Kawagoe – Candy Alleys and Festivals

Alright now, this is Part 2 of our coverage on Kawagoe!
 
Continuing from where we left off previously, the Warehouse District; before the Bell of Time, Kawagoe Kurazukuri Museum to the cozy little restaurant where we finally had our lunch – we now venture into the Kawagoe Festival Museum!
The Bell of Time, Kawagoe
Part 1 can be found HERE, feel free to click the link!
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Tickets to the Kawagoe Festival Museum
Kawagoe Festival Museum
The Kawagoe Festival started more than 360 years ago and is celebrated annually for two days on the third weekend of October in the Warehouse District.
It is the festival of the nearby Hikawa Shrine and involves the parading of tall, elaborately decorated floats through the streets of the city.
Look at the amazing details on that amazing float!
Another elaborately decorated float – just beautiful!
For those who would like have a feel of the festival but are not able to visit Kawagoe at the time, a visit to the Kawagoe Festival Museum provides a glimpse of the experience.
It also houses a couple of the floats and puts on periodical shows to simulate the atmosphere of the festival.
Here, you get a glimpse of the colorful atmosphere of the festival – as if you’re really there!
Life sized replicas fill the huge space occupied by the museum!
The Kawagoe Festival Museum is a pretty neat place to visit!
Also. the Kawagoe City museum (visited in Part 1) is actually located quite close by to the Kawagoe Festival Museum, making a combined visit highly feasible.
Almost at the end of our visit to the museum now..
If you happen to be in the area, do take the time to drop by.
I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth you’re while!!
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Candy Alley
菓子屋横丁
Kashiya Yokocho
Candy Alley A.K.A. Kashiya Yokocho

 

About a minute’s walk away from here is the Candy Alley called: Kashiya Yokocho.
Candy Trees line the pathway!
I get sweet tooth whenever I come to Candy Alley!
It is a wonderful place for trying some traditional Japanese sweets, while experiencing an ambiance of past decades. 
Following the Taisho Period, this Taisho-roman Street is now located between Hon-Kawagoe Station and the Warehouse District. 
Many traditional Japanese sweets on display
The Taisho-styled architecture adds character to the walkways around Kawagoe’s Kurazukuri no Machinami.
Candy Alley is a little shopping street adjacent to the Warehouse District. It is lined by stores selling traditional Japanese sweets and cakes, which gave the alley its name. 
Among the treats sold are various candies, rice crackers, karinto (sugar coated, deep fried cookies), ice cream, and cakes made of red bean paste and sweet potatoes. 
Ahhh… Reminiscing of childhood days! 
Also available are small toys and accessories which make nice souvenirs to take home.
A brief history on the Candy Alley, below:
Immediately following the Great Earthquake of 1923, Tokyo experienced a great shortfall in supply of Japanese sweets; orders made to the candy stores in Kashiya Yokocho thereby surged. 
Hippopotamus!! (Hmmm…Left or right??)
During the early Showa Period, more than 70 such stores existed. 
These days the number of stores remain numbered at just over 20, providing various delights for their customers.
In a few years time, shops like these are going to be quite scarce. 
The Candy Alley is a wonderful place for trying traditional Japanese sweets, while at the same time, experiencing a nostalgic atmosphere from past decades!
Come by, pay a visit and get a taste – before they’re all gone!
Leaving Candy Alley with a bag and two bellies full of sweets…
We next head for Kitain Temple; the main attraction of Kawagoe. 
But not before stopping by Honmaru Goten also known as ex-Kawagoe Castle which is en-route. 
And last but not least, attending the local Junior High school’s Festival – Matsuri! 
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(Ex-Kawagoe Castle)
本丸御殿
Honmaru Goten
Honmaru Goten, means “the inner palace inside the circle of defense”.
It is the only surviving building of the former Kawagoe Castle and it used to serve as the Lord’s residence and offices.
Kawagoe Castle was originally built in 1457. 
When Tokugawa Ieyasu took over its rule, he installed an important loyal subject as its lord, due to Kawagoe’s importance as a trade city and a strategic point of defense north of the capital. 
Throughout the Edo Period, 21 Daimyos/Lords, all closely allied with the Tokugawa Shogunate, resided at Kawagoe Castle.
Today’s structure was added to the castle in 1848, shortly before the end of the feudal age. 
Recently renovated and reopened to the public in 2011, it has spacious tatami rooms, a lush spacious garden, and pictures of cultural heritage which are put on display. 
There’s also a room where visitors are also able to sit with three models of a feudal lord and his vassals.
Imagine what it must have been like to hold a discussion in that room – maybe even takes you back in time??
Hmmm…
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Junior High School Festival
Walking toward the compounds now!
Everyone was in such a cheerful mood, the gloomy weather didn’t seem to affect anyone at all! 🙂
良かったね!
Enjoying the atmosphere at the Junior High School Festival!
The colors everywhere definitely helped brighten the day! 
We couldn’t help it, the aroma coming from the Yatai Stalls: simply to irresistible to resist!
(LoL!)
40 years old aged Yakisoba…
And that explains the number 40!
 
After waiting for what seems forever, our number was finally called and we exchanged the tag for…
Yakisoba at these festivals always taste best!
…This!!
(Ok, gotta admit. It wasn’t that long a wait, I was just feeling greedy! Hehee!)
(⌒▽⌒)/
御馳走だよ!ー All done (and in my tummy)!!
ლ(´ڡ`ლ)
 
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And now, we finally FINALLY finally & truly…make our way – straight Kawagoe’s main attraction: 
Kitain Temple.
………To be continued in Part 3!! 
﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O’RLY?
And now, we make our way to Kitain Temple!
(Sneak Preview!)
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6 thoughts on “Kawagoe – Candy Alleys and Festivals

  1. Great photos ; D

  2. I missed these posts.
    Great as always ^^

  3. […] not quite Disneyland, but it includes several nostalgic attractions – vendors selling cotton candy and old-fashioned pastries, weathered storefronts and fifties-era billboards. Behind the […]

  4. […] charm to the surrounding area.   Links to Kawagoe Below! Kawagoe – The Bell of Time Kawagoe – Candy Alleys and Festivals Kawagoe – Kitain Temple […]

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