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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ko-Edo (Little Edo) Walking in the town of Kawagoe

My family and I visited Kawagoe of Saitama on last weekend. I wanted to go there someday because it takes only one hour from home.
When we arrived at Hon-Kawagoe station on Seibu Shinjuku Line, the scenery which there is anywhere. When I was wondering where the little Edo is, discover the guide centre at the front of station. There was a young lady and we asked her where we should go to find little Edo. She gave us the direction and the map of Kawagoe. There are three section of town, “Kura section”, “Honmaru section” and “Kitain section”. We decided to go around of this route.
We walked 15 minutes or so, suddenly there was the town changed to old time scene of little Edo. There were Kuras(old storage houses) on both sides of street. It seems like we time slipped.
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We stopped by “ Kashiya-Yokocho”. There are great number of snack shops sell a lot of good old cakes which I ate in childhood. I could come across the dry potato which grandmother of Iwatsuki in particular always bought and I became glad and have bought it so as not to be able to eat.
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The “Honmaru section” approximately around 15 minutes from a “Kashiya yokocho”. The old main enclosure palace of 1848 was really stately. A long corridor spread in right and left as soon as I entered inside and has been overwhelmed in the grand hall where a personality was deep. Unfortunately inside of building was put under ban of photography, so please visit and see by yourself.
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The “Kitain section” arrived on foot from the “Honmaru section” in around 15 minutes, too. The “Kitain House is a temple of Shogun Tokugawa and with the connection of 3rd Shogun Iemitsu. You can see the room where he was borne and also see the makeup room of Kasuga who was his nurse had the great power in inherit the shogunate. Those rooms were removed and rebuilt from Edo-jo Castle. In addition, Senba Toshogu was built because the first shogun Ieyasu of died and performed a Buddhist memorial service at the House of here Kitain when bring him to Nikko for rest in peace.
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The Kawagoe walk was approximately around 10 kilos.
"Town Kawagoe full of the emotion" which is so near from Tokyo and walk around in a day. Please visit town of Kawagoe by yourself. I will visit again.

T. Yamada

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