The local guide to cafes in Kawagoe: Part ①





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:
https://www.city-cost.com/reviews/wk4ZM-Chic_cafe_A_bit_of_piece_and_quiet_in_bustling_Kawagoe_Food_Drink_Kawagoe_shi

More on insaitama.comHatsuneya Garden Cafe【from Google Maps & City-Cost Reviews】 | KAWAGOE

 

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:
https://www.city-cost.com/reviews/GW4ew-A_proper_tea_room_complete_with_servers_in_tea_maid_outfits_Food_Drink_Kawagoe_shi

 

3. Tsubakiya

Tsubaki No Kura (11)

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:
https://www.city-cost.com/reviews/zayoz-Souvenirs_Textiles_Power_stones_shrine_goods_and_a_FOOT_SPA_CAFE_Shopping_Entertainment_Kawagoe_shi

 

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. 🙂

 

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16 comments on “The local guide to cafes in Kawagoe: Part ①

  1. Jaye Shields

    Thanks for posting the prices because the last time I was traveling, I was shocked by the prices in some of the places I went because I didn’t know the areas well enough to know if it was going to be cheap or expensive. Sometimes in Japan things were sooo cheap and others I was expected to pay like seven dollars for a coke. It was nuts!

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    1. L M N Post author

      Haha! That is so true. I have been caught out a few times too. These cafes are a little on the expensive side, but they are also a little more chic or special than most. Thank you so much for commenting. 🙂

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  2. Lauren Vavala

    Ever since becoming best friends with a girl from Japan in 4th grade (we’ve since lost touch after many years of writing when she moved back), I have a love for all things Japanese. These photos are beautiful!

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    1. L M N Post author

      It is so hard to keep in touch long distance. You did well to write for so long. Japan is truly a unique and beautiful country, it is a pleasure to live here (most of the time!) Thank you for your kind words and commenting.

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    1. L M N Post author

      Thank you so much Mandi. This was my first ever food one, so happy to hear that. 🙂 I’ve kind of exhausted the “play-centre” angle so it was time to try something new. Thank you for commenting.

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    1. L M N Post author

      It is really nice as a special treat. It is one of those places you can comfortably sit alone and relax over a coffee and a book. 🙂 I am torn between the first and the last as my favourite though. Thank you so much for commenting. 🙂

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