Kawagoe hachimangu Chinowa Kuguri 2020

Chinowa Kuguri 2020 Kawagoe. I find the summers in Japan very tough. Its not so much the heat as the humidity. That is why we always escape back to Ireland. However, this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak there are no flights home and we are stuck in Japan forRead 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 →

Vegetable Plate at Yururi Cafe kawagoe

Today’s Lunch (Kyou no gohan in Japanese) Yururi Cafe is a trendy cafe beside Renkeiji in the tourist district of Kawagoe. Hereafter “Yururi Cafe” for short. During the Coronavirus outbreak they have take out and delivery options available until May 6th. From May 6th there is no delivery, but thereRead More →

Cherry Blossom Boat Ride, Night light up and river of pink petals at Shingashi River at the back of Hikawa Shrine The tentative date for the Cherry Blossom Boat Ride down the Shingashi River at the back of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine has been set for Saturday April 4th 2020. NewsRead 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 →

Oibukuro Bow Ceremony

The Oibukuro Bow Ceremony, also called Amasake Machi or Tofu Sashi is a Prefecture designated cultural property. There are three elements to this traditional festival, as indicated by each of the event names; archery, amazake and tofu! Oibukuro Bow Ceremony The ceremony used to be held on January 11th eachRead More →

Market Terrace

Market Terrace Kawagoe – when the Market Terrace opened in rural Kawagoe a few years ago it was near impossible to get a seat unless you were prepared to wait hours. Which I wasn’t. But while the excellent value for money buffet restaurant retains a full house even on theRead 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 →