest of the shops at the Cainz Super Mall Kawajima is the eponymous Cainz. Cainz is a home and gardening center. This branch also has a Cainz Cycle Park and a Cainz Pet. The Cainz is the only one of the shops in the mall that has a food court in it. It is a small food court with just three food counters, one of which is a KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken. However, there is also a lovely cafe in the mall:
Cafe Bricco does a surprisingly good muffin. And they are reasonably priced. If you buy three you get a further discount. Its not uncommon for them to sell out of muffins by early afternoon! The cafe also sells a range of coffee drinks, hot dogs and ice cream. The ice-cream is really good value at only 100 yen. It is a smaller than normal size, but perfect for a toddler. There is seating available or you can get take out. There is a USB port and charging available at counter seats. The whole of Cainz has free Wi-Fi.
The Kawajima Branch of Tsutaya is a small to medium sized branch. When you visit with children, they often give you free coloring pages or out of season campaign goods. They have a great selection of magazines, a moderate selection of books, a fair choice of stationery, a reasonable selection of toys, a sizeable selection of rental CDs and DVDs, but only a small selection of CDs and DVDs to buy. 2021 update: There used to be a small play area in this branch, but unfortunately they removed it.
They hold an event together every 3rd Sunday of the month at 3 pm. For one of the more recent events Crayon Shinchan visited, much to the delight of all the kids. Parents can enjoy a Starbuck‘s coffee while the kids enjoy storytelling. Parking is free. Hours are 9 am to 11 pm, but there is a drop box for leaving back rented goods out of hours.
There are two Basha Michi restaurants at the Cainz Super Mall at the Kawajima Interchange. One is the eponymous “Basha Michi”, the other is one of their spin off restaurants. Basha Michi is a Western style chain restaurant. They change their menu frequently, sometimes its great, sometimes not so much. But they always have the never-disappointing drink bar! The other Bashi Michi group restaurant at Cainz Super Mall is a chicken restaurant “Tori Sai“. The latter is surprisingly good and moreover its reasonably priced.
Occasionally there are events at the mall. The featured photo was of a “Rainbow City” festival held in the car park of Cainz last year (2015). The seven mascots pictured are representative of six (of the seven) municipalities of the Rainbow Cities. Can you name them!?
The Cainz Super Mall also has:
- Beisia Supermarket
- A hairdressers and a Barber’s
- “Meets” 100 yen store
- Shimamura – clothes, shoes, night wear, bed linen
- Denkichi – electrical store that sells toys as well
- A coin laundry
The Kawajima Interchange is an entrance / exit of the Ken-o expressway. Keno expressway links to Tohoku expressway in the East and to the Kanetsu in the West. As such, Kawajima Interchange is used by people heading to Tokyo or Tochigi in the East and to Gunma, Nagano in the West. The Ken-o itself goes all the way to Narita Airport. It takes less than an hour and a half from Kawajima Interchange to Narita interchange on the Ken-o. And then about 10 minutes from the interchange to the airport.
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- Japan’s longest rose tunnel at Heiseinomori Park in 2020
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- Sunflowers and Lotus in Kawajima
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