Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Day trip from Tokyo, Little Edo, KOEDO KAWAGOE

Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture is located about 30 minutes by train from Ikebukuro station in Central Tokyo and is good for a day trip to feel the Edo period. Kawagoe is also called Little Edo, the KOEDO town since its main street lined with clay walled warehouse buildings from Edo Period and allows us to imagine the streets from past centuries.

Many traditional candy shops and sweets shops can be found throughout the city in other locations besides the nostalgic candy shop found in Kashiya Yokocho ( Candy shop Alley), which was founded in the early Meiji period.

There are many restaurants serving eel dish here in Kawagoe since it was forbidden to eat pork and other meats during Edo period and the only source of protein was carp, loach and eel caught in Iruma River and Arakawa River. In Addition  Kawagoe is known for its sweet potato. From long ago, sweet potatoes were roasted and eaten as a snack by the common people. During and after war when food was scarce, the sweet potato was an important staple food for many people.

You can feel the Edo period and taste some traditional food there!